Taught course

Electronic Engineering

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why take this course?

Electronic engineering is a discipline at the forefront of advances for modern-day living and continues to push forward technological frontiers.

This course provides relevant, up-to-date skills that will enhance your engineering competencies. You will broaden your knowledge of electronic engineering and strengthen your ability to apply new technologies in the design and implementation of modern systems.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Focus on the practical application and design aspects of electronic systems rather than intensive analytical detail
  • Experiment with our range of control applications including helicopter development kits and walking robots
  • Access a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia computational facilities, with the latest industry software installed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • professional electronics
  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management

Module Details

You will study several key topics and complete a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant, in-depth piece of analysis or design. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

  • VHDL and Digital Systems Design: This unit covers the use of a hardware description language (VHDL) to capture and model the design requirement - whilst programmable logic devices enable an implementation to be explored and tested prior to moving into manufacture. The learning will have a practical bias such that experience as well as theory is gained in completing this unit.
  • Advanced DSP Techniques: This unit aims to introduce you to the fundamentals of statistical signal processing, with particular emphasis upon classical and modern estimation theory, parametric and nonparametric modelling, time series analysis, least squares methods, and basics of adaptive signal processing.
  • Analytical Management Techniques: The answer to the question "what is the most important thing that engineers do" is remarkably basic: it's making decisions. Especially about problems, which appear very confusing due to the complexities introduced by uncertainty. This unit is a problem-based introduction to the science of decision making. It lays the foundations of both deterministic and stochastic modelling, and it emphasises links between management science and economic reasoning.
  • Materials for Electronic Products: The unit provides a functional introduction to the role and directions of materials for electronic product development.
  • Microwave and Wireless Technology: The unit combines team working via a project based learning activity relating to a significant circuit simulation and design problem with lectures aimed at analysing and applying the characteristics of a range of devices used in the microwave and wireless industries.
  • Sensors and Measurement Systems: This unit proposes to introduce you to the technologies underpinning measurements, including sensors both in terms of hardware and software. It also aims to provide you with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a practical setting and gain an appreciation of modern day requirements of measurement.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis and you will spend a significant amount of time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Laboratory-based project work
  • A major individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

This course is designed to respond to a growing skills shortage of people with core knowledge in advanced electronic engineering. It is an excellent preparation for a successful career in this ever expanding and dynamic field of modern electronics.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide variety of employers with interests ranging from overall system design to the more detailed development of subsystems.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £7,700 Part time: £2,570 p/a* (3 Years) *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £15,100 Part time: £5,030 p/a* (3 Years) *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12/16 months
part time
36 months

Further details of qualification

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Partially fulfils educational requirements for CEng under United Kingdom Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566