The School of Engineering and Digital Arts’ degree programmes are taught by staff with both academic and industrial experience. Our programmes are based on leading-edge research topics, vital in a field that advances so quickly, and combine theory with practical and project work – the chance to turn ideas into real systems. Our student work has been awarded international prizes.
Our staff meet regularly with a team of senior industrialists to ensure that our programmes keep up to date with industry.
Applicants for September 2020 entry can apply for a scholarship of a £2,000 one-off payment. For more information and to apply, see DA VINCI Academic scholarship.
Our degree programme
This programme covers all aspects of electronic engineering, which means on graduation you can enter any branch of electronics. By studying on our four-year programme, you are able to focus in depth on particular topics.
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 and in your third year you focus on those areas in preparation for your project.
In your final year, you study business strategy and undertake a group project, which accounts for half of the work of the year. You apply your technical skills and knowledge and develop project and management skills.
All years include project work that replicates industrial practice to maximise the employability of our graduates.
Year in industry
It is possible to take this programme with a year in industry, Electronic and Communications Engineering with a Year in Industry.
We also offer a three-year BEng programme, Electronic and Communications Engineering.
If you do not have the qualifications for direct entry on to one our degree programmes, you can take Electronic and Communications Engineering with a Foundation Year.
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 and communications engineering
- scientific principles and methodology relevant to electronic and communications engineering
- advanced concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems, telecommunications and instrumentation
- the value of intellectual property and contractual issues
- business and management techniques that may be used to achieve engineering objectives
- the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in electronic engineering
- current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and Electromagnetic Compatibililty (EMC) standards and directives
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products
- appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues
- contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied
- electronic digital communication systems and developing technologies
- mathematical and computer models for analysis of digital communication systems
- design processes relevant to communication systems
- the characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- analyse and solve problems in electronic engineering using appropriate mathematical methods
- other engineering disciplines to support study of electronic engineering
- 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
- a systems approach to electronic engineering problems
- investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues
- use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions while understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
- demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution
- the fundamental knowledge to explore new and emerging technologies
- the limitations of mathematical and computer-based problem solving and assess the impact in particular cases
- extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem and apply it in the solution
- evaluate commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks
- apply engineering techniques, taking account of commercial and industrial constraints.
You gain subject-specific knowledge in the following:
- mathematical techniques to analyse problems in electronic engineering
- 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
- the ability to work with technical uncertainty
- apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic engineering in order to solve engineering problems
- the ability to design electronic circuits or systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance
- an awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
- the ability to use technical literature and other information and apply it to a design
- applying management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluating outcomes
- preparing technical reports and presentations
- applying business, management and professional issues to engineering projects
- applying knowledge of design processes in unfamiliar situations and generate innovative designs to fulfil new requirements.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- generating, analysing, presenting and interpreting data
- using information and communications technology
- personal and interpersonal skills and to work as part of a team
- communicating in various forms: written, verbal and visual
- learning effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
- critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- managing time and resources within an individual project and a group project.
The programme aims to:
- educate students to become engineers who are well-equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well-adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject
- produce professional electronic engineers with a well-balanced knowledge of electronic engineering
- enable students to satisfy the professional requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- provide academic guidance and welfare support for students
- create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students in an environment where students can develop their potential
- produce high-calibre professional engineers with advanced knowledge of modern electronic communication systems
- enable students to fully satisfy all of the educational requirements for Membership of the IET and Chartered Engineer status.