Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

H620 BEng Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering offers a challenging and rewarding career. Our graduates are highly regarded by industry and well prepared to reach the top of their chosen profession.


Electrical engineering concerns anything that involves electrical power, from the electromagnetics of superconducting systems to the principles of power generation and transmission, and the development of more efficient and sustainable energy sources.

Energy is one of today’s biggest global challenges, with energy generation and supply, coupled with environmental factors, placing future energy needs and provision at the top of the government agendas in every country.

At Southampton we will provide you with the analytical skills to design and develop the technology of tomorrow using our outstanding experimental facilities, including our high-voltage laboratory.

Key areas of study include:

  • technologies of electrical power production, distribution and control
  • microelectronics
  • computing

You will work on systems that interface electronics and computers with aircraft, electric cars and renewable energy sources.

The programme has been specifically designed to meet the increasing demand from industry for electrical engineers with cross-disciplinary skills. We have excellent relationships with employers, and have our own Careers Hub website We also run an annual careers fair.


Our BEng Electrical Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and we are a member of the IET Power Academy bringing opportunities for generous scholarships.

Programme Structure

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests. You will have the unique opportunity to study and research experimentally and theoretically, across a wide range of subjects. In each year, you will be involved with design and build projects, developing confidence and the skills to deliver working prototypes.

Key Facts

  • We are ranked first in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering by the 2016 Guardian University Guide
  • The Complete University Guide 2016 and the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 show our Electrical and Electronic Engineering ranked third in the UK
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2014/15 QS World Rankings
  • First in the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research (REF 2014)
  • 97% of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research outputs are rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
  • We have an outstanding experimental laboratory facilities, especially in our world-leading high-voltage laboratory

Entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:

For 2016: AAB in three A Levels (or equivalent qualifications), including A in Mathematics and A in Physics.

Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted as one of the three A levels.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

Alternative Qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website.

Mature Applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection Process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code: H620 Course title: BEng Electrical Engineering Course duration: 3 years


Year 1

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Core Modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Core Modules

Semester 2

Compulsory Core Modules

Year 2

Full Academic Year

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

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Year 3

In this year, you will select three Optional modules.

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules
Optional Modules

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Assessment at Southampton means more than just essays and exams.  We use a variety of modern learning and teaching methods mixing theory and practical demonstrations, laboratory work in our outstanding facilities, group coursework and a challenging personal project.

A student-centred approach means that you can pursue your own interests according to your future goals.  We will support you in plotting a route through your degree programme which can be tailored for your interests.  You can even personalise assessment paths and styles.

Southampton enjoys a range of modern services for learning and support, including a large number of internet-enabled workstations, a Careers Service, Job Shop and Students’ Information Centre.  This programme also offers the use of world-class experimental laboratory facilities, including a high-voltage laboratory. 

Our methods of assessment enable you to demonstrate your strengths by showing what you have learnt.  Your assessment will be closely linked to teaching and learning, developing throughout the programme.  By the time you reach the end of an assessment, you’ll understand the connection with subjects that were taught.

Related programmes

Career opportunities

Electronics and Computer Science students talk about their plans for the future

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.The technical skills you will obtain are in great demand, as are skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results.

We have excellent relationships with employers and our own ECS Careers Hub website offers a valuable resource.  Adam Malpass, MEng graduate of Electronic Engineering, was UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholar of the Year 2011.“The ECS careers fairs offer many opportunities for employment and placements,” he said.“Being in ECS really does open doors for you”.

Pre-course reading lists