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Engineering (Electronic and Software), BEng

Engineering (Electronic and Software), BEng

Course Overview


Software Engineering at Northampton encompasses both the theory as well as the practice of computing, with special emphasis given to Distributed Information Systems and Knowledge Technologies.

Electronic Engineering is at the core of the modern world, from computers, to digital circuits, photonics and a wealth of electronic devices. This exciting new programme delivers the ideal marriage between Electronic engineering and Software engineering, allowing graduates to pursue a wide range of engineering interests and career choices. You will use your imagination, creativity and knowledge to provide society with the complex electronic systems it needs as well as the software required to operate these systems optimally. In your future career you may design the machines that supply our energy needs, digital control systems for aircrafts, internet-enabled sensors, design complete computer systems on a silicon chip, photonics to instrument the ocean depths, create stunning electronic displays, or design the latest communications satellite or mobile phone.

Students will learn how to design, analyse and implement large-scale software solutions, factoring in hardware and electronics specifics. The courses will cover core computing topics such as computer architecture, programming, programming languages, algorithms, databases, software project management, and software engineering tools and techniques. Advanced computing topics include distributed (autonomous) systems, knowledge technologies, Internet-of-Things, sensor networks, robotics, and security.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning
DURATION 48 months
What You'll Study

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year.

It is possible to move between MEng and BEng and this can be accomplished at any point until the second half session of fourth year. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng and there is no quota, meaning that if grade requirements are met that transfer is guaranteed.

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Electronics (NT1008) – 15 Credit Points
CAD and Communication in Engineering Practice (NT1010) – 15 Credit Points
Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (NT1012) – 15 Credit Points
Computer Architecture (NT1520) – 15 Credit Points
Electronics Design (NT1501) – 15 Credit Points
Engineering Mathematics 1 (NT1504) – 15 Credit Points
Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (NT1510) – 15 Credit Points
Professional Skills Part 1 (NT1001)

Compulsory Courses

Mathematics for Computing Science (NT2013) – 15 Credit Points
Engineering Mathematics 2 (NT2012) – 15 Credit Points
Modern Programming Languages (NT2510) – 15 Credit Points
Algorithmic Problem Solving (NT2521) – 15 Credit Points
Electronic Systems (NT2504) – 15 Credit Points
Design and Computing in Engineering Practice (NT2501) – 15 Credit Points

In year 3, you have the opportunity to study from a range of courses leading to specialisation in your chosen discipline. This is also the point at which a final decision between MEng and BEng must be made.

Compulsory Courses

Engineering Analysis and Methods 1 (NT3007) – 15 Credit Points
Fluid Mechanics (NT3019) – 15 Credit Points
Chemical Thermodynamics (NT3029) – 15 Credit Points
Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer (NT3030) – 15 Credit Points
Chemical Reaction Engineering (NT3501) – 15 Credit Points
Separation Processes 1 (NT3502) – 15 Credit Points
Chemical Engineering Design (NT3503) – 10 Credit Points
Process Modelling (NT3504) – 10 Credit Points
Project and Safety Management (NT3599) – 10 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

BEng Individual Project (NT4014) – 30 Credit Points
Computational Intelligence (NT4095)
Operating Systems (NT4096)
Security (NT4097)
Sensing and Instrumentation (NT4017) – 10 Credit Points
Distributed Systems and Security (NT4595)
Communications Engineering 2 (NT4546) – 15 Credit Points
Group Design Project (BEng) (NT4578) – 15 Credit Points

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Chemical Engineering?
  • In designing, optimising and operating the processes which make the products we use in our lives on a daily basis, chemical engineers play a critical role in making key decisions including: selecting the best reaction pathway to the desired product in order to minimize formation of unwanted by-products; determining how to purify the product; designing the best control system to ensure the process is safe; developing the most cost-effective process; how to deal with unreacted raw materials; optimising the process to maximise yield and recycle energy to maximise efficiency.
  • The first two years of our engineering programmes cover general engineering. This means you develop vital knowledge in all engineering areas – making you far more adaptable in employment.
  • The School has produced thousands of world-class graduates over the decades, many who have progressed into Managing Director and Chief Executive roles in the oil and gas and wider energy industries.
  • Across a number of our programmes, we work closely with colleagues across geology, chemistry and business disciplines to ensure the teaching is fit-for purpose.
  • We are well connected with local, national and international industry, particularly in the oil/gas/energy industry where you get the chance to experience real-life industry challenges and projects, through guest lectures, company visits and networking events.
  • All of our degrees have been accredited by the relevant professional engineering institutions, providing you with your first step into becoming a chartered engineer. Undergraduate engineers intending to follow a professional engineering career should consider student membership of the appropriate Engineering Institution.
  • Our award winning Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter is one of the 230 student chapters around the world. 
  • TAU Racing was established in 2007 by a group of undergraduate engineers of various disciplines. The team’s goal each year is to design and build a single seat racing car to compete at Silverstone in the Formula Student competition.
  • Hands-on experience of laboratory experiments and of industry-standard software is used to enhance your learning. Group design exercises based on real case field data and supervised by practising professionals from industry prepares you for work.
  • Opportunities exist for industry sponsored scholarships and bursaries, final year individual projects undertaken with industry, and study abroad opportunities.


If you have an aptitude and fascination for how the physical world works, are interested in how chemical reactions and the physical properties of matter can be harnessed to create world changing technologies, and want to contribute positively to making the life of the human race better and to the development of a sustainable environment, then you should consider chemical engineering as a career choice.

  • Excellent job prospects
  • Competitive starting salaries in the region of £29,500/year
  • High earning potential throughout your career – salaries for Chartered Chemical Engineers rival those of doctors, lawyers and accountants
  • Opportunities to travel
  • Plenty of variety and exciting challenges
  • The potential to help create a sustainable planet

Chemical Engineers are employed across a broad spectrum of industries including: Energy; Water; Pharmaceuticals; Food & Drink; Oil & Gas; Fast Moving Consumer Goods; Agrochemicals, fine chemicals & petrochemicals; Mining & Minerals; Biotechnology; Management; Consultancy; Environmental Protection; Safety.

  • Graduate Operations Support Engineer
  • Graduate Process Engineer
  • Horizons Facilities Engineer
  • Technical Safety Engineer

Entry requirements


SQA Highers

Standard: ABBB (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*)
Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission.

Minimum: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics and Physics*)
Applicants who achieve our Minimum entry requirements over S4 and S5 are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers maybe required in order to receive an offer of admission.

Adjusted: BB (Good performance required in Mathematics*)
Applicants who meet one or more of our Widening Participation criteria and who achieve good performance in Maths and one other subject may be made an adjusted offer of entry. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers maybe required in order to receive an offer of admission.

* These subjects can be either held at the time of application or be achieved during the appropriate admissions cycle.


Standard: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may be made an offer of admission.

Minimum: BBC (Good performance required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered.

Adjusted: BB (Good performance required in Mathematics)
Applicants who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria and who are predicted to achieve a good performance in Mathematics and one other subject may be made an Adjusted offer of entry.


Please note: for entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


IELTS Academic:

OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0


OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
  • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

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