MEng Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communications

University of Southampton
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About this course

Learn how we generate, transmit then process the signals that power today's communications. This course looks at modern and future wireless technology, from wifi to sat-nav, and it's a great chance to apply your mathematical theory to real-world problems. You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills to meet a growing need for professionals in this industry.

Wireless communications support the technologies we rely on, and this course explores the systems and standards that make it possible.

You’ll study information theory, looking at the capacity of channels and the fundamental limits of wireless networks. Practical work includes applying software-defined radio equipment to real radio systems in the lab.

You’ll also look at specialised topics such as signal and image processing or radio communications engineering.

Many modules include guest speakers from industry, and our academics have close links with industry through research collaborations and their own enterprises.

As part of this course you can:

  • use our research facilities, including a high-voltage laboratory and our £110m interdisciplinary clean room

  • develop your enterprise skills with help from our startup supporter, Future Worlds

  • build your own unique electronic systems

  • study engineering management and law to develop your career skills

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It provides a route to professional registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Location and awarding body

Transfer between courses

You can transfer between our electronic engineering, electrical and electronic engineering or electrical engineering courses at certain points during your degree. You'll need to discuss this with your course leader.

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A-levels additional information

Required A-level subjects include mathematics and either physics, further mathematics, electronics or computer science. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. ‘Use of mathematics’ A level is not a substitute for ‘mathematics’ A level. A pass in the science Practical is required where applicable.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 38 points overall with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in mathematics and 6 at Higher Level in an additional required subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

Required Higher Level subjects include mathematics and either physics, further mathematics or computer science. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

BTEC

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus plus grades A*A in A-level mathematics and an additional required A-level subject (in any order)orD* in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus plus grades AA in A-level mathematics and an additional required A-level subjectWe do not accept the BTEC Extended DiplomaWe do not accept the BTEC DiplomaApplicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma or the BTEC Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year

BTEC additional information

Required A-level subjects include mathematics and either physics, further mathematics, electronics or computer science. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. ‘Use of mathematics’ A level is not a substitute for ‘mathematics’ A level. A pass in the science Practical is required where applicable.

Other qualifications

A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: AAA including mathematics (minimum grade A) and an additional required subject (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ

A-levels contextual offer

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:AAA including grades AA in mathematics and an additional required subject

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer

BTEC (RQF) (reformed)

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus grades A*A in A-level mathematics and an additional required A-level subject (in any order)orD* in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus grades AA in A-level mathematics and an additional required A-level subjectWe do not accept the BTEC National Extended DiplomaWe do not accept the BTEC National DiplomaApplicants with a BTEC National Extended Diploma or the BTEC National Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma additional information

There are no additional requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)

H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 including mathematics at H1 and physics at H1

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)

A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 including mathematics at A1 and physics at A1

Irish Leaving Certificate additional information

There are no additional requirements

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U additional information

Welsh Baccalaureate

orA*A from two A-levels including mathematics and an additional required subject (in any order), and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge CertificateororA*A* from two A-levels including mathematics and an additional required subject, and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Welsh Baccalaureate additional information

Required A-level subjects include mathematics and either physics, further mathematics, electronics or computer science. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. ‘Use of mathematics’ A level is not a substitute for ‘mathematics’ A level. A pass in the science Practical is required where applicable.

European Baccalaureate

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

IELTS score requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

International qualifications

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

Other ways to qualify

You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)

  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

Course structure

The year 1 and 2 modules are similar across all our Electronic Engineering courses and provide a grounding in essential engineering topics.

In years 2, 3 and 4 you’ll specialise in wireless communications, and can follow your interests by choosing modules from a wide range of options. You can also take modules from other subject areas.

You’ll work in high-spec electronics and computer labs, equipped with the latest technology, hardware and software.

Year 1

In the first year you’ll study digital systems, and electrical materials and fields. There are core modules in:

  • mathematics

  • programming

We'll develop your practical skills with extensive laboratory classes. In your first semester you’ll get to build processing boards.

Year 2

Compulsory modules will explore:

  • photonics

  • devices

At the end of the year, you'll complete a 3-week team challenge, judged by an industry panel. Previous projects include building a quadcopter and the development of a home AI system.

You’ll also design a microchip for manufacture, and test the finished product.

Year 3

You’ll complete a unique piece of individual research on a topic that interests you. Past projects include building a transmitter and receiver that conform to a specified standard, and a simulator to test their performance.

You'll build your knowledge of modern digital communications systems. Topics include wireless and optical communications or signal and image processing.

You can also choose to:

  • take a range of innovative interdisciplinary modules

Year 4

The main group design project is a great opportunity to experience working for an industry or academic customer. It is the only compulsory element in year 4. Past projects include:

  • developing an automated greenhouse for an urban farming business

  • designing and building a network-testing system for the Ministry of Defence to ensure data security

You'll select optional modules covering topics, such as:

  • radio communications engineering

  • lectures

Support for your studies

How you’ll spend your study time

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study, year by year:

Year 1

How we’ll assess you

We’ll assess you using:

  • coursework, laboratory reports and essays
  • design and problem-solving exercises

Year 1

This course is accredited as meeting the full academic requirement for registration as a chartered engineer.

Your specialist expertise will be in great demand among telecommunications companies. You’ll also have career options outside electronics. You'll develop transferable skills to suit a wide range of other sectors. Skills include:

  • intellectual and problem-solving

This degree is also a great foundation for further study at PhD level.

The majority of our graduates go straight into roles in high-tech companies. Our electronics and computer science graduates have secured roles at organisations including:

  • Broadcom

  • Qualcomm

  • an Electronics and Computer Science careers fair, attended by major electronics companies

  • an online jobs and placements portal

  • paid summer internships

Our support for innovation and enterprise means we have a track record of success. For example, programme leader and wireless communications specialist Professor Rob Maunder founded AccelerComm Ltd to bring his 5G-ready processor to market.

Careers services at Southampton

We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes

  • networking events

  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities

  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.

UK/EU fees

You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.

International student fees

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.

Find out how to:

  • Approved Calculators
  • Textbooks

See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 781.88 KB).

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.

If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

University life

The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.

Clubs, societies and facilities

  • a hairdresser

Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.

We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.

Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:

  • mental health, learning difficulties and disability

  • money and accommodation

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • predicted grades
  • academic reference

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

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