Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

HH36 BEng Electromechanical Engineering

Electromechanical engineering combines electrical and mechanical engineering to find solutions for systems that rely on mechanical elements, electrical power, sensing and control.


Electromechanical engineering meets the increasing demand from industry for engineers with cross-disciplinary skills in the fields of robotics, flexible manufacturing, electromechanical power systems and electrical power transmission and distribution systems.

You will investigate the problems of combining electrical and mechanical components into electromechanical devices or systems such as micro-machines, electric vehicles and powerful industrial robots.

Project work begins in the first year and continues with design and build tasks in every year of your degree. You will get the chance to exercise your creative talent, deploy your skills and exploit the knowledge gained to design electromechanical devices.

Key areas of study include:

  • theoretical and computational aspects of electromagnetism
  • robotics, communications and control
  • mechanics and engineering design

Students are eligible for funding under the Power Academy Scheme.

We have excellent relationships with employers, and have our own Careers Hub website. We also run an annual careers fair.


Our BEng Electromechanical 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.

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.

General Studies and Critical Thinking 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: HH36 Course title: BEng Electromechanical Engineering Course duration: 3 years


Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Core Modules
Compulsory 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 two Optional modules.

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules
Optional Modules

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Semester 2

Optional Modules
  • ARCH2001 The Archaeology of the Social Brain

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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.

Theory is illustrated and understanding usually achieved from practical experience and project work, which is a major component often linked with industrial activity.

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 and 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. 

Our methods of assessment enable you to demonstrate 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 high demand, as are the skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results.

We have excellent relationships with employers and our own ECS Careers Hub offers a vital resource. Jevan Bryant, an MEng graduate of Electromechanical Engineering, now works at SELEX Galileo. "The atmosphere in ECS is always collaborative,” he said. “If someone had a problem, within a minute a group of five or six would have gathered round to discuss different solutions.”

Pre-course reading lists