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 multi-disciplinary 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.

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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.

“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

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Our MEng courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Academic Accreditation Committee.

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.

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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 a placement) 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.

Your first year begins with two weeks of interactive, hands-on practical induction to give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and the academic and technical staff who will support your studies. You will also work on a series of mini-challenges that will include activities in our specialist laboratories and workshops. After induction, we will provide a range of classes and structured self-study activities to develop your knowledge of the course fundamentals and to practice the key technical and study skills that you will need for your future success. You will typically study the following units (the list of units is indicative and may be subject to change).

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Core Units

Engineering Mathematics

Students will apply standard mathematical techniques to engineering problems, including the analysis and presentation of numerical data and the links between mathematical theory and engineering applications.

Project Skills

Students are introduced to the practical and skills based elements of a broad range of concepts and practices in practical aspects of engineering and design. 

Design Project

In subject specific areas students will work in teams to design, develop and build a tangible solution to a set design brief. 

Electronic Engineering Principles

Students use semiconductor devices, such as diodes, transistors and op-amps, to design simple electronic circuits for switching and amplification. You will explore the fundamentals of digital electronics, the binary number system, Boolean algebra and logic design.

Electrical Engineering Principles

Students will explore fundamental circuit analysis theory, capacitors and inductors, magnetics and electrostatics, reactance and AC power.

Applied Mechanical Engineering Principles

Students apply core mechanical principles to engineering applications such as stress and strain in engineering systems, and mechanical advantage of simple machines.

Mechanical Engineering Principles

Students explore core mechanical principles that form the foundation of further applied study in Mechanical Engineering, such as kinematic and kinetic motion, vector mechanics and force/moment analysis.

You start the second year with an internationally themed group project, working with students from your own and other courses, to give you a flavour of what it is like to work on a multi-disciplinary engineering team. We will encourage you to develop your career plan and to apply for a sandwich placement year. The multi-disciplinary and global theme continues in your project-based activity throughout the year, alongside in-depth study of your degree’s specialist technical topics. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the work of our research groups, to help you choose an area for your individual, third year project. You will typically study the following units (the list of units is indicative and may be subject to change).

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Core Units

Modelling and Simulation

This unit provides students with the knowledge to understand and use effectively computer modelling and simulation techniques for the biomechanical analysis of movements.

Group Design Project

Students will work in teams on a project brief provided by an industrial partner or as part of a national competition. In collaboration with the academic team, students will work on realising their design solutions and concepts through to prototype and review stage, finishing with a showcase event to external partners.

Control Engineering

Students will explore principles of control engineering, modelling of dynamic systems and time-domain and frequency domain analysis of dynamic systems.

Power Engineering

Students will explore the characteristics and behaviour of power generation and transmission machines and systems.

Analogue Electronics

Students will develop their analogue design skills by investigating the characteristics of components and systems for amplification and filtering.

Digital Electronics

Students will develop their digital design skills by investigating the operation of commonplace combinational and sequential digital logic components, their implementation through the use of hardware description languages at gate level, as well as synchronous finite state machine design methods.

Professional Practice

Students will be introduced to project management processes and context. Working in teams students will develop a project management plan and design a solution for an industrial case study on a topical subject. Students will be introduced to professional practice and their personal and professional development. 

The third year of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering masters degree includes a major individual project and study of the latest developments and challenges in your chosen specialist area. You will typically study the following units (the list of units is indicative and may be subject to change).

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Core Units

Project Design and Implementation

Working in a team, students will position themselves as professional engineers and designers. Students will develop a project proposal based on an exploration of the drivers for innovation in a key sector within their discipline, drawing on knowledge and skills gained throughout their studies.

Advanced Digital Electronics

Students explore the design of embedded systems using modern digital electronics design techniques, the characteristics of digital communications protocols, and digital logic implementation using hardware description languages at a register transfer level.

Advanced Analogue Electronics

Students explore further applications of amplifiers, power converters and filters.

Communications and Networks

Students explore how techniques, standards and technologies such as analogue and digital modulation, RF design, network protocols and configurations are used in the design of communications and networked systems.

Advanced Power and Control

Students explore how to develop models of practical systems, design, implement and validate the performance of controllers including PID controllers. Students will get an overview of the requirements of automation systems, Programmable Logic Controllers, Programming and implementation of controllers using PLCs.

Business and Operations Management

Students explore the technologies and techniques used to optimise the conversion of materials and labour into goods and services.

Individual Project

Supported by, and contributing to, themed challenge groups, students will implement their project proposal, culminating in an event to showcase their results to invited academics, peers and industrial partners.

Your final year will include a major group project. You will work within a multi-disciplinary team to tackle a complex, current problem in engineering. Advanced units allow you to work with our research teams on specialist, novel applications of engineering. You will typically study the following units (the list of units is indicative and may be subject to change).

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Core Units

Advanced Electronic Design

Students develop their skills to apply a systems design approach to the design of low noise and high-frequency amplifiers, mixed-signal systems, ASICs and FPGA implementation, pipelined designs, and timing issues/metastability.

Power and Energy Management

Students develop skills to analyse power systems and explore high voltage systems, single- and three-phase inverters and trends in power and energy management.

Group Engineering Project

Students will work in teams to deliver substantial design solutions to a complex problem in engineering.

Engineering Sustainability

A resilient and sustainable economic future depends on engineering products and processes that use resources and energy at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Students will learn about the latest developments in harvesting energy from natural resources, such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells, gaseous and liquid biofuels, etc. and about what informs business decision-making when evaluating sustainable plant performance and materials selection.

Smart Systems for Industry 4.0

Sensors gather the data for smart management of the systems that define Industry 4.0. Components, machines, production lines, whole factories and distribution systems all contribute data to optimise the entire value-creation chain. Effective specification, design and deployment of sensors require access to multidisciplinary expertise including artificial intelligence, control systems, and communication technologies and protocols.

Students will gain practical experience of working with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and learn about the latest innovations in condition monitoring and other sensing applications, such as RFID, barcode scanning, image processing, automation & control, etc.

Management of Projects Professional Practice

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the management of projects in a professional practice setting via problem based learning. Students will be expected to analyse, critique and recommend solutions for an existing project.

Using a problem based learning approach, with a case study provided by an industrial partner, students will explore the management strategies, processes and stakeholders involved in the project, and develop communication and coordination plans to monitor and control the project information.

Advanced Communications and Networks

In this unit, you will study current industry standards in computer networking and satellite communication systems. You will learn how to analyse the structure, operation and suitability of major networking technologies for different applications and how to evaluate recent real-time network technologies and assess the performance and configuration of networks.

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 department 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 department 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.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: No applications allowed studied 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).

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£130

£800

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

£60

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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