Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)

Southampton has a long and successful history in electrical and electronic engineering, and has an unrivalled reputation for both teaching and research.There is a massive skills shortage in both electrical and electronic engineering, and our graduates are actively sought after by employers.

Our EEE programmes give you the flexibility to either specialise in what interests you most about either electrical or electronic engineering, or to develop a broader understanding of EEE before going on to solve the great challenges of tomorrow such as the 'smart grid'. From mega- to milli-volts, embedded software to control theory, mathematical theory to practical design skills, or designing microprocessors to analogue amplifiers - our EEE students get a hand in it all and are matched with our world-leading academics in the field.

Our Teaching

Our modules use a variety of innovative teaching methods and assessment, including coursework, groupwork and exams. Here are some examples of what you'll be able to do.

High Voltage Lab

We have an outstanding electrical engineering teaching laboratory and computing facilities as well as a world-leading high-voltage laboratory.

Find out more about the High Voltage Lab

Teaching Labs

At Southampton, we strive to ensure a balance between theory and practice. We believe that all our graduates should leave with not only an exceptional understanding and ability in state-of-the-art theory and principles, but also that they should be able to practically apply the theory to design and build real electrical and electronic systems. Our flagship lab programme is unrivalled, and gives our students opportunities to apply the theory they learn in lectures, to learn through doing, and gain the skills that are essential to becoming a successful engineer.

In the second year, the focus of labs changes to being able to apply the skills that our students have learnt to design their own solutions to loosely specified problems. One example is the IC Design exercise, a group project in which our students design and simulate their own integrated circuit (or 'chip'). Later in the year, they return to the lab to find that their 'chips' have been fabricated, and must probe their silicon wafers to test and evaluate their designs. This project provides a one-of-a-kind experience for our students, seeing the design of a digital chip all the way through from specification to test - and they get to take away the computer chip they've designed!

Our Programmes

The ECS Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) degree can be studied at both 3 year bachelors and 4 year undergraduate masters levels. Both are available with a Foundation Year.

H600 BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (3 yrs)

H602 MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (4 yrs)

Engineering Foundation Year

What our staff think

“Our leading EEE degrees give students a fantastic theoretical and practical education, and provide real flexibility to tailor it to your own strengths and interests. Adding to that our fantastic facilities, genuine sense of community and links with industry – I wouldn’t want to study anywhere else!”

Dr Geoff Merrett

Lecturer and former student