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University of Plymouth

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UCAS Code: H622

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Electrical and electronic engineering

Do you want to take up the challenge of integrating smarter devices into more efficient systems, that do more and use less energy? On this broad-based, practical course, you may be looking at new style domestic appliances for 'smart' houses one week, and remote actuation of renewable energy plants the next. The continued worldwide growth in all aspects of electrical and electronic technologies means our graduates pursue a wide range of engineering and other professional careers.

You’ll develop highly practical skills and learn through doing. You will draw on our strong industry links and benefit from industry participation in course development, delivery and project sponsorship. You’ll immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and meet the educational requirements for becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).

**Key features:**

* Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2017 National Student Survey 100% of our final year students said that “The course is intellectually stimulating”.

- Develop your skills with variety of modules including analogue and digital electronics, microprocessors, electrical power systems and programming in the context of eco-focused embedded systems. We have a strong emphasis on both hardware design and software development.

- Draw on our strong industry links and benefit from industry participation in course development, delivery and project sponsorship.

- Develop highly practical skills and learn through doing.

- Immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and meet the educational requirements for becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).

- Benefit from free IET membership while you are on the course.

- Take advantage of our flexible course, allowing you to switch between electronics and robotics until your final year, as your interests develop.

- Advance with a course where our students are consistently recognised by industry as being both capable and well prepared for their careers. Our graduates regularly obtain placements and jobs at companies such as Allen & Heath, BAE Systems, Babcock Marine, GE Aviation, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce.

- Take part in our final year student project open day showcasing the excellence of the engineering skills development and the high levels of achievement of our undergraduates, with many industrially sponsored prizes awarded.

- Immerse yourself in hands-on laboratory sessions and a final year project module.

- Make use of our well-equipped undergraduate laboratory space, one of the largest undergraduate laboratories in the country.

- There is a possibility of transfer to BEng after the first year and MEng after the second year, subject to you demonstrating satisfactory progress.

- Progress towards becoming a Chartered Engineer with appropriate professional training and experience.

- Receive a tablet PC along with your core e-text books to support your learning.

- To complement your formal learning we offer regular PALS sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Modules

In your first year you will study the basic electrical and electronic principles and methods for system integration. Learn by doing in well-equipped laboratories and develop system diagnostic skills using state-of-the-art instrumentation. The use of industrial standard software for circuit simulation will consolidate your hardware and software skills.

In the second year you'll develop a greater understanding of sub-system integration and the interface components required. You'll integrate your software and hardware knowledge to customise a microprocessor controlled application and use industrial standard software platforms for system control and monitoring. There is an emphasis on team work and you'll have the opportunity to do both group and an individual presentation of your projects to develop your communication skills.

Enhance your studies with relevant experience and an excellent opportunity to seek final year sponsorship through industrial placement opportunities in the UK, France, Germany and Japan. Many of our graduates are offered permanent jobs with their placement company. Your optional work placement experience gives opportunities to put theory into practice.

You'll consolidate your knowledge in your final year, and explore and evaluate the latest developments in electrical and electronic systems. Your individual project will showcase all your abilities for potential employers and you'll demonstrate your communication skills in the oral and written presentation of your project. Your final year will refine the independent learning skills vital for your continuing professional development in your chosen career path.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

37% of assessment is by exam, 62% by coursework and 1% practical assessment

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Electrical and electronic engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Electrical and electronic engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
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Average annual salary
91%
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Employed or in further education
92%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

61%
Engineering professionals
11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the more popular areas to study engineering and there is not quite such a serious shortage of electrical engineers as there is of other engineering subjects - but there's still plenty of demand. 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 electronics, and the car and aerospace industries, and also in defence, and salaries can vary across the country depending on the industry you start in. 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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