Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)



Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE


Our modern lifestyle depends on electronics – from iPods to ovens, they’re everywhere. Studying our Electronic Engineering degree course at ARU, you’ll master a branch of technology essential to the way we live. In our new electronics laboratories in Chelmsford, you’ll use the latest industry-standard software to design, simulate and build electronic systems, and develop your creative problem-solving skills. Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, this course offers a placement year in industry and leads to Incorporated Engineer status.

Full description


We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

There is a wide variety of career opportunities in electrical engineering, ranging from pure research through product design and development, to industrial and business management.

You’ll be able to choose from jobs in medical electronics, environmental monitoring, microelectronics, sound technology, biophysics, power, transport, media, engineering, industrial process control, construction and building services, and teaching.

Throughout the course, we'll help you to think about what you'll do when you graduate. We'll help you with your CV and a personal development plan. You’ll also go on company visits and some lectures are delivered by working engineers. You might even get a job offer from one of the companies that we invite to see students' work: employers tell us that graduates from this course have just the skills they’re looking for.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Modules & assessment

Level 3 (foundation year)

  • Foundation in Engineering, Computing and Technology
    This module will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in Engineering, Computer Science and related courses. Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing. In addition to these fundamental skills, Students will cover the subjects underpinning the technological disciplines. Fundamental mathematical skills will be covered, alongside pre-calculus, followed by an introduction to calculus and vector and matrix arithmetic. Students will also be introduced to Classical mechanics, and its application to real-world scenarios. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer science, learning about the principles behind programming and applying them through a series of practical coding exercises. Students will undertake a multi-disciplinary group project as they learn about the collaborative nature of engineering, and design from a broader perspective of business. The module is made up of the following eight constituent elements: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC); Information Communication Technology (ICT); Critical Thinking; Maths for Scientists; Maths for Engineers; Physics for Engineers; Fundamentals of Computing; Engineering Design.

Year one, core modules

  • Analogue Electronics
    This module introduces you to the analysis and design of analogue electronic circuits. You will review the fundamentals of analogue components including resistors, capacitors and inductors, and investigate how simple circuits are designed using these components. Various forms of diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers are introduced, and we will explain their equivalent circuit models. You will also be introduced to the measurement and analysis tools used in the electronics industry and the operating principles of all circuit elements. Teaching will be through lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical experiments using both hardware and circuit simulation software. This will enable you to compare actual measured results with theory as well as illustrating the effects of component tolerances. You will also get practical experience of the presentation and interpretation of manufacturers' data for real components.
  • Core Technology
    You will be provided with a range of activities designed to enhance the basic skills necessary for successful progress on your chosen course. You will cover a wealth of subjects which are technology related including physics, electronics and information technology. You will also cover the essential aspects of the Personal Development Plan (PDP) which are obligatory within the teaching framework of the faculty. This will include the practice of personal development planning, in the context of your undergraduate studies, and encourage you to start actively planning for your academic and career development.
  • Digital Electronics
    You will be introduced to the analysis and design of digital electronic circuits. Our module looks at digital devices and examines the fundamentals of Boolean logic. The different logic gates are explained, and techniques are introduced for generating and simplifying logical expressions using Boolean algebra and Karnaugh maps. You will look at practical applications, including the design of fundamental circuits such as decoders, encoders and arithmetic circuits. This is followed by examining how sequential logic techniques allow us to design circuits with memory. Different types of memory are explained, along with their applications. Finally, you will examine the design of synchronous and asynchronous counters. You will cover the operating principles of all circuit elements by lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical experiments using both hardware and circuit simulation software.
  • Introduction to Microprocessors
    Our module will introduce you to one of the fundamental building blocks of modern electronic systems – the microprocessor. These small, yet cheap and powerful, devices are the main electronic component in a wide range of modern products from talking teddy bears to motor controllers. Like their big brother computers they are programmable devices capable of a wide variety of tasks. They find widespread application in dedicated systems where the larger more power hungry devices are unsuitable. This module follows a practical approach to these versatile devices. Understanding of the microprocessor is developed through a series of practical exercises supported by formal lectures. The laboratory activities are linked to the lectures and provide a set of progressive practical interactive exercises that reinforce the lecture material and allow you to develop practical programming skills. You will be required to write your own programmes and demonstrate a systematic approach to the design process. The skills obtained are directly relevant to the high technology employment environment. This module is assessed entirely through coursework consisting of design exercises, and a short investigative report.
  • Mathematics for Technology 1
    This module provides a solid background in mathematical techniques and analysis in order to pursue a degree course in technology or engineering studies. The module will help you to assess your existing mathematical skills and enable you develop your core mathematical skills, knowledge and techniques needed in order to solve elementary scientific and engineering problems.
  • Embedded Systems
    Our module focuses on the design and operational characteristics and internal architecture of Embedded. It examines the signals used and the programming techniques that can be applied to real time systems using C programming. It will also provide you with Workshop and laboratory skills. You will be given the opportunity to develop Real Time embedded Operating system and dedicated software (such as PLC) in order to solve given engineering problems (for example produce a programme for an engineering application, store, evaluate and justify approaches taken). This module forms the basis of embedded controllers to control electrical machines and is a key development of workplace practice and employment. You will investigate how to design embedded systems that can monitor inputs and changes outputs using specialized software (such as Siemens Ladder logic and Microchip MPLAB IDE). The created program can include Boolean logic, counting, timing, complex math operations, and communications with other devices such as wireless GSM or WIFI modules. You will be introduced to the principles of microprocessors and give them experience of using and programming a microprocessor system for the operation or control of peripheral devices. This module will provide an introduction to the terminology (e.g. bits, bytes, words) and concepts related to microprocessor applications. You will also gain understanding of the architecture and operation of real time embedded microprocessor-based systems and the use of decimal, binary and hexadecimal number systems, and functions for programming. Successful completion of this module will provide a range of knowledge and skills of value to employers with an interest in microprocessors programming. Assessment for this module will be by coursework and exam.
  • Computer Modelling
    This module will introduce you to the use of computer tools to solve engineering problems. You will get a sound understanding of the principles of generating a computer model or solution from a defined specification. We will introduce you to the MATLAB software package, which allows mathematical expressions to be solved using various command functions and simple software statements as well as the basic ideas of producing plots. You will also learn the basics of C language as well as discussing fundamental issues like constants, variables, operators, conditional and iterative statements.

Year two, core modules

  • Data Communications
    You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the techniques used to enable computer systems to receive and transmit digitised information in a manner which suits a variety of applications and highlights the limitations of the method(s) used. You’ll be introduced to the binary representation of real-world data and how that data is communicated over distance using cable or wireless media. Networking and packet switching techniques are introduced and expanded to include the latest forms of baseband and broadband distribution and their current implementations such as DAB, Wireless Internet, 3G, GPRS and modern Ethernet.
  • Ruskin Module
    Ruskin Modules are designed to prepare our students for a complex, challenging and changing future. These interdisciplinary modules provide the opportunity to further broaden your perspectives, develop your intellectual flexibility and creativity. You will work with others from different disciplines to enable you to reflect critically on the limitations of a single discipline to solve wider societal concerns. You will be supported to create meaningful connections across disciplines to apply new knowledge to tackle complex problems and key challenges. Ruskin Modules are designed to grow your confidence, seek and maximise opportunities to realise your potential to give you a distinctive edge and enhance your success in the workplace.
  • Design Methods and Technology Project
    This module is essentially a mini project where you will design some artifact, e.g.: electronic hardware, software, multimedia production, website etc. The management of the project is in itself a core element and you are expected to produce a formal specification using sound design methods, a time plan and progress indicator. You will also be expected to produce a number of alternative designs that meet the specification, select the most appropriate design using recognised techniques and carry out design reviews.
  • Electronic Circuits
    You will be introduced to the analysis and design of electronic circuits. You will review the fundamentals that relate to analogue and digital circuit design. You will be introduced to analogue circuits comprising various amplifier classifications and their theoretical models will be explained for circuit design. The analogue section also includes an introduction to active filters and Bode plots, an essential ingredient for electronic circuit design. The phase lock loop and its applications are also discussed.
  • Mathematics for Technology 2
    Building on the mathematical methods acquired in Mathematics for Technology 1, this module provides essential mathematical knowledge and techniques for the study of engineering and technology-based disciplines. Dimensional analysis provides a tool for checking the validity of equations, whilst linear regression enables the finding of a linear 'best-fit' to data. Numerical techniques for solving equations are explored. Common probability distributions are introduced. Methods for the solution of first and second order differential equations are established and you'll be introduced to Laplace transforms.
  • Microprocessor Systems Design
    You'll develop an in-depth understanding of microprocessor system and its relation to the design of modern digital systems. Hands-on programming and simulation of the operation of a commercial microprocessor are an important part of this module. You'll cover different microprocessor architectures, and core elements like ALU, CU, BIU, memories, caches, pipelines, superscalar architectures, RISC and CISC.

Year two, optional modules

  • Signals and Signal Processing
    A sound understanding of the nature, characteristics and sources of signals is an essential part when studying any aspect of electronic technology. Here you will gain a broad understand of signals, their sources and how they are processed using analogue and digital techniques. You will also gain an insight into how signals are characterised, analysed and filtered, looking particularly at frequency analysis and its application to audio signals in particular.
  • Data Acquisition Systems
    You’ll cover the general principles of measurement and instrumentation, sensors and actuators, signal conditioning and data presentation. You’ll analyse the role of the elements of a computer-based data acquisition system and will give you the ability to specify and evaluate a measurement system for a given application. You’ll design, simulate and test basic data acquisition systems using common sensors and electronic components, in addition to undertaking a review of the measurement techniques for specific industrial applications. You’ll be introduced to virtual instruments based on a practical approach. You’ll develop hands on skills in basic system simulations and measurements. The principles of the data acquisition are covered in lectures and tutorials. The practical experiments use both simulation software and hardware, enabling you to compare actual measured results with theory. The practical work will also give you the experience of choosing the appropriate components in terms of sensors, signal conditioning circuits, data analysis and display, and enables them to compare the limitations of the laboratory techniques and instruments with the acquisition systems modelled in virtual instrument industry-standard packages. Successful completion of this module will provide a range of knowledge and skills of value to employers with an interest in sensors and instrumentation. You’ll be assessed by coursework and exam.

Work placement (optional placement year)

Year three, core modules

  • Digital Systems and Power Control
    You’ll build on the previous knowledge of electronic principles, digital and analogue electronics. You’ll be provided with a review of digital electronic systems along with their design philosophy in the light of using modern Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) tools for design, simulation and implementation. We'll present Algorithmic State Machines (ASMs) analysis, design and implementation techniques, as well as covering some control applications to power converters, including renewable energy.
  • Microelectronic Systems Design
    This module will help you to develop Electronic System Design skills by theoretical analysis and case studies, which use industry standard software tools. You'll build on the knowledge gained from previous modules concerned with electronics. It provides a review of the design philosophy in light of using modern Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) tools for design, simulation and implementation of complex electronic circuits. Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are briefly reviewed, along modern embedded electronic system platforms, such as ARM architectures, soft and hard cores.
  • Signals and Control Systems
    Discover the underlying unity of apparently different physical systems, such as electrical, thermal, mechanical, fluid, chemical and biological. You’ll develop the concept of the system model and use the method of analogy. You’ll focus on simple lumped parameter models with particular attention on instrumentation and control systems.
  • Final Project
    You will engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic relevant to your specific discipline. The topic may be drawn from a variety of sources including: Anglia Ruskin research groups, previous/current work experience, the company in which you are currently employed, an Anglia Ruskin lecturer suggested topic or a professional subject of their specific interest (if suitable supervision is available).
  • Digital Signal Processing
    Digital signal processing provides methods and tools to extract meaningful information from noisy data or to analyse and find patterns in signals. Fundamental to the understanding of digital signal processing is a sound working knowledge of the mathematical principles which underpin the subject, as well as a good understanding of the algorithms which are available for implementing digital signal processing techniques, which include digital filtering and spectral analysis methods. The module will therefore provide you with a working theoretical framework to enable you to understand how digital signal processing techniques can be implemented in commercial systems. You will develop DSP knowledge and skills and will apply them to analyse and process real-world signals from industry case studies. This is very useful if you move on to work in variety of industrial roles like DSP engineer, AI engineer, machine learning engineer or data analyst. You will also develop a broader horizon by experiencing how DSP sits at the cross-roads between a number of disciplines – signal processing, electronics, telecommunications and machine intelligence – and thus will be able to engage and relate with these diverse technical communities.


We’ll assess you throughout the course to measure your progress. Besides exams and essays, there’ll be reports, logbooks, presentations, posters, interviews, and work resulting from practical classes.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information


This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


Placement year (UK, EU, international students)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Explore ARU scholarships

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

Entry requirements for foundation year study at ARU College:

  • five GCSE passes at grade 3 or D or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3
  • if you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements
  • if English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificate level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 overall including 5.5 in each band/component.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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