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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.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree highlights

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

Professional Accreditations

  • These degrees are fully accredited by the relevant professional body (the Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Career Development

  • 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.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • 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.

Student Experience

  • 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.
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Course content

Course Structure

Introduction
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.

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.
Stage 1
Embedded Systems
Mathematics 1
Electronics 1
Computer Programming
Electrical Engineering
Stage 2
Circuits and Control
Professional Engineering Practice
Stage 2 Optional Courses
Electronics 2
Electrical Power Engineering 2
Signals & Communications System 2
Embedded Systems 2
Stage 3
Placement Year
Stage 4
Industrial Project 3
Stage 4 Optional Courses
Electrical Power & Energy
High Frequency System Techniques
Networks & Communications Protocols
Control Systems Engineering
Digital Systems Architecture
Signal Processing & Communications
Connected Health
Stage 5
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.

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.

Courses are outlined below:

Project 4
Stage 5 Optional Courses
MEMS Devices and Technology 4
Wireless Communications System
Intelligent Systems and Control
Sustainable Energy Systems
Smart Grids
High Frequency Technology & Development
Wireless Sensor Systems

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:

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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.

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).

Personal Tutor

Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

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.

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.

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.

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

Work placements

Students taking Electrical and Electronic Engineering have the option of undertaking a work-placement after Stage 2. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity.

Assessment

Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

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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

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:

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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.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

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

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

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.

Access/Foundation Course
Not considered. Applicants should apply for the BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree.

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.

Further information
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.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For last year’s intake, applicants for the MEng Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering must have had, or be able to achieve, a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade B or better to include Mathematics (minimum grade C required in GCSE English Language). However, this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. Candidates not offering Physics at A-level require GCSE Physics/Double Award Science at grade B or above. Selectors will also check that any specific entry requirements in terms of A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate or Irish Leaving Certificate, will also be considered.

Applicants offering BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are not normally considered for MEng entry but, if eligible, will be made a change course offer for the corresponding BEng programme. Subject to satisfactory academic performance during the first two years of the BEng course, it may be possible for students to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Stage 2.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held during the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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 degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Careers

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
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)

Employment 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.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £18,800

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering costs

Students may wish to become a student member of the British Computer Society at an annual cost of £37. Students undertake a placement in year 3 and are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year.

How do I fund my study?

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.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application 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 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

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.

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

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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