Telecommunications and Network Engineering BEng (Hons)

About the course

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Digital telecommunications have transformed everyday life. People can talk, text, video and exchange data with each other at any time from just about anywhere on the planet, and all through one device.

This course reflects the demands of an industry that is looking for specialists with an advanced understanding of the new technologies, and who are able to analyse, design and manage complex telecommunication systems.

You will study a range of technical subjects, and learn project management skills and how to solve real-world problems.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology - Accredited Programme

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - H641
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn to analyse, design and manage complex networks and telecommunication systems
  • Study signal processing, mathematics and programming, and develop a range of practical engineering skills
  • Develop your project management and team-working skills, and practice solving real-world problems
  • Gain confidence in our state-of-the-art engineering and network labs, which are equipped with the latest industry standard communications measurement equipment and software
  • Explore industry links with local and regional partners, and take advantage of professional opportunities
  • Challenge yourself as you interact with School  research groups and get involved in projects
  • Benefit from acquiring transferable skills that will enable you to pursue a career in a range of technology fields such as engineering, consultancy, management and research

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Unit Information - What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Engineering Mathematics (CIS034-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Electronic Systems And Computer Networks (CIS038-1) Compulsory
  • Fundamentals Of Computer Studies (CIS018-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Software Development (CIS020-1) Compulsory
  • Circuit Analysis And Signal Processing (CIS047-2) Compulsory
  • Digital Communications & Software Engineering (CIS072-2) Compulsory
  • Microwave And Optical Communications (CIS049-2) Compulsory
  • Wireless Communications And Networking (CIS022-2) Compulsory
  • Real Time Communication (CIS019-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methodologies And Emerging Technologies (CIS013-3) Compulsory
  • Social And Professional Project Management (CIS015-3) Compulsory
  • Undergraduate Project (CIS017-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The assessments will identify your skills, abilities, academic/occupational background and level to give you an early indication of what specific learning practices may help you specific areas of study.

This begins at your student induction period in conjunction with the ‘Fundamentals of Computing’ unit and continues throughout your in-course period of study.

You will have frequent opportunities to get feedback from tutors and peers and via self-assessment. Some assessments will allow for draft submissions to be considered to identify aspects in need of development before final submission.

  • Year 1 - 28% of assessment is by exam, 49% by coursework and 23% practical exam.
  • Year 2 - 43% of assessment is by exam, 29% by coursework and 28% by practical exam.
  • Year 3 - 15% of assessment is by exam, 85% by coursework.

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed. At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Telecommunications and Network Engineering as well as those relevant for a wider range of applications such as Computer System Engineering or Telecommunication Management.

The final year unit ‘Social and Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team to apply current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

The final year project fosters independent and autonomous study. You learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

You will be educated about the professional standards of their field while academic staff in the School of Computer Science and Technology who are members of professional organisations such as BCS, IET or IEEE, can help embed these professional standards into learning activities and assessments.

The course also has input from practicing professionals from the telecommunications and networking industries.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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