Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with our courses ranked 2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

We are home to some of the world’s leading centres of research in electronic communication, power and control engineering, renewable energy and signal processing. This means you‘ll 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 produce engineers with the skills required to work at the forefront of electrical engineering, power and control.

You’ll discover the latest developments in electrical and electronic engineering through high-quality teaching and our laboratory, fabrication and 3D printing facilities.

Following a common first year in electrical science and electronics, you’ll study specialist topics including electrical machines, power electronics, power engineering, renewable energy generation and control engineering.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Master of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng course 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.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Foundation year Professional Training Start date UCAS KIS code
BEng (Hons) 48 months Oct 2020 H605 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 36 months Oct 2020 H602 View KIS data set
MEng 48 months Oct 2020 H600 View KIS data set
MEng 60 months Oct 2020 H601 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 48 months Oct 2020 H623 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 60 months Oct 2020 H635 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with 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 many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

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, taking a Professional Training placement as part of your course can dramatically enhance your employability in today’s competitive job market.

The industry experience provided by our Professional Training programme gives our students valuable insights into their subject and their career potential complementing their academic studies.

Our Professional Training programme can also be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for Chartered Engineer status.

During your second year, we’ll help you find appropriate placements in industry, and try to ensure that the placement matches your interests and aspirations. 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’.

During the Professional Training placement year, you remain a member of the University but are also a paid, full-time company employee. You’ll be visited by a member of academic staff who monitors your progress and, in discussion with the company, decides on a programme of work to develop your expertise.

Surrey has established strong relationships with industry over many years, which means there are many opportunities available to you. In recent years, we’ve had students in placements with 85 different companies, including:

  • Intel
  • Sky TV
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Air Products
  • GE Healthcare
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • AWE.

We also have contacts with a range of 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 our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. 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 the 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.

Professional recognition

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.

Many of the most remarkable advancements in the past 60 years have only been possible through the curiosity and ingenuity of engineers. 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.

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. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

In your second year, you have the option of spending one or two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities, including:

  • Universiti Malaya (Malaysia)
  • Seoul National University (South 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 as well as your ability to deal with unfamiliar situations. This can help you strengthen your academic and professional profile.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend 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 gain valuable work experience but also to improve in, 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 electrical and electronic engineering undergraduate students.

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities is available in Year 3 for students carrying out 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. Students have the chance to carry out their own projects in the 'Makerspace' work area run by SurreyEARS (Electronics and Amateur Radio Society) with support from the Department.

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 (PDF) 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.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification below: 


Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme.

Foundation (with PTY)

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


Teaching styles vary, from large group lectures to small group tutorials in your personal tutor’s office and practical laboratory sessions.

The Department’s tutorial system supports all our teaching activities and ensures individual attention when needed.

Although the Department is large, our staff are approachable and friendly, and we pride ourselves on the rapport we have with our students. 

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Programme leader

CAREY JD Dr (Elec Elec En)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?



  • BEng (Hons): 
    • AAB-ABB including Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MEng (Hons): 
    • AAA-AAB including Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 
    • CCC including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


  • BEng (Hons): 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng: D*DD-DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons): 
    • 34-32
  • MEng:
    • 34
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons):
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.
  • MEng: 
    • HL6/SL7 and HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons):
    • 82%-78%.
  • MEng:
    • 85%-82%.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons):
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.
  • MEng:
    • Grades 8.5 and 7.5 in Mathematics and one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science, Further Mathematics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma


  • BEng (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.
  • MEng:
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers


  • BEng (Hons):
  • MEng:
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

Mathematics and at least one of: Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons):
    • Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • MEng:
    • Pass overall with AAA-AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year: 

Required subjects

A-level Mathematics and one of: Further Mathematics, Physics, Electronics, Computing, Computer Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades. If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Qualification Start date Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BEng (Hons) Oct 2020 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
BEng (Hons) Oct 2020 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
MEng Oct 2020 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
MEng Oct 2020 60 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
BEng (Hons) Oct 2020 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BEng (Hons) Oct 2020 60 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: Costs may be incurred associated with the purchase of writing paper. 
  • Commuting (local travel expenses): depending on placement students can incur travel, visa and accommodation costs.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

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Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

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.

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