Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H612 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H613 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H614 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H611 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

97%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

£27,000

average starting salary

Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering course overview

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.

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

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.

MEng and BEng courses

The IET accredited MEng degree courses are aimed at the most ambitious of students who wish to develop highflying careers within different industrial sectors and to become the future leaders of industry in companies concerned with Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering.

The MEng courses are the preferred route to achieving Chartered Engineer status. This course of four academic years allows high calibre students to develop their understanding of the role of Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering in the industrial context, over and beyond that of the BEng courses.

Our Electronics based 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 starting on the BEng course can change to the 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 to suit personal preferences and aptitudes.

In the third and fourth academic years, the MEng courses provide enhanced opportunities to study your chosen specialist subjects in depth. In addition, MEng students follow extra modules in business management and application of management theory, and are offered the chance to study a language.

Professional Recognition

The MEng and BEng courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

International study

All students on the MEng courses have the opportunity to study abroad in their third or final academic year. If suitable for international study then this will lead to the award of a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). A network of engineering departments from around 30 institutions throughout Europe cooperate in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), as well as opportunities with the UNITECH scheme.

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped for the study of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry with a range of specialist equipment including 400 MHz, 500 MHz and solid-state NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, and ion-mobility spectrometers.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1 and 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Computer Architecture
  • Digital Systems
  • Embedded Systems Programming
  • Electronics
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Industrial Project in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical Science
  • Mathematics

Plus one optional Year 2 module from:

  • Communications Systems
  • Control System Design

Optional placement/study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Years 3/4 and 4/5

Final year BEng (Hons)

The final academic year of the BEng course is structured around an individual project together with a set of Electronic and Computer Systems core subjects and a selection of additional optional subjects.

Year 4/Final year MEng (Hons)

Year 3 and the final academic year of the MEng courses are structured around a Professional Development Group Project, and then an individual project respectively, together with an Electronic and Computer Systems core. Further modules are chosen from the selection of additional optional subjects, with the opportunity to include modules from other courses within the University during the final academic year.

 

Compulsory modules:

  • Applying Management Theory
  • Advanced FPGA Design (MEng only)
  • Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation
  • Electronic Systems Design with FPGAs
  • Embedded Software Development (MEng only)
  • Embedded Systems Design and Implementation
  • Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality
  • Group Project (MEng only)
  • Individual Project

 

Optional subjects

The following example optional subjects support the BEng and MEng courses:

  • Communication Networks
  • Computer Networks 
  • Digital Signal Processing for Software Designed Radio
  • Information Theory and Coding
  • Materials Properties and Applications
  • Microcontroller Laboratory
  • Microwave Circuits Laboratory
  • Microwave Communications
  • Mobile Network Technologies
  • Personal Radio Communications
  • Sensors and Actuators for Control
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
  • Communication Channels
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Engineering
  • Understanding Complexity
  • Communication Network Security
  • Engineering Applications
  • Digital and State Space Control
  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems

Assessment

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical work
  • seminars
  • extensive project work

The emphasis is placed on increasing your independence and encouraging you to develop your study skills while taking part in group activities. Lecture based modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and formal examinations taken at the end of each semester. Project module assessments require written reports and technical presentations, preparing you for your subsequent career. The proportion of coursework assessment is approximately 30% to 50% depending on degree course, semester/year and optional modules.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification for BEng and MEng variants.


Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

H612 Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*D*D* in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

H613 Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*D*D* in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

H614 Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

H611 Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and a second science subject. Second science subjects are: Physics, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Computing, Computer Science
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL Mathematics and either Physics, Design & Technology or Computer Science
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant subject, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade B
Relevant subjects include Electrical/Electronic, Computing

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries

All of our courses have an established reputation with employers in industry. Companies, therefore, target the School with sandwich year opportunities and a number of companies offer sponsorship, for which there is intense competition. Students seeking sponsorship are urged to consult publications such as CRAC and Engineering Opportunities.

We are a member of the IET's Power Academy, an engineering scholarship fund supporting undergraduate students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities. We also broker a range of sponsored places from leading companies such as BAE Systems, Frazer- Nash Consultancy and Jaguar Land Rover.

Students studying our Electronic and Computing Systems 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.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • ARM
  • BAE Systems
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • IBM
  • JLR
  • Quanta Fluid Systems
  • Rolls Royce
  • Telesoft Technologies

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).

All of our courses can be taken with a salaried industrial placement in Year 3 and over 50 students take this option every year. For the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) you need to complete a minimum of 45 weeks work in a company.

We are notified of vacancies and opportunities throughout the academic year, and we provide support and help for you to gain a suitable placement.

Recent placement students have worked for virtually every major engineering company in the UK including:

  • Airbus UK
  • BAE Systems
  • Bentley Motors
  • EDF
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • JCB
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • National Grid
  • Rolls-Royce

Our students

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Course

Electronic & Computer Systems Engineering

Department

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Qualifications

MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

3rd

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H612

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H613

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H614

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H611