The communications field includes mobile phone handsets and cellular networks, long-haul optical and satellite communications, data transmission and security, the internet and digital broadcasting. It’s one of the fastest growing engineering sectors, and one in which the UK is particularly successful.
If you’re looking for a career in the communications industries, this course is for you. You’ll gain a broad foundation in modern electronic engineering and the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin it. You’ll also choose from a range of specialist options, from high-frequency and microwave engineering – as used in mobile communications links – to medical electronics.
You’ll be taught by experts in world-class facilities, giving you access to the latest research in the field and developing your knowledge base. Project work in every year will also help to develop your professional skills for diverse roles across the communications industry.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You’ll have access to world-class facilities, including the ARM Embedded Systems Laboratory and the Keysight Technologies Wireless Communications Laboratory, which features professional-standard equipment including arbitrary function generators and 100MHz 4-channel oscilloscopes.
For your final-year project, you could also have access to facilities such as our bionanoelectronics research laboratory, ultrasound sensing laboratory or terahertz imaging laboratory.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited electronic engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IET.
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.The BEng is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for CEng status. A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
All of our core electronic and electrical degree courses have a common first two years. This lays the foundations of your studies and gives you a thorough understanding of key topics, but it also means you can easily change between these courses until the end of Year 2.
You’ll learn about the physical principles that affect the function of electronic components and electrical systems, as well as circuit theory, analysis and design. You’ll also study communications systems and networks, power electronics and modules designed to improve your mathematical skills for engineering.
In Year 3 you’ll learn more about the professional context of working as an engineer, and you’ll build specialist knowledge of communications engineering through modules on topics like radio frequency and microwave engineering or embedded systems.
If you continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you’ll choose from a range of Masters-level optional modules to specialise in topics such as network security and cellular mobile communications systems. You’ll also complete a dissertation on an aspect of the electronics industry and apply your knowledge to a substantial research project.
Every year of the programme gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
You’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Circuit Analysis and Design 20 credits
- Circuit Theory 10 credits
- Communications Networks and Signals 10 credits
- Communications Systems 10 credits
- Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers 20 credits
- Further Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
- Physical Electronics 1 10 credits
- Physical Electronics 2 10 credits
- Introduction to Engineering Mathematics 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
- Algorithms and Numerical Mathematics 10 credits
- Electronic Circuit Design 10 credits
- High Frequency Electronics 10 credits
- Transistors and Optoelectronic Devices 20 credits
- Communications Theory 20 credits
- Power Electronics 10 credits
- Control Systems 10 credits
- Embedded Systems Project 20 credits
- Mobile Applications Project 20 credits
- Professional Studies 10 credits
- Integrated Circuit Design 10 credits
- RF and Microwave Engineering 10 credits
- Digital Communications 10 credits
- Digital Media Engineering 10 credits
- Embedded Systems 20 credits
- Group Design Project 50 credits
- Industry Dissertation 15 credits
- MEng Individual Project 45 credits
- Wireless Communications Systems Design 15 credits
- Communication Network Design 15 credits
- Digital Signal Processing for Communications 15 credits
- Digital Wireless Communications Principles 15 credits
- Optical Communications Networks 15 credits
- High Speed Internet Architecture 15 credits
- Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits
- Medical Electronics and E-Health 15 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industrial visits allow you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Together they will equip you with in-depth knowledge and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
In addition, our excellent student support team is based close to where you’ll work and study to help with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries.
Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.
D*DD with Distinctions in all Mathematics units plus an interview and diagnostic Maths test. Mathematics units must usually include Further Maths and/or other appropriate Maths units. Some may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.
35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in Mathematics.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AABBB overall with AA in 2 Advanced Highers to include Mathematics.
Engineering Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above).
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:
If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, for which we strongly encourage attendance, as this gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a hands-on electronic demonstration, a question and answer session and a School tour. The tour of the School’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities and recent project work.
An interview with an academic will normally form part of this process. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £21,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.
The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement
The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships
All of our degrees will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in industry, including design, problem solving, numeracy and analysis skills, together with ‘transferable skills’, such as communication and working as a team. Because of the nature of the electronics industry, the demand for high calibre electronic engineering graduates is high and wide-ranging employment opportunities exist both in large multinational corporations and small start-up companies working on next-generation products and technologies.
Our graduates have gone on to launch careers as network, design and renewable energy engineers and a variety of other roles at organisations such as Bombardier Transportation, BT, Instrumentel Ltd, Kawar Energy, Motorola Solutions and Power Electronic Measurements.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
If you choose to take the MEng course, you can apply to spend your third year studying at a university overseas. We’ll advise you on finding a university of your choice, which will need to offer similar modules to the ones you would study in Leeds, and the Programme Leader will approve appropriate matches.
Find out more about Study abroad
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
Find out more about work placements