Electrical and Electronic Engineering study guide 2023/24

Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol

One of the broadest engineering disciplines, electrical and electronic engineering uses cutting-edge technology to address some of the major concerns of the modern world. There is growing demand for skilled graduates to work in industries such as consumer electronics, alternative energy and transport, medical engineering and communications.

Electrical and electronic engineers work at the forefront of practical technology, improving the devices and systems we use every day. From solar-energy systems to mobile phones, we innovate to meet society's communication, tech and energy needs.

Electricity is integral to modern life – power generation, transport, medicine, quantum information, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography, communications, the list is endless. So what distinguishes electrical from electronic? Put simply, electrical engineers deal with the supply and flow of power; electronic engineers create the electronic devices we use every day.

Electrical engineering is about harnessing electricity. Electronic engineering is about electrical circuits and components. Both fields focus on real-world applications. If you are excited by maths and science, love technology and its potential benefits for society, this is the subject for you.

From 2023/24 onwards, Electrical and Electronic Engineering is part of a new School: the School of Electrical, Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering.

Unit structure

The department offers many classes that are based in a single semester, and can therefore accept unit requests from Study Abroad students who want to join Bristol for just the autumn or spring semester.

Unit levels

The department offers units across all undergraduate levels of study – Year 1 (Level C/4), Year 2 (Level I/5), and Year 3 (Level H/6) – and selected postgraduate units (Level M/7). Level M/7 units are normally taken by students who have studied the subject for at least 3 years beforehand and are at an appropriate level of study to take postgraduate units.

Unit codes

Electrical and Electronic Engineering units begin with 'EENG'. This is followed by a number indicating the year (1, 2, 3). For example:

  • EENG10000 = year 1 unit
  • EENG20000 = year 2 unit
  • EENG30000 = year 3 unit.

For more information about each unit, check the University's unit catalogue for 2023/24. Applicants on all study abroad programmes must review the unit details on the catalogue before listing unit choices on their application form. This includes checking the format of assessment for each unit. The unit catalogue for 2023/24 is expected to be updated by the end of April 2023.

Your unit choices cannot be guaranteed. Some units may not have capacity to accommodate all of the unit requests we receive. Registration on a unit also depends on whether you meet the pre-requisite conditions through prior study at your home university.

Study Abroad (Subject pathway)

If you have been nominated to Bristol on the Study Abroad (Subject pathway), you must take the majority of your credits in this department.

Research Project units

The following Research Project unit is available on the Study Abroad programme:

  • Individual Research Project 3 (TB4) – EENG30009

Students receive an academic supervisor for project units. If a supervisor is unavailable to support a project, students may be required to select an alternative unit. This is a TB4 unit, so available to students who study at Bristol for the full academic year.

Units available on the study abroad programme in 2023/24

The following Electrical and Electronic Engineering units are open to inbound Study Abroad students.

Year 1 (level C/4)

The majority of Year 1 run from September to May and are available to students studying with us for the full academic year


  • Electromechanical Design and Manufacturing Principles (TB2) – EENG10003


  • Analysis and Design of Electrical & Electronic Systems (TB4) - EENG10006
  • Digital Circuits and Systems (TB4) – EENG14000
  • Experimental Skills (TB4) - EENG10007

Year 2 (level I/5)


  • Digital Systems (TB1) – EENG20400
  • Electronics 2 (TB1) – EENG26000
  • Signals and Systems (TB1) – EENG21000


  • C for Embedded Systems (TB2) – EENG20004
  • Communications (TB2) – EENG22000
  • Electro-Mechanical Energy Conversion (TB2) – EENG20002
  • Lines and Waves (TB2) – EENG25000


  • Electrical Energy Conversion and Supply (TB4) - EENG20005
  • Electro-Mechanical System Design (TB4) – EENG20003

Year 3 (level H/6)


  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis 3 (TB1) – EENG31400
  • Embedded and Real-Time System (TB1) – EENG34030
  • Mobile Communication Systems (TB1) – EENG30010
  • Networking Protocol Principles 3 (TB1) – EENG30002
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Systems 3 (TB1) – EENG30004


  • Antennas (TB2) – EENG35010
  • Electronics 3 (TB2) – EENG36000
  • VLSI Design 3 (TB2) – EENG34050


  • Individual Research Projects 3 (TB4) – EENG30009. Please see the 'Research Projects units' section of this guide for further information on this unit
  • Power Electronics, Machines and Drive Technologies (TB4) – EENG30013

Year 4 (level M/7)


  • A Quantum Mechanic’s Toolbox (TB1) - EENGM0037
  • Coding Theory (M) (TB1) – EENGM2010
  • Coding Theory 4 (TB1) – EENGM2011
  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis (M) (TB1) – EENGM1400
  • Energy Management (TB1) – EENGM7031
  • Integrated Circuit Electronics (TB1) – EENGM6011
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Systems (M) (TB1) – EENGM6020
  • Power Electronic Systems (TB1) – EENGM7011
  • Radio Frequency Engineering (M) (TB1) – EENGM6500
  • Sensing Technologies for Diagnostics and Monitoring (TB1) – EENGM0031


  • Advanced DSP and FPGA Implementation (TB2) – EENGM4120
  • Advanced Mobile Radio Techniques (TB2) – EENGM2510
  • Advanced Networks (TB2) – EENGM4211
  • Advanced Optoelectronic Devices (TB2) – EENGM6000
  • Advanced Power Electronics Design (TB2) – EENGM0001
  • Analogue Integrated Circuit Design (TB2) – EENGM6030
  • Antennas (TB2) – EENGM0024
  • Biomedical Imaging (TB2) – EENGM0006
  • Broadband Wireless Communications (TB2) – EENGM4221
  • Data Center Networking (TB2) – EENGM0008
  • Digital Signal Processing Systems (TB2) – EENGM4100
  • Electric Propulsion Drives (TB2) – EENGM0034
  • Image and Video Coding (TB2) – EENGM4021
  • Low Carbon Energy Systems (TB2) – EENGM0032
  • Networked Systems and Applications (TB2) – EENGM0009
  • Optical Communications Systems and Data Networks (TB2) – EENGM2001
  • Optical Networks (TB2) – EENGM0003
  • Statistical Signal and Image Processing (TB2) – EENGM0016
  • VLSI Design M (TB2) – EENGM4050

Application queries

Contact the Centre for Study Abroad inbound team if you have any queries about the application process for the study abroad programmes:

Phone: +44 117 39 40207
Email: cfsa-inbound@bristol.ac.uk


Students cannot audit units. Study abroad students are fully registered on units for credit purposes and must attend teaching only for classes that they are registered on.

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