Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with our programmes ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
We received 93 per cent for overall satisfaction in electronic and electrical engineering in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017, placing us in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction.
At Surrey, you will learn about solving real-world problems from academics who are experts in their fields.
What you will study
Our BEng and MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses develop engineers with a firm grounding in electronics, plus the specialist skills required to work at the forefront of electrical engineering, power and control.
These courses will expose you to the latest developments in electrical and electronic engineering through high-quality teaching, and via our laboratory, fabrication and 3D printing facilities. We’re home to some of the world’s leading centres of research in electronic communication, power and control engineering, renewable energy and signal processing.
After a common foundation year in electrical science and electronics, you will go on to study specialist modules in topics such as electrical machines, power electronics, power engineering, renewable energy generation and control engineering.
You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng programme with a masters year, and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||H605||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||H602||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||H600||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||H601||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||H623||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||60 months||H635||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering placements
While a university degree in itself opens the door to many careers, the Professional Training placement programme that is offered as part of our degree programmes provides a significant extra dimension to the qualification and can dramatically enhance your employability in today’s difficult job market.
The industry experience provided by our Professional Training programme gives our students insights into both their subject and their career potential that cannot be gained by academic study alone.
We believe that professional training is one of the main reasons that Surrey graduates are consistently at the top in terms of graduate employability.
Our Professional Training programme can be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for Chartered Engineer status.
You will be assisted during the second year to find appropriate placements in industry, and we endeavour to ensure that the placement matches your interests and aspirations. We have established strong relationships with industry over many years, and there is a great demand for our students. This ensures that there are many interesting and challenging opportunities on offer. In recent years, we have had students in placements with 85 different companies.
During the Professional Training placement year, you remain a member of the University but are also a paid, full-time company employee.
You will be visited by an academic member of staff who monitors your progress and, in discussion with the company, decides on a programme of work that will develop your expertise.
The optional Professional Training placement starts at the end of the second academic year when you have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to join companies as a practising ‘junior engineer’.
Well-known companies that have participated in the Professional Training programme include:
- Sky TV
- Airbus Defence and Space
- Air Products
- GE Healthcare
- Jaguar Land Rover
In addition, we have contacts with many smaller companies which provide excellent placement opportunities. Many of our students return from their placement with offers of employment and often with financial sponsorship from their placement company.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BEng (Hons) - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
A career in electrical and electronic engineering offers variety, challenge and stimulation. Studying for a degree in electrical and electronic engineering is not just the pathway to a rewarding career, but also offers an intellectually demanding and exciting opportunity to break through boundaries in research.
Many of the most remarkable advancements in the past 60 years have only been possible through the curiosity and ingenuity of engineers.
Graduate electrical and electronic engineers are in demand, not only in research and development but also in technical sales, management, and government and public services. Our graduates have a consistently strong record of gaining employment with leading companies.
Employers value the skills and experience that enable our graduates to make a positive contribution in their jobs from day one. Our graduates are employed by companies across the electronics, information technology and communications industries.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Electronic Engineer, Paradigm Communication Ltd
- Electronic Engineer, Stanhope-Seta
- Graduate Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
- Embedded Engineer, Tactiq Ltd
- Trainee Patent Attorney, Page White & Farrer
- Leadership Engineering Associate, BAE Systems
- R&D Engineer (Software), Keysight Technologies UK Ltd.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
You have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad in your second year at one of our partner universities, including:
- Universiti Malaya (Malaysia)
- Seoul National University (Korea)
- Cincinnati University (US)
- North Carolina State University (US)
- University of Central Florida (US)
- University of Virginia (US)
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China)
- Texas Tech University (US)
- Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
- Sydney University (Australia)
- Wollongong University (Australia).
International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills and your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profile.
In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.
Extensive teaching laboratories with modern equipment, and networked linux and windows computer suites with 24-hour access, are available to all undergraduate students in the Department.
Access to state-of-the-art research facilities is available in Year 3 for students undertaking a project linked to one of our research centres in electronics, nanotechnology, communications, audio-visual media, power electronics and space engineering.
We actively encourage you to do project work outside of timetabled hours, as long as you follow safe working practices.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
"I would definitely recommend a Professional Training placement. It has been invaluable to my development as an engineer, and it has provided me with a job offer for when I finish my degree."
“I’m passionate about my subject because I believe that electronics can be used to provide solutions to some of the greatest problems that face our society – both now and in the future – and I’d like to help build these solutions.”
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.