The University of Southampton

Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Southampton ranked first in Guardian University Guide 2021

Published: 9 September 2020
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The University of Southampton is the best place in the UK to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering climbed five places in this week’s new rankings to mark Southampton’s eleventh consecutive year in the Guide’s UK subject top 10, having also been ranked first from 2011-14 and again from 2016-17.

Overall, Southampton rose one place to be ranked 23rd out of the 121 universities listed.

There is a massive skills shortage in both electrical and electronic engineering, and graduates are actively sought after by employers. Southampton’s degree offering includes a three-year BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering and four-year MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses, with options for a year in industry and an Engineering Foundation Year.

Professor Paul Lewin, Head of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), says: “Our continued commitment to invest in its teaching facilities and project laboratories ensures that our students get opportunities to use state of the art equipment. Building on a strong fundamental core of electrical and electronic engineering, the practical elements of our courses combined with a wide range of theoretical and applied optional modules mean that our graduates can develop specialist expertise that is highly valued by industry.”

Three of Southampton’s seven top 10 subjects this year are based in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The University was placed first in the UK for Civil Engineering and sixth in the UK for Mechanical Engineering, which includes Mechatronic Engineering and Aerospace Electronic Engineering.

Professor Phil Nelson, Interim Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences, says: “Being ranked first for both Civil and Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and sixth for Mechanical Engineering, is a massive tribute to the hard work over many years of our University’s staff and students. It also shows how our well-established strength in research can be used to underpin a first class experience for undergraduate students.”

The Guardian University Guide is entirely focused on undergraduate study, with rankings based around criteria of entry tariffs, student satisfaction, graduate prospects, student-staff ratio and university spend per student. Unlike other rankings, the Guide places a greater emphasis on its subject tables to inform each institution’s overall ranking.

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