Fact file - 2014 entry
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Electronic and Communications Engineering
A level offer: AAA-ABB
Required subjects: maths and a science or electronics subject plus a third subject (excluding general studies). A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects
IB score: 32-36 (5 in maths and science at Higher Level)
Available part time: no
Course places: 120 for all of the Department's courses
Campus: University Park Campus
This three-year course is designed for those students who are particularly interested in communications and their underlying technologies. Students on this degree study a range of electronic engineering topics including electronic design, software engineering, computer modelling, microelectronics, signal processing and instrumentation, but have specialist modules in telecommunications devices, the principles of telecommunications, digital systems and telecommunications systems. Mobile communications, CD/DVD technology, optical and microwave communications and digital television are studied in detail.
In the final year each student completes an individual project that involves detailed investigation and research into a communications topic. The Department has a strong research activity in optical and microwave communications and many opportunities for industrial project collaboration exist.
The first year is common to most of our courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to other courses within the Department once you have better knowledge of the different specialist areas. You will gain an understanding of the principles and practices on which all specialisms within electrical and electronic engineering are founded. This is achieved through the study of analogue and digital electronics, circuits and systems, computing, communications and the application of electrical energy. Practical and fault-finding skills are developed through laboratory and project work. Your appreciation of the aspects of science and mathematics, which underpin the subject, will also be enhanced.
You will continue to improve your understanding of electrical and electronic engineering, and your design skills will be developed through a variety of laboratory-based subjects. This will prepare you to study, in the final years of your course, emerging and advanced technologies usually taught by internationally recognised researchers. Group projects, presentations and seminars enable you to gain the skills and understanding essential for the workplace.
In year three, you will be able to choose from a range of specialist topics, with flexibility to maintain a broad base or focus on specific technologies. Your individual project forms a major part of the final year. Working in an area of your choosing, you will develop design, analysis, construction and fault-finding skills. Many of these projects support research or development carried out with industry.
See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme
A levels: AAA-ABB, including maths and a science or electronics subject plus a third subject (excluding general studies)
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff. They’re also shaped by new developments in industry and as a consequence, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules on offer.
Typical year-one modules
Introduction to Communications Engineering
Introduction to Computer Engineering
Introduction to Circuits and Fields
Introduction to Electronic Engineering
Introduction to Real-time Systems
Typical year-two modules
Signal Processing and Control Engineering
Software Engineering Design
Electronic Construction Project
Professional Skills for Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Electronic Engineering Design Project
Typical year-three modules
Digital Video Communication Systems
Business Planning for Engineers
Typical optional modules
Control Systems Design
Solid State Devices
Fields Waves and Antennas
Our graduates are seen as highly employable in areas such as fibre optic, mobile and broadcast telecommunications.
This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 80.6% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,704 with the highest being £35,500.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.
There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.
To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
The International Office provides support and advice on financing you degree and offers a number of scholarships to help you with tuition fees and living costs.
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