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 courses ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and top ten in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
The University leads the way in areas such as nanotechnology, vision and signal processing, mobile and wireless communications, multimedia engineering, and space satellite engineering – and our BEng and MEng Electronic Engineering courses draw on this research excellence.
What you will study
On our BEng and MEng Electronic Engineering courses you will focus on applying theory to real engineering problems and technologies.
Time spent working in our well-equipped laboratories will bring what you learn in lectures to life, while you’ll also get the chance to work with academics from our research centres – such as the 5G Innovation Centre, Surrey Space Centre, Advanced Technology Institute, and Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing – through individual and group project work.
At Surrey, you will learn about solving real-world problems from academics who are experts in their fields. You will be exposed to the latest developments in electronic engineering through high-quality teaching and exceptional facilities.
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)||36 months|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months|
|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.
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.
We believe that professional training is one of the main reasons that Surrey graduates are consistently at the top in terms of graduate employability. The industry experience provided by our Professional Training placement programme gives our students insights into both their subject and their career potential that cannot be gained by academic study alone.
The 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’. 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.
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.
We have established strong relationships with industry partners 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. Well-known companies that have participated in the Professional Training programme include:
- BAE Systems
- Surrey Satellite Technology.
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.
Professional Training placement experience can be used in partial fulfilment of the training component for Chartered Engineer status.
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 for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
MEng - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
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 electronic engineering offers variety, challenges and stimulation. Studying for a degree in 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 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, gained at Surrey, 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 employers include:
- BAE Systems
- Hewlett Packard
- Lucent Technologies
- NEC Technologies
- Nortel Networks
- Red Hat.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Electronic Hardware Engineer, BAE Systems Avionics Ltd
- Energy Engineer, Cable and Wireless
- Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK
- Graduate Software Engineer, Motorola
- Research Scientist, QinetiQ
- Graduate Engineer, Thales.
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:
- Nanyang Technological University
- Seoul National University
- Cincinnati University
- North Carolina State University
- University of Central Florida
- University of North Texas Tech University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Sydney University
- La Trobe University.
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 will 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 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.
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“The best thing about Surrey is the atmosphere. Everyone is welcoming and generally up for a good time – whether that’s on a climbing wall or in a lab. It’s such a positive place to be.”
“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.”