Critical Safety Engineering MEng (Hons)

UCAS CodeH660
QualificationMEng (Hons)
Duration4 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120–128 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This four year integrated undergraduate Masters course will prepare you for work as a professional electronic engineer with the knowledge and skills needed to specify, design, manage and audit safety critical systems, and will provide graduate employment opportunities in utility companies, the transportation industry, the public sector and other industrial enterprises.

During the course you will gain extensive practical experience to ensure that you develop sound practical skills as well as a thorough theoretical knowledge. You will study both general aspects of electronic engineering and more specialized modules.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • You may may be eligible for a special Electronic Engineering Bursary of £1,500 or for one of the three Electronic Engineering Scholarships of £1,500 over three years. There are also other scholarships and bursaries available, including the Drapers’ Bursary. See this page for more information or contact the admissions tutor.
  • We have a strong research base in optoelectronics, communications, microelectronics, bioelectronics and materials science, and organic and plastic electronics.
  • Electronic Engineering at Bangor is ranked 4th in the UK for Research Outputs.
  • You will be taught by staff who are experienced engineers and who maintain links with industry to ensure that courses reflect recent developments.
  • We have strong ties with the electrical power generation industry, who played an important part in the design of this course.
  • There is the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between Year 2 and 3. Individual projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company – providing you with advantages when seeking employment.
  • We offer a lively community with well-equipped laboratories, networked computers using industry-standard software and our own reference library.
  • We anticipate this new degree scheme will be accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in due course – if so, you will gain exemption from the admission examinations enabling you to apply for membership and, after a period of post-graduation experience, become a Chartered Engineer. It is also recognised by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations.
  • There is likely to be a high demand for graduates in the power generation, power distribution and manufacturing sectors.
  • We have a 95% employability rating.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

On this degree you will spend about 12 hours in lectures and 8 in laboratories each week. You will also have 4 tutorials in each module and have to write up experiments, work on software design and complete numerical problem-solving exercises.

You will have an examination for each module at the end of the semester. Some modules have coursework assessment as well. Your laboratory work books, technical reports and the individual project also contribute to your marks.

Our lecturers are really good at what they do. They are very helpful and would generally go to the trouble of explaining the topics to you after a lecture if you did not quite get it.

Shammi Rahman
Electronic Engineering

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

  • Electronics Lab 1 (20 credits)
  • Imperative Programming in C
  • Maths 2
  • Maths 3
  • Circuit Design
  • Digital Circuits & Design 1
  • Circuit Theory
  • Professional Perspectives
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java
  • Computer Architecture

Year 2

  • Electronics Lab 2 (20 credits)
  • Engineering Analysis 1
  • Engineering Analysis 2
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Operating Systems & Concurrency
  • Data Communications & Networks
  • Algorithm Design
  • VLSI Design
  • Digital Circuits 2
  • Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Engineering Team Project

Year 3

  • Control Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Electromagnetics
  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Issues & Policy
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Data Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Individual Project

Year 4

  • Business Process Re-engineering
  • Quality, Value and TQM
  • Data Networks and Communications
  • Health and Safety Culture
  • Behaviour Change
  • Team Project

Module listings are for guidance only and are subject to change annually.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Critical Safety Engineering Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Graduates in Critical Safety Engineering MEng (Hons) will have excellent career prospects in the fast-growing power generation and power distribution sectors, including low-carbon and renewable generation as well as transportation sector. Many will take up engineering posts in power stations, with power transmission and distribution network operators, or government or private research and development facilities. Graduates will also be valuable in many other sectors where a rigorous attitude to health and safety is required. Graduates will in addition be well-versed in the general principles of Electronic Engineering, with all the career opportunities those skills entail. However, the problem-solving and numerate nature of all our engineering degree courses means that graduates will be highly valued in many other professions, ranging from general management roles to working as numerical analysts. Postgraduate study is another exciting option for some graduates.

Employability and the School of Electronic Engineering

Our graduates go on to work in a huge range of different industries.  They are extremely valuable to all kinds of employers.   This is because our courses combine high quality teaching coupled with laboratory time. Our students learn the theory and put this into practice in the laboratory straight away.

Working in many different areas

Our graduates can work in many different areas, from automotive electronics to computer games hardware design and from government research laboratories to consumer electronics manufacturers.  

The mathematical modelling, problem-solving and project management skills that we teach our students make them attractive to a much wider range of employers which is why over 99% of our students walk straight into graduate jobs when they leave Bangor.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2019 entry:

  • 128-120 tariff points including a level 3 qualification* in Maths and Physics (at grade C) or Electrical /Electronic Engineering. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com. 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • If you do not have these qualifications see the following BSc programmes: Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) or Computer Systems Engineering BSc (Hons).

For 2018 entry:

  • 128-120 tariff points including a level 3 qualification* in Maths and Physics (at grade C) or Electrical /Electronic Engineering. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com. 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • If you do not have these qualifications see the following BSc programmes: Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) or Computer Systems Engineering BSc (Hons).

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

There are no additional course costs.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Tutor
Electronic Engineering
Tel: 01248 382686
E-mail: eng.admissions@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/eng

Studying within the School of Electronic Engineering

  • The School off Electronic Engineering has been ranked Number 1 in Wales for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for research. Our research expertise is reflected in all the teaching students receive. Students are therefore guaranteed access to cutting edge research as soon as they arrive at Bangor.
  • We are the oldest Electronic Engineering School in the UK.
  • The School is over 50 years old and can trace its roots back over a century to the Department of Physics.
  • Direct practical experience of techniques and equipment.
  • State of the art class 1000 clean room facility.
  • All courses make use of the well-equipped laboratories, networked computers and industry software in the large and lively community of the Schools of Electronics and Computer Science.
  • 30 years of IET accredited courses. The IET commended Bangor for its staff /student ratio which ensures both excellent student support and the creation of a very good learning environment.
  • Students can opt to spend a year working in industry during their studies.
  • Individual projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company providing valuable work experience.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-wining halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Frm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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