Electronic Engineering with Space Systems 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.
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering designs and builds innovative commercial satellites which are launched into orbit – having pioneered the small satellite industry nearly 40 years ago. This means that our BEng and MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems courses give you a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and experience from academics at the frontline of space engineering.
What you will study
On these courses you will build a core knowledge in electronics and programming, and learn the fundamentals of space systems, satellite engineering, power and control, and space mission design.
You will apply your knowledge through project work, which will give you the opportunity to work closely with academics from our Surrey Space Centre, and enable you to gain real-world practical experience of the technologies that go into space missions.
Our aim is to develop engineers with a firm grounding in electronics, plus the specialist skills needed to work at the forefront of space systems engineering.
You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters 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.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||HH65||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||HH64||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||H621||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||H627||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||H628||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||60 months||H629||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 with Space Systems 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 placement 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 a key element in ensuring that Surrey graduates are consistently at the top in terms of graduate employability.
Our Professional Training placement 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 will 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 will monitor your progress and, in discussion with the company, decide on a programme of work that will develop your expertise.
The optional Professional Training placement year 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
- McLaren Applied Technologies
- Kaon Ltd
- Renesas Electronics.
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 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 BEng or MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems 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 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
- Research and Development 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:
- Seoul National University, South Korea
- Texas Tech University, US.
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 placement 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, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, control and space engineering.
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 achievement I’m proudest of this year has been winning the Diamond Jubilee scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology."
“I spent six months with Airbus and six months at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, which gave me the opportunity to compare and contrast two very different working environments.”
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.