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H611 - Microelectronic Engineering

Microelectronic Engineering

BEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H611
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Microelectronic engineering is concerned with the design and manufacture of electronic devices made from silicon, such as integrated circuits and sensors, as well as the development of devices using new materials.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

In Stages 1 and 2 you study a common syllabus, developing your expertise in electrical machines and electronic communications systems.

In Stage 3 you undertake a large individual design project - for example, developing a frequency synthesiser for wireless biomedical devices - to showcase your skills to future employers.

You complement this with specialist topics, such as:

  • nanoscale electronic devices
  • integrated circuit design

You complete design projects to showcase your skills to future employers, for example designing and building a robot to navigate around a room.

BEng or MEng?

Both our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.

Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don’t need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.

Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved master’s degree.

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Additional information

Flexible degree structure

All of our electrical and electronic engineering degrees share the same first two years. We allow you to explore the subject and find out where your interests lie.

You can transfer between any of our electrical and electronic engineering degrees if you want to.

You must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree. 

Quality and ranking

  • top 10 in the UK for world-class research, with 90% of research classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • top 175 – Engineering and Technology category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • ranked top 10 in the UK with a 91% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

In Stage 1, you'll study areas such as fields, materials and devices, circuit theory, signals and communications, C programming, and engineering mathematics. 

Compulsory modules

During your second year, you'll expand your knowledge further, exploring topics such as computer systems and microprocessors, control and electrical machines, digital electronics, and electromagnetic fields and waves. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Computer Systems and Microprocessors 20
Project and Professional Issues 20
Signals and Communications II 20
Control and Electrical Machines 20
Digital Electronics 10
Semiconductor Devices and Analogue Electronics 20
Electromagnetic Fields & Waves 10

In Stage 3, your focus will turn to specialist microelectronic subjects, including electronic devices, the basics of modern power electronics, and the design and test of digital systems. 

You'll also complete an individual project and dissertation, using your expertise to investigate a complex engineering problem such as designing and building a robot to navigate around a room. 

You'll have the opportunity to explore topics you're particularly interested in, with optional modules covering electric drives, power system operation, renewable energy systems and smart grids, and more. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to the Basics of Modern Power Electronics 10
Design and Test of Digital Systems 10
Electronic Devices 10
Accounting, Finance and Law for Engineers 10
Optional Modules Credits
Linear Controller Design and State Space Analysis 10
Digital Signal Processing 10
Industrial Automation and Robotics 10
Real Time and Embedded Systems 10
Electric Drives 10
Integrated Circuit Design 10
Image Processing and Machine Vision 10
Power System Operation 10
Telecommunication Networks 10
Photonics 10
Digital Control Systems 10
Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grids 10
Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng) 40
Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng) 40
Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng) 40

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • lab sessions
  • tutorials 

Up to 10 hours will consist of practical sessions in our labs, including experiments and project work. 

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

You'll take part in a range of group projects that will allow you to develop practical skills including soldering, wiring, circuit board construction, and project planning. 

Business skills

In your second year, you will work on a group design and construction project, gaining an insight into the planning and management of technical projects and preparing you for your future.

You'll also complete modules in accounting and law for engineering.

Research skills

You'll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field, with teaching informed by our ground-breaking research.

In your final year, you'll complete an individual research project. You'll design and develop an original system or device. 

 

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

Our Engineering courses are taught at our city-centre campus, within the School of Engineering based in the Merz Court.

You'll benefit from world-class facilities and living labs, ranging from microbiology laboratories through to at-scale engineering equipment. 

Each engineering discipline has its own specialist facilities, including:

  • the Millennium Laboratory – home to a wide range of facilities and experimental rigs
  • Merz Court Pilot Plant Laboratory – a pilot plant with 28 experimental rigs
  • BE:WISE – Europe's largest wastewater treatment research facility
  • the Urban Observatory – with sensors gathering over 50 types of data across the city
  • Electronics Teaching Lab – home to state-of-the-art Agilent/Keysight digital test equipment
  • Clean-Room Microfabrication Lab – home to two class 100-10000 clean rooms

Support

You'll receive comprehensive support from the moment you arrive at the University. You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, and degree tutors. You'll also benefit from the School's student buddies scheme.

Your future

When you graduate, you'll have opportunities in areas such as electrical supply and distribution, power systems, transports, and electrical machinery.

You'll also develop a wide range of transferable skills, including analytical skills, teamwork, time management, and IT skills, which are valued by employers across all sectors.

Recent graduates have secured roles as graduate engineers in companies including:

  • Dyson
  • Siemens
  • Arup
  • IQHQ
  • BBC
  • BT

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation. 

Find out more about the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

ABB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Additional information

Advice on maths and science requirements

If you don’t think you will have the exact mathematics and science qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do.

  • If you have a maths qualification but will not have it at A Level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year. We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in Year 1 if we think that this will be the best route for you.
  • If you have A Level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that this course is not the best option for you.
  • If you will not have the equivalent of an A Level in the science subject (if any) required, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year.

If you are still not sure, don’t worry. Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may, therefore, make you an offer for a different course from the one you apply for (eg Foundation Year entry instead of Year 1 entry).

*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering, maths and physics degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the Engineering School to which you have applied. A fee of £150 is payable at the time of booking the exam or shortly before the date set for examination.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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Scholarships

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Additional information

Sponsorship

Our students are highly sought after. Many industry-leading companies offer sponsorship and scholarships to our students through the E3 Academy and UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF).

We are one of three university members of the E3 academy, which provides scholarships and work placements to electrical engineering students.

We're also a UKESF partner university. UKESF provides bursaries, work placements and mentoring to students.

Find out more about the E3 Academy

Find out more about the UK Electronics Skills Foundation

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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