The communications field includes mobile phone handsets and cellular networks, long-haul optical and satellite communications, data transmission and security, the internet and digital broadcasting. It's one of the fastest growing engineering sectors, and one in which the UK is particularly successful.
If you're looking for a career in the communications industries, this course is for you. You'll gain a broad foundation in modern electronic engineering and the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin it. You'll also choose from a range of specialist options, from high-frequency and microwave engineering - as used in mobile communications links - to medical electronics.
You'll be taught by experts in world-class facilities, giving you access to the latest research in the field and developing your knowledge base. Project work in every year will also help to develop your professional skills for diverse roles across the communications industry.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
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You'll have access to world-class facilities, including the ARM Embedded Systems Laboratory and the Keysight Technologies Wireless Communications Laboratory, which features professional-standard equipment including arbitrary function generators and 100MHz 4-channel oscilloscopes.
For your final-year project, you could also have access to facilities such as our bionanoelectronics research laboratory, ultrasound sensing laboratory or terahertz imaging laboratory.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited electronic engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IET.
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.
All of our core electronic and electrical degree courses have a common first two years. This lays the foundations of your studies and gives you a thorough understanding of key topics, but it also means you can easily change between these courses until the end of Year 2.
You'll learn about the physical principles that affect the function of electronic components and electrical systems, as well as circuit theory, analysis and design. You'll also study communications systems and networks, power electronics and modules designed to improve your mathematical skills for engineering.
In Year 3 you'll learn more about the professional context of working as an engineer, and you'll build specialist knowledge of communications engineering through modules on topics like radio frequency and microwave engineering or embedded systems.
If you continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll choose from a range of Masters-level optional modules to specialise in topics such as network security and cellular mobile communications systems. You'll also complete a dissertation on an aspect of the electronics industry and apply your knowledge to a substantial research project.
Every year of the programme gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
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You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
All of our degrees will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in industry, including design, problem solving, numeracy and analysis skills, together with 'transferable skills', such as communication and working as a team. Because of the nature of the electronics industry, the demand for high calibre electronic engineering graduates is high and wide-ranging employment opportunities exist both in large multinational corporations and small start-up companies working on next-generation products and technologies.
Our graduates have gone on to launch careers as network, design and renewable energy engineers and a variety of other roles at organisations such as Bombardier Transportation, BT, Instrumentel Ltd, Kawar Energy, Motorola Solutions and Power Electronic Measurements.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
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Study abroad and work placements
If you choose to take the MEng course, you can apply to spend your third year studying at a university overseas. We'll advise you on finding a university of your choice, which will need to offer similar modules to the ones you would study in Leeds, and the Programme Leader will approve appropriate matches.
Find out more about Study abroad
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
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