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BEng FT Electronics with Music and Audio Systems with Industrial Experience

H289 BENG HONS 4 Years


This programme uses mathematics and engineering techniques to enable you to understand how technology is applied to music and audio. You will learn how computers and electronics shape electronic musical instruments, digital audio systems, music downloads, sound effects and games. In addition to a team project in your second year, you will complete an individual final-year project that will be supervised by a researcher in our world-leading Centre for Digital Music (C4DM). Martyn Ware, founder of ‘80s bands The Human League and Heaven 17, record producer and world-leading 3D sound artist, is a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the School and takes an active interest in C4DM, where he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to these programmes. The BEng follows the same structure as the MEng for the first two years. You can transfer in to the MEng from the BEng until the end of the second year, subject to satisfactory exam performance.

Electronic engineering and computer science are fascinating fields driving scientific and technological progress, creating the tools that advance society and improve our quality of life. The two fields unite diverse subjects, such as software engineering, multimedia, electronics, networking and communications, art, digital music, physics and mathematics, with problem solving as the central theme. Electronic engineers and computer scientists apply analytical thinking, design and programming skills to create innovative solutions. They work on a wide range of problems, from finding new ways to do things, for example, making computers smaller and faster, to discovering entirely new things to do. They address varied questions, such as: how can we develop the next generation of mobile communication devices and apps? How can we teach computers to spot suspicious activities in CCTV footage? And how do we design alternatively powered vehicles?

Electronic engineers and computer scientists operate in a range of fields, including:

  • Telecommunications – working on radio links, optical fibres and satellites, enabling global digital communication
  • Multimedia and gaming – leading innovations in combining computer vision, music and speech for use in different environments, both real and virtual
  • Security – developing firewalls, secure e-commerce transactions and anti-fraud technology, crucial in today’s high-tech world
  • Networking – engineering solutions that allow home appliances, entertainment and security systems to be networked to each other and the internet.

Why study Audio Systems Engineering at Queen Mary?

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), we are ranked in the top 20 electronic engineering and computer science departments in the UK. We regularly win awards for outstanding teaching, including recently, a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship and a Royal Academy of Engineering Teaching prize. Our students win prizes too: for each of the past three years a student from the School has won The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) prize for outstanding academic performance. Many of our degree programmes have professional accreditation from the IET or the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). You will have opportunities to undertake industrially linked final-year projects and be supported by specialist staff in pursuing a range of opportunities for industrial placements and work experience. Recent students have found placements with Goldman Sachs, Accenture, HSBC, Google, IBM and Reuters.

Our excellent teaching facilities include an award-winning Informatics Teaching Laboratory with over 300 networked workstations, a dedicated workspace for laptop Wi-Fi access and a ‘quiet space’ for final-year students. We also have innovative research facilities, including an Augmented Human Interaction Laboratory, enabling full-body and multi-person motion capture, and virtual and augmented reality systems. Finally, we are less than a couple of miles from the area around Old Street known as Silicon Roundabout or Tech City, home to at least 400+ digital start-ups, including, SoundCloud and TweetDeck. We have links with a number of companies in the area and also sponsor the Digital Shoreditch Festival.

The programme includes a year working in industry. This work placement occurs at the end of Year 2.

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