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.

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

Jason Yon, Electrical Energy Management (PhD)

I 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.

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

I 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

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