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Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry (BEng Hons) H604

BEng Honours

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry

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Key Course Information

Entry Year

2017

Course length

4 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

BBB

Faculty

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Attendance

Full-Time

Professional Year Out

Yes

UCAS Code

H604

School

Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.

Overview

There can be few modern enterprises and aspects of human life which remain untouched by electronics or electrical engineering - it is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's is concerned with solving practical problems using electrical/electronic science. It is an exciting area of immense growth with a worldwide shortage of qualified engineers.

The subject area is broad, ranging from micro-electronic chip design and manufacture to power generation and distribution. Rapid advances are occurring in fields such as telecommunications, computer software, hardware and networking, medical electronics, security, virtual and augmented reality, control and robotics and renewable energy systems.

Due to the high demand for electrical and electronic engineers across such a broad range of sectors, there is a critical shortage of graduates locally, nationally and internationally. Students who take this degree at Queen’s therefore have a high chance of gaining well-paid jobs on graduation, in very diverse areas.

To get a feel for what it’s like to work as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer, why not watch these videos of three of our graduates during a typical day at work:

Why Queen's?

Accreditation: these degrees are fully accredited by the relevant professional body (the Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Placement: Students may undertake a year’s paid placement in industry and there are currently lots of companies to choose from. Examples of companies where our students have spent their placements include BT, Schrader, Andor Technology, NIE, BAE Systems, Atkins, Microsoft and Seagate. Students may also gain summer work experience through the IAESTE international exchange programme. Croatia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia are just some of the countries where our students have been to through this Scheme.

Scholarships: Queen's is one of only eight UK universities involved in the prestigious 'Power Academy' scholarship scheme, which each year provides 60 scholarships worth over £25k each to well-qualified students on the BEng and MEng degrees across the eight member universities. There are 18 UK companies involved in the Power Academy Scheme – examples include NIE, Rolls Royce, London Underground, Mitsubishi Electric and BAE Systems. Other companies, such as Asidua and Caterpillar, also sponsor students on these courses. For further information, visit the School website.

Research-led Teaching: Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for research, with 93 per cent of research rated as either 'World-leading' or 'Internationally Excellent' (REF 2014). Students therefore benefit from research-led education and the opportunity to undertake final year projects related to cutting edge technologies.

 

Did you know?

Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s is ranked No 5 in the UK for research (REF 2014)

Entry Requirements

 

Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

BEng

A-level: BBB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Electronics, Further Mathematics or Double Award Applied Science. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.

Higher National Diploma: those with good grades in a relevant Higher National Diploma will be considered on their individual merits for entry to Stage 2.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

MEng

A-level: AAB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Electronics, or Further Mathematics. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

Note: applicants for the MEng degree will automatically be considered for admission to the BEng degree if they are not eligible for entry to the MEng degree both at initial offer making stage and when results are received.

Option to Transfer: transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2. 

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Course Content (including module information)

BEng

This is an enhanced, three-year Honours degree. All BEng students are normally required to complete at least 12 weeks of approved industrial training before graduating. The BEng is also offered incorporating a sandwich year in industry. This professional experience year is usually taken after Stage 2. Transfer from BEng to MEng is possible at the end of Stage 2, subject to satisfactory performance.

Stage 1

  • Circuits and Communications
  • Computing for Engineers
  • Design Projects
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Mathematics

Stage 2 and Stage 3

A choice of modules is offered, including:

  • Circuits and Control
  • Connected Health
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Design Exercises
  • Digital Systems Architecture and Design
  • Electrical Power and Energy
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Frequency System Techniques
  • Networks and Communications Protocols
  • Signals and Communications Systems
  • Signal Processing and Communications
  • Software Engineering

MEng (Stage 4)

This four-year extended engineering degree has been established to provide a good supply of well-qualified engineers with an appropriate blend of engineering knowledge and skills in business practice and management. There is a core component of entrepreneurship, giving key insights into company creation. All of the material in the first two years is common with the BEng degree. Stage 4 modules include:

  • Computer Architecture and Organisation
  • High Frequency Technology and Design
  • Intelligent Systems and Control
  • MEMS Devices and Technology
  • Real-time DSP
  • Smart Grids
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Wireless Communications Systems
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

All MEng students must normally complete at least 24 weeks of approved industrial training before graduating. The MEng is also offered incorporating a sandwich year in industry - this professional experience year is usually taken after Stage 2. 

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

Learning and Teaching

The School has a world class reputation for research and provides excellent facilities, including access to major new research centres in Secure Information Technologies, Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and Sonic Arts. A number of modules on the course are closely linked to the research expertise of these centres and evolve and change rapidly to reflect some of the current, emerging and exciting developments in the field.

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
  • Practicals: where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. You will be expected to attend these in most modules.
  • E-Learning technologies: Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project- based work etc.
  • Seminars/tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
  • Self-directed study: This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Work placements: Students taking Electrical and Electronic Engineering have the option of undertaking a work-placement after Level 2. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity.
  • Supervised projects: In final year, you will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that you have chosen. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research and will provide feedback to you on at least 2 occasions during the write up stage.
  • Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s has an excellent reputation, ranking in the top 10 in the UK in the Times League Table 2012 and top 100 in the world (QS World Rankings). Queen’s is one of only seven UKuniversities involved in the prestigious Power Academy scholarship scheme. Each year this provides 60 generous scholarships worth over £30k each to well-qualified students on the BEng and MEng degree pathways across the seven member universities. There are a number of other scholarships on offer for students on this degree at Queen’s, including the Electric Ireland, Asidua, NIE and Schrader Electronics scholarships – visit the School website for further details www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses at Queen’s are fully accredited by the relevant professional society. Students interested in travel may spend a placement abroad or gain summer work experience through the IAESTE international exchange programme.

The School has an outstanding record of achievement in research. There are a number of well-funded and very strong research groups engaged in leading-edge technology. Final year projects are heavily influenced by the research activities of staff.

Career Prospects

There is a shortage of electrical and electronic engineers, not only locally in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, but worldwide, so employment prospects are excellent. The employment rate for graduates of this degree from Queen's (2013) was 100% (percentage employed in a graduate level job within 6 months of graduating).

Overview

Studying for an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in engineering significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

  • Management Consultancy - £26-38,000
  • Investment Banking - £34K
  • Accountancy - £30K
  • Fast Stream Civil Service - £26,500
  • Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
 

Employer Links

Consultations

We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Asiduaand NIE who provide sponsorship for our students as well as Cambridge Silicon Radio and FG Wilsons/Caterpillar who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course.

Placement Employers

Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:

 

  • Schlumberger 
  • NIE
  • National Grid

 

  • Microsoft
  • Schrader Electronics
  • Andor Technology

Other Employer Links 

The School has links with a large number of employers, providing opportunities for summer and year-long placements, as well as projects. Currently there are more companies offering placement opportunities than there are students seeking placements, with the result that opportunities for placements and employment in Electrical and Electronic Engineering are excellent.

Graduate Careers and Achievements

Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include for example:

Steve Myers: A Director of Technology at CERN (Large Hadron Collider!)

Stephen McClelland: Managing Director of Schrader Electronics

Trevor Hanna:Group Information Systems Director of Associated British Foods

Colin Annett: A Director in BT (budge of £400m a year) 

Catherine Irwin: DuPont Engineering and Research Manager (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Bill McCluggage:Director of ICT Strategy and Policy for UK Government

Alan Wallace: Patent Attorney, Partner in FR Kelly Law Firm 

The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduates.

Further study is also an option open to Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as comprehensive list of research topics, see the School website www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs for more information.

Electrical and electronic engineers work right across the spectrum from power generation to telecommunications and from the design of control systems to the fabrication of microchips. Employment prospects are excellent, with an increasing demand from both local and national employers that is unlikely to be satisfied in the foreseeable future. The computer industry also is a major employer with over 300 IT companies in Northern Ireland alone.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers 

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction 

Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
  • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.

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For entrance requirements
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Professor Roger Woods
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
T: +44 (0)28 9097 1892
E: r.woods@qub.ac.uk
W: http://www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs

 


 

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For entrance requirements
E: admissions@qub.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838

For course information

Professor Roger Woods
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
T: +44 (0)28 9097 1892
E: r.woods@qub.ac.uk
W: http://www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs

 


 

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For entrance requirements
E: admissions@qub.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838

For course information

Professor Roger Woods
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
T: +44 (0)28 9097 1892
E: r.woods@qub.ac.uk
W: http://www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs

 


 

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