What students say about electronic and electrical engineering
The course of electrical engineering is very demanding and you need to put a lot in, but the reward of being able to understand and tackle everyday engineering issues is also very pleasing. The work is varied - on my course, you have to write reports, perform synthetic analysis and go through exercises.1st year, University of Sheffield
In electronic engineering there is a huge range of topics you can study, and the further into your course you go, the more options are available to you. Everything from space robotics to media processing is an option, with certain basic modules in first year compulsory to lay the groundwork for future studies. You can be as varied or as specific as you like, which means there is always something to interest you on the course.3rd year, University of Surrey
Electronic engineering has quite a number of hours of lectures throughout each week - we have lectures every day with one day a week being a six to seven hour laboratory session. These labs provide a practical approach to the material we normally do in the lectures. The electronic engineering course is very challenging and requires many hours of free time to be spent learning as the university only provides material - you have to learn everything by yourself. Naturally, you wouldn't expect to be writing a lot of essays when studying such a subject - most of the material that we are required to submit are lab/ project reports.2nd year, Liverpool John Moores University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
- Design technology
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
You'll need a tailored personal statement that ticks all the right boxes with engineering tutors - think 'personal', 'relevant', 'evidence' and 'reflective'.
Search for electronic and electrical engineering courses
Find all the different courses on offer for this subject - from courses covering specialist areas of study to combined or related options.
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- Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
- Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC)
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Energy Institute (EI)
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
- Joint Audio Media Education Services (JAMES)
- Institute of Physics (IOP)
- Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Artistic, literary and media occupations
- Engineering professionals
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Electrical engineer
- Broadcast engineer
- Telecommunications engineer
Other real-life job examples
- Network engineer
- Sound or video editor
- Avionics engineer
What employers like about this subject
Students taking a degree in electrical and electronic engineering will develop subject-specific skills including current electrical or electronic engineering theory and practice; maths and the principles of signal processing and device and circuit operation. Transferable skills you can develop include team-working, problem-solving, time and project management and communication skills. Industries that recruit electronic engineers include electronics, vehicle manufacture, aerospace, oil, gas and mining, computing, electricity generation and supply, the water industry, construction, finance, advertising, the Armed Forces and telecoms.