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Full time 3 Year(s)
Our three-year BEng course will help you develop a sound foundation in all the aspects of Electronic and Electrical Engineering that are crucial to the design and manufacture of future systems in the medical, environmental, energy, transport, communications and ICT markets. You start your degree following core General Engineering and Engineering Mathematics subjects and then go on to specialise in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from year two onwards. Modules include Instrumentation and Control, Electrical Circuits and Power Systems, Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Engineering along with core modules in Engineering Management.
During year three you will have the opportunity to study an individual project under one to one tuition and guidance from our staff who are leading experts in the areas of electronics design, RF and wireless technologies, sensors and instrumentation, nanotechnology and renewable energy. Examples of previous projects include glove controlled robotic hand, a VHDL/BSDL based interface for a through life condition monitor, novel metamaterial antennas, harmonics on wind turbine to grid connections, accelerating systems for the large hadron collider.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
A Level ABB
Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Design & Technology or Further Mathematics.
GCSE Minimum of 3 GCSEs grade B to include Mathematics, and English Language grade C
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and 6 in a Physical Science at HL
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an Engineering related subject including Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians units
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, including sufficient Mathematics content, with 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
Calculus is a flexible technique that can appear almost anywhere in engineering, from the smallest integrated circuit to the largest nuclear power plant, and this is reflected across the range of modules that calculus features in. This module provides a broader understanding of functions, limits and series, and knowledge of the basic techniques of differentiation and integration.
Control is about making engineering devices work efficiently and safely. This module gives students the ability to programme to a level where they are able to solve everyday engineering problems, such as controlling the movement of a robot arm. They will gain the ability to use functions, arrays and pointers, and will be able to manipulate strings, format the input/output and carry out basic mathematical calculations.
The fundamentals of structuring and writing a computer programme are included and students will gain experience at interfacing with practical engineering systems such as a motor. The module will be particularly relevant to students with an interest in robotics, computing and control.
This module encourages students to analyse real-world problems, and to use a logical design path and tools and techniques such as 2D and 3D CAD, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and Form over Function to arrive at a design that meets the initial requirements. Often working in teams, students will learn about the full product lifecycle, from customer requirements to design process and to product recycling/disposal. As well as the practical aspects of design and innovation, the module covers other skills such as marketing, packaging, completing a statement of requirements, and the human brain.
The module is based on exploration and discovery and evaluated through coursework alone. It also incorporates the ‘IMechE Design Challenge’, a ‘design-make-test’ competition held annually between North West universities.
Many of the fundamental equations of engineering are written in the form of differential equations, and so this module teaches students the skills to work with these equations. Students will learn both analytical and numerical techniques, which is of particular relevance to future engineering modules that analyse fluid and heat flow and temperature distribution.
The module starts with the fundaments of Ohm’s law and introduces the main laws and theorems necessary to understand direct and alternating current flow in a circuit, including Kirchoff’s laws and different simplification theorems. At the end of this part of the module, every student will be able to reduce a circuit to its simplest form and carry out basic voltage and current split calculations.
The module then goes on to provide students with an understanding of the role and main functions of the key component blocks in many state-of-the art electronic systems. The theory will be supported with case study applications, where students will look at systems such as the electric guitar, computer mouse, electronic fuel injection and the telephone. Students will gain a basic understanding of the limitations and headline specifications of these items, including sensors, signal conditioning, analogue-digital conversion, processors and actuators, and following the flow of information through a typical system.
Students will learn how to perform basic calculations, which underpin the subject, and to confidently analyse and solve engineering problems, as well as design solutions.
Introducing a range of key aspects of chemistry that is relevant to engineers, this module addresses atomic and molecular structure. It focuses on chemical reactions and bonding, as well as thermodynamics, acid, based and redox reactions, the kinetics of reactions, and nuclear chemistry. Lectures featured in this module are supported by weekly, small group tutorials that are designed to illustrate the practical applications of the concepts learnt in the lectures.
Students taking this module will develop an appreciation for the importance of electrons in a variety of chemical reactions, such as corrosion and polymerisation. Additionally, the module will enhance students’ ability to balance such chemical reactions, predict the results of key reactions and perform a variety of calculations relating to the determination of reaction rates.
A key feature of today’s cutting-edge electronic technology is the storage of information and its processing. This module uncovers the basic engineering principles behind these critical requirements such as Boolean algebra, truth tables, Karnaugh maps, logic gates and memory circuits. Students will gain both the knowledge and the vocabulary with which to understand digital electronic systems together with the background necessary to appreciate what is likely to be possible in the future.
The module also looks at how analogue electronic components can be combined to perform simple logic functions and how these logic blocks can be combined to perform memory tasks. Students will develop this concept towards the principle of a processor and will learn about simple programmable devices and how these relate to the range of programmable solutions that are currently available.
Sensing and extracting signals from the real-world is a fundamental requirement of virtually all electronic systems. This module provides students with the background knowledge and understanding of the ways in which signals are captured from sensors, then amplified, and then fed into a data acquisition system. It includes work on circuits and networks and introduces the op-amp, which is a fundamental building block of many analogue circuits. Students will also gain an understanding of basic sensor characteristics and of signals, including how they can be represented in the time and frequency domains and how they can be manipulated with filters.
Students have an opportunity to build and test the operation of op-amp and sensor circuits in a dedicated electronics lab during the module.
This module introduces students to a further range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems, such as the application of matrices for solving simultaneous linear equations. Students will learn about the application of the Laplace transform, a powerful technique used in electronics and control and vibration analysis, which transforms differential equations to a linear function. They will discover iterative methods that provide extra opportunities to find solutions to equations.
The global energy sector is continually evolving, particularly around the development of sustainable and renewable energy sources, and this module provides an understanding of this field along with conventional power generation and utilisation. Primarily, students will learn about the fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical and nuclear reactions which are essential for those who wish to specialise in these fields.
Students will gain an understanding of the ways in which energy is captured from renewable sources and produced from fossil fuel reserves, as well as a detailed understanding of wind turbine design. The module covers how hydroelectric schemes, tidal barrages and wave energy works and teaches students to make numerate comparisons of the energy available from these sources compared with thermal and nuclear power stations.
This wide-ranging module considers the engineering aspects of transport technology such as fuel consumption and how it may be reduced, types of engines and motors, and electric drive systems for land transport. More specifically, students will look at the Otto cycle, aerodynamic drag, basic circuit theory, batteries, and fuel cells. They will also learn how to calculate vehicle performance, taking account of drag, mass, and propulsion characteristics. Energy flow diagrams for IC engines and electric and hybrid vehicles will be covered as well as thermodynamic cycles for petrol and diesel engines and their major components.
There are four practical exercises associated with this module reflecting the wide scope of the content. They include evaluation of the efficiency of an internal combustion engine (requiring groups to partially dismantle the engine, make measurements to determine its compression ratio and valve timings, then reassemble it and perform calculations based on measurements), and economic assessment of a new light rail transport system in the North West.
Applying mathematics to real-world problems is a key skill for engineers. This module introduces students to a range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems. Amongst the topics covered, students will learn about vectors, indices and logarithms, as well as complex numbers to enable them to precisely describe an electrical current or signal. The mathematical methods used here are put to use in engineering practicals and projects. For example, topics related to matrices are used in the second year robotics project for transforming coordinate systems.
Manufacturing is at the foundation of our global prosperity and is a continually developing field. This module covers a wide range of manufacturing processes used in engineering, from the well-established, such as casting and moulding, to modern and growing methods, such as additive manufacturing. By the end of the module, students have gained knowledge of a range of materials, ways of producing them as manufactured or part-manufactured components and ways of estimating the cost of doing it.
The lectures are accompanied by hands-on experience of machining, welding and material testing techniques in our dedicated workshops and at least one industrial visit to see some of the manufacturing processes in action (most recently Jaguar Land Rover).
The human skeleton, a suspension bridge and a car chassis are examples of structures that are designed to transmit forces from one place to another. To do this safely and efficiently it is important to adopt the right arrangement of load-bearing components and to use materials with appropriate strength and stiffness. In this module, students will learn about structural forms and beam theory and will develop their ability to analyse engineering problems by calculating internal stress of components in tension, compression and bending, and by applying the Euler buckling theory. As a result, students will gain an appreciation of designing simple engineering structures to achieve the required strength and stiffness for a wide range of manufactured products.
Practical sessions will be delivered in our labs and students will work in groups to design, build and test efficient steel box beams to withstand a set load. The exercise comprises application of the analysis techniques learnt in lectures, an element of creative design, sheet metal fabrication and testing, and a final written project report including analysis of the failed beam.
Focusing on the fundamental aspects of process engineering, this module aims to equip students with an understanding of basic processing terminology such as batch, semi-batch, continuous, purge and recycling. There will be a review of processes, along with flow diagrams, process variables and units, and students will become familiar with the mass balance of non-reactive systems, including general material balance of a single-unit operation and multiple-unit operations.
This module will allow students to assign process variables, units and economics; students will develop knowledge of industrial processes along with a working understanding of phase equilibrium thermodynamics to chemical processes. A range of vapour-liquid equilibria, covering the level rule, ideal solutions, Raoult’s Law, Henry’s Law, volatility and relative vitality, will be approached in detail on the module.
This module considers a wide range of material in the wider business development area. Students are encouraged to think with creativity, with entrepreneurial flair and innovation. Practical sessions allow students to demonstrate their progress on a weekly basis through idea generation, peer presentations, elevator pitches and formal presentations, and the module is complemented by a number of external industrial speakers who have been successful in their own business endeavours and are keen to pass on that knowledge.
Students will become familiar with a rich mixture of experiential learning opportunities that develop a wide range of transferable skills in the context of engineering entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the development and use of business plans and marketing strategies. Students will prepare a business plan, and will discuss team dynamics and the requirements for entrepreneurial activity. Additionally, students will learn to use appropriate terminology in developing business projects. They will discuss relevant aspects of company finance, uncertainty in business ventures and how markets can be analysed and will analyse frameworks for marketing and the structure of a business plan, along with developing the ability to analyse potential markets and sources of funding.
This module will introduce digital logic design targeting programmable logic devices, in particular FPGAs: Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. Student will look at major steps involved in modern digital logic design development such as simulation, time and hardware resources optimisation, and floorplanning. The preferred programming language will be VHDL while target FPGA devices will belong to the Xilinx family. Students will gain practical experience of a widely employed vendor specific software development environment, such as Xilinx ISE 10.1 or Mentor Graphics ModelSim.
Additionally, the module introduces fundamental skills in digital logic design programming, development implementation and debugging, and students are given the opportunity to understand and use the concept of parallelism, along with developing instincts as to what design approach should be adopted, depending on the targeted application. Students will also acquire experience in using FPGA devices which are fundamental in ASICs development and verification.
On successful completion of the module, students will develop the ability to design digital logic circuits for a range of applications. They will apply state-of-the-art digital logic design development and verification methods, and will learn to use the most prevalent programming language in digital design for Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs), i.e. VHDL. Students will also gain the knowledge necessary to discuss PLDs in general and FPGAs in particular, including the major steps involved in digital circuit design development and implementation. Finally, students will gain the level of understanding required to use practical skills gained from hands-on experience of FPGAs containing development boards.
This module explores a range of topics concerning electrical circuits and power systems. It is separated into two parts, with the first part containing an overview on electrical circuit theory, whilst providing an understanding of the electrical circuit laws, phasor analysis and three-phase circuits. The second part of the module identifies and describes the basic elements of the electric power system such as generation, transmission, distribution, utilisation, stability, protection and electrical safety.
Students will develop the ability to analyse frequency relationships for reactive circuit elements, and will discuss the principles of three-phase circuits. Additionally, students will gain the skillset required to identify different parts of electrical power systems and explain their functions, along with exploring design procedures to locate faults within a power network. Finally, students will learn to discuss the system protection and also electrical safety, and will operate power systems effectively, whilst ensuring system security and quality of supply.
Whilst alternating topic focus, this module explores RF engineering and electromagnetic processes in general. Students will gain knowledge of RF engineering, the decibel scale, and will explore complex number review. Additionally, the module will cover AC circuit analysis, and will provide complex representation of waves and transmission lines, along with seminars in RF transmission of data and basic RF receiver architectures.
The electromagnetic portion of the module will cover Electrostatics, including electric charge, electric field, electric flux density and electrostatic potential. Students will develop knowledge of inverse square law of force, dielectric polarisation and permittivity, as well as capacitance, energy storage, parasitic capacitance and electric screening.
Students will develop the level of understanding necessary to describe the concepts of potential, charge, field and capacitance, and will learn to apply Ampere, Faraday and Coulomb law. Students will also gain an understanding of ferromagnetic materials, and will develop the necessary skillset to calculate the magnitude and direction of the electric field strength, as well as discussing Gauss theorem and the relationship of electric flux to electric charge. Finally, students will be able to carry out noise calculations for RF systems, calculate component values and transmission line dimensions to match impedances, and will gain knowledge in the application of Smith charts to analyse an RF circuit.
This module introduces students to numerate aspects of engineering. It is designed to provide students with a broad and flexible array of mathematical methods for the analysis of data and signals, and intends to illustrate the essential role of computing in the application of these. Students will use calculus for the analysis of trigonometric, non-linear, polynomial and exponential functions, and will sketch multivariable functions with engineering meaning on three-dimensional Cartesian axes.
Additionally, students will evaluate the significance of differential equations in the description of an Engineering system and apply methods such as Laplace, integration and substitution for their solution, along with developing the ability to analyse systems in both the time and frequency domain, using Fourier and Laplace transformations. Students will learn to apply the spectrum of approximate methods that exist for finding the roots of equations, definite integrals and linear approximations.
Students will apply the matrix representation of coefficients and the correspondence to arrays in software, including the use of manipulations such as the inverse matrix. They will also use the concepts of least squares analysis in order to assess the consistency of data. Finally, students will develop the ability to use a software package such as Excel for multivariable analysis of a given function and to produce appropriate graphical outcomes.
Introducing a range of key concepts in engineering project management, and putting some of these into practice by means of an interdisciplinary group project, this module aims to motivate students to produce and test a functional electro mechanical machine to meet a given specification, such as the development of a line-following mobile robot. Students will develop a range of skills, including the ability to describe a mechanical / electrical system at the "block diagram" level, identifying its power and signal flows and writing an overall performance or functional specification. Students will also acquire the knowledge required to integrate the functional requirements with other needs, such as maintainability, safety, manufacturability, environmental impact and regulatory compliance, and will discuss the requirements for interface management including spatial, mass, environment, control, failure modes, energy.
Additionally, students will develop the skillset required to prepare an interface management plan for a complete project and interface specifications for the subsystems/components. They will discuss the project lifecycle including specification, design, manufacture, commissioning, maintenance, modification and disposal. Finally, students will apply the principles of validating the design of a complex system using analysis, sample testing, type testing, commissioning, system tests and acceptance.
This module is designed to enhance students’ understanding of system dynamics and feedback at the block diagram level, by providing tools for the analysis of linear single-degree-of-freedom systems. Students will gain the ability to choose and use appropriate instrumentation appropriate for feedback and data-logging purposes. The module will enable students to interface devices such as memory, digital IO and analogue IO to a microprocessor or microcontroller. They will also discover how to access such devices from within a program using C and/or Assembler.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to develop single-degree-of-freedom models for simple mechanical, electric and electromechanical systems. They will also be able to discuss the assumptions necessary to develop such linear models and have an awareness of nonlinear and chaotic systems. Additionally, students will develop the ability to analyse 1st and 2nd order models in both the time and frequency domain, including vibrations and asymptotic stability, and will write down the transfer function of a system from its differential equation and understand the significance of the poles/zeros. Further skills available on the module includes the ability to manipulate block diagrams of open and closed-loop systems, and design proportional, integral, derivative, velocity and multi-term controllers. Finally, students will construct and use Bode diagrams, and will develop the knowledge required to analyse the function and physical operation of a range of common types of transducer, e.g. for the measurement of strain, force, temperature and acceleration.
This module will enhance students’ knowledge of heat transfer calculations and aims to show where these are the essence of, or are essential to, engineering design. Students will develop an understanding of electric power systems, including the characteristics of the main types of electric machine. In addition, students will gain skills in the ability to estimate steady state heat transfer rates, and will also be able to size simple parallel and contra flow heat exchangers. They will develop the level of understanding required to estimate temperature distributions within 1-D or rotationally symmetric systems in which there is steady heat flow, as well as correctly sizing cooling fins.
Students will set up appropriate boundary conditions for 3-D heat conduction problems that are to be solved numerically using a software package, and will
estimate the time it takes for a thermal system to reach steady state. Finally, students will be able to perform calculations to predict the performance of a single phase induction motor, and will be able to analyse the starting, speed and torque control methods used on induction motors.
This module introduces time and frequency domain representations of analogue circuits. It examines the principles of analogue integrated circuit and filter design, including linear network transfer functions.
The module will cover a wide range of topics, and will include a look at transistors and transistor circuits for integrated circuits, along with the fundamentals of linear continuous time filters. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the design of passive and active circuits for synthesis of transfer functions, parasitics and filter precision.
Students will develop the ability to analyse circuits in the time and frequency domains, along with the ability to evaluate fundamental analogue circuit building blocks. They will also gain the knowledge required to describe the composition of active and passive filters.
This module examines the role of management and its relevance to engineers today. In this context, specific knowledge about manufacturing systems and project financial appraisal will be introduced, together with relevant aspects of law and human resource management, industrial organisation and project costing.
Students will receive an outline of company finance and reporting, including relevant aspects of law and human resource management, industrial organisation; project costing, along with an overview of environmental reporting, quality and safety management.
The module will reinforce students’ understanding of the role of management in industry and its relevance to engineers today, as well as how modern manufacturing operations are organized financially. Students will evaluate financially both large and small projects as the basis for major decisions, and will develop knowledge of what quality is and its importance to all organizations. Additionally, students will apply suitable tools for the improvement of quality, will gain knowledge of the relevant aspects of law and human resource management, and will understand the importance of environmental reporting. The module will also enable students to carry out a basic level of safety management.
This project aims to give students experience in managing a research project and to develop an in-depth knowledge of a specific, specialist area of their subject. Students will have the opportunity to learn professional software, research, design or experimental skills consistent with subject. The students will be assigned a project title and project supervisor who will guide and advise them throughout the project. The project involves the production of a literature review, project plan, an oral presentation, a final report and a poster.
The module will offer different outcomes depending on which topic students choose to work on. Examples of this might be gaining the knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin students’ education in their engineering discipline.
Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline. Alternatively, students are offered the opportunity to gain an understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes.
There will be an opportunity for students to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to their engineering discipline, in order to solve engineering problems, or students may decide to strengthen their understanding of customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics. They could also take the opportunity to reinforce their workshop and laboratory skills.
This module provides an introduction to integrated circuit engineering and integrated circuits, including key methods for their design, fabrication and testing. In this regard, the module will examine the principles of very large scale integrated circuit engineering and the digital design process. Among a vast range of topics, this module will address CMOS circuit engineering, and will focus on MOSFET short channel effects, switch model, digital design metrics and the design of logic elements.
Additionally, students will become familiar with arithmetic building blocks, memory elements classification, array structure and timing issues.
Students will develop the ability to analyse simple performance metrics and will derive circuits to implement simple functions, and will learn how to use an industrial tool to model, analyse and construct digital circuits.
This module introduces the fundamental components of optical communication and wireless systems and information theory, including the physical propagation of signals, electromagnetism and signal analysis. Students will learn the theory of using optoelectronics and radio waves for telecommunications, and will examine the main types of antenna and their properties. The module offers a rounded overview of optoelectronics, including optical communication systems, optical components and optical sources. A portion on wireless communications will introduce electromagnetic spectrum, elements of radio waves propagation, transmitter and receiver.
Students will also gain knowledge of link budget, types of wireless networks, and antennas, in addition to revisions of information theory and modulation. Additionally, students will discover access, and system case studies, which will discuss internet fibre cables backbone, radio and TV broadcasting.
In addition to this, students will gain the level of knowledge required to define the main optical components in a communication system. They will be able to explain the fundamentals of wireless systems, transmitters and receivers, and will carry out calculations on radio transmission antennas and coding. Ultimately, students will be able to explain the reasons for the design choices made in a variety of communications systems.
Information for this module is currently unavailable.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Many of our graduates go on to work with the companies we have strong links with, often starting on salaries in excess of £26,500 per annum. Recent Engineering graduates have embarked upon careers as electronic, mechanical, applications, design and nuclear systems engineers.
As well as specific technical knowledge, your Engineering degree teaches you skills of logical analysis, communication, problem-solving and project management. They are used by our graduates for work in design, project engineering and management, research, contracts, sales and marketing and data analysis. Our graduates also choose to continue their studies to MSc and PhD level.
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It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £70. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.