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This one year electrical and electronics engineering top up degree course has been designed for electrical, electronic or communications technicians and engineers wishing to enhance their career prospects. The course aims to deepen your knowledge of subject areas previously studied as part of a HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent (analogue and digital electronics and communications systems or heavy current electrical systems). According to information provided by www.prospects.ac.uk (2011) the range of typical starting engineering graduate salaries for electronics/electrical graduates are £18,000-£29,000, with chartered electronics/electrical engineers earning typically between £35,000 and £50,000, with highly experienced engineers earning £65,000 plus.
Our course produces graduates with a rounded knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic, or electronic and communications, engineering and the skills to analyse complex electrical and electronic, or electronic and communications, engineering problems. The course embraces a broad spectrum of electrical/electronic/communications engineering activities and embeds within it, the transferable and team-working skill-sets that employers view as important. It also will prepare you for further study to Master’s level.
The programme comprises 120 credits, three 20 credit specialist modules including one option chosen from either Electrical Power and Drive Systems or Communications Systems, one 10 credit and one 20 credit broadening module and a 30 credit Project.
The course has been designed to provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations etc), but students are also expected to spend time on their own, called 'self-study' time, to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20 credit module typically has around 200 hours of “learning time”. In most cases, around 60 hours will be spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, hence, during one year of full-time study a student can expect to have 1200 hours of learning and assessment.
Some of the modules involve compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm). There is one such week in this course. These are designed to be intensive problem-solving weeks, to enhance team-working and provide you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems.
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some utilising other approaches such as group-work or verbal/poster presentations.
The programme has been designed to the meet the requirements of the Engineering Council for accreditation to IEng level.
Electrical and electronic engineers find employment in almost every area of the modern manufacturing and service sectors. Opportunities include aerospace, communications, power generation and transmission, manufacturing and process, research and development and many others. In addition, because Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates are numerate and have excellent reasoning skills, they can also find employment in a wide range of alternative career paths, such as insurance, management and 'The City'.Students successfully completing this course with at least 2.2 honours will be able to apply for one of several MSc programmes for further study.
Acceptable qualifications for entry include a Level 5 HND or Foundation Degree or equivalent overseas Diploma in a closely related subject. For example, if you have studied an Edexcel HND a minimum of 120 credits must be at level 5 or equivalent with at least 5 merits at level 5. All UK students will be expected to have achieved at least a grade C in English at GCSE level, or other equivalent qualification. International students will be required to have achieved at least IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).International students should also read the information on our international pages.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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