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Electronics

Science graduates with electronics skills are sought after by many industries that use or manufacture electronic equipment. New Zealand’s electronics manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Our companies are targeting niche markets, such as telecommunications, and exporting their products all over the world.

Electronics covers a wide range of exciting modern developments ranging from microscopic electronic circuits and machines, mobile and computer communications, advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, to developments in the latest audio and video technologies.

Studying electronics at the University of Waikato will give you valuable skills in electronic engineering and design. You will have the option to specialise in some of the most progressive areas in electronics today such as optoelectronics or mechatronics.

Optoelectronics deals with the conversion of electrical signals to light or vice-versa.  Solar cells, fibre optics and lasers are integral components of everyday devices such as supermarket barcode scanners and long distance communication systems.

Mechatronics combines aspects of electronic software and mechanical engineering to produce devices such as printers, cars, aircraft, photocopiers and even washing machines. These are fast growing areas in which you can develop a productive and satisfying career.

Facilities

The electronics laboratories at the University of Waikato feature the latest equipment and are supplied with a wide selection of modern components and powerful software. Classes are run in an environment just like that found in contemporary electronics companies.  Engineering students have access to the latest equipment including vector impedance and spectrum analysers, precision meters, fast oscilloscopes, semiconductor analysers, lightning and surge simulators, distortion analysers, complex signal sources, a range of special-purpose measuring equipment, a mechanical workshop and high-power computing facilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Design Engineer
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Electronic Technician
  • Information Systems Engineer
  • Mechatronic Designer
  • Embedded Programmer

100 level

Introduction to ElectronicsENEL11115.0 Points

200 level

Computer SystemsCOMP20010.0 Points
Analog Electronics and Circuit AnalysisENEL20520.0 Points
Electronics for Digital SystemsENEL21210.0 Points
InstrumentationENEL21310.0 Points
Electricity and MagnetismENEL28410.0 Points
Quantum and Solid State PhysicsENEL28510.0 Points

300 level

Computer Systems ArchitectureCOMP31120.0 Points
Special Topics in ElectronicsENEL30120.0 Points
Electromagnetic WavesENEL31220.0 Points
Microprocessor Applications and ControlENEL31720.0 Points
Application Specific Integrated CircuitsENEL32120.0 Points
OptoelectronicsENEL32420.0 Points
High Speed CommunicationsENEL38220.0 Points
Power ElectronicsENEL38520.0 Points

400 level

MechatronicsENEL41720.0 Points
Electro-optical InstrumentationENEL42320.0 Points
Power ElectronicsENEL48520.0 Points
Control Theory and Image ProcessingENGG40120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Elec) and GradDip(Elec)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Electronics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Elec), PGDip(Elec), MSc, MSc(Research) and MSc(Tech)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Up to 30 pts of the level 500 COMP papers listed below can contribute to the major in Electronics. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Chairperson of School.

Topics in Computer NetworksCOMP51315.0 Points
Carrier and ISP NetworksCOMP51415.0 Points
Programming for ResearchCOMP58930.0 Points
Research in Computer ScienceCOMP59030.0 Points
Special Topics in ElectronicsENEL50130.0 Points
Analog Filter DesignENEL50415.0 Points
Rechargeable Batteries and their ManagementENEL50515.0 Points
Surge Protection of Electronic SystemsENEL50615.0 Points
MechatronicsENEL51730.0 Points
Electro-optical InstrumentationENEL52230.0 Points
Power ElectronicsENEL58530.0 Points
Directed StudyENEL59030.0 Points
DissertationENEL59130.0 Points
DissertationENEL59260.0 Points
Electronics ThesisENEL59390.0 Points
Electronics ThesisENEL594120.0 Points
Electronics ThesisENEL595150.0 Points
Control Theory and Image ProcessingENGG50130.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Electronics MPhil ThesisENEL800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Electronics PhD ThesisENEL900120.0 Points

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

School of Science Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to enrol part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Science in either a 180pt masters, the taught components of a masters degree or the research component of a masters degree. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000 per year for two years.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science Admission Fees Scholarship

For school leavers who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science(Technology) in the Faculty of Science & Engineering and are performing well academically in their final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000.

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00

Contacts

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoScienceEngineering