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Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Top-up)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Top-up)
BEng Tech (Hons)

H603 Tech/EEE


Course overview

This one-year electrical and electronics engineering top-up degree is ideal if you are qualified to QCF Level 5 in an electrical, electronic or communications subject and you wish to enhance your career prospects. Eligible qualifications include BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) and foundation degrees (Fd).

The top-up degree may be used as a stepping stone to master’s degree-level study.


Course details

The programme comprises 120 credits, four 20-credit specialist modules and a 40-credit Project.

Course structure

Core modules

Electronic Systems

This module extends previous knowledge of electronic principles to the pragmatic application of electronics in industrial, commercial and human-machine interface devices. It explores the circuit topologies and technologies required to make fit for purpose devices to fulfil a wide range of industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, guided reading, design studies and computer workshops. Whenever appropriate, practical applications are used to demonstrate principles.

Group Design

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in a team to solve a complex engineering design and implementation problem related to your chosen BEng Tech pathway. It gives you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skill set. Working in a team enables problems to be successfully resolved which would not have been possible within a single individual. This module develops a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

A problem-based learning approach is adopted and, where appropriate, supporting lectures and seminars are delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development.

Power Electronics and Drive Systems

You develop the skills to analyse and design power electronic converters and to integrate them in electric drive systems.

The module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials including guided exercises. There is also a series of practical classes that reinforce the theory and demonstrate the dependence of the drive system performance on the characteristics of the power converter and the control scheme employed.

Power Systems - Generation, Transmission and Distribution

This module provides you with the capability to analyse generation, distribution and transmission systems and solve complex problems related to aspects of system design. You are introduced to power system analysis methods with emphasis on modern tools used by practicing engineers to design, modify and control a complex system incorporating typical industrial components. Frequency and voltage control, and protection schemes are covered for both normal and fault conditions.

The module is delivered through lectures, for explanation of principles and discussion of applications, and seminars for guided exercises. There is also a series of practical classes using industry standard software to analyse power flow and fault levels which incorporate examples of current industry practice.

Project (BEng Tech)

This module advances the development of your independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. You are given training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. You also give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. You are supported through regular tutorial sessions and project supervision meetings.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

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 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, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 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 intensive problem-solving sessions designed to enhance team-working and provide you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems.

How you are assessed

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.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) or equivalent in a closely related discipline.

International students must also provide evidence of English language skills equivalent to 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 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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Career opportunities

Work opportunities exist in industries which include aerospace, communications, power generation and transmission, manufacturing and process, research and development and many others.

When you complete this degree with at least 2.2 honours you can apply for one of several MSc programmes for further study.


Information for international applicants


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Entry to 2019/20 academic year

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

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: H603 Tech/EEE
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Successful completion of a Higher National Diploma, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. Conditions on units studied may apply.

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2019 entry

  • Length: 2 years
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800
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