Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2016 entry

The Electronic Engineering course at Surrey developed my skills in both traditional electronics and modern subject areas. The course is built around the requirements of industry, but also allowed me to specialise in particular areas of interest.

What you'll study

With the constant drive to miniaturise electronics, much of modern technology – from computer chips to sensor devices – involves components on a minute scale. To manufacture components hundreds of times thinner than a human hair, companies require electrical engineers with a new set of skills. Functional nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, manufacturing, quantum engineering and producing nanomaterials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes are all key skills covered on these programmes.

Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology offers engineers a firm grounding in conventional electronics, plus the specialist skills at the electronics/physics interface required to work on modern nanoscale device fabrication. These programmes enable you to build on a common foundation in electronics by introducing specialist modules from the second year. These modules cover nanoscale electronic devices, optoelectronics, nanofabrication and advanced experimental methods.

You will be exposed to the latest advances via up-to-date modules, and through project work linked with our Advanced Technology Institute, which carries out research at the forefront of modern technology. What’s more, Electronic Engineering was named the best University Department of the Year 2013 at the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards and our programmes are ranked number one by The Guardian University Guide 2015 – so you can look forward to high-quality teaching and learning during your time as a student with us.

Programme overview

We focus on applying theory to real engineering problems and technologies, combining professional engineering skills with scientific research methods. Time spent working in our well-equipped practical laboratories underpins the lecture courses, helping you to understand the theory.

Our professional development modules cover product design and implementation, preparing you to work as a professional engineer. Individual and group projects during the degree will give you a chance to work with academics from our research centres, helping you develop skills in specialist areas.

The flexible structure of our degrees and the wide range of options available allows you to tailor your studies to your desired career. Transfer between the different degree pathways is possible, as is transferring between the BEng and MEng degrees, subject to performance.

The MEng degree lets you benefit from an additional year of advanced specialist modules, together with a multidisciplinary group project – an opportunity to develop your teamwork and project-management skills. The Royal Academy of Engineering recognises this multidisciplinary project as “the best example of its kind in the UK”.

Read about the experience of Electronic Engineering student Sam Williams and Eleanor Willetts.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 1 is common to all programmes. A typical week in the first year consists of approximately 23 contact hours in total, made up of twelve hours of lectures, six hours of laboratory work, two hours of tutorials and problem classes, two hours of programming experience and one hour of professional skills (including report writing, data presentation and oral presentation). During laboratory classes, experiments are conducted in pairs, allowing you to get to know and learn from each other. Small group tutorials are carried out in groups of four to five students and are held each week in your personal tutor’s office.

Subjects taught include:

  • Analogue Electronics
  • Computers and programming in the C language
  • Digital Logic and Digital Electronics
  • Electronic Circuits Theory and Analysis
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Laboratories, Design and Professional Studies
  • Pure Mathematics

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 2 builds on Year 1, and if you are studying the Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems programmes, you will follow some software-related modules. Similarly, if you are taking any of our other specialist programmes, you will follow modules appropriate to that pathway. Whichever programme you are studying, you will learn about the professional aspects of being a modern engineer, with fundamentals of product design, elements of team building, leadership and problem solving. Taught subjects and laboratories aim to provide the basis for specialisation in Year 3.

Subjects taught include:

  • Circuits, Control and Communications
  • Communications and Networks
  • Computer Vision and Graphics
  • Computers and Programming: Computer Systems
  • Engineering Science
  • Electronics and Power Systems
  • Electronic and Photonic Devices
  • Mathematics
  • Media Processing
  • Laboratories, Design and Professional Studies  
  • Space Engineering and Mission Design

Professional Training placement (optional)

The Professional Training placement year starts at the end of the second academic year, when you have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to join companies as a practising ‘junior engineer’.

Well-known companies that have participated in the Professional Training programme include BAE Systems, Mitsubishi, Intel, Logica, Nokia, Samsung, Microsoft, Sharp, the BBC and Surrey Satellite Technology. In addition, we have contacts with many smaller companies which provide excellent placement opportunities. Many of our students return from their placement with offers of employment and often with financial sponsorship from their placement company.

Year 3 (Final year for BEng, FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, a wide range of modules is available and students will select those most appropriate to their degree title and their own areas of interest. Every student completes a year-long individual project which will include aspects of design, analysis, construction and testing, and may involve joining one of the four research centres. Our strength in both fundamental and applied research will allow you to conduct an innovative project in your chosen area, under the guidance of a member of staff. Projects may be associated with our research centres, allowing you access to state-of-the-art specialist facilities, and are conducted in parallel with taught modules.

Modules include:

  • Individual Project
  • Engineering Professional Studies

Optional modules include:

  • Control Engineering
  • Data and Internet Networking
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Design with VHDL
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Mediacasting
  • Multimedia Systems and Computer Technology
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Object Oriented Design and C++
  • Optoelectronics
  • Parallel Architectures
  • Power Electronics
  • RF and Microwave Fundamentals
  • Silicon Devices and Technology
  • Space Dynamics and Missions
  • Space Systems Design

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

In the final year of the MEng programmes, there are many advanced and specialist modules to choose from. Our MEng students will also join with students from other engineering departments in an interdisciplinary design project, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Modules include:

  • Multi-Disciplinary Design Project

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Artificial Intelligence and AI Programming
  • Image and Video Compression
  • Image Processing and Vision
  • Internet of Things
  • Launch Vehicles and Propulsion
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Molecular Electronics
  • Mobile Communications A
  • Nanoelectronics and Devices
  • Nanofabrication and Characterisation
  • Nanophotonics Principles & Engineering
  • Network and Server Management and Control
  • Operating Systems for Mobile Systems Programming
  • Principles of Telecommunications and Packet Networks
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • RF Systems and Circuit Design
  • Space Robotics and Autonomy
  • Speech and Audio Processing and Coding
  • Satellite Communications A
  • Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Space Avionics
  • Space Environment and Protection
  • Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms
  • Speaker and Speech Recognition

Direct entry to the MEng programmes requires higher entry qualifications than the corresponding BEng programmes. Transfer from the BEng to the MEng is possible during the degree programme, depending on academic performance. This transfer would normally happen after the end of the first year, after the end of the second year or after the Professional Training year, if one is taken. Transfer is also possible from a three-year BEng or four-year MEng to the corresponding programme incorporating a Professional Training year.

Professional recognition

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has accredited all of our degrees as contributing towards professional registration, except for our new Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme which is seeking accreditation from the IET. Our MEng programmes fully satisfy the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The Electronic Engineering Department at Surrey is an enhanced academic partner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This partnership with IET is designed to help enhance students’ learning and professional development while at Surrey. The benefits of this partnership include heavily discounted memberships for students who want to join, opportunities to attend events run by IET on the University campus both for the wider community but also specifically for students. There is also access to professional development courses on campus and much more. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in IET supporting activities on the campus during their studies and raise their own profile.

Professional Training

While a university degree in itself opens the door to many careers, the Professional Training that is offered as part of our degree programmes provides a significant extra dimension to the qualification and can dramatically enhance your employability in today’s difficult job market. The industry experience that Professional Training affords gives our students insights into both their subject and their career potential that cannot be gained by academic study alone. We believe that Professional Training is a key element in ensuring that Surrey graduates are consistently at the top in terms of graduate employability.

Professional Training can be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for Chartered Engineer status.

You will be assisted during the second year to find appropriate placements in industry, and we endeavour to ensure that the placement matches your interests and aspirations. Over many years, we have established strong relationships with industry and hence there is a great demand for our students. This ensures that there are many interesting and challenging opportunities on offer. In recent years, we have had students in placements with 85 different companies.

During the Professional Training year, you remain a member of the University but are also a paid, full-time company employee. You will be visited by an academic member of staff who monitors your progress and, in discussion with the company, decides on a programme of work that will develop your expertise.


Teaching styles vary, from large group lectures to small group tutorials in your personal tutor’s office and practical laboratory sessions. The tutorial system within the Department underpins all our teaching activities and ensures individual attention when needed. In the first year, our students meet once a week with their personal tutor, in small groups (up to five students), to establish an effective but informal working relationship. Regular meetings occur throughout the student’s time at Surrey.

Although the Department is large, our staff are approachable and friendly, and we pride ourselves on the rapport we have with our students.


You will study modules worth 120 credits over the academic year, split between two semesters.

Students are assessed through examinations and by coursework. Examinations take place at the end of each semester. Your degree marks are determined on the performance from your second and subsequent years.


Extensive teaching laboratories with modern equipment and networked computer suites with 24-hour access are available to all undergraduate students in the Department. Access to state-of-the-art research facilities is available in Year 3 for students undertaking a project linked to one of our research centres in electronics, nanotechnology, communications, audiovisual media and space engineering. We actively encourage you to do project work outside of timetabled hours, as long as you follow safe working practices.

Career opportunities

A career in electronic engineering offers variety, challenge and stimulation. Studying for a degree in electronic engineering and our related degrees is not just the pathway to a rewarding career, but also offers an intellectually demanding and exciting opportunity to break through boundaries in research. Many of the most remarkable advancements in the past 60 years have only been possible through the curiosity and ingenuity of engineers.

Graduate electronic engineers are in demand, not only in research and development but also in the City, in technical sales, management, and government and public services. Our graduates have a consistently strong record of gaining employment with leading companies.

Employers value the skills and experience that enable our graduates to make a positive contribution in their jobs from day one. Our graduates are employed by companies across the electronics, information technology and communications industries. Recent employers include BAE Systems, BT, Philips, Hewlett Packard, Logica, Lucent Technologies, the BBC, Motorola, NEC Technologies, Nokia, Nortel Networks and Red Hat.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • BAE Systems Avionics Ltd, Electronic Hardware Engineer
  • Cable and Wireless, Energy Engineer
  • Lockheed Martin UK, Systems Engineer
  • Motorola, Graduate Software Engineer
  • QinetiQ, Research Scientist
  • Thales, Graduate Engineer

Global opportunities

You have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad in your second year at one of our partner universities, including Cincinnati University (USA), University of North Texas (USA), the University of Sydney (Australia) and the University of Victoria, Wellington (New Zealand).

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills and your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profile.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BEng programmes: Grades required - AAA-AAB

For MEng programmes: Grades required - A*AA

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programmes: D*DD-DDD

For MEng programmes: D*D*D

(in an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A)

European Baccalaureate

For BEng programmes: 76%-75% 

For MEng programmes: 78% 

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programmes: 36-35 

For MEng programmes: 38 points 

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

A-level Mathematics and at least one of the following A-level subjects: Physics, Electronics, Further Mathematics.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from our International Foundation Year.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2015 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years H612 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years H610 View KIS data set
MEng 4 years H616 View KIS data set
MEng 5 years H613 View KIS data set

Tuition fees, bursaries & scholarships

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £16,600 for 2015 entry. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

View a complete list of all fees for our undergraduate programmes.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Professional Training Placement

Professional Training placement at London 2012

Electronic Engineering student Linda Igboanugo and Maths student Holly Wade talk about their Professional Training placement work on London 2012

Why Surrey?

  • Surrey’s electronic engineering programmes have reached first place in The Guardian University Guide 2015
  • Home to the brand-new 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) and award-winning research centres, including the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP), Surrey Space Cent
  • We are ranked second for electronic engineering programmes by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 ‬‬
  • Surrey’s Department of Electronic Engineering received a 94 per cent overall satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2014
  • Teaching is based on world-leading expertise in both hardware and software electronics, mobile and wireless communications, space and satellite technologies, nanotechnology, and audio and visual media engineering
  • Outstanding graduate employment prospects

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