Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

H601 MEng 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.

Overview

Our distinct MEng Electrical Engineering builds upon the BEng Electrical Engineering programme with advanced engineering topics, management studies, law and group projects, in which you will tackle wide-ranging engineering challenges. You will also have the opportunity to gain industrial experience through vacation employment.

A particular feature of the course is a group project, either working with a real customer from industry or transferring technology from the University into industrial practice, with a chance to exercise both self and team management skills.

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.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Accreditation

Our MEng 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 four 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.

This programme can also be offered with a year in industry.

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

GCSEs:

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:

For 2016: AAA 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: H601 Course title: MEng Electrical Engineering Course duration: 4 years

Modules

Year 1

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Core Modules

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

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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 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 well-stocked library, 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.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Related programmes

Career opportunities

Dominic Bull graduated with an MEng in Electrical Engineering. In this film, he talks about his IET Power Academy scholarship and work placements as well as the ECS facilities.

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