Published: 23 November 2023

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 Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK in 2022.  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. High student satisfaction

We have been ranked 1st in the UK for information technology and systems by the Complete University Guide 2024 and top 10 for overall student satisfaction* in the National Student Survey 2023. As a student here you'll experience exceptional teaching and a lively mix of learning styles. 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.

*Measured by % positivity across all questions for all providers listed in the Guardian University Guide League Tables.

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. Award-winning maths support

Maths skills are crucial to studying electrical and electronic engineering at degree level, and at Surrey we help to bridge the gap between school and University. Before you even arrive at the University you’ll be given learning resources and a diagnostic quiz that will help you identify any topic areas you need to work on. Then as a first year student you’ll be invited to attend maths ‘bootcamps’, alongside your modules, where you’ll apply mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems.

Our maths support programme also supports Foundation Year students and recently won a prestigious award.

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 academics and researchers. Get the inside track on SurreyEARS.

Discover our programmes in electrical and electronic engineering.

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