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Software and Electronic Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry (MEng Hons) GH68

MEng Honours

Software and Electronic Systems Engineering

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Key Course Information

Entry Year

2017

Course length

5 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *

AAB

Faculty

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Attendance

Full-Time

Professional Year Out

Optional

UCAS Code

GH68

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

Much of modern life is based on devices and systems that are built on the interaction between software and electronics. This has fuelled advances in both the everyday, such as games consoles and smartphones, and the specialist, such as surveillance systems, smart vehicles and life-saving medical implants. This is the only computing degree at Queen's which includes the design of computing hardware as well as software.

We are one of the few research-led UK university departments that can offer a truly integrated degree at the fast-moving interface between software and electronics disciplines. Using the example of a mobile phone, normally you need an electronics engineer to design the hardware (physical components of the phone) and a software engineer to write the programs to make it work. Someone with this degree, however, could design the whole mobile phone. 

To get a feel for what it’s like to study for this degree at Queen's, why not watch this short video:

 

Why Queen's?

Facilities: 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.

Scholarships: students may be eligible for scholarships, for example the Schrader Electronics Scholarship, which supports at least one Software and Electronic Systems Engineering student per year, and the Asidua Scholarship which supports at least one student per year from across a range of the School's subject areas. Both scholarships are worth up to £25k each (see www.qub.ac.uk/schools/eeecs/SESE/Scholarships for further information).

Choice of career paths: graduates of this degree may apply for jobs in software, electronics or those combining both.

 

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 Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Geography, ICT [not Applied], Physics or Software Systems Development, Technology and Design 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.

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 a Science subject (see list under A-level requirements)

MEng

A-level: AAB including Mathematics and and at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Geography, ICT [not Applied], Physics or Software Systems Development or Technology and Design.

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.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and a Science subject (see list under A-level requirements)

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: transfer 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 degree requires three years of full-time study plus an optional sandwich year in industry, which is usually taken after Stage 2, and students may gain a Licentiateship of the City & Guilds from this period of work. Transfer from the BEng degree to the MEng is possible subject to satisfactory performance.

Stage 1

  • Circuits and Communications
  • Design Projects
  • Electronics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Object-oriented Programming

Stage 2

A choice of modules is offered, including:  

  • Circuits and Control
  • Computation Theory
  • Database Systems
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Design Projects
  • Electronics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Networks and Communications
  • Professional Practice
  • Signals and Communications
  • Software Engineering and Group Project                                                    

Stage 3

A choice of modules is offered, including:

  • Agile and Component Based Development using .NET
  • Concurrent Programming
  • Connected Health
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Digital Systems Architecture and Design
  • Individual Project
  • Industrial Project (MEng only)
  • Information System Security
  • Networks and Communications Protocols
  • Professional Studies
  • Signal Processing and Communications
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Testing and Verification     

MEng (Stage 4)

This four-year extended degree is designed to provide a supply of well-qualified graduates who will become future industry and business leaders. The first three years are common with the BEng degree and there is an optional sandwich year in industry.

A choice of modules is offered, including:

  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Algorithms Analysis and Application
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Computer Architecture & Organisation
  • Design Project
  • High Performance Computing
  • Intelligent Systems and Control
  • Media Security
  • Network Security and Monitoring
  • Project
  • Real-Time DSP
  • System & Computer Security
  • Wireless Communications Systems
  • Wireless Sensor Systems

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.

The MEng in Software and Electronic Systems Engineering provides a range of learning experiences which enable 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.
  • 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 the MEng in Software and Electronic Systems Engineering undertake 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.

Career Prospects

Graduates in both software and electronics are extremely sought-after locally, nationally and internationally. There are excellent, well-paid career prospects across a wide spectrum: design, research, development, production, marketing and sales in employment areas such as avionics and space, telecommunications and broadcasting, connected health and medical electronics, consumer electronics and gaming, computing and software, embedded systems and electronic security.

Graduates from these courses may undertake research or further study in Electronic Engineering or Computer Science, including the School’s new MSc in Advanced Wireless Communications

Employer Links

Consultations

We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Asidua and Schrader Electronics who provide sponsorship for our students as well as Citi and Kainos who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course. 

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

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

Postgraduate Study: Graduates from these courses will be well equipped to undertake research or further study in a wide range of Electronic Engineering or Computer Science fields – for further information visit the School website www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs.

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 Plusinitiative, 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 Plus in 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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