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Electronic Engineering

University of Portsmouth

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If you want a career designing, developing and manufacturing electronic equipment and devices, this degree is the first step to achieving your ambition. You’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems, devices and circuits and examine the theory and design of electronic systems, devices and circuits.

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Advances in electronic technology have a significant impact on the world, from games consoles, digital cameras and smartphones to drones and self-driving cars.

If you're interested in a career designing, developing and manufacturing electronic equipment and devices, this Electronic Engineering degree is the first step to achieving your ambition. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BEng) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MEng).

You’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems, devices and circuits and learn how electronic engineering contributes to the wider field of electrical engineering.

You’ll work with analogue and digital components such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable devices, using sophisticated facilities and technology. In years 2 and 3, you can study specialist topics that match your interests and ambitions, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and telecommunications.

You’ll apply your skills on projects that solve the types of challenges you’ll face in your career. This includes the option to be part of one of the University’s Formula Student racing teams, where you can specialise in design, production, costing or manufacture of a racing car.

You can also get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry.

The course opens doors to a career as a professional electronics engineer and puts you on the path towards Chartered Engineer status.

MEng and BEng differences

The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share the same modules in years 1–3. The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects.

Transferring to the MEng or BEng

If you study the BEng, you can transfer to the MEng if you progress well and achieve good grades. You can also transfer from the MEng to the BEng if you change your mind once you start the course.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you'll:

  • Get theoretical and practical knowledge in the design of electronic systems
  • Use the latest equipment for analysing and measuring electronics, including logic analysers, spectrum analysers, digital scopes and multi-function generators
  • Learn in facilities including a microcontroller and digital lab, analogue electronics lab, telecommunications lab and computing suites with software applications such as Matlab
  • Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism (which helps you learn how to stabilise systems) and superheterodyne radio receivers (which help you understand the principles of radio receiver operation)
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Complete a high-level dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff
  • Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including team working, research, critical thinking and time management skills

You can also:

  • Get student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) – this gives you access to practical, technical and career-related resources, and opportunities to volunteer build links with prospective employers
  • Work on a multidisciplinary group project (MEng only) to get the practical experience sought by employers
  • Get valuable professional experience by spending a year working in industry between years 2 and 3
  • Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Careers and opportunities

Electronic engineering has a significant impact on our lives, from telecommunication systems bringing people together to medical technology looking after our health.

Due to the ongoing demand for innovation in medical technology devices, and consumer electronics such as mobile phones and televisions, there's high demand for skilled electronic engineers.

Previous students have gone on to work in the following areas, many on graduate training programmes:

  • Defence electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Product design
  • Robotics
  • Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications
  • Advanced product manufacturing
  • Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

IEng and CEng status

When you finish the MEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) status.

When you finish the BEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Once you've met the work experience requirements for IEng status, you can progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

IEng and CEng status demonstrate your expertise and can include benefits such as improved career prospects and earning potential.


This course is accredited by the Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng meets in full the academic requirement for registration as CEng (Chartered Engineer), while the BEng partially meets these requirements.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules in this year:

  • Engineering Sciences
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
  • Introduction to Analogue Circuits
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Principles of Digital Systems
  • Principles of Networked Systems

Year 2

Core modules in this year:

  • Analogue Analysis and Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Group Design Project
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic
  • Optional modules in this year:
  • Control Systems Analysis
  • Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
  • Telecommunication Principles

Year 3

  • Core modules in the third year:
  • Advanced Electronic Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Individual Project

Optional modules:

  • Artificial Intelligence or Real-time Embedded Systems
  • Control Systems Design or VHDL and FPGA Systems

Year 4 (MEng only)

  • MEng year modules:
  • Advanced DSP Techniques
  • Analytical Management Techniques
  • Engineering Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
  • Microwave and High Speed Digital Design
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Sensors and Measurement Systems

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 120-136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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