Electronics and Computer Engineering MEng, BEng

(Full time) 2020 start

Course information for 2019 start

Overview

Communications, information, visualisation and sensing technologies are increasingly being integrated in smartphones, advanced manufacturing, electronic healthcare and other areas. As a result, the interface between electronics and computing is a key growth area for the technology industry.

Taught by the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering alongside the School of Computing, this course has been designed to meet this need. You’ll study the foundations of electronics and computing, from programming languages to electronic circuit design, and learn how the whole hierarchy of digital electronics and software fits together. You’ll then also get the chance to study specialist topics, which may include areas such as distributed systems, parallel computing and medical electronics.

Project work in every year and extensive practical lab classes will give you experience of applying your knowledge, and equip you with the professional skills for a wide range of dynamic careers in this challenging and remarkably fast-growing industry.

We're 3rd in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide.

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.

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to world-class facilities, including our Farnell-sponsored embedded systems lab and the Agilent Technologies wireless communications lab, which features professional-standard equipment such as Agilent’s bench-top spectrum analysers, signal generators and 6000 series oscilloscopes.

For your final-year project, you could also have access to facilities like a cleanroom for nanotechnology research, or one of the best terahertz electronics facilities in Europe.

Accreditation

The MEng, BEng is 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 (CEng).

The BEng is accredited by the IET on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For this course, these are the quality standards set by the IET.

Course content

You’ll study the foundations of electronics and computing in your first two years, including electronic circuit design, communications systems, computer program design and programming languages. You’ll also learn more about the hierarchy of digital electronics and software, from individual transistors to microprocessors, and onto full computer systems, data routing and software applications.

This learning will provide the basis for your studies in Year 3, when you’ll take more specialised modules in fields like digital communications and embedded systems. You’ll also have the chance to select optional modules that suit your interests and career ambitions, on topics such as cryptography, machine learning, and computer graphics.

For MEng students, the fourth year provides a wide range of choice in advanced areas such as FPGAs, system-on-chip, and embedded microprocessors. You’ll also complete a dissertation on a particular aspect of the industry to help you prepare for professional life.

In both Years 3 and 4 you’ll have the option to complete an interdisciplinary project, jointly supervised by academic staff from both the schools of Computing and Electronic and Electrical Engineering, to develop expertise across the entire subject scope.

Projects

Every year of the course 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.

Engineering ethics

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.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Computer Architecture 10 credits
  • Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 10 credits
  • Procedural Programming 10 credits
  • Object Oriented Programming 10 credits
  • Programming Project 10 credits
  • Circuit Analysis and Design 20 credits
  • Communications Networks and Signals 10 credits
  • Communications Systems 10 credits
  • Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Networks 10 credits
  • Formal Languages and Finite Automata 10 credits
  • Algorithms and Data Structures I 10 credits
  • User Interfaces 10 credits
  • Compiler Design and Construction 10 credits
  • Electronic Circuit Design 10 credits
  • Communications Theory 20 credits
  • Embedded Systems Project 20 credits
  • Microprocessors and Programmable Logic 20 credits
Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Distributed Systems 10 credits
  • Parallel Computation 10 credits
  • Secure Computing 10 credits
  • Professional Studies 10 credits
  • Digital Communications 10 credits
  • Embedded Systems 20 credits
  • Group Design Project 50 credits
Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Parallel and Concurrent Programming 15 credits
  • Modern Industry Practice 15 credits
  • FPGA Design for System-on-Chip 15 credits
  • MEng Individual Project 45 credits

Optional modules

  • Cloud Computing 15 credits
  • Advanced Software Engineering 15 credits
  • High Speed Internet Architecture 15 credits
  • Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits
  • Embedded Microprocessor System Design 15 credits
  • Medical Electronics and E-Health 15 credits

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Electronics and Computer Engineering MEng, BEng in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng in the course catalogue

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 and project work 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. They 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.

Assessment

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

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Mathematics.

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 (4) 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.

  • BTEC

    DDD with Distinctions in all Mathematics units plus grade A in A Level Maths. 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.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

  • International Baccalaureate

    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

    AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics and AABBB at Higher Level.

  • Other Qualifications

    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 School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re 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 Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International

We accept a range of international qualifications. For more information contact the Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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 you’re 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.

Applicant days

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 practical electronics activity, see a taster lecture, have a question and answer session with current students, and see the School’s laboratories. The school foyer will have student projects on display so you can get an idea of what you can work towards in the future.

During the day you’ll get a chance to ask questions of an academic member of staff to check it’s the right course for you and your career plans, and find out more about studying at the University of Leeds.

After you apply we will send you a link to book your place on the applicant day. Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend, so your place can be allocated to another applicant.

Please note, if the entry requirements for your qualification include a diagnostic mathematics test, attendance at an applicant day is required.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2019

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Tuition fees for 2019 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For all full-time students starting in 2020, our fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed and we expect to publish an update later in 2019.

Brexit 
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll 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.

Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Scholarships

Scholarships for 2020 entry are to be confirmed.

Career opportunities

Virtually all high-tech fields require engineers with expertise in electronics and in computer engineering, which means that this degree leads to an impressive variety of career opportunities across sectors and industries that span the globe.

Recent graduates from the schools of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Computing can be found working in communications, information technology, automotive, manufacturing and programming sectors.

Careers Support

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

Study abroad

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.

Work placements

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.

Course terms and conditions