Electronics-based products play a vital role in our daily lives. Examples include diagnostic equipment used in modern hospitals, broadband, satellite, and wireless communication technologies, and consumer electronics in the home. At Kent, our research led degrees mean our graduates can work at the forefront of the major areas of electronic engineering and you will combine theory with practical and project work, turning ideas into real systems.
We have strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and our student work has won international prizes. Also, our visiting industrial professors contribute a strong industrial relevance of our courses.
Our degree programme
The Foundation Year aims to extend access to university education to students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and age groups and prepares these students for our three-year Engineering degrees.
In your Foundation Year, you are mainly taught by the University’s academic staff via lectures, example classes and laboratory sessions and the knowledge you gain is, in most cases, equivalent to A level standard. While in your Foundation Year, you can take part in all student activities. On successful completion of your Foundation Year, you move on to the first year of our BEng programme.
Our BEng programme covers all aspects of electronic engineering, which means on graduation you can enter any branch of electronics.
Your first year lays the foundation for the rest of your studies and includes modules on computer systems, electronic circuits, engineering analysis and mathematics. You also complete a robotics project which gives you the chance to construct a robot.
In your second year, you further develop your understanding of the field, gaining further practical experience. As your knowledge grows you discover which areas particularly interest you, so that in your final year you can begin to specialise in preparation for your final-year project.
We provide first-class facilities to support your studies, including:
120-seat multi-purpose engineering laboratory four air-conditioned computer suites housing around 150 high-end computers CAD and development software PCB and surface-mount facilities an anechoic chamber mechanical workshop staffed with skilled mechanical engineers.
Kent School of Engineering and Digital Arts is undergoing a £3 million redevelopment and modernisation which is due for completion in July 2020. You gain state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities which include:
a virtual reality suite a production studio (including photography, video and green screen facilities) a large teaching and design studio engineering workshop and fabrication facilities a dedicated makerspace.
There are many ways to get involved in School life. You could become a student representative, giving students a voice on School committees or become a student ambassador and work with us in secondary schools to promote engineering and technology.
We also host events where you can meet industry experts and former students.
In addition, you can take part in student-led societies including:
TinkerSoc – a society that embraces all forms of technology, where you build, hack and make things.
The School has strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We have several visiting industrial professors who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our programmes.
Teaching includes practical work in conventional laboratory experiments or projects, lecture modules and examples classes, which develop your problem-solving skills, and staff hold regular ‘surgeries’ where you can discuss any questions you have. Practical work is carried out in air-conditioned laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding IT infrastructure.
Stage 1 modules are assessed by coursework and examination at the end of the year. Stage 2 and 3 modules, with the exception of the Stage 3 project, are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. All years include project work to replicate industrial practice and develop skills to maximise employability.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- mathematical principles relevant to electronic engineering
- scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic engineering
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- analysis and solution of problems in electronic engineering using appropriate mathematical methods
- use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key electronic engineering processes
- identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- use of mathematical techniques to analyse and solve hardware and software problems
- the ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and computer-aided design (CAD) tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits
- analysing experimental and simulation results and determining their strength and validity
- applying quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic engineering to solve engineering problems
- preparing technical reports and presentations.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- the ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- the use of information and communications technology
- personal and interpersonal skills and working as part of a team
- communicating in various forms: written, verbal and visual
- learning effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
- applying critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- managing time and resources within an individual project and a group project.
The programme aims to:
- provide students with a firm foundation in electronics, mathematics and practical skills necessary for higher level courses
- develop in students a range of transferable skills of general value
- offer students an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning
- provide academic guidance and welfare support for students
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and an environment in which students can develop their potential.