MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Overview

This integrated Masters will set you on the path to an exciting career in the rapidly evolving world of electrical and electronic engineering.

Study at Manchester Met and you’ll start off by getting a solid introduction to key engineering principles, before specialising with subjects like electrical energy systems, control and automation, and electronic systems design. You’ll also learn to use advanced engineering software as you develop your analytical skills and work on more cutting-edge topics.

Lots of your learning on this Electrical and Electronic Engineering course will take place through projects, reflecting the multidisciplinary world of work. In these projects, set by academic colleagues and industry contacts, you’ll learn what it takes to come up with creative solutions to current engineering problems. You’ll get feedback and advice directly from industry insiders, giving you the chance to find out exactly what it takes to impress a potential future employer. You'll also have the opportunity to spend an extra year expanding your horizons, working on a placement in industry.

Accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology may be awarded to the new MEng programmes subject to confirmation of the date the first graduates will emerge and subject to completion of a satisfactory review by the IET following the emergence of the first graduates.

Features and Benefits

  • Spend a year on an industry placement if you take our five-year route.
  • Tackle real challenges from the world of engineering. Every year, we invite industrial and academic colleagues to set live projects that challenge our students to devise innovative solutions to current problems.
  • Showcase your engineering and design skills in extra-curricular group projects like the Formula Student racing car competition or the Engineering For People Design Challenge.
  • Apply to become a STEM Ambassador, which is an excellent way to develop your communication skills. We’ll give you full training to help you share your enthusiasm for engineering, design and technology in schools and at public events.
  • You may be invited to publish the results of your individual and group work in the Engineering Student Society’s peer-reviewed journal and to present your final project work at the Department’s degree show.
  • Get fully trained on how to use our workshops, laboratories and specialist engineering software.
  • This course includes the same units during the first and second year as our BEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the same first-year units as our MEng and BEng degrees in Mechanical Engineering, so you may be able to transfer between courses.

Engineering Futures Yearbook

Check out the fantastic project and design work from our 2018 graduates of the Department of Engineering.

“There’s a wide range of study areas you might specialise in within the field of electronic engineering, such as renewable power engineering or micro-electronics. Our pioneering researchers are working on image-based screening systems to help increase security and public safety." Margaret Fowler, Deputy Head of the Department of Engineering

Career Prospects

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates occupy a variety of roles in engineering consultancies, manufacturing, aircraft design and manufacture, automotive and railway engineering, steel manufacturing, naval engineering, water companies, and the power and nuclear fuel industries.

Employers outside of engineering sectors also recognise the skills and problem-solving capacity of the engineering graduate, and there may be opportunities in sales, commissioning, finance, teaching and management, as well as roles managing technology to support a range of organisations.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112-120

A levels ­– BBC-BBB, to include grade C in Mathematics AND grade C in a Science, Engineering or Technology subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Engineering – DMM, with grade merit or above in one of the following units:

07 - Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems

08 - Further Engineering Mathematics

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Engineering or Science with a minimum score of 112 UCAS Tariff points and with grade merit or above in one Level 3 Mathematics unit.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Mathematics AND HL 5 in a Science, Engineering or Technology subject.

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

This is an integrated four-year (or five-year with sandwich) undergraduate Masters course, which provides the specialist knowledge and expertise required for a professional career in electrical and electronic engineering. Project-based learning in all years, including live industry-led projects, will help you develop to the transferable skills and the multi-disciplinary awareness so highly prized by employers.

Year 1 of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree covers engineering science, applicable mathematics, and practical and project skills. In Year 2, you will further develop your scientific and analytical skills through study of electrical energy systems, control engineering, electronic systems design and engineering mathematics. You also will take on a specialist role in a group project and start detailed planning of your career. Advanced topics studied in the third and final years will give you experience of the latest engineering challenges faced by industry and society, as well as the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team on a major project challenge.

If you’re interested in spending a year in industry, the five-year sandwich route provides the opportunity for you to do just that in your third year, either within the UK or further afield.

For 2020 entry you will typically study the following units in your first year:

  • Project Skills
  • Design Project
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Applied Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Engineering Principles

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Engineering Design and Practice

The focus for this unit is a design and build challenge, in which you will develop and test devices such as autonomous vehicles and you will have the opportunity to represent the University in a contest with other universities. You will be combining the skills and technical principles from all your level 4 units and learning about research, materials and processes, project planning and management, personal development planning , communication and creative thinking.

Engineering Mechanics

This unit is your introduction to the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering that will underpin your future study of more specialist engineering. You will study basic mechanics, statics, dynamics and an introduction to thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and learn how to solve typical mechanical engineering problems and how to use a range of mechanical test and measurement equipment in the lab.

Mathematical Methods 1

In this unit you will learn how to use the mathematical techniques that are the foundation of engineering and applied physics, including algebra, functions and graphs, calculus and an introduction to computational methods. You will be applying your skills to solve a range of typical mathematical problems in engineering and physical science problems and collecting data to model real world problems.

Electrical and Electronic Science

This unit is your introduction to the fundamental principles of electrical and electronic engineering that will underpin your future study of more specialist engineering. You will learn how to design analogue and digital circuits, how to analyse the characteristics of a range of circuits and components and how to use a range of electrical test and measurement equipment in the lab.

For 2020 entry you will typically study the following units in your second year:

  • Digital Electronics
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Control Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Professional Practice
  • Group Design Project

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Core Units

Mathematical Methods 2

In this unit, you will develop your mathematical and computational skills to support the science based units in your course, including statistics, using series and transformations, differential equations, matrix methods and waves. You will learn how to visualise mathematical expressions, create data models and how to apply advanced mathematical and computational techniques to solve real world problems in engineering and physical science.

Professional Design and Practice

The focus for this unit is a challenge set by one of our industrial partners, in which you will work in a multi-disciplinary group. You will learn how to evaluate an industrial case study with respect to sustainability and ethical and professional standards; how to contribute to the research, planning, management and quality assurance of a multi-disciplinary project; and how to use your experience to develop and present a personal career development plan.

Electronic Systems

This unit is about the current techniques used in the electronic engineering industry. You will learn how to apply analytical, simulation and experimental techniques to specify and evaluate electronic circuits and systems, how to design and analyse a range of electronic circuits for signal conditioning, amplification, analogue to digital conversion and vice-versa and you will learn how to develop simple embedded systems designs using FPGA and Microcontroller architecture.

Electrical Systems

This unit is about energy, electrical and control engineering and sustainability. You will learn how to assess the suitability of electrical energy sources and distribution systems for typical sets of requirements and environmental conditions. You will also earn how to apply theorems to single phase and unbalanced three-phase circuits, how to analyse the operation of electrical machines and how to model physical processes for control and instrumentation design.

For 2020 entry you will typically study the following units in your third year:

  • Advanced Digital Electronics
  • Advanced Analogue Electronics
  • Communications and Networks
  • Advanced Power and Control
  • Business and Operations Management 
  • Project Design and Implementation
  • Individual Project

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Core Units

Individual Engineering Project

In this unit you choose a problem in a specialist field, evaluate the related industrial and professional context, including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You then research, design, plan and manage a specialist technology solution to the chosen problem. At the end of the unit you will present and defend the project to academic specialists in the field. You will also present your work  to peers, industrialists and employers at an end of year degree show.

Electronic Engineering Design

This unit is about the electronic engineering used for the design of radio communication systems. You will learn how to develop designs for radio communication systems and how to implement parameters and characteristics in microwave circuit design. You will also learn how to analyse RF Circuits and design antenna and apply the specification and performance requirements necessary for the operation of wireless and RF links.

Option Units

Electronic Systems Design

This unit is about the application of electronic and programming principles to the design of complex and innovative embedded systems. You will learn how to analyse the characteristics of electronic systems to design an innovative electronic system typical of current industry requirements and in line with current codes of practice and technical regulations. You will also learn how a design addresses and adjusts for its environmental and ethical impact.

Communication Systems and Networks

This unit is about the operation and performance of modern communication systems and networks. You will learn how signal and broadcast principles and standards are applied to the design and operation of communication systems and how to analyse and characterise different types of communication networks and how to evaluate their performance.

Power Generation and Distribution

In this unit you will learn how to use quantitative analysis techniques to evaluate the operating principles and challenges presented by conventional and renewable energy sources. You will learn how to analyse 3-phase generation, transmission and distribution systems and consider the electrical loading effects on those systems. You will also learn about the role of power electronics technology and energy storage options for renewable energy systems.

Engineering Management

This unit is about the principles of engineering management. You will learn how to apply business and management knowledge to industrial engineering and how to deploy advanced practices for managing operations in an industrial context. You will also develop skills to model, simulate and analyse engineering management systems, learning how to build appropriate probabilistic models to support effective decision-making.

Digital Signal and Image Processing

This unit is about the operation and underlying theory of digital signal and image processing (DSIP) algorithms. You will learn how to model the fundamental concepts of DSIP including Z, continuous and discrete Fourier transforms and how to apply DSIP to analogue filter analysis. You will also learn how to apply spatial image processing techniques, and how to design and simulate DSIP algorithms.

Control and Automation

In this unit you will study the kinematics, dynamics and control of robot arms and learn how to use both physical analysis and computer simulation to build kinematic and dynamic models of robot arms. You will also learn how to use high level programming languages to control the behaviour of an automation system and how to build and test a factory automation system using hardware and software.

For 2020 entry you will typically study the following units in your final year:

  • Advanced Electronic Design
  • Advanced Communications and Networks
  • Power and Energy Management
  • Smart Systems for Industry 4.0
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Management of Projects Professional Practice
  • Group Engineering Project

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Smart Technologies for Power Management

This unit focuses on intelligent and sustainable power management technologies both on the electrical grids and in buildings. Looking at the global energy consumption and the implications of the increased consumption on the environment, it discusses electrification of transport, communication systems, Internet of Things, M2M (Machine to Machine), smart metering, and other emerging technologies, and their role in sustainable energy management. The unit develops the learners knowledge in the design and practical aspects of sustainable power systems. It prepares the learner for a career in the power industry.

Group Engineering Project

In this unit, you will be working in a group to design, develop, evaluate and present a specialist engineering solution to a significant, current problem. You will learn how to: demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills in communication, group project management, and collaboration; compare your solutions with up-to-date published research and industrial context including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You will present and defend your solution to academic specialists in the field.

Option Units

Computational Mechanics

This unit is about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA). You will learn how to use various simulation techniques and formulate simulation strategies and interpret the results. You will learn how to set up suitable computer models of the CFD and FEA of mechanical systems and demonstrate the verification and validation process of a simulation and/or correlate the simulation results with physically measured data where possible.

Embedded Systems and Systems on a Chip

This unit develops the learners understanding of the latest technology in Embedded Systems Design and System on Chip (SoC) methodology. The technology underpins modern IT, social media and the Internet of Things, that shape our communities and societies.  This unit will develop the learners skills in mastering Verilog Hardware Description Language, commonly used FPGAs, latest development tools and advanced microprocessors including ARM. An in-depth knowledge of this material is highly sought after in the engineering sector.

Sensing and Imaging

This unit is about the operation and application of imaging and sensing technologies. You will learn how the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum are used in sensing technologies and how to analyse the technological requirements and implementation strategies for imaging and sensing. You will learn how to apply sensing and imaging technologies to data acquisition in industry and academia.

Sustainable Energy Systems

This unit focuses on the design of sustainable and renewable energy systems. It will enable the learner to understand the structure, operation and applications of various renewable power systems; wind to energy converters, photovoltaic (solar), energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and the design of hybrid renewable energy systems. It also provides them with the knowledge and design tools required for today's renewable energy industry.

Industrial Communication Systems

This unit will develop the learners understanding of digital communication systems used within the automation industry. It will enhance the learners skills in the design, development and evaluation of fieldbus and Ethernet based communication systems, so dominant in modern industry. It engages the learner in good engineering practice in installing, testing and maintaining networked automation systems. The unit incorporates the required assessment to allow the learner to achieve Certified PROFIBUS, Certified PROFINET Engineer and Certified PLCopen Engineer qualifications, giving them an edge in the job market.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

Assessment

Optional foundation year

Assessment 65% coursework; 35% examination

Additional information about this course

Due to professional body requirements, this course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations in that a minimum pass mark is required for each element of assessment. Also, compensation cannot be applied in all units and the Marginal Fail Category for which compensation can be applied differs from that in standard University Assessment Regulations.

Placement options

All of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. If you choose to go down this route, your degree will take one year longer, with the third year spent working in industry. These optional placements not only give you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how a business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work. We offer a range of services to help you find the right placement, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs.

Department of Engineering

Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The school strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the school are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£130

Students often choose to buy a laptop or tablet for use on campus (approx. £800); however, there are PCs on campus and students can also borrow laptops. Students may need a smartphone or wireless device to participate in interactive class quizzes, etc. and a scientific calculator for in-class use.

All personal protection equipment (PPE) and laboratory and workshop consumables are provided by the Department.

All reports, etc. for assessment are submitted as electronic files. Any additional costs associated with assessments, e.g. poster printing, components, models, etc. will be paid by the Department.

Placement Costs

The costs of compulsory industrial visits are paid by the Department. Students may have to contribute to the cost of optional or social trips. Students are expected to cover the costs of attending placement interviews and any additional travel/accommodation costs incurred whilst on placements.

Professional Costs

The Department will cover the costs associated with student membership of one professional body. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of any additional memberships or enhanced membership status, and to the cost of any optional professional accreditation courses in the use of software packages, etc.

Other Costs

Costs for student-led projects and supported extra-curricular competitions, etc., will be paid by the Department, subject to approval of a business case submitted by the students under the supervision of academic staff. Artefacts built for projects normally remain the property of the Department, but students may be offered the opportunity to purchase them for the cost of the materials used.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

2W69

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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