Why should I study Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

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Because you want to …

  • change the world with revolutionary technology
  • improve people’s lives around the world
  • solve the planet’s energy needs!

Alternatively ...

Maybe you’re just looking for:

  • a degree programme that is industrially relevant
  • a programme with scholarships to help with the finances
  • a well-paid and rewarding job when you graduate

A student's perspective

Jason Yon, Electrical Energy Management (PhD)

Jason YonElectronic engineering is everywhere and one of the modern applications that we’re seeing more and more is green energy.

A student's perspective

Shu Fei Wong, Electronic and Communications Engineering (MEng) year 2

Shu Fei WongI think Electrical and Electronic Engineering is the most fast moving most dynamic side of engineering. You’re really at the front of what’s happening in the world. In my view the future is going to be electrical and electronic so I want to be learning about the stuff that’s going to be relevant

A student's perspective

Josh Shimmin, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng), Year 4

Josh ShimminI love problem solving.  I think it’s embedded into engineers really. I like the way it makes you look at the world in a different way and you see problems and you want to solve them thinking well maybe I could use this and that’s kind of how the degree works.

A student's perspective

Jason Yon, Electrical Energy Management (PhD)

Jason YonEveryone in the country has plugged something in to a socket on the wall and in the past it’s always come from large coal powered generators in big power stations, but as we move on to a more neutral way of generating energy we’ll be seeing more and more things like this little electrical wind turbine.

A student's perspective

Pete Stuart, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng), Year 3

Pete StuartI think it’s really important to work in a Department that has good links with industry where you can see the direction of the work you’re doing and the path between your degree and your career.

Change the World. Improve Lives. Save the Planet.

Electrical and electronic engineering tackles major global issues in:

Electrical engineers are developing clean and efficient renewable energy and electric/hybrid vehicles to radically reduce our dependence on fossil fuel and to reduce our CO2 emissions.

Electrical and electronic engineering is revolutionising mechanical and aerospace engineering with the introduction of smart electronics, modern control systems, electrical energy management and advanced communications.

Electrical and electronic engineers are replacing our aging and inefficient power distribution systems with a revolutionary new Smart Grid.

Electronics lies behind some of the greatest advances in medical science. For example, the Department has developed a new type of scanner for safe and reliable early-stage breast cancer detection.

If you enjoy mathematics and science, are fascinated by electricity, energy and electronics, and want to design and invent things that benefit society, you may wish to study for an electrical and electronic engineering degree.

Electrical and electronic engineering covers a wide range of general engineering principles and concepts. There is a particularly strong cross-over with aspects of aeronautical and mechanical engineering. It is also a very creative subject and many of our graduates find employment in the digital media industry. The subject lies at the heart of the internet. Major challenges include the development of terabit optical and gigabit wireless communications.

Other specialist areas include how to reduce our carbon footprint by developing renewable energy solutions, rolling out smart energy grids, and designing hybrid and all-electric vehicles; and investigating the latest quantum effects of electronics and their application in security and computing.

In choosing to study electrical and electronic engineering at Bristol, you will benefit from excellent discipline-focused teaching. You will be taught by internationally renowned experts with a passion for the subject. Our world-leading research groups and industrial partners provide state-of-the-art facilities and privileged access to these facilities. We offer a wide range of scholarships, summer placements, industrial seminars and exclusive employment opportunities.

Bristol trains future leaders. We will encourage you to think in innovative ways and challenge existing practice, and equip you with the skills and confidence to make changes to industry. Electrical and electronic engineering is a fast-moving subject, and we continually revise our degree programmes to reflect both the latest developments in engineering education and the emerging needs of industry. We offer a broad range of three-year BEng and four-year MEng programmes.