Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Help create and shape the sustainable technologies of the future.

Industry links

Benefit from our dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific links between students and industry.

Exclusive opportunities

We offer scholarships including the UK Electronics Skills Foundation and E3 Academy Scholarship plus placement and employment opportunities.

Outstanding facilities

We have invested more than £20 million in a state-of-the-art electrical laboratory, as well as workshops and flexible spaces for teaching and design.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol

One of the broadest engineering disciplines, electrical and electronic engineering uses technology to address some of the world's major concerns.

Using cutting-edge technologies in fields such as power generation, transport, medicine, quantum information, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography and communications, electrical and electronic engineers are developing solutions that will shape our future.

Ranked in the top ten for the subject in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022), at Bristol you will learn from world-renowned experts, apply your knowledge in our state-of-the-art laboratories, and will benefit from outstanding industrial links and opportunities for scholarships and placements.

The best thing about my course is the amount of practical project work. The even balance of practical and theoretical learning really prepares you for the challenges of working in industry.

Andrea, MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Career prospects

At Bristol you are encouraged to lead, to think in innovative ways, and to challenge existing practice, equipping you with the skills and confidence to make a difference.

Our Industrial Liaison Office supports you to engage with potential employers from year one of your study. They also offer insightful lectures, mentoring and internship schemes.

Demand is growing for skilled graduates to work in industries such as consumer electronics, alternative energy and transport, medical engineering and communications.

Given the highly transferable skill set gained during study, our graduates also pursue careers outside of engineering in fields such as finance and digital media. Recent examples of graduate employers include Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, BBC, Dyson and EDF Energy.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

We offer three-year BEng degrees and four-year MEng degrees. The MEng options provide more breadth and depth.

For example, on the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme, year one provides a strong grounding in mathematics, computing, analogue and digital electronics, communications, electromagnetics, power electronics and control. You'll also take laboratory sessions and will be encouraged to start designing hardware and software solutions in collaboration with your lab partners.

In later years, you will choose from a range of optional units, meaning you can focus on anything from electrical power systems to electronic communications. MEng students will undertake a major group project in addition to an individual research project.

There are options to study abroad in your third year. Current destinations include France, Germany, Spain, the US and Australia. Find out about all of our go abroad options.

If you choose to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering with innovation, you will work with interdisciplinary breath, creative teamwork and develop entrepreneurial skills. Or pursue a joint honours degree with Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering.

Ideal location

Learn about tech that will shape the future in a UK 'top digitech city' (TechNation 2018).

Bristol is home to one of Europe's largest clusters of micro-electronics and hi-tech industries, the UK's biggest aerospace companies, renewable energy enterprises, and a thriving creative media industry, making it an ideal location in which to study electrical and electronic engineering.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Is reducing greenhouse gas emissions important? Has the growth of mobile communications had an impact on society? Is there a future for low-carbon transport? If you answered 'yes' to any or all of these questions, you already appreciate how technology is affecting and transforming the modern world.

One of the broadest engineering disciplines, electrical and electronic engineering uses technology to address some of the world's major concerns.

Using cutting-edge technologies in fields such as power generation, transport, medicine, quantum information, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography and communications, electrical and electronic engineers are developing solutions that will shape our future.

Why study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol?

Bristol is home to one of Europe’s largest clusters of micro-electronics and hi-tech industries, the UK’s biggest aerospace companies, and a thriving creative media industry, making it an ideal location in which to study electrical and electronic engineering.

At Bristol you are encouraged to lead, to think in innovative ways, and to challenge existing practice, equipping you with the skills and confidence to make a difference.

You will learn from world-renowned experts, apply your knowledge in our state-of-the-art laboratory, and will benefit from outstanding industrial links and opportunities for scholarships and placements. These links provide privileged access to industrial prototypes, software tools and equipment.

We offer a broad range of courses accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and joint honours degrees with computer science and mechanical engineering. Electrical and electronic engineering is a fast-moving subject and we continually revise our courses to reflect the latest developments in engineering education.

Engineering students at Bristol benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific links between students and industry.

What kind of student would this course suit?

If you enjoy mathematics and science, are fascinated by technology and how things work, and want to design and invent things that can benefit society, then electrical and electronic engineering may be for you.

You may also consider our computer science and electronics degrees, which feature a greater level of computer science and programming, or our mechanical and electrical engineering courses.

Alternatively, if working in multidisciplinary environments with students from across the University appeals to you, then consider our MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Innovation.

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will be taught by academic staff who are engaged in research and in development projects with industry and the government.

Our courses are practical and provide a balance of laboratory time and lecture time so that you are able to apply theory practically in an experimental environment. In the first and second years the ratio is approximately 50:50.

In later years project work, in which you will become an independent investigator, largely replaces laboratory work.

Assessment is by examination and coursework. Final-year projects are assessed by thesis, interview, poster presentation and supervisor report.

What are my career prospects?

Demand is growing for skilled graduates to work in industries such as consumer electronics, alternative energy and transport, medical engineering and communications.

The skills we teach are in demand from a variety of industries, such as power, transport, medicine, consumer electronics, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography, digital media, financial services, communications, automotive, aerospace and low-carbon technologies.

Given the highly transferable skill set gained during study, our graduates also pursue careers outside of engineering in fields such as finance and digital media. Recent examples of graduate employers include Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, BBC, Dyson and EDF Energy.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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