Electronics with Music


Project work is a very important part of the Electronics with Music degree as it helps prepare you for a graduate job in engineering. You will develop skills such as teamwork, problem solving and critical analysis and put what you have learned in the course modules to practical use. Many students find the project work of the degree the most rewarding and the most fun.

Over the course of your studies you are likely to take part in a number of substantial projects that will depend on whether you are doing the 4 year BEng or the 5 year MEng degree. These projects include:

  • Electronic design project (year 2)
  • Team design project (year 3)
  • Individual project (BEng) or Team project (MEng) (year 4)
  • Sonic arts
  • Industrial project (MEng, year 5)

You will also complete "mini-projects" in the laboratory sessions of many of the courses.

Electronic design project - Year 2

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of good engineering practice, using professional CAD tools, in designing and constructing a piece of practical equipment. You will develop analogue, digital and hybrid electronics, produce PCBs, and perform assembly and test. Past projects have involved the construction of, amongst other things, a transistor radio.

Team design project - Year 3

 The Team design project undertaken in year three involves many aspects of electronics, including printed circuit board (PCB) design, microprocessor programming and systems control. As part of a small team you will be tasked to design and build a 2 wheel drive robot that can self-navigate its way around a pre-defined obstacle course. The robot may also have to perform certain tasks, such as detecting the colour of traffic lights or steering clear of metallic surfaces. To construct the circuits that drive the robot you will have access to the electronic component store located within the school, which offers a wide range of components and parts for you to choose from.

Individual project - BEng, Year 4

 If you are doing the BEng degree you will undertake a final year individual project in your fourth year. As you progress through each year of the degree you will steadily develop an interest in a particular field of electronics and electrical engineering and the individual project is a great way to advance your knowledge and skills in this area. There are a wide variety of projects to choose from and you will have the support and guidance of an academic supervisor that is an expert in the relevant field.

Watch a video clip about the "Microtonal keyboard".

Sonic Arts

 As part of the Sonic arts course you will undertake two projects, one in each semester. Each project involves setting a research proposal, creating an audio or audiovisual realisation of the proposal and reporting on your findings. By successfully completing both projects you will have produced a portfolio of sonic art-work that has acousmatic compositions and live electracoustic performances and recordings. You will also develop your aural analysis skills and work at an advanced level with sound manipulation technologies.

Watch a video clip about the Sonic Arts course in the first semester.