Reasons to study Electronic Engineering at De Montfort University:
Electronic Engineering builds on your undergraduate knowledge of core aspects of electronics, supported by a module in Engineering Business Environment and Energy studies, which provides you with an understanding of the context of engineering in the early 21st century.
The course embraces a number of themes in areas identified as being generally under-represented in many other courses, such as power electronics and electromagnetic compatibility, providing you with as wide a range of employment opportunities as possible – whether this is in industry or continuing in research.
- Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to CEng level
offering a streamlined route to professional registration
- Industry placement opportunity
you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further
- Graduate employability
Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of specialist roles in diverse industries, including; embedded systems, electronic design and biomedical monitoring
- Access to superb professional facilities
such as general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering
- Study a wide range of specialist modules
course content is regularly reviewed and modules have been specifically developed to address skills gaps in the industry
- Academic and research Expertise
benefit from teaching by experienced academic and research-based staff, including those from DMU’s dedicated Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering, who are actively involved in international leadership roles in the sector.
Structure and assessment
First semester (September to January)
- Digital Signal Processing – considers the applications of signal analysis and computational methods for processing digital signals, including images. The emphasis is on the generation of appropriate software solutions for digital signal and image processing in the time and frequency domains.
- Physics of Semiconductor Devices – provides in-depth discussion on the properties of semiconducting materials and how these are modified to produce functional devices. This will be followed by device physics of PN junction, MOS and Bipolar.
- Engineering Business Environment – The aim of this module is to enable students to understand and reflect upon the role of business in a rapidly changing, globalised world. In particular it aims to identify the opportunities and threats for an industrial business arising from environmental policy, legislation and societal change. As well as considering the changing environment in which businesses operate, time is spent exploring the steps a business can take to respond to the environmental challenges ahead; for example, through supply chain management, logistics, life -cycle analysis, green accounting and carbon trading.
- Control and Instrumentation – provides advanced knowledge in both theory and practical implementation of control systems. This module covers the analysis and design of continuous and discrete time feedback systems and is designed to develop your ability to critically analyse engineering problems involving control and instrumentation issues
Second semester (February to May)
- Embedded Systems – designed to develop your ability to critically analyse engineering problems involving microcontroller issues and to further develop your experimental and theoretical skills in embedded systems
- Study Skills and Research Methods – introduces the fundamental elements of research methods in an engineering context
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) – studies how one electronic system or device interferes with another, how this can be measured and how both the victim and the threat can be better designed to minimise both the level of interference and the response of the victim. This module studies EMC phenomena, their causes, electronic design mitigation and basic EMC measurement
- Power Electronics – introduces the field of power electronics, from basic switching power supply principles through modern vector-controlled motor drives to advanced power conversion systems. Renewable energy power conversion is also covered
Third semester (June to September)
This is a major, research-based, individual project which can be tailored to your specific career interests.
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one-year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. The placement allows you to gain paid industrial work experience in your area of interest and to increase your future employability.
We have a dedicated Work-Based Learning Unit who will work with you to help you secure a placement. Once on your placement, you will be supported by your visiting tutor to ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from the experience.
Facilities and features
You will have flexible access to our laboratories and workshops which include electrical and electronic experimental facilities in general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each area is equipped with the latest experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including OrCAD and PSpice. A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high-speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for RF engineering.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Upon graduation you will be equipped to take up responsible positions within a wide range of industries worldwide. Recent graduates have progressed into roles within electronic design, chip design, automation and control systems, embedded systems and communication systems. Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a doctorate degree and a career in research.