University of Portsmouth
Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons)
University of Portsmouth

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Overview

Whether it’s the next innovation in computer hardware or a smartphone app, today's electronic engineers need to come up with practical, economic solutions to meet consumer needs and demands.

If you have a talent for improving and creating electronic products and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this BEng (Hons) Electronic Systems Engineering top-up degree course is ideal.

The course is delivered by distance learning over 2 or 3 years. You'll develop technical competence and engineering knowledge, while easily fitting study around your job.

After the course, you can use your degree to boost your career prospects in areas such as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications. You could also continue your studies at Master's level.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Design systems, build and test prototypes using various technologies

  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection

  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus

  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials

  • Take part in live Web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

If you can get to Portsmouth, you can also:

  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our workshops

  • Get involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with an Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) degree?

A degree in electronic systems engineering puts you in an excellent position to continue or start a career as a professional engineer in areas such as:

  • consumer and professional electronics

  • robotics

  • defence

  • broadcasting and telecommunications

What jobs can you do with an Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in roles including:

  • electronics engineer

  • product design engineer

  • aerospace engineer

  • application engineer

  • project manager

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or joined graduate engineering schemes. You can also progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 20 graduates of Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons) at University of Portsmouth for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Overall student satisfaction
47 /100
20 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons) at University of Portsmouth

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27500 £32000 £39500
25-75 percentile range £23000 - £29500 £26500 - £40500 £27500 - £46000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £30124 £30806 £35393
25-75 percentile range £25876 - £34683 £22850 - £38849 £26153 - £44792

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons) at University of Portsmouth

50% Engineering professionals
25% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Elementary occupations

You’ll be assessed through: - written assignments - quizzes - design activities - project work - exams Ideally, you'll carry out your final project at your place of work with a mentor approved by the University. If this isn't possible, then you can carry out the project at the University or elsewhere with the guidance of a University-approved mentor. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISE Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Electronic Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year), BEng (Hons).

Costs

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of University of Portsmouth in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Portsmouth in related subject specific rankings.

Engineering

    • #43 
    • #56 
    Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #41 
    • #52 
    Engineering Electronic & Electrical
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

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About University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is located on the United Kingdom’s only island city, Portsmouth. This public university, which was previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic, forms part of the University Alliance, an organisation whose aim is to promote growth and innovation in the UK by putting an emphasis on links with business and industry.

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