Electronic Engineering with Space Systems BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BEng (Hons) UCAS: HH65

3 years

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: HH64

4 years with professional training

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H628

4 years with foundation year

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MEng UCAS: H621

4 years

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MEng UCAS: H627

5 years with professional training

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H629

5 years with foundation year and professional training

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Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for electrical and electronic engineering, with our courses ranked 2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering designs and builds innovative commercial satellites which are launched into orbit – having pioneered the small satellite industry nearly 40 years ago. This means that our BEng and MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems courses give you a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and experience from inspiring academics at the frontline of space engineering.

Five reasons to study electrical and electronic engineering at Surrey

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What you will study

You’ll apply your knowledge through project work, which will give you the opportunity to work closely with academics from our Surrey Space Centre and enable you to gain real-world practical experience of the technologies that go into space missions.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng course with a masters year and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies. Find out more about the benefits of an integrated masters degree.

Facilities

Extensive teaching laboratories with modern equipment and networked Linux and Windows 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 for third year students carrying out a project linked to one of our research centres in electronics, nanotechnology, communications, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, control and space engineering.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

A career in electronic engineering offers variety, challenges and stimulation. Choosing a course in BEng or MEng Electronic Engineering with Space 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.

Our graduate electronic engineers are in demand not only in research and development but also 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 gained at Surrey 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 graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Electronic Engineer, Paradigm Communication Ltd
  • Electronic Engineer, Stanhope-Seta
  • Graduate Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Embedded Engineer, Tactiq Ltd
  • Trainee Patent Attorney, Page White & Farrer
  • Leadership Engineering Associate, BAE Systems
  • Research and Development Engineer (Software), Keysight Technologies UK Ltd.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

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

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Systems programme.

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Systems programme.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

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 ensures individual attention is given 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. Our courses consistently receive over 90 per cent for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • ABB including Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MEng (Hons): 
    • AAA-AAB including Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 
    • CCD including mathematics C and either physics or chemistry, or equivalent.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng: 
    • D*DD-DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons): 
    • 32
  • MEng:
    • 34
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

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

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • 78%.
  • MEng:
    • 85%-82%.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons):
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.
  • MEng:
    • Grades 8.5 and 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
  • MEng:
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • AABBB.
  • MEng:
    • AAAAB-AAABB.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

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

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • MEng:
    • Pass overall with AAA-AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

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

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Foundation

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BEng (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

MEng

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

MEng (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper. 
  • Commuting (local travel expenses): depending on placement students can incur travel, visa and accommodation costs.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Electronic Engineering with Space Systems placements

While a university degree in itself opens the door to many careers, the Professional Training placement programme that is offered as part of our courses can significantly enhance your employability in today’s difficult job market.

The industry experience provided by our Professional Training placement programme gives our students insights into both their subject and their career potential that can’t be gained by academic study alone. We believe that professional training is one of the main reasons that Surrey graduates have an excellent track record for graduate employability.

Our Professional Training placement programme can be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for chartered engineer status.

During your second year, the University will help you find appropriate placements in industry, endeavouring to ensure that the placement matches your interests and aspirations.

We have established strong relationships with industry over many years, and 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 placement year, you’ll remain a member of the University as well as a paid, full-time company employee. An academic member of staff will visit you to monitor your progress and discuss with the company, a programme of work that will develop your expertise.

The optional 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:

  • Stanhope-Seta
  • Sky TV
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Air Products
  • McLaren Applied Technologies
  • Kaon Ltd
  • Renesas Electronics.

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, often with financial sponsorship.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies 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.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

You have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad in your second year at one of our partner universities, including:

  • Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Texas Tech University, US.

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 spend your Professional Training placement year working in another country. If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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Address

University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH