Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

About the course

Designed with the support of senior industrialists, Electronic Engineering is ideal if you want to study and work effectively in any part of the electronics industry.

Reasons to study Electronic Engineering at DMU:

  • Gain an excellent education in electronic engineering, learning about analogue and digital electronics and everything from high frequency electronics through to control
  • The course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology as ‘working towards Chartered Engineer’, for more than 25 years 
  • Our laboratories are available for staffed or extra-curricular use and we also provide significant additional support for mathematics with drop-in workshops specifically for engineering students. Optional sessions covering further practical electronics are also available at our weekly electronics club.

DMU offers a practically focused Electronic Engineering programme, supported by rigorous theoretical content, which stresses the links between theory and practice. The course provides a broad base, with optional streams in high frequency engineering, power electronics and systems integration and telecommunications.

I learnt invaluable skills in design and project management alongside the fundamentals of engineering. I am now working as a process engineer, developing new manufacturing lines with six sigma capabilities. 

Key facts

UCAS course code: H610

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement o six years part-time studying one day per week.

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent, to include a Mathematics, Physics or Engineering subject plus five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level in a Mathematics, Physics or Engineering
  • Additional qualifications can contribute toward the points score, such as a third A Level or AS Levels or equivalent

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The majority of technical modules use a split assessment scheme, with 50 per cent of the module being assessed by examination and 50 per cent by coursework. Some modules are assessed 100 per cent by coursework. Each module will have an allocated period of self-directed study. 

Coursework components are varied and range from traditional formal reports, to group exercises assessed by logbook, oral examination and directed independent study.

 In the first year as part of the Principles of Engineering Design module, students take part in a group design project involving the design and construction of a machine to a set specification. This is also assessed part way through the year by a presentation made to a practicing Project Manager from local industry.

Course modules

First year

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Principles of Design and Manufacture
  • Communication Systems

Second year

  • Applied Electronics
  • Signal Processing
  • Embedded Systems and Drives
  • Electronic Communication Engineering
  • Electromagnetics
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Final year

  • Individual Project
  • Advanced Digital Design
  • High Frequency Technology
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Power Electronics
  • Systems Integration
  • Communication Networks
  • Mobile Communications

Industry links and professional accreditation

IETACADEMICPARTNERS-200-120The course is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)| which is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.

IET accreditation recognises the high standard of the course and confirms the relevance of its content. In order to achieve IET accreditation the course has had to reach a certain standard in areas such as the course structure, staffing, resourcing, quality assurance, student support and technical depth.

The benefits of an IET accredited course include increased opportunities, being looked on favourably by employers and completing the first step in your journey to achieving professional Chartered Engineer (CEng)| status which can be applied for following a period of suitable industrial experience after graduation.

Engineering council

This degree has been accredited by IET 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.

Work experience and placements


You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Students from this course have taken part in work experience placements at a number of national and international companies over the past three years including Airbus UK and Cummins Generator Technologies Ltd.

Graduate careers

Increasingly, employers need graduates with a range of transferable skills combined with the ability to work competently in electronics and use the tools of electronic engineering.

Electronic engineering links into many industries, with many graduates pursuing careers in electronic product design, radio frequency design and mobile communications, signal processing, control and power electronics, electronic control systems, telecommunications, military and aeronautical electronics and education.

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
Placement year £650
Part-time (Where available)
4 year course £5,925 per year
6 year course £3,950 per year
Per module £988 per 15 credits
Full-time £12,200
Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.

2013 High Flyers Scholarships

We are committed to ensuring talented students have the opportunity to study at De Montfort University (DMU), demonstrated by our package of more than £20 million|| in financial and student support over three years, and an investment of £8.75 million in the student experience.

The £1,000 award will be made to students who have applied to DMU and enter with 320 UCAS points or more from three A Levels or an A2 equivalent*.

Find out more.|

*Terms and conditions| apply


Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state of the art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.

A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives is provided for while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.

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How to apply


Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28
GL52 3LZ

T: 0871 468 0 468


International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal|.

Contact details

For further information and admissions advice

Study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Submit an online form| to ask questions and get advice.

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