MEng/BEng Electronic Engineering

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MEng/BEng Electronic Engineering

Advances in electronic technology have a significant impact on the world, from games consoles, digital cameras and smartphones to drones and self-driving cars.

If you're interested in a career designing, developing and manufacturing electronic equipment and devices, this Electronic Engineering degree is the first step to achieving your ambition. You can study it as a Bachelor's degree over 3 years (BEng) or integrated Master's degree over 4 years (MEng).

You’ll examine the theory and design of electronic systems, devices and circuits and learn how electronic engineering contributes to the wider field of electrical engineering.

You’ll work with analogue and digital components such as microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable devices, using sophisticated facilities and technology. In years 2 and 3, you can study specialist topics that match your interests and ambitions, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and telecommunications.

You’ll apply your skills on projects that solve the types of challenges you’ll face in your career. This includes the option to be part of one of the University’s Formula Student racing teams, where you can specialise in design, production, costing or manufacture of a racing car.

You can also get valuable professional experience by spending a sandwich year working in industry.

The course opens doors to a career as a professional electronics engineer and puts you on the path towards Chartered Engineer status.

MEng and BEng differences

The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share the same modules in years 1–3. The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects.

Transferring to the MEng or BEng

If you study the BEng, you can transfer to the MEng if you progress well and achieve good grades. You can also transfer from the MEng to the BEng if you change your mind once you start the course.

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Admission requirements

BEng typical offer (2021 start): BBB–BBC

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

MEng typical offer (2021 start): AAB–BBB

Typical offers

  • A levels – AAB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25–27

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Sciences
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
  • Introduction to Analogue Circuits
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Principles of Digital Systems
  • Principles of Networked Systems

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Analogue Analysis and Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Group Design Project
  • Microcontrollers and Programmable Logic

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Control Systems Analysis
  • Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP)
  • Telecommunication Principles

Optional placement year

After your second year (BEng and MEng) or third year (MEng only), you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Year 3

Core modules in the third year include:

  • Advanced Electronic Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Individual Project

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Artificial Intelligence or Real-time Embedded Systems
  • Control Systems Design or VHDL and FPGA Systems

Year 4 (MEng)

MEng year modules include:

  • Advanced DSP Techniques
  • Analytical Management Techniques
  • Engineering Management, Economics and Risk Analysis
  • Microwave and High Speed Digital Design
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Sensors and Measurement Systems

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 3 years (BEng)
  • 4 years (MEng)


  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £17,600 per year


On this degree course you'll:

  • Get theoretical and practical knowledge in the design of electronic systems
  • Use the latest equipment for analysing and measuring electronics, including logic analysers, spectrum analysers, digital scopes and multi-function generators
  • Learn in facilities including a microcontroller and digital lab, analogue electronics lab, telecommunications lab and computing suites with software applications such as Matlab
  • Use experimental kits, such as ServoSET servo-mechanism (which helps you learn how to stabilise systems) and superheterodyne radio receivers (which help you understand the principles of radio receiver operation)
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Complete a high-level dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff
  • Develop skills you can use in all areas of your life and career, including team working, research, critical thinking and time management skills

Continuing studies

Graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Career paths

Electronic engineering has a significant impact on our lives, from telecommunication systems bringing people together to medical technology looking after our health.

Due to the ongoing demand for innovation in medical technology devices, and consumer electronics such as mobile phones and televisions, there's high demand for skilled electronic engineers.

Previous students have gone on to work in the following areas, many on graduate training programs:

  • Defence electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Product design
  • Robotics
  • Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications
  • Advanced product manufacturing

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
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