Communication Systems BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2018 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

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with our programmes ranked top five in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and top ten in the Complete University Guide 2018.

The University of Surrey leads European research activity in the rapidly evolving field of mobile communications via its 5G Innovation Centre. Drawing on this unique position, our Communication Systems degree programmes will expose you to the latest advances in mobile and wireless communications and give you practical experience of using advanced communications technologies.

Programme overview

With our electronic engineering programmes ranked number two by The Guardian University Guide 2016, you can look forward to high quality teaching and learning during your time as a student with us.

On our Communication Systems programmes you’ll learn how to apply theory to real engineering problems and technologies, combining professional engineering skills with scientific research methods. The course includes professional development modules – preparing you to work as a professional engineer – along with individual and group projects which enable you to work with academics from our research centres and help you to develop your specialist skills.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (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.

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 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 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.

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Teaching

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.

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

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

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.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • 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.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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.

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, full­time 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.

The Professional Training placement starts at the end of the second academic year.

Well-­known companies that have participated in the Professional Training programme include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Mitsubishi
  • Intel
  • Logica
  • Nokia
  • Samsung
  • Microsoft
  • Sharp
  • BBC
  • 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. 

Graduate prospects

A career in electronic engineering offers variety, challenge and stimulation. Studying for a degree in Communication Systems 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
  • BBC
  • Motorola
  • NEC Technologies
  • Nokia
  • Nortel Networks
  • Red Hat

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 

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAB (ABB including Further Mathematics). Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA (AAB including Further Mathematics). Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Maths and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

MEng: Maths and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Maths C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Maths C(4).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

BEng (Hons): QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

MEng: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Modules must be in relevant subjects.

MEng: Modules must be in relevant subjects. 

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Maths C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Maths C(4).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

BEng (Hons): DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A.

MEng: D*DD. BTEC Extended Diploma and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

MEng: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

European Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): 82%.

MEng: 85%.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Grades 8.5 and 7.5 in Mathematics and and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

MEng: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

MEng: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): 34.

MEng: 34.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): HL6/SL7 and HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

MEng: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAABB.

MEng: AAAAB.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

MEng: Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

MEng: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): A level Mathematics and one of: Further Mathematics, Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

MEng: A level Mathematics and one of: Further Mathematics, Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

MEng: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

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.

Select your country:

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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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

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

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years H647 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years H646 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 4 years H641 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 years H636 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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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.

Bursaries and scholarships

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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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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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