Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

The vast majority of modern computer system development is targeted at embedded, portable, household or industrial systems, such as mobile phones, tablets, set-top boxes, games consoles, car-building robots or in-vehicle entertainment.

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MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

The vast majority of modern computer system development is targeted at embedded, portable, household or industrial systems, such as mobile phones, tablets, set-top boxes, games consoles, car-building robots or in-vehicle entertainment.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 3rd in the UK  for student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • £29,000 average starting salary (DLHE 2014)
  • 97% of employed graduates in professional / managerial roles (2014 graduates)
  • 1st in the UK for engineering placements (2014/15 HESA UG Student Record)

Human beings are already greatly outnumbered by embedded systems, but the exploitation of their capability has hardly begun. This course teaches you to combine digital electronics, microprocessors and software so that you can explore the potential of embedded systems for yourself.

We all use many embedded systems already - think of mobile phones, games consoles, engine management systems and wireless routers. But embedded systems will soon be with us everywhere: our clothes will monitor our health, our glasses will give us directions, our phones will give us the right data before we know we wanted it and our vehicle entertainment system will respond to our moods.

To develop such exciting new products, the embedded systems industry needs the right type of graduates - those having not just software skills, but also the expertise to design specific electronic solutions and their electrical connections to the outside world.

There is a huge shortage of graduates to meet the current requirements of the embedded systems industry, let alone its future needs. Our Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering course will equip you with the digital electronic, microprocessor and software skills to design, build and integrate the technologies behind the products of the future.

Student Project video

 All engineering is problem solving.  This short video shows you one of the many problems being tackled by our final year undergraduates as they become engineers. 

To see more student project video visit our website

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich H612
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H613
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich H614
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H611
MEng and BEng courses

Our courses have a common first year – your ‘essential tool kit’: this gives the flexibility to change course at the end of Year 1 or in some cases at the end of Year 2. It also means that students entering the School on a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) course can change to a Master of Engineering (MEng) course if their first year performance is sufficiently strong.

Years 1 and 2 of the BEng and MEng courses are similar: from there on each course develops its own flavour and engineering emphasis and each student can further tailor their course with optional modules so suit personal preferences and aptitudes.

Selection

We do not currently interview as part of our selection process. We use the information contained in your UCAS application form to decide whether we are able to make an offer. All students receiving offers are invited to a Visit Day when you can talk to staff and current students as well as enjoy conducted School and campus tours, including accommodation.

Visits can also be arranged prior to application – please contact the Admissions Tutor.

Sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries

Sponsorship offers extra support while studying and a welcome financial boost, but also the chance to develop skills during summer and year placements. We broker a range of sponsored places from leading companies such as BAE Systems, Frazer- Nash Consultancy and Jaguar Land Rover.

We are also a member of the IET’s Power Academy, an engineering scholarship fund supporting undergraduate students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities.

Students studying any of the School’s degree courses and intending to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service may be eligible for financial support under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has its own sponsorship schemes, and is also able to supply a list of companies offering sponsorship.

The School and the University offer a number of annual scholarship and bursary schemes. These may be awarded according to academic achievement or fee status, or for those with outstanding abilities in sport or music. The scholarships and bursaries available are updated from year to year, so please contact the Admissions Tutor for the most recent information.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are highly employable and sought after. This course gives you the skills to work anywhere in the embedded systems world, from the intricate detail of microprocessor architecture, through modern computer networks to complex industrial systems.

But in such an exciting and rapidly evolving area of technology, this qualification and skill-set will take you anywhere at the forefront of innovation.

The Government’s first destination statistics for the last 3 years indicate that almost 90% of our graduates, on average, are in professional employment 6 months after graduating.

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. 

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Electromagnetism 
  • Programming and Software Design
  • Electronics
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering for Projects
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Computer Architecture
  • Electronic Systems Design with FPGAs
  • Electronics 
  • Software Engineering
  • Mathematics

Plus 2 options from:

  • Communications
  • Control System Design
  • Engineering Project Management 
  • Systems Integration
Optional placement / study year

Optional professional placement and/or overseas study

Final year BEng

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced FPGA design
  • Business Management
  • Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation
  • Individual Project
  • Real Time Software Engineering 
  • Plus typically two options from list below

 

Year 3 and final year MEng

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced FPGA design
  • Advanced Project
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Engineering
  • Applying Management Theory
  • Business Management 
  • Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation
  • Embedded Software Development 
  • Group Project
  • Real Time Software Engineering
  • Plus typically four options

 

Optional Modules for Years 3 and 4 include:

  • Advanced Control
  • Bioelectricity – Fundamentals and Applications
  • Biophotonics Engineering
  • Communication Channels
  • Communications 
  • Communication Networks
  • Communications Security
  • Computer Networks 
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing for Software Defined Radio
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility 
  • Electromechanical Systems
  • Fast Transient Sensors
  • Finite Element Laboratory 
  • Human Factors in Systems Design
  • Information Theory and Coding
  • Intelligent Signal Processing
  • Materials Properties and Applications
  • Microcontroller Laboratory
  • Microwave Circuits Laboratory
  • Microwave Communication Systems
  • Mobile Network Technologies
  • Personal Radio Communications
  • Sensors and Actuators for Control
  • Systems Design
  • Systems Engineering Applications Theory
  • Understanding Complexity
  • Validation and Verification

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: H612 MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A Grade
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 in HL Maths and 6 at HL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade A
Additional

UCAS code: H613 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AA including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A Grade
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 in HL Maths and 6 at HL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade A
Additional

UCAS code: H614 BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A/B grade
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL or 6 at SL in Maths and 5 at HL or 6 at SL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade B
Additional

UCAS code: H611 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including Maths and at least one from a Science subject, D&T, Electronics, Systems & Control, Further Maths or Computing
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Maths and either a Science subject, Electronics or Computer Science plus Highers at majority A/B grade
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL or 6 at SL in Maths and 5 at HL or 6 at SL in a science subject
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DDD overall, Distinction in all maths modules and to include A-level Maths at Grade B
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2017-18

 

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band B course) £19,900

 

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrial placement

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record)

This course provides the option of a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Recent companies who have employed placement students from the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering include Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, EDF, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Grid and Rolls-Royce.  

Study abroad

Our MEng courses are designed to be compatible with the longer courses that are standard in many European universities so International Exchange schemes, including ERASMUS, present opportunities for study abroad.

In particular the UNITECH scheme allows students on MEng courses to combine study in a top European institution with a work placement at a large multinational engineering company, and leads to a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).

Placement year with JCB

Luke Ellis, an undergraduate student from the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with JCB

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H612

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H613

BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H614

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H611

Our students

Oliver C

“I did my placement at BAE Systems. This was an invaluable experience giving me insight into a professional engineering company and developing my interpersonal work skills.”

Phoebe R

“The teaching in the department is exceptional. I find the staff extremely approachable and willing to help. In your first year you are assigned a personal tutor, I have found this very useful and the staff have a genuine interest in your progress.”

Richard G

“The course is dynamic and offers a wide range of module topics which has allowed me to tailor my degree as I desire.”

Ali O

“The lecturers are leading experts in their field and many of them conduct their research at the University giving the students first hand contact with their latest developments and findings.”

Ryan Y

“I love that in my course everything I am currently working on is either a piece of software or a robot and that there will be a usable final product at the end of it.”

Robbie G

"Working with industry standard equipment facilitates a better quality learning experience for Loughborough undergraduates."

Alex S

“There is a reason Loughborough has been rated the best university for student satisfaction on multiple occasions.”

Alexandra P

"Loughborough has the only dedicated systems course in the country, which I was really excited about."

Anika M

"I knew people who had studied at Loughborough before and the nature of the work they were involved in was truly innovative and inspiring."

Harry L

"Loughborough presented a place within a community rather than just an education."

Oliver C

“I did my placement at BAE Systems. This was an invaluable experience giving me insight into a professional engineering company and developing my interpersonal work skills.”

Phoebe R

“The teaching in the department is exceptional. I find the staff extremely approachable and willing to help. In your first year you are assigned a personal tutor, I have found this very useful and the staff have a genuine interest in your progress.”

Richard G

“The course is dynamic and offers a wide range of module topics which has allowed me to tailor my degree as I desire.”

Ali O

“The lecturers are leading experts in their field and many of them conduct their research at the University giving the students first hand contact with their latest developments and findings.”

Ryan Y

“I love that in my course everything I am currently working on is either a piece of software or a robot and that there will be a usable final product at the end of it.”

Robbie G

"Working with industry standard equipment facilitates a better quality learning experience for Loughborough undergraduates."

Alex S

“There is a reason Loughborough has been rated the best university for student satisfaction on multiple occasions.”

Alexandra P

"Loughborough has the only dedicated systems course in the country, which I was really excited about."

Anika M

"I knew people who had studied at Loughborough before and the nature of the work they were involved in was truly innovative and inspiring."

Harry L

"Loughborough presented a place within a community rather than just an education."