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Undergraduate study
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering
MEng (Hons)

H602 MEng/EEE

 
 

Course overview

You cover a broad spectrum of electrical and electronic engineering activities ranging from digital electronics and communications to electrical machines and power distribution, as well as leadership and project management.

This broad base enables you to gain employment in a wide range of sectors but is particularly useful for employment in power generation, transmission and distribution, electronic design and manufacture, or communications industries. There is also the opportunity to enter the field of sustainable and renewable energies through infrastructure and transport related disciplines.

The programme is built around a set of discipline-based threads. These threads include analogue and digital electronics (including microprocessors), control systems, communications systems, and electrical machines and power systems - which form the basis of a number of modules that run through all four years of the programme. Other modules, such as the mathematics, skills and project modules, support these threads and provide a more rounded (industrially relevant) educational experience.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

This accredited degree will provide you with the BEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

 
 

Course details

All modules run on a semester basis and provide the opportunity for in-depth learning and experience of the subject material.

Year 1 modules provide the required underpinning science and mathematics and a fundamental knowledge of the electrical and electronic engineering disciplines.

Year 2 broadens your electrical and electronic engineering knowledge and exposes you to the width of the discipline (electronics, networks, signals, control, power, machines, communications, digital electronics and embedded systems). The technical modules are supported by mathematics, group-design and employability.

Year 3 deepens your knowledge of subject areas introduced earlier (electronics, power systems). A significant part of the final year is dedicated to projects. The individual project requires you to integrate and hone your technical, research and employability skills gained in the earlier levels of the programme.

The final year aims to complete the educational requirements (in compliance with UK-SPEC), at M-level, to permit progression to Chartered Membership of the Institution of Engineering Technology and registration with ECUK as a Chartered Engineer. Again a significant part of level 7 is dedicated to projects. The remaining technical modules are selected from two sets of options which are related to electrical or electronic engineering.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Electrical Principles

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

Electronic Principles

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits.

We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.

We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation.

You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers.

Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.

You learn how to:

  • understand and use key elements of electrical and electronic theory
  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Engineering Practice

You develop and enhance the practical, professional and electrical engineering skills necessary for success in both the academic and work environment. There is a significant practical element which enables you to develop your knowledge, confidence and the fundamental principles of electrical engineering design methods and laboratory practice. You are also introduced to the skills required to improve opportunities in career selection and development through exposure to a range of on-campus services and external professional bodies.

The practical sessions include: health and safety, equipment selection, component selection, circuit construction, measuring instruments, testing and fault diagnosis.

Physics and Instrumentation

This module provides you with an introduction to instrumentation, through studying the principles and characteristics of measurement systems and elements, and their underlying physical principles.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • gather record, describe and evaluate sensor and system data from a variety of sources
  • demonstrate practical ability in carrying out experimental physical measurements, within defined contexts in areas relevant to physics and instrumentation
  • present written evidence to demonstrate understanding of experimental investigation of underlying physical principles of measurement sensors and systems.

You will be assessed on an exam, system design exercise and laboratory report.

PLCs and Embedded Systems

You focus on the implementation of systems for both programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and embedded systems. PLCs are used to explain theory, to discuss applications and to cover practical aspects of programmable logic controllers and lead to the design of a control system for an industrial process. Embedded systems are explained by using their industrial applications and practical programming applications using a microcontroller-based system. You work in teams to solve an industrially-relevant real-time embedded system application.

 

Year 2 core modules

Analogue Circuit Analysis

This module introduces communications principles and communications systems, including signal analysis and noise.

You develop an understanding of communications principles and transmission systems. From studying a range of elementary methods such as analogue communications, transmission media and signal analysis, you gain a technical overview and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of communications principles.

DC Machines and Control

You are introduced to time-domain and frequency-domain representations of engineering systems. You consider: modelling and simulation, first and second order systems, frequency response, poles and zeros, and concepts of control. The second half of the module provides an introduction to electrical drive systems, and covers the principles of torque production in electro-mechanical devices, operation of power electronic converters and open-loop speed control of DC drive systems.

Digital Electronics Design

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant digital electronics design problem. Through your project work you develop employability skills such as project management, work presentation, research and commercial awareness. You become more adept at technical problem solving.

You investigate digital electronics and are introduced to digital electronics design techniques, and their application to real problems.

Electrical Engineering

This module introduces electrical power systems, including balanced/unbalanced three-phase systems, transformers, and transmission lines.
Practical sessions involve the use of laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of power system component characteristics. Tutorials will involve guided exercises and practical tasks incorporating examples of current industry practice.

Industrial Communications

The module encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of modern digital and industrial communications systems and protocols. The module provides the principles of the design, analysis and practical implementation and industrial use of digital, serial, wired and wireless communication systems. The module also introduces practical industrial communication protocols and information management systems.

Integral Transforms and Matrices

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

 

Year 3 core modules

AC Drives and Control

This module provides an introduction to AC electrical machines such as induction and synchronous. Machine performance and operation characteristics are investigated in-depth in both analytical and experimental methods. The module provides you with the capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and to integrate them in AC electric drive systems.

Electronics

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems.

You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available.

Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

Integrated Masters Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Modelling and Control of Power Electronic Devices

This module provides an introduction to power electronic devices, power electronic converters and their application to switched-mode power converters and other power electronic applications. The module also considers the principles of modelling and control of switch mode power converters.

Power Systems

This module presents methods of power system analysis to give you a sound understanding of a broad range of topics related to power system engineering.

You study operation and design, and the economics of high voltage generation and transformation systems.

Frequency and voltage control, and transient schemes are covered for both normal and fault conditions.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. You also take part in a series of practical sessions, utilising a range of electrical power systems, laboratory equipment and industry standard software to analyse power systems.

 

Final-year core modules

Enterprising Leadership and Project Management

Enterprise is about spotting opportunities, creating new ideas and having the confidence and capabilities to turn these ideas into working realities. Entrepreneurship is about using enterprise to create new business and new businesses.

This module covers a range of topics related to enterprise, entrepreneurship and the development of an inspirational leader. The skills and knowledge needed to set up and operate an engineering business will be covered. You will review their current approach to leadership, developed in earlier modules and explore your own unique leadership style. You will obtain feedback on your leadership profile from your peers and discover new capabilities. They will clarify your own sense of purpose and learn practises for sustaining yourself, your teams and your organisations.

Lectures and seminars will provide core material and explore case studies. You will work in small facilitated groups during the seminar sessions where you will examine case studies in detail and develop business plans.

Integrated Masters Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

 

and three optional modules

Asset Management

You gain an in-depth knowledge of asset management principles, policies and methodologies. The module provides a generic treatment of various power system equipment types with an emphasis on critical parameters at distribution level and the evolution to the wider transmission network. Routine and special tests, with reference to specific pieces of equipment, are also considered along with the impact on the reliability of networks and the financial implications to operators and consumers.

Data Acquisition and Signal Processing

You are introduced to the theorem, principles and techniques of data acquisition and digital processing including sampling, digital signal analysis in time and frequency domains. You also look at the impact of digital technologies on the design of modern industrial measurement systems. The industrial software for measurement systems is introduced with a series of real measurement applications.

Digital Control, Design and Implementation

You develop your knowledge of digital circuit analysis and design as well as an understanding of digital control circuits/systems design methodology and implementation technology. You study a range of methods such as top-down design method, design automation framework and tools, VHDL modelling and rapid prototyping. You gain a technical competence and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of modern digital control circuits/systems design and implementation. You study through a series of lectures and labs, that are used to explain theory and discuss applications. Practical sessions involve the use of design tools, modelling of digital components and systems, circuit simulation and implementation.

Electronic Signal Conditioning

You develop knowledge of circuit topologies and technologies required to make sensitive and precise measurements. You also look at signal conditioning and processing techniques which can be applied to the data from a variety of sensors. Signal conditioning systems are inherent in industrial, commercial and scientific equipment and have to present the raw signal from the sensor in a suitable format for signal processing.

Power Electronics

You gain an in-depth knowledge of power electronic converters operation, design, and their applications. The module provides a generic treatment of various converter topologies with an emphasis on critical design parameters. Applications including HV DC transmission, static VAr compensation and interconnection of renewable energy sources and energy storage systems to utility grid are considered.

Power Systems Protection

This module is concerned with practical aspects of power system protection. It covers design requirements, and principles of operation for over-current, over-voltage, and under-voltage protection schemes for various power system components.

Three-phase short circuit currents are analysed under various conditions and used as a basis to select circuit breaker types and ratings. Various protective devices, such as over current and earth leakage, differential, distance, over-voltage, and under-voltage relays are incorporated in the design, as appropriate.

Renewable Energy Conversion Systems

You gain an in-depth knowledge of the theory and principles of renewable energy technologies used for electricity generation. The module focuses on the principles, design, operation and grid connected applications of wind and photovoltaic technologies. You learn about current practices and technological advances in the field of renewables and develop computing and practical skills related to this area.

Smart Power Distribution

You gain an in-depth knowledge of smart power distribution principles of operation, design and utilisation. The module provides a generic treatment of various power system topologies with an emphasis on critical design parameters at distribution level and the evolution to the wider transmission network. The impact on existing networks and future developmental opportunities is considered alongside automation and control requirements, which by definition provide a ‘smart’ network. You develop employability skills such as complex problem solving, report writing, practical problem solving and experimentation.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

This programme produces graduates who possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic engineering and the skills and experience which allow them to analyse complex problems appropriate to electrical and electronic engineering.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations). You are also expected to spend time on your own - this self-study time is 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 and 80 hours will be spent in lectures, tutorials and practicals. 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, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment. A range of blended learning methodologies are utilised, with digital platforms and media being used throughout the programme.

One of your modules includes a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills. This experience is designed to replicate an industrial project with the associated time management pressures and collaborative working.

How you are assessed

The learning and teaching strategy encourages a progressive acquisition of subject knowledge and skills by moving from study methods that have a greater degree of support and assistance gradually towards more independence and self-direction.

The programme assessment strategy tests your subject knowledge, critical thinking and skills acquisition and to provide the sort of information about graduates that will be useful to employers. The strategy is robust, equitable and manageable and incorporate both formative and summative assessment opportunities.

Your programme involves a range of types of assessment including coursework, group work, laboratory work and examinations.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 112-128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics. The preferred second subject is physics, but alternative science, technology and engineering subjects are also acceptable.

Typical mandatory subject grades include:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A Levels including grade B in mathematics

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate discipline including distinction in further mathematics

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade C in higher level mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade A (H1 if awarded after 2016) in mathematics

International Baccalaureate
Award of IB, including 5 in higher level mathematics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree routes
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our BEng (Hons) degree courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

In addition to developing your technical knowledge the programme also develops your skills in report writing, presentations and collaborative working which are all essential in an engineering career. Electrical and electronic engineers find employment in almost every sector of modern industry, including power generation, transmission and distribution, manufacturing, aerospace, communications, electronic circuit design and many others. Graduates from this programme have been successful in gaining graduate engineering roles at Nissan, EDF, Mott McDonald, WSP, Northern Powergrid, MBDA, Hitachi, GSK and many others.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

The final year is discounted from £9,250 to £6,500

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

The final year is £12,045

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H602 MEng/EEE
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 112-128 tariff points

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