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Newcastle University

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UCAS Code: H607
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Subjects
  • Electronic & electrical engineering
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB including Mathematics and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Electronics and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. If Physics is not offered at A or AS level, a minimum of grade B Physics or Dual Award Science GCSE is required. Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB

AAB including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry. Higher Physics grade B required if not offered at Advanced Higher. Two highers at the required grade (in different subjects to the Advanced Highers) may replace a third Advanced Higher. Mathematics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Overall DDD in an engineering discipline, to include Distinctions in Mathematics and analytical science units. All other candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry.

International Baccalaureate
35

35 points with Maths at Higher Level grade 5 or above and at least one of Physics or Chemistry at Higher Level grade 5. Physics required at Standard Level grade 5 if not offered at Higher level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This degree covers everything from the operation of nanoelectronic devices to national-scale electricity networks. You study topics that help you understand electrical machines and electronic communications systems, such as semiconductor devices, electromagnetism and circuit theory. You also undertake a large individual design project and choose from a wide selection of specialist modules.

Modules

Stage 1: Broad based, introducing the main principles of the subject and includes modules in fields, materials and devices, signals and communication, electronics, circuit theory, C++ and engineering mathematics; students also complete a project. Stage 2: The knowledge base, as well as analytical and practical skills, are extended; students follow requisite modules in semiconductors, electromagnetism, analogue and digital electronics, computer systems engineering, and project management; students also complete a group project in addition to laboratory work and a range of optional modules in areas relating to the chosen specialism depending on the programme of study; these options include electrical machines, automatic control, discrete mathematics and information theory and coding; after stage 2 students can choose either to continue with a broad subject choice, or to specialise in electrical power, industrial automation, computing, communications or microelectronics; modules include technical options as well as non-technical ones such as management-related subjects and modern foreign languages. Stage 3: An individual project and dissertation take a 1/3 of study time, while optional modules give the opportunity to specialise or continue with a broad subject choice; options can be chosen from a wide range enabling students to follow the latest developments in the subject and include areas such as industrial automation, electrical machines, semiconductor devices, communications or image processing and machine vision; students also study a compulsory business management module.

Newcastle University

Newcastle Campus

Newcastle University is home to a cosmopolitan community, offering a first-class student experience in Britain's number one student city. A member of the Russell Group, the university is ranked among the best in the world according to Times Higher rankings. Our Union building has undergone an £8m refurbishment, now home to outstanding social and learning facilities.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
37%
63%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
37%

Year 1

60%
32%
8%

Year 2

62%
30%
8%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

56%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
63% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
407 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
66% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

7%

Graduates who are senior officers in protective services

7%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

47%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The recession has made things difficult for graduates in this subject and you would normally expect a lower unemployment rate – but most graduates do get jobs quite quickly after university, and starting salaries are pretty good. The most common jobs are in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, but there is some crossover with the computing industry, so many graduates start work in IT and computing jobs. At the moment, there's a particular demand for electrical engineers in the oil and gas industries, electronics and the car and aerospace industries. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification – this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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