Published: 05 September 2018

Five reasons to study electrical and electronic engineering at Surrey

Admissions Tutor Dr Radu Sporea reveals what makes our electrical and electronic engineering degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

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  1. Professional Training opportunities
    Surrey’s Professional Training placement programme has been running successfully for over four decades and gives students the chance to do a paid placement at a company like Intel, Sky TV, Airbus Defence and Space, Air Products and GE Healthcare. On placement, you’ll find out what it’s really like to work in your chosen field, and develop key skills such as teamworking, project management and communication.

    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and you will have an academic tutor to support you throughout your placement. Many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company – part of the reason for our excellent graduate prospects.

  2. Teaching informed by research
    Surrey is home to world-leading research in mobile communications, artificial intelligence, space vehicles, nanomaterials and energy. Our research directly informs our teaching, and you’ll learn about it at first hand from the internationally-recognised academics who are leading the way in these exciting fields.
  3. Flexibility with 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 which means you can swap to a different pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.

    Similarly, it’s possible to move from a BEng to an MEng degree at the start of your third year, provided you achieve satisfactory results in your second year. Whatever your ambitions, there’s plenty of flexibility.

  4. 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. This will help you to develop the skills you’ll need to thrive in a multi-disciplinary engineering environment.
  5. Exposure to new ideas in a collaborative environment
    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. Here, you to take charge of your own projects, work with students across different year groups, and interact with academics and researchers – often leading to exciting, unexpected collaborations.

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