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.

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 technologies that will shape our future.

Why study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol?

Bristol is home to Europe's largest cluster of micro-electronics and hi-tech industries, the UK's biggest aerospace companies and a thriving creative media industry, which makes it an ideal location for studying electrical and electronic engineering.

In choosing to study here, you will also benefit from excellent teaching and facilities and will be taught by world-renowned experts with a passion for the subject.

Our research groups and outstanding links with industrial partners will provide you with access to state-of-the-art equipment. We also offer a wide range of scholarships, summer placements, industrial seminars and employment opportunities.

Electrical and electronic engineering is a fast-moving subject and we continually revise our degree courses to reflect the latest developments in engineering education and the emerging needs of our society.

We offer a broad range of courses accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) including a Joint Honours degree with Computer Science.

Engineering students at Bristol also 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 are fascinated by how things work and want to design and invent things that can benefit society, then you should consider studying for an electrical and electronic engineering degree.

You may also consider our computer science and electronics degrees, which feature a greater level of computer science and programming.

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

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will learn in an environment of research excellence, taught by academic staff who are engaged in research and development projects in collaboration with industry and the government.

We offer practical degree programmes with a high ratio of laboratory time to lecture time in the belief that understanding comes best when you apply theory 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. The relative weighting differs between units. The final-year projects are assessed by thesis, interview, poster presentation and supervisor report.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates are highly sought after; typically, more than 90 per cent secure graduate-level careers just six months after graduating.

The skills we teach are highly transferable and in demand from a variety of industries, such as:

  • broadcast, mobile and optical communications;
  • alternative and green energy;
  • medical engineering;
  • consumer electronics.

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, the BBC, Dyson and EDF Energy.

Read more about what students from Electrical and Electronic Engineering go on to do after graduation.


Important disclaimer information about our courses.

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