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H403 BEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering – 2017 entry (3 Years)

This three year BEng degree in Aerospace Electronic Engineering is available for entry in autumn 2017. It will give you a thorough grounding in electronic engineering together with the fundamentals of aerospace engineering. Third year modules then allow you to specialise in the electronics used in aircraft and spacecraft.

Introducing your degree

Modern aerospace systems rely heavily on electronics and avionics. The demand for these skills is increasing with the advent of applications for autonomous unmanned flying vehicles, the development of the ‘more electric aircraft’ and increased use of GPS to enhance the efficiency and safety of flight.

This programme is unique in offering students both the fundamental and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in the aerospace industry. The industrial experience of teaching staff includes work with NASA and interplanetary missions, as well as teaching courses to ESA and industry staff on space systems engineering.


This degree will enable you to work in the aerospace engineering or electronics industries. It will provide you with both the breadth and depth in the electronics used in aircraft and spacecraft engineering systems. During the first two years, you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin aerospace electronic engineering. In your third year, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aims. You will also work on an individual project to build a challenging and unique aerospace electronic system.

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests. In the first two years you will cover the fundamental theory, practice and skills essential to a chartered engineer. In your third year, you can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Electronics and Computer Science should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

An innovative programme focusing on electronics for aerospace and spacecraft systems

The Guardian University Guide 2017 shows the University of Southampton first in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Includes intensive practical experience in the UK’s leading electronics teaching labs

We have outstanding experimental research facilities, including our world-class high-voltage laboratory and our £110m interdisciplinary clean room

We lead the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research (REF 2014)

Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2016 QS World Rankings

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAA in three A Levels (or equivalent qualifications), including mathematics and physics. In some cases, physics may be substituted by further mathematics or electronics.

Other Qualifications:

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

Foundation Year

If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

International Qualifications

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Mature Applicants

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code: H403 Course title: BEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering Course duration: 3 years


Year 1

Electronic Circuits
Digital Systems and Microprocessors
Solid State Devices
Electronic Systems
Flight Mechanics and Aerospace Systems Operation
Mathematics for Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Year 2

Power Electronics and Drives
Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Electrical Machines
Control and Communications
Digital Systems and Signal Processing
Aerospace Electronics Design
Radar Techniques and Applications
Mathematics for Electronics & Electrical Engineering Part II

Year 3

In this year, you will select four optional modules.

Part III Individual Project
Guidance, Navigation and Control
Machine Learning
Principles and Practice of Computer Graphics
Real-Time Computing and Embedded Systems
Safety Critical Systems
Secure Systems
Robotic Systems
Wireless and Optical Communications
Control System Design
Digital Control System Design
Design Studies
Power Systems Engineering
Mechanical Power Transmission and Vibration
Signal and Image Processing
Space Systems Engineering
Engineering Management and Law
Operational Research
Advanced Partial Differential Equations
Integral Transform Methods
Manufacturing and Materials
Automobile Systems

Career Opportunities

We have excellent relationships with employers and our own ECS Careers Hub offers valuable resources including an annual careers fair. Our students are in high demand and are eligible to apply for industrial scholarships and paid work placements through the UK Electronics Skills Foundation. Career destinations include BAE Systems, Cobham, MBDA Missile Systems and Selex ES.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Approved CalculatorsCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
TextbooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and Photocopying CostsIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at


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