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.
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 taking a year in industry, you gain invaluable workplace experience further enhancing your career.
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.
Electronic and Communications Engineering student Bradley talks about his course at the University of Kent.
Year in industry
The additional aims of our Year in Industry degree are to give students an opportunity to gain experience as engineers working in a professional environment and to develop employment-related skills. The Year in Industry opportunity develops students’ technical skills, employability and soft skills as well as increasing their awareness of the future context for employment.
Your Year in Industry takes place between your second and final year. The School’s dedicated employability officer helps you to identify organisations offering placements. Companies also visit the School to present their industrial placement opportunities and to interview candidates.
As well as gaining invaluable workplace experience, you also have the chance to evaluate a particular career path, and, if your Year in Industry goes well, you may be offered a job by that employer after graduation. For further details, see course structure.
It is possible to take this programme without a year in industry, Electronic and Communications Engineering.
We also offer Electronic and Communications Engineering MEng, a four-year programme which allows you to focus in depth on particular topics.
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
- relevant scientific principles and methodology
- advanced concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems, telecommunications and instrumentation
- the value of intellectual property and contractual issues
- business and management techniques to achieve engineering objectives
- the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct
- current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standards and directives
- characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products
- codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues
- contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied
- aspects of the core subject areas from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- analyse and solve problems using appropriate mathematical methods
- apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support the 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 using analytical methods and modelling techniques
- understand and apply 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
- apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- using mathematical techniques to analyse 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
- working with technical uncertainty
- applying quantitative methods and computer software relevant to electronic engineering to solve engineering problems
- designing electronic circuits or systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance
- awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
- using technical literature and other information sources and applying 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 subject-specific skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.
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
- communication by various means: 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, well-equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, who are well-adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject
- produce professional electronic engineers with a well-balanced knowledge
- 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, and an environment where students can develop their potential
- offer an opportunity for students to gain experience as an engineer working in a professional environment
- develop employment-related skills, including an understanding of how to relate to the structure and function in an organisation, via a year in industry.