Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
H607

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Our design-based degree teaches the essentials of electronic and electrical engineering, allowing you to engage with creativity and develop a range of practical and professional skills, which will create opportunities in a range of industries.

Electronic and electrical engineering is concerned with the broad application of electricity and electronics, ranging from small intelligent microprocessor based systems through to large scale power generators. Virtually every sector requires and uses electronic or electrical engineering and it is difficult to think of an application where it does not have influence.

You will benefit from our research informed teaching, which is a key strength of this programme. You will join a thriving academic department that makes use of our expertise in microelectromechanical smart systems; novel electromagnetics; radio frequency engineering; and millimetre waves with THz signals. Through this programme, you will be exposed to our work with organisations such as CERN and the European Space Agency.

The programme begins with a broad based common first year. You will learn about subjects such as heat transfer and manufacturing, which form a key requirement of modern electronic systems. Our Electronic and Electrical Engineers work alongside other disciplines, reflecting very much how you would operate in industry, equipping you with interdisciplinary project, communication and professional skills to allow you to excel in your professional career.

Specialist modules in electronic and electrical engineering continue in the second year, where you will build your familiarity and practical experience in widely-used programming languages and software development environments, reinforcing your technical knowledge. This year, you will complete a small group project, where you will apply your specialist knowledge within an interdisciplinary team.

On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. We would recommend the most appropriate time to do this would be at the end of year two, once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge.

In third year, you will start your individual project: a substantial piece of research and investigation into a topic of your choice, but often linked with industry or one of our research groups. The project period covers the entire academic year, with an intensive period following exams to finalise results and present the findings professionally. Previous examples include: remote moisture sensing for internet of things; wearable antennas for medical body area network; low carbon shipping through improved electric propulsion; and energy storage and development of an electrical storm tracker.

Third year also continues the management skills theme, which is essential to modern engineering. You will develop your knowledge in company finance and aspects of law, human resource management and industrial organisation. You will also receive an overview of environmental reporting, quality and safety management.

The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. It provides a sound foundation in crucial aspects in the design and manufacture of future systems in the medical, environmental, energy, transport, communications and ICT markets. Teaching is delivered by world-class academics and shaped by their outstanding research output. You will gain hands-on experience with modern facilities and an array of high-quality equipment in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building. 

MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering

We also offer a MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering programme, which the IET has accredited as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. This programme provides further skills, knowledge and experience, with a focus on leadership and management. Students wanting to transfer to this programme must achieve a minimum threshold at the end of year two.

Lancaster is a member of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF).The UKESF Scholarship Scheme connects undergraduates to leading employers in the Electronics sector and provides an annual bursary, paid summer work placements and a paid-for residential workshop.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Our design-based degree teaches the essentials of electronic and electrical engineering, allowing you to engage with creativity and develop a range of practical and professional skills, which will create opportunities in a range of industries.

    Electronic and electrical engineering is concerned with the broad application of electricity and electronics, ranging from small intelligent microprocessor based systems through to large scale power generators. Virtually every sector requires and uses electronic or electrical engineering and it is difficult to think of an application where it does not have influence.

    You will benefit from our research informed teaching, which is a key strength of this programme. You will join a thriving academic department that makes use of our expertise in microelectromechanical smart systems; novel electromagnetics; radio frequency engineering; and millimetre waves with THz signals. Through this programme, you will be exposed to our work with organisations such as CERN and the European Space Agency.

    The programme begins with a broad based common first year. You will learn about subjects such as heat transfer and manufacturing, which form a key requirement of modern electronic systems. Our Electronic and Electrical Engineers work alongside other disciplines, reflecting very much how you would operate in industry, equipping you with interdisciplinary project, communication and professional skills to allow you to excel in your professional career.

    Specialist modules in electronic and electrical engineering continue in the second year, where you will build your familiarity and practical experience in widely-used programming languages and software development environments, reinforcing your technical knowledge. This year, you will complete a small group project, where you will apply your specialist knowledge within an interdisciplinary team.

    On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. We would recommend the most appropriate time to do this would be at the end of year two, once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge.

    In third year, you will start your individual project: a substantial piece of research and investigation into a topic of your choice, but often linked with industry or one of our research groups. The project period covers the entire academic year, with an intensive period following exams to finalise results and present the findings professionally. Previous examples include: remote moisture sensing for internet of things; wearable antennas for medical body area network; low carbon shipping through improved electric propulsion; and energy storage and development of an electrical storm tracker.

    Third year also continues the management skills theme, which is essential to modern engineering. You will develop your knowledge in company finance and aspects of law, human resource management and industrial organisation. You will also receive an overview of environmental reporting, quality and safety management.

    The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. It provides a sound foundation in crucial aspects in the design and manufacture of future systems in the medical, environmental, energy, transport, communications and ICT markets. Teaching is delivered by world-class academics and shaped by their outstanding research output. You will gain hands-on experience with modern facilities and an array of high-quality equipment in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building. 

    MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering

    We also offer a MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering programme, which the IET has accredited as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. This programme provides further skills, knowledge and experience, with a focus on leadership and management. Students wanting to transfer to this programme must achieve a minimum threshold at the end of year two.

    Lancaster is a member of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF).The UKESF Scholarship Scheme connects undergraduates to leading employers in the Electronics sector and provides an annual bursary, paid summer work placements and a paid-for residential workshop.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Computer Science, Design & Technology or Further Mathematics.

    GCSE Minimum of five GCSEs at grade B or 6 to include Mathematics, and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and 6 in a Physical Science at HL

    BTEC (Pre-2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians units

    BTEC (2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in the following units – Unit 1 Engineering Principles, Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture, Unit 6 Microcontroller Systems for Engineers, Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and Unit 8 Further Engineering Mathematics.

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Because of the dynamic nature of electronic and electrical engineering, our graduates go on to excel in a wide range of professional roles in industries such as defence, power generation, oil and gas, telecoms, rail, and utilities. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake postgraduate level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research or teaching.

    Our Careers Service offers a wide range of support and advice and we host a Science and Technology Careers Fair every year, allowing you to make valuable business connections.

    We actively encourage students to take time out of their degree to complete periods of time in industry, typically 12 to 15 months’ paid employment. These industrial opportunities can be arranged in conjunction with the University, direct with companies or through the Engineering Development Trust’s Year in Industry scheme. Our strong industry links, from large corporations to small local companies, mean that we will be able to assist you to find a suitable and rewarding placement in a sector that interests you for your future career.

     

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £70. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Full or partial CEng eligibility
Full or partial CEng eligibility

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Weekly contact hours

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Lecture hours

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Lab hours

Make our degrees yours

Here at Lancaster, we like to think we're a bit different to other engineering departments. We are one of only a handful of general engineering departments in the country. This reflects the multi-disciplined approach you will find in industry, where a growing demand for a new breed of engineer has emerged. Employers now seek engineers who can integrate their knowledge within multidisciplinary project teams. You will leave Lancaster equipped with the knowledge and experience that modern businesses want.

Friendly and Collaborative

Our friendly, informal and collaborative atmosphere help those who work and study here achieve success. Class sizes are small, meaning you will always be a name and never a number here. You'll get to know your lecturers and support staff in person and our open door policy means you can call in for help and advice at any time. This one-to-one support is something our students really appreciate during the big jump from college to university.

Innovative Teaching

We have world-leading academics, who are involved in state-of-the-art research which influences the material that we teach. We adopt innovative teaching methods including the pioneering use of creative project work and a design-build-test approach to learning, helping our students learn interactively and gain hands-on experience. We are an International Partner in the CDIO™ initiative, which seeks to revolutionise engineering education.

Professional Experience

Many of our degrees have the option to work on projects and dissertations for external companies. We also offer industrial placements and industry-specific modules. Our excellent links with industry mean that we can source challenging and constructive projects which are mutually beneficial to the companies and students involved.

Facilities

The Engineering Department houses a wide range of facilities covering many areas from renewable energy to high-frequency electromagnetics. Our state-of-the-art equipment is in active use for world-leading research, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.

3D Printing

3D Printing

We have a wide range of 3D printers and additive manufacturing technology, allowing you to easily create bespoke components for your projects.

Robotics

Robotics

Our robotics laboratory is specially catered for designing and making robots for use in hazardous locations, such as nuclear power plants.

Wave Energy Tank

Wave Energy Tank

Our wave tank is a valuable teaching aid. This allows us to observe the behaviour of surface waves and how they can affect large-scale engineering projects.

Chemical Labs

Chemical Labs

Our chemical laboratories allow us to engineer better materials for new technological developments. You will study corrosion, conductivity and electrochemical impedence.

Careers and Employability

With a strong focus on industrial projects, internships and work experience, our degrees will provide you with the support you need to achieve your career aspirations. Our undergraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We provide careers advice and host a number of events throughout the year.

Industrial Experience

Industrial Experience

You can take time out of your degree to work in industry. This fully paid employment will give you valuable experience and connections.

Internships

Internships

You can apply for relevant, paid work experience. Internships allow you to apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations and get paid too.

Careers Support

Careers Support

Our careers service offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. Search for opportunities or explore options for further study.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate

After you have graduated, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies to the level of Masters or PhD.

Employment Destinations

Graduates at Lancaster go on to work in some of the most prestigious engineering firms in the world.

Mercedes AMG

Mercedes AMG

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd

EDF Energy

EDF Energy

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover

Siemens

Siemens

BAE Systems

BAE Systems

National Grid

National Grid

Network Rail

Network Rail

Transport for London

Transport for London

Student Opportunities

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with which will enhance your degree and add value to your CV.

STEM Ambassador

You will have the opportunity to become a STEM Ambassador, allowing you to network with employers at various regional and national events. You will develop communication, presentation and time-management skills in this role.

Prizes and Awards

You could win prizes, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) prize for Outstanding Projects and Excellent Performance, or the Ede & Ravenscroft Women into Science Prize which rewards female students for their outstanding academic achievement.

Engineering Society

The society puts on numerous events throughout the year, organise talks and plan industrial visits. It’s a great way to make new friends and create memories during your time at University.

Meet our Students

Our students can tell you what it is really like to study at Lancaster University.

Donval Parker

Donval Parker

MEng Mechatronic Engineering
“I chose the mechatronics course at Lancaster because I enjoyed learning about mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering; this degree allows me to do both. I learn so much from the academic staff who are also active researchers in their respective fields.”

Laura Gould

Laura Gould

MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
“I initially applied to General Engineering, then after the first year I was able to move onto the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course. Lancaster’s Engineering Department is like its own little community, the amount of group projects means you know most of the people in your year across the whole range of engineering disciplines and can always get help with work.”

Michelle Zemura

Michelle Zemura

MEng Mechanical Engineering
“The engineering courses are not only well balanced in terms of labs and lectures but also lecturers and PhD students are largely accessible if you need any help or guidance. The campus itself has great facilities and has everything you need to successfully complete your studies and still be involved in your other interests.”

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