Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

H600 BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and electronic engineers have a capital role in modern society. Be at the leading edge of research to develop analytical and innovative solutions to engineering problems.

Overview

All aspects of modern life are influenced by Electrical and Electronic Engineering, be it energy, healthcare, communications to name just a few.

From generation, transfer and conversion of electrical power, the transfer of information using radio waves and fibre optics, to the design of the most complex computer and entertainment systems or the design of electric or hybrid vehicles, electrical and electronic engineers are at the centre.

This highly technical course will allow you to gain strong fundamental skills, both theoretical and practical, in electrical and electronic engineering. You will get the opportunity to design, simulate, built or test an electrical or electronic system throughout the third year as part of your individual project, and will collaborate with an academic working at the cutting-edge of research.

The programme has been specifically designed to allow you to develop the skills, knowledge, and application required for a wide range of professional engineering careers as high quality practitioners and leaders in business, engineering, research and development, and industry,

We have strong relationships with employers, and our graduates are particularly in demand for their understanding of organisations and their practical abilities in the workplace. We have our own Careers Hub website and run an annual careers fair.

Accreditation

Our BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and members of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UK-ESF) and IET Power Academy.

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. In the first two years, you will cover the fundamental theory, practice and skills essential to a chartered engineer. In your third year, you can choose areas that reflect your personal interests and work on an individual project.

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
  • We have pioneered many of the most important advances in electronics and microelectronics over the past 30 years

Entry requirements

GCSEs:

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:

For 2016: AAA or equivalent international qualifications including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics.

General Studies is 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: H600 Course title: BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering Course duration: 3 years

Modules

Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules
Optional Modules

Year 2

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules

Year 3

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

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Semester 2

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Learning

Assessment at Southampton means more than just essays and exams.  We use a variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving private study, laboratory and project work, which builds on lectures.

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 well-stocked library, a large number of internet-enabled workstations, a Careers Service, Job Shop and Students’ Advice and Information Centre. 

We offer outstanding facilities in our laboratories and teaching based on the latest research ensures that your skills will be highly regarded by employers.

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

University of Southampton students talk about why they chose ECS.

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 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 valuable resource. Adam Malpass, an 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