Electronic Engineering with Space Science and Technology MEng (Hons)

4 years, starting in September 2018

Design, operate and build electronic systems for the space environment. Gain the engineering skills needed for a career in the space industry.

Our course takes you beyond the conventional engineering challenges of designing equipment for use on Earth’s surface. You’ll develop the skills needed to design and build systems and vehicles for the hostile environment of space.

Your first two years develop your knowledge of the principles of electrical engineering science before specialising in space science and technology. You’ll study electronics and communications technologies with elements of space and planetary science. Your learning will be informed by the latest theory and practice in spacecraft engineering, space electronics, Earth observation, the space environment and weather.

Choosing the MEng route gives you a more in-depth study experience through advanced taught units and semester-long individual and group project work. And it gives you the educational requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer. You can also gain professional experience by going on placement during your degree. You have the flexibility to decide if this option is right for you up until the end of your second year.

You’ll have opportunities to put what you learn in lectures into practice through project work. Group and individual projects give you the chance to work on specialist topics such as systems-level designs for satellites and planetary landers. You’ll apply business, teamwork and management skills to solve industry-focused engineering challenges. Your ability to combine professional and technical engineering knowledge will prepare you for a career in the space industry.

Teaching

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in electronic and electrical engineering. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Facilities

You'll have access to facilities specially equipped for your degree. Our facilities are designed to be similar to industrial workspaces so you gain an insight into what it is like to work in a professional environment. These include laboratories for tomography, superconductivity, autonomous systems and robotics. We also have facilities for optoelectronics and circuit board prototyping, and a mechanical workshop.

Careers

We work with industrial partners to make sure our course content reflects the needs of engineering industries. You’ll graduate with the technical expertise and transferable skills that will open up employment opportunities for you. You can pursue a career in high-technology industries in electronics, power, aerospace, communication, robotics or manufacturing. Or you could find employment in other sectors such as IT, financial services, accountancy, the armed forces or business. Many of our graduates continue their studies to pursue an academic or research career.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 66% 0% 34%
Year 2 66% 0% 34%
Year 3 48% 0% 52%
Year 4 48% 0% 52%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 35% 65% 0%
Year 2 35% 65% 0%
Year 3 23% 77% 0%
Year 4 12% 88% 0%

Professional accreditations

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

“As an engineer you're always going to work in groups so learning this skill at university really enhances my opportunities to get a job and it's going to help me when I enter the workplace.”
Tom Brown

MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with placement year (2014)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. You are more likely to be successful if you demonstrate a strong interest in electrical engineering and space technology through relevant reading, extracurricular or co-curricular activities, or work experience. We also favour applicants who show an ability to write and reflect analytically and thoughtfully.

You will need a strong performance in Mathematics and a second science or technology subject as part of your entry qualifications.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAA

AAA including Mathematics and a second science or technology subject

Preference for Physics or Electronics as the second science or technology subject.

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level

AAB

AAB including A in Mathematics and one other science or technology subject plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics and 6 in one other science or technology subject.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Engineering), with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include 12 credits from Mathematics units (including Calculus) achieved at Distinction.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical offer:

D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Engineering in combination with A level Mathematics. If you are studying a BTEC qualification, you must be studying and achieve a Distinction in the following units:

  • Extended Diploma (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Extended Diploma (RQF): Further Engineering Mathematics

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics and one other science or technology subject.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, M1 including D3 in Mathematics and one other science or technology subject plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

HNC/HND

We are able to consider HNC/HND qualifications in Engineering disciplines for entry into the first year of our course. You will need to gain an overall grade of Distinction, including a Distinction in at least 20 credits of Level 4 Mathematics. As our programmes require solid foundations in Mathematics, we do prefer you to have studied AS or A level Mathematics in addition to your HNC/HND qualification and encourage you to take this route if it is available.

Please note that HNC and HND qualifications may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • S207: The Physical World or S217: Physics: From Classical to Quantum
  • MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above: please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including S207: The Physical World/S217 Physics: From Classical to Quantum and a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Mathematics unit worth at least 30 credits.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and one other science or technology subject plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • AA in A level Mathematics and a second science or technology subject, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • AA in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics and a second science or technology subject
  • AA in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including Mathematics and a second science or technology subject. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AA in A level Mathematics and a second science or technology subject, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Mathematics and another science/technology subject.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

5*5 in 2 elective subjects including a science or technology subject plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

15 overall with 15 in Mathematics and a second science or technology subject.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

14 overall with 15 in Mathematics and a second science or technology subject.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

82% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods) and one of Biology (4 periods), Chemistry (4 periods) or Physics (4 periods).

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in Mathematics and 80% in one other science or technology subject.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board."

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC and at least one Physics AP.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 9 in Mathematics and one other science or technology subject.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.4 overall with 13 in Mathematics and 13 in one other science or technology subject.

The required grades in Mathematics and a science or technology subject must be achieved in your final examinations if you take them. If you do not take one of these subjects in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects including A in Mathematics and one other science or technology subject.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.4 overall with a minimum B+ in all Mathematics modules.

We may be able to consider you for direct entry to year 2, depending on the content you have previously studied.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 80% with 85% in Calculus or Mathematics plus one other science or technology subject from the final year.

Greece qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels including Mathematics and one other science or technology subject .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels including Mathematics and one other science or technology subject .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

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Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Electronic Engineering with Space Science and Technology
  • Final award
    MEng (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    H6HK
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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