Electrical and Electronic Engineering

BEng, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to study areas such as power generation and transmission, electrical machines and actuators, power electronics, programmable electronics and control systems.

Course Description

Engineers are innovators who bring about change through their ingenuity, experience and curiosity to improve the quality of life for people throughout the world. Their work is central to thriving economies and competitive industries. It is equally important in developing countries where engineers provide appropriate technologies during difficult times of change.

Professional engineers have a high degree of specialist knowledge but increasingly they use a broad approach to problem solving across a range of engineering disciplines. This is coupled with an awareness of environmental, social, legal, economic and regulatory aspects of the problem at hand.

Whether you study for the BEng or the MEng, your Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree will combine a multidisciplinary approach to design with specific skills in electronics and power engineering, communications, control and computer programming..

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is one of the fastest growing branches of engineering, incorporating a whole spectrum of activities and specialisations. The generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation of electrical energy is a huge field, including developments in renewable energy systems such as geothermal, wave, solar, tidal and wind power. Electrical and Electronic Engineering also covers software engineering, microprocessors and embedded microcontrollers, and control systems for manufacturing, aerospace, chemical processes and transportation.

Building on a broad foundation of engineering studies in Year 1, you will develop specific expertise and skills in electrical engineering, communications, semiconductors, electrical machines and microprocessor programming

Successful engineers must be able to analyse and solve complex problems in the industrial context, communicate ideas to others and work effectively in teams and exercise leadership skills. This is why all our Engineering degrees include a selection of management modules in the second and third years. Topics covered include business finance, project planning and management, intellectual property, health and safety, motivation theory, marketing, total quality management, ethics and professionalism.

What's the difference?

We offer six different Engineering subjects, each of which is available in six forms:

  • BEng (3 years); BEng with Industry (4 years), BEng with Year Abroad (4 years)
  • MEng (4 years); MEng with Industry (5 years), MEng with Year Abroad (5 years)

Each MEng is the three years of the relevant BEng with an extra year of study on the end. An MEng places greater emphasis on industrially related project work and other activities related to the engineering profession, and satisfies the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS codes
H604, H600, H609
Start date
September 2017

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2871

Department of Engineering website

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Why Leicester?

The Engineering Society organises trips, social events and sporting activities. Our student motor-racing society, Leicester Racing, competes in Formula Student events.

Our degrees feature guest lectures by leading engineers from local/national companies, such as Rolls-Royce.

The University of Leicester hosts ASDEC, the UK’s first laser vibration scanning measurement and modal-analysis centre, serving the automotive, aerospace and space sectors.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Three of our subjects (Aerospace Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) share a common first year. Another two (Communications and Electronic Engineering, Software and Electronic Engineering) share a different common first year. As an Electrical and Electronic Engineering student you have the choice of either of these first years, after which you can continue on this course or transfer to one of the other subjects as detailed below.

Module selection 1

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Experimentation 1
  • Maths with Computation
  • Mechanical Engineering

This module selection will give you the flexibility switch to a degree in Aerospace Engineering, General Engineering or Mechanical Engineering during or at the end of your first year.

Module selection 2

  • Data Structure and Development Environments
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electrical Design and Experimentation
  • Introduction to C Programming
  • Maths with Computation
  • Program Design

This module selection provides greater specialism in microcontrollers and embedded systems and will enable you to switch to a degree in Communications and Electronic Engineering or Software and Electronic Engineering during or at the end of your first year.

This is the same as the first year of the MEng.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to specialise in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, while continuing to develop fundamental engineering principles.


  • Business Simulation
  • Classical Control
  • Communications 1
  • Computer-Based Modelling
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electromagnetism and Electronics
  • Engineering Design 2
  • Experimentation 2

This is the same as the second year of the MEng.

If you achieve at least 60% in your second year (equivalent to a 2:1) you can, if you wish, transfer to the MEng.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or in Industry (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Spend a year abroad

The Department of Engineering at Leicester has links with the University of Stuttgart, Germany, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend this university, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training. 

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

While studying in the USA or Australia, you will have a personal tutor there and also a tutor back at Leicester to look after you and answer queries. You will be expected to maintain a good academic performance whilst at the partner institution and will take their exams.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or are self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office

Spend a year working

If you choose a 'With Industry’ degree you will spend a year on an industrial placement with a sponsoring company between your second and third years at Leicester. You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. Recent placements have included: Rolls Royce, Force India F1 Team, Ford Motors, Intel UK, Network Rail, Porsche Engineering Services, Aero Engine Controls, Babcock International, Auto Electrical Services and Jaguar Land Rover.

A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will visit you at the sponsoring company and deal with any academic concerns. Later during your placement year you will return to Leicester to present details of your placement to other students studying for 'With industry' degrees.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in an engineering-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year, a large part of your time will be taken up with your own project. You will also study advanced modules in core engineering principles and see how the different aspects of electrical and electronic engineering work together.


  • Communications 2
  • Electrical Power
  • Management
  • Programmable Electronics
  • State Variable Control

Plus either Digital Control or Signal Processing

Plus your Third Year Project

This is the same as the third year of the MEng.

Examples of recent Third Year Projects include:

  • Load balancer for hydro-turbine generator
  • Analysis of sleep state from EEG
  • Electronic signature recognition
  • Analysis of valve spring surge in a racing engine
  • Micro controller for electrical drives
  • Microwave Doppler system

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information


All our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Measurement and Control. The BEng is "accredited in partial fulfilment of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status" which means that you can become a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by undertaking extra study later in your career.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand throughout your course to offer advice and support on personal matters, provide guidance on course choices and help you appraise your own work.

For the practical aspects of the course you will work, with a partner or as part of a small team, in our well-equipped engineering labs. On your third year project you will work individually with an academic member of staff.

Continuous assessment of your experimentation, computing, design and project work will contribute about 30-50% of your overall mark, with the rest based on your performance in exams for each module. You will also be expected to give presentations about your work.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths and a Physical Science. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths and a Physical Science at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSEs: English grade C.
  • BTEC Nationals: DDD in Engineering.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including Maths and Physics at HL5.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Engineering diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including some at distinction.

Please note: If you do not have Grade B at Maths A-level, you will need to take an additional Maths assessment test.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC
provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. 

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Interview and maths assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.

    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

  • Starting in 2017

    • £18,855 per year
    • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be £2,828.25 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

All our Engineering degrees are influenced by the needs of industry. Visiting engineers from industry deliver teaching in lectures, seminars and the laboratory. You will learn how to conceive, design and implement solutions, working in teams and presenting your ideas to professors from engineering industries. Our excellent links with industry means your project work may include visits from industrial partners and working with engineers in these companies.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification UCAS Code Start Dates Availability
Electrical and Electronic Engineering BA H604 October 2016 Apply Now
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year Abroad BA H600 October 2016 Apply Now
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year in Industry BA H609 October 2016 Apply Now
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Start Dates
October 2016
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year Abroad
Start Dates
October 2016
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Year in Industry
Start Dates
October 2016