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BEng (Hons)Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry

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There are a diverse range of career opportunities available to graduates of this degree programme. You may be responsible for the planning of the electricity distribution network, or you may be designing the electronics of the next ‘must have’ item, you are also not limited to a career in engineering. Other employers actively seek engineers for their mixture of numerical ability and practical problem solving skills. Practical work is a key ingredient in this programme with one day per week timetabled in our well-equipped modern laboratories during the first two years. In the final year you will do a major individual project that is either linked to research work or has some industrial relevance. A very wide range of projects are offered.

Lecture modules also reflect the broad based nature of this degree. In the first year, subjects covered range from Digital Electronics and Electronics Circuits through to Electromagnetism and Electromechanics. A similar range of modules are covered in the second year.

In the final year you will be able to choose a specialisation from Electrical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Electronics; Electronic and Communication Engineering.

Electrical Engineering is not simply about producing and transmitting electrical energy, it is also about how it is used. In both its transmission and usage there are significant and increasing challenges facing Electrical Engineers; many of these are related to sustainability and the environment. Over the last decade there has been an increase in the generation of electrical energy from greener sources (eg wind, wave, solar etc.) and more efficient consumer products with increased electronics and software.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is the broadest of the four specialisations and will allow you to choose lecture modules from an extensive list of about 25 options including subjects as diverse as Power Generation and Transmission, Antennas and Digital Systems Design with Verilog.

The Electronics specialisation will prepare you for the world of modern electronics. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics is particularly strong in electronics with research groups in solid state silicon electronics, molecular electronics and BioNanoElectronics. The Department also has excellent links with the electronics industry; for example ARM Ltd, who design the microprocessors that go into 90% of all mobile phones, have supported the Department through donations (from the Founding CEO and Chairman, Sir Robin Saxby, an electronics graduate from the University of Liverpool), summer work placements, ideas for project work and, most significantly, employment for many recent graduates.

It is an exciting time for the Electronic and Communications industry. New and innovative products are coming out every day. The rapid growth of the wireless market is fuelled by technological innovation. The current wireless communication systems include 3G mobile phones, Bluetooth, wireless local area network (WLAN), and Wi-Fi. More exciting wireless systems and technologies (such as WiMAX and 4G) are emerging all the time. This programme is designed for those students with an interest in communications engineering and associated electronics. It covers a wide range of topics in Electronic and Communications engineering. You will not only learn how a communication system works, but also understand what electronic components are required for such a system.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Digital and Integrated Electronics Design
Electrical Circuits and System
Experimental Skills/Engineering Skills
Electronic Circuits
C Programming
Electromechanics and Electromagnetism

Programme Year Two

Signals and Systems
Electronic Circuits and Systems
Instrumentation and Control
Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Systems
Communication Systems
Applied Design/Project
Electrical Circuits and Power Systems
Field Theory
CMOS Integrated Circuits

Programme Year Three

This is the placement year during which you will spend time working in an engineering company. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical engineering experience which will boost your CV. Many placement students continue their relationship with the placement provider by undertaking relevant projects when they return to the University and may ultimately return to work for the company when they graduate.

Preparation for the placement is provided by the University’s Careers and Employability Services (CES) who will assist to finding a placement, help you prepare a professional looking CV and prepare you for your placement interview. Placements can be near or far in the UK, Europe and China. For example placements have been offered by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory which is based on the University campus. And CES is active in finding placements with companies based on Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) in China. Students who take up a placement on SIP are offered accommodation at our partner University, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, based in Suzhou and they have access to all the facilities on the XJTLU campus.

Programme Year Four

You do a major individual project that is either linked to research work or has some industrial relevance. A very wide range of projects are offered so that you can select one that interests you. Other modules are studied which reflect your personal interest. This provides an opportunity either to focus on your preferred specialisation or to keep your options open with a broad range of suitable modules. The only compulsory module is Project Management. You select several modules from:

Embedded Computer Systems
Signal Processing and DIgital Filtering
Digital System Design with Verilog
Electronics for Instrumentation and Communications
Integrated Circuits – Concepts and Design
Application Development with C++
Photonics & Optical Information Systems
Image Processing
Optical Information Systems
Neural Networks
Organic Electronics
Digital Control and Optimisation
Power Generation, transmission and Distribution
RF Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics
Electromagnetic Compatability

Also, up to two modules can be chosen from:

Advanced Modern Management
Total Quality Management

Career opportunities

Our degrees have excellent career prospects: 90% of graduates go on to graduate level jobs. Graduate employers include Siemens, BAE Systems, BT and Guardian Media Group. Careers are many and varied and include Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Medical Physicist, Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Radio Frequency Scientist. Some of our graduates go on to work in the industrial sector, in government and in education, whilst others enter non-technical professions such as banking, accountancy, management and law.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States