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Electronic engineering powers the world we live in today. From games consoles, smartphones and fitness trackers to life-saving medical systems, cyber security and self-driving cars.

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On this Electronic Engineering degree, you’ll learn to design, develop and manufacture electronic equipment and devices that could have a significant impact on the world. Develop your knowledge of the theory and design of electronics while putting theory into practice in our extensive facilities.

Electronic technology evolves rapidly. Be part of the future on a course that opens doors to a career as a professional electronics engineer.

BEng or MEng?

You can study this course as a 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) or a 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng).

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.

The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with just one extra year of undergraduate study. When you finish the MEng course successfully, you'll meet the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

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

What you’ll experience

  • Use the latest equipment for analysing and measuring electronics, including logic analysers, spectrum analysers, digital scopes and multi-function generators
  • Work with analogue and digital components such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable devices
  • 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)
  • Get student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, at no cost to you – giving you access to practical, technical and career-related resources, and opportunities to build links with prospective employers
  • Work on a multidisciplinary group project to get the practical experience sought by employers when you choose the 4-year MEng option

Work experience and career planning

The demand for innovation in medical technology devices, and consumer electronics such as mobile phones and televisions is always increasing. In fact, all engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list' – which means engineers are currently in high demand.

So not surprisingly, 90% of our BEng graduates and 95% of our MEng graduates are in work or further study after completing their course.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory and project work
  • CAE system activity
  • Open access study

There's an emphasis on honing your practical skills and putting what you learn into practice.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical tests
  • Project work
  • Presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You will get feedback on all formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 55% by exams and 45% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 62% by exams, 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by exams and 67% by coursework
  • Year 4 students (MEng only): 48% by exams and 52% by coursework

With electronic engineering professionals in high demand, graduates of our MEng course are earning £39,500 a year on average, 5 years after graduation.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • Thales
  • QinetiQ
  • Barnbrook Systems
  • Royal Navy
  • Network Rail
  • Flylogix
  • NXP Semiconductors

What jobs can you do with a electronic engineering degree?

Our graduates now work in roles including:

  • communications and information systems engineer
  • digital design engineer
  • electronic design engineer
  • graduate signalling and telecoms engineer
  • hardware design engineer
  • service application consultant

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Engineering Sciences – 20 credits

An introduction to the key concepts and principles of applied physics

Introduction to Algorithms and Programming – 20 credits

An introduction to software development for engineering and applications. 

Introduction to Analogue Circuits – 20 credits

An introduction to the physics of fundamental components used in electrical and electronic circuits, and circuit analysis techniques.

Mathematical Principles – 20 credits

Gain a foundation in algebra, trigonometry and calculus of a real variable required for engineering analysis. 

Principles of Digital Systems – 20 credits

An introduction to digital electronics and microcontrollers and the fundamental principles of combinational and sequential logic, Boolean Algebra and logic circuit design techniques.

Principles of Networked Systems - 20 credits

This module introduces the principles of electronic communication 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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