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Published: 29 September 2021

Five reasons to study electrical and electronic engineering at Surrey

What makes our electrical and electronic engineering degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your electrical and electronic engineering degree.

1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

Surrey won the award for 'Best University Placement Service' (over 750 placements) for the third year running in 2021. Running successfully for four decades, Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme enables you to do a year-long paid placement and gain valuable work experience at a company like:

  • Intel
  • Sky TV
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Air Products
  • GE Healthcare.

Read about student Abdullah Al-Shakarchi’s placement experience at McLaren Applied Technologies.

2. Varied styles of learning

You’ll experience a lively mix of learning styles at Surrey. As well as lectures and small group tutorials, you’ll do practical lab activities in pairs and take part in group projects which have a set brief but are also open to innovative solutions.

3. Teaching informed by research

Surrey is home to world-leading research in some of the most important areas of electrical and electronic engineering including:

  • Mobile communications
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Space vehicles
  • Nanomaterials
  • Sustainable energy.

Our research directly informs our teaching. You’ll learn about it at first hand from the internationally-recognised academics who are leading the way in these exciting fields, and get the opportunity to pursue areas that interest you in your final year project.

Read about Lea Motte, who made a discovery that could improve the reliability of future smart electronics in her final year project, and Alex Pirie, whose research was featured in The MagPi (the official Raspberry Pi magazine) 

4. Flexibility with a common first year

Choosing the right degree pathway can be difficult, and things sometimes become clearer once you start studying. In the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering you’ll study a common first year so you can swap to a different pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.

5. Become part of a collaborative team

There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience as a student at Surrey, including having access to world-class research facilities. Read about how undergraduates get involved at Surrey Space Centre’s Ground Station

Outside your course, you can gain valuable hands-on technical experience by getting involved with SurreyEARS (Electronics and Amateur Radio Society) and its ‘Makerspace’ work area – run entirely by students with support from the Department. Get the inside track on SurreyEARS.

Discover our programmes in electrical and electronic engineering.

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