Why should I study Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

If you want to …

  • change the world with revolutionary technology
  • improve people’s lives around the world
  • solve the planet’s energy needs
  • study a degree programme that is industrially relevant
  • find a programme with scholarships to help with the finances
  • have a well-paid and rewarding job when you graduate.

Electrical and electronic engineers:

  • tackle major global issues in transport, energy, healthcare and telecommunications
  • 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
  • are revolutionising mechanical and aerospace engineering with the introduction of smart electronics, modern control systems, electrical energy management and advanced communications
  • are replacing our aging and inefficient power distribution systems with a revolutionary new Smart Grid
  • are behind some of the greatest advances in medical science, e.g. 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.

Electrical engineers are in high demand in the UK currently. I feel this opens a lot of doors for me.

Abdul Bello, MEng

The Faculty really supports students’ interests and future career plans by setting up programmes such as the Industrial Mentoring Scheme. The links with industry give us real insight on all the different career paths available.

Andrea Bejarano Carbó , MEng

I know that this degree will stand me in good stead for my future, whatever career path I decide to take. Engineers make a difference everyday as their decisions impact societies and communities all around the world.

Annabel Ohene, MEng
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