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Queen's University Belfast

Software and Electronic Systems Engineering (with Year in Industry)

UCAS Code: GH67

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including Mathematics and Physics/Further Mathematics/Technology & Design/Electronics/Biology/Chemistry/Geography/ICT (not Applied)/Computing/Software Systems Development/Digital Technology/Double Award Applied Science. A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Successful completion of a relevant Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits is required, including 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2. Including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade in Mathematics and 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade in Physics/Chemistry/Biology.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Successful completion of IBD with 32 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level including Mathematics and relevant Science.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4,H4


Including grade H3 in Mathematics and relevant Science.

Successful completion of relevant BTEC National Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. Distinctions required in 4 specified units including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

Including grade B in Mathematics and relevant Science. Offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

71%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Systems engineering

Software engineering

Much of modern life is based on devices and systems that are built on the interaction between software and electronics. This has fuelled advances in both the everyday, such as games consoles and smartphones, and the specialist, such as surveillance systems, smart vehicles and life-saving medical implants. This innovative degree programme addresses the need for entrepreneurs, inventors and technologists who will create, discover and exploit the next generation of products and systems for our rapidly changing world. The programme is designed to be extremely flexible, with students being able to tailor their studies to suit their interests and aspirations in both electronics and software. The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's is one of the few research-led UK university departments that can offer a truly integrated degree at the fast-moving interface between software and electronics disciplines.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£4,030
per year
International
£18,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,030
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen's University Belfast

Department:

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Systems engineering
73%
med
Software engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A
375

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B
380

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

61%
Engineering professionals
6%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

Software engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
67%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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