Mobile Communications Engineering (top-up award) BEng (Hons)

UCAS code G422

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About this course

Interested in technology and like to keep up to date with the latest gadgets?

This one-year completion course in Mobile Communications Engineering is the ideal way to develop your technical knowledge and project management skills while gaining an Honours degree.

If you already have an HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject, this course will develop your knowledge of wireless networks and mobile systems communications.

You will learn in our state-of-the-art labs which boast some of the best Radio Frequency and microwave facilities in the UK and will be taught by staff whose pioneering research informs their high-quality teaching.
Graduates typically go on to work in the mobile communications industry as professional engineers.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Learn from the best

Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Academic staff bring a wealth of industry experience and leading-edge research to many related study subjects. They include experts in optoelectronics and wireless based sensors and ground probing radar.

Their research has demonstrated a range of benefits and commercial applications including breast cancer detection in partnership with Newcastle University Medical School. Their industry experience includes international video compression standardisation work for British Telecom’s Visual Telecoms research team at Martlesham Heath.

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Teaching and Assessment

You’ll learn through lectures and laboratories as well as time with tutors where you’ll develop your problem solving skills. You’ll be encouraged to research existing and current technologies for each module and explore the developments taking place in industry. 

Laboratory sessions provide demonstrations of the theory covered in lectures and bring practical problems and limitations to life. These are often directly informed by the industrial expertise and research interests of the academic staff.

As part of this course you’ll undertake a substantial individual Design Engineering Project, which critically evaluates and applies appropriate design techniques and methodologies.

Assessments reflect the wide range of teaching and learning practices and subjects and include seminar work, laboratory exercises and online tests as well as assignments, exams, technical reports, presentations and project work.
You’ll be supported by online learning materials and access to lab resources.

Learning Environment

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art labs which boast some of the best Radio Frequency and microwave facilities in the UK.

You’ll get the opportunity to explore and develop your design ideas to provide innovative solutions to a variety of real world applications, whilst being assessed on your knowledge, understanding and application. You’ll be encouraged to work independently and explore at your own pace to prepare for laboratory exercises.

Your learning experience is enhanced by the latest technology which provides self-guided exercises, online tests with feedback, assessment feedback and videos and tutorials to support lecture material.

If English isn’t your first language, an optional Academic Communication module can provide additional language skills so that you can take full advantage of the learning opportunities offered.

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Research-rich Learning

The department of Physics and Electrical Engineering is a top-35 research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA15). This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

This course is informed by industry and research, based upon academic staff industrial experience, consultancy or personal research interests. You’ll acquire knowledge and skills that have practical applications in real world scenarios.

You’ll be encouraged to get involved with University research groups, particularly during your project work, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate innovation, experience and enterprise. There’s a strong vocational and professional emphasis, backed by the industrial expertise of staff and working with businesses. 

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Give your career an edge

The tools, techniques and methods you learn on this course are immediately useful to employers, both in the UK and overseas.

Your individual engineering project is directly related to the industrial or research interests of the department, providing an opportunity for work related learning and professional career development.

You’ll benefit from an authentic learning experience and be able to demonstrate key employability skills including report writing, time management, problem solving, and communication with both technical and non-technical audiences.

You’ll be encouraged to develop professional skills including project management to help you progress in your future career.

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Your Future

On successful completion of this course, you’ll have gained the expertise needed for a career in the mobile communications sector as a professional engineer.If you have an HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject, a one-year completion course in Mobile Communications Engineering is the ideal way to develop your technical knowledge and project management skills while gaining an Honours degree.

Using our state-of-the-art electronics and computer networks labs, you will learn strong practical and design skills, enabling you to solve industrial problems by applying existing and emerging technology.

Our close ties with industry partners will ensure you learn skills that are relevant, up-to-date and valued by employers.

On successful completion of this course, you will have gained the expertise needed for a career in management and technology in the engineering sector.

Most of our overseas students on this course return to their home countries to take up positions in the Telecommunications industry.

Course info

UCAS Code G422

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or January 2021 or September 2021 or January 2022

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