Computer technology can be found in more than just desktop and laptop PCs. Specialist microprocessors are used for communications (there's one in your mobile phone), measurement devices (for example, medical instrumentation) and entertainment (mp3 and BluRay players) to name just a few.
This four-year degree is designed for students with an interest in computers, computing systems and software. Directed specialisms for modules and projects include microelectronics and VLSI design, object oriented software, computer networks and other modules offered by the School of Computer Science.
A year in industry placement develops additional knowledge in aspects of management and commercial practice within industry.
Final-year projects provide you with the chance to work with members of the Department's research groups working on the latest advances in VLSI applications for computer systems, parallel and embedded architectures, digital signal and vector processing.
The first year is common to all of our courses. This gives you the option to transfer onto other courses within the department once you know more about the specialist areas. You will gain an understanding of the principles and practices on which all specialisms within electrical and electronic engineering are founded. The electrical and electronic engineering construction project allows you to apply your knowledge and gain valuable practical and fault-finding skills. Week-long practical sessions will help you engage fully in your work and develop as a professional engineer. Your appreciation of science and mathematics 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 and modules. 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 will give you the skills and understanding essential for the workplace.
Year three (in industry)
You will spend year three in industry. You can apply for competitively-allocated placements from a pool available to students on the course or can agree your own placement with an appropriate company. During your industry year, you remain fully registered with the University, with regular meetings with your tutor.
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.