Electrical Engineering BEng


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:H622
Qualification:BEng Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Electrical Engineering
UCAS code
UCAS code
Electrical Engineering | BEng Hons
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
maths and a science or electronics subject, plus a third subject (electronics, physics, chemistry or biology preferred) excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking and general studies.
Applicants taking A level biology, chemistry and/or physics are also required to pass the practical element of assessment.  

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects
IB score
36-32 (5 in maths and science at Higher Level) 
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
120 across all electrical and electronic engineering degrees


This course will help you understand the links between electrical subjects such as power generation and distribution,electrical machines and power electronics
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Electrical engineering involves the generation, supply, distribution, application and control of electrical energy. It is also the powerhouse of the manufacturing industry - think of all the electrically powered equipment on a modern production line - without it, industry and the nation would grind to a halt! With the drive to a sustainable future with lower carbon emissions, the intelligent use of electricity is the key to the more efficient use of energy. Wind, wave and other renewable sources, hybrid and electric cars, more electric ships and aircraft are all developing industries that are crying out for well-qualified electrical engineers.

The three-year degree in electrical engineering is designed for students wishing to develop knowledge and skills for a career in these fields. You will study electrical subjects covering power generation and distribution, electrical machines, power electronics, power quality, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and industrial drive processes, as well as relevant subjects covering control, programming and signal processing. The Department's research activities in these areas are internationally recognised and have attracted considerable industrial collaboration - you will be taught by people who are at the cutting-edge of these technologies.

Year one 

The first year is common to most of our courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to other courses within the Department once you have better knowledge of the different specialist areas. You will gain an understanding of the principles and practices on which all specialisms within electrical and electronic engineering are founded. This is achieved through the study of analogue and digital electronics, circuits and systems, computing, communications and the application of electrical energy. Practical and fault-finding skills are developed through laboratory and project work. Your appreciation of the aspects of science and mathematics, which underpin the subject, will also be enhanced.

Year two

You will continue to improve your understanding of electrical and electronic engineering, and your design skills will be developed through a variety of laboratory-based subjects. This will prepare you to study, in the final years of your course, emerging and advanced technologies usually taught by internationally recognised researchers. Group projects, presentations and seminars enable you to gain the skills and understanding essential for the workplace.

Year three

In year three, you will be able to choose from a range of specialist topics, with flexibility to maintain a broad base or focus on specific technologies. Your individual project forms a major part of the final year. Working in an area of your choosing, you will develop design, analysis, construction and fault-finding skills. Many of these projects support research or development carried out with industry.

More information 

See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA-ABB including maths and a science or electronics subject plus a third subject (electronics, physics, chemistry or biology preferred) excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking and general studies. Applicants taking A level biology, chemistry and/or physics are also required to pass the practical element of assessment. 

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.

Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see alternative qualifications page.

Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course is available for this course.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.  



Typical year one core modules

  • Information Systems
  • Power and Energy
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Computer Engineering
  • Applied Electrical and Electronic Engineering Construction Project

Typical year two core modules

  • Electronic Processing and Communications
  • Electrical Energy Conditioning and Control
  • Modelling: Methods and Tools
  • Practical Engineering Design Solutions and Project Development
  • Contemporary Engineering Themes

Typical year three core modules

  • Third-Year Project
  • Business Planning forEngineers

Optional modules

  • Power Networks
  • Electrical Machines
  • Energy Conversion for Motorand Generator Drives
  • Power Electronic Design
  • Control Systems Design
  • Fields, Waves and Antennas
  • Electronic Design
  • Solid State Devices
  • VLSI Design
  • Telecommunication Electronics
  • Digital Communications
  • Web-Based Computing
  • Digital Video Communication Systems
  • Embedded Computing
  • Microwave Communications
  • IT Infrastructure

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Students following this degree can move into challenging and exciting careers in power distribution, future transport technologies (aerospace, rail, automotive) and industrial process control and automation.

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree

This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology  under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 87% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,900 with the highest being £32,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15.

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to 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 the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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