Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Is reducing greenhouse gas emissions important? Has the growth of mobile communications had an impact on society? Is there a future for low-carbon transport?

If you answered 'yes' to any or all of these questions, you already appreciate how technology is affecting and transforming the modern world.

Using cutting-edge technologies in fields such as power generation, transport, medicine, quantum information, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography and communications, electrical and electronic engineers are developing technologies that will shape our future.

Why study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol?

In choosing to study electrical and electronic engineering at Bristol, you will benefit from excellent teaching and will be taught by internationally-renowned experts with a passion for the subject.

Our world-leading research groups and industrial partners will provide you with privileged access to state-of-the-art facilities. We also offer a wide range of scholarships, summer placements, industrial seminars and exclusive employment opportunities.

Electrical and electronic engineering is a fast-moving subject and we continually revise our degree courses to reflect the latest developments in engineering education and the emerging needs of industry.

We offer a broad range of courses accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) including a Joint Honours degree with Computer Science.

Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific industrial links for students.

What kind of student would this course suit?

If you enjoy mathematics and science, are fascinated by electricity, energy and electronics, and want to design and invent things that benefit society, then you should consider studying for an electrical and electronic engineering degree.

If your interests lie more on the computing side, you might be interested in our computer science and electronics degrees.  Alternatively, if working creatively with students from across the University appeals to you, then you could consider our Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Innovation degree.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will learn in an environment of research excellence, taught by academic staff who are engaged in research and development projects in collaboration with industry and the government.

We offer a generous ratio of laboratory time to lecture time in the belief that understanding comes best when you apply theory in a practical environment. In the first and second years the ratio is around 50:50. In the third and fourth years, project work largely replaces laboratory work.

Assessment is by examination and coursework. The relative weighting differs between units. The final-year projects are assessed by thesis, interview, poster presentation and supervisor report.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates are highly sought after; typically, more than 90 per cent secure rewarding careers just six months after graduating.

The skills we teach are highly transferable and you will be in demand from a variety of industries, such as:

  • broadcast, mobile and optical communications
  • alternative and green energy
  • medical engineering
  • consumer electronics.

Some of our graduates go into research, while others enter employment outside of engineering, for example in digital media.

Read more about what students from Electrical and Electronic Engineering go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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