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Guide to studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering is a fascinating field, and one which could make your time at uni a challenging, enriching and rewarding experience.

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  1. What's Electrical & Electronic Engineering?

  2. Why study Electrical & Electronic Engineering?

  3. What jobs can you get as an Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduate?

  4. What do graduates do and earn?
  5. What qualifications do you need?

  6. What degrees can you study?

  7. How will you be assessed?

  8. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Electrical & Electronic Engineering?

Electrical & Electronic Engineering deals with the study and real-world application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. Practised since the 1800s, it's the forefront of new technologies in a number of industries including transport, healthcare, construction and robotics.

Why study Electrical & Electronic Engineering?

If you enjoy mathematics and science, are fascinated by energy and electronic gadgets, and want to design and invent things that benefit others, you may wish to study an Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree.

Reduce our carbon footprint by developing renewable energy solutions, roll out smart energy grids, and design hybrid and all-electric vehicles...through the study of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, you could make a difference to society.

You'll develop the skills highly sought after in a world where graduate job markets are unpredictable and tough. What with the rapid expansion of the technology sector, the demand for those who can create, understand and alter electrical control systems has risen accordingly.

Read our five reasons to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering for more information on why you might choose this subject area.

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What jobs can you get as an Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduate?

Electrical & Electronic Engineering, as with most other engineering subjects, has a very strong graduate prospects rate. Particular job areas include in aerospace, broadcasting, control, and electrical, electronic and network engineering. You could also work as an IT consultant, systems analyst or in a management role.

Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for Electrical & Electronic Engineering graduates, such as the Engineering Council.

What do graduates do and earn?

In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Electrical & Electronic Engineering have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.

The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Electrical & Electronic Engineering students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.

Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

What qualifications do you need? 

Requirements vary between universities and colleges, but most will ask for an A Level (or equivalent) in Mathematics. Other useful subjects to have studied are Physics, Chemistry and Electronics. You may also be selected based on GCSE scores.

Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

  • BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering (three years)
  • MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering (four years)
  • MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Management
  • MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering with a year abroad

How will you be assessed?

Assessments consist of examinations, coursework, lab observations, presentations and project reports. Different courses assign each area different weights.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering can be taught over a course length between three and five years. Different weights will be given to different years in these cases. Check your individual course for more information.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include in environmental sustainability, renewable energy, artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, electrical and instrumentation engineering, and advanced electrical power engineering.

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