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Undergraduate study
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year)
BEng (Hons)

 
  • Clearing 2021: Apply now for 2021 entry.
  • International students: Due to high volumes, any international applications received after 25 June can't be considered for September 2021 entry. You are welcome to apply for the next available intake (details below).
 

Course overview

Electrical and electronic engineering drives our daily living, from energy, communications, transportation, artificial intelligence, automation, manufacturing, robotics and computing.

You gain an understanding and knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering subjects including analogue and digital electronics, microprocessors, embedded systems, design, modelling, coding, communication systems, electrical machines and power systems.

Life without electronics seems imaginable – you develop the technical and practical skills to be a highly sought after engineer playing a key role in modern society.

This course includes a foundation year - ideal if you need additional preparation or if you don't have sufficient grades to join Year 1 of a degree.

Top reasons to study electrical and electronic engineering at Teesside

  • Financial awards: you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.
  • Prepare for your studies: develop your understanding in maths with our free online Mathematics for University course.
  • Earn while you learn: join our AdEDA scheme and you can switch to an apprenticeship course, undertaking a degree while you look for employment.

An optional work placement year is included, at no extra cost. Alongside this, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.
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Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, under license from the Engineering Council, for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Further masters-level accredited learning is required to complete the educational base for full CEng status.

An accredited degree is more likely to be favoured by UK and overseas employers.

 
 

Course details

Course structure

Foundation year core modules

Engineering in Practice

This module supports you to use knowledge that you already possess and combine it with engineering knowledge gained through teaching and learning, experimentation, analysis and reflection. Problem-based learning and project-based learning provides core methodologies in the teaching and learning strategy. You are introduced to concepts, techniques and equipment in a guided programme of teaching that uses foundational study skills to think about new concepts, promote ideas development and introduce project management techniques. This culminates in an objective, written review of progress and development though the module and a reflective assessment of personal development.

Engineering Principles

You gain an introduction to engineering physical, thermal, fluid, electrical and mechanical systems in engineering and the scientific laws and principles that govern them. You are prepared for further studies involving these principles of engineering science.

The module is delivered in combined lecture/problem solving tutorial sessions. Laboratory practical sessions support the learning objectives. The problem solving tutorials and the practical sessions enhance the understanding of principles.

Engineering the Future

You are introduced to the importance of design, modelling and simulation in engineering context. You explore the design process and how it is applied in a holistic way. Design ideas are communicated using a number of techniques including sketching and formal engineering drawing, design calculations and written commentary. The technical aspects of engineering design such as manufacturing drawing, modelling, rapid prototyping are introduced.

Global Grand Challenges

You focus on how science can help address some of the global grand challenges that face society. A group project enables you to develop innovative answers to some of the biggest issues of our time based on health and wellbeing, resilient and secure societies, digital and creative economy, sustainable environments and learning for the 21st century. The themes reflect the University’s focus on externally facing research that makes a real, practical difference to the lives of people and the success of businesses and economies.

Materials Science

You gain foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials and learn engineering project-based research methods within a guided group learning context.

Flipped learning introduces you to material properties of the four basic categories of engineering materials. Tutorial sessions and group exercises highlight the factors affecting the material usage and sustainability for engineering applications. Practical sessions allow you to explore variables within material recycling methodologies.

Mathematics in Engineering

You are introduced to mathematical notation and techniques. The emphasis is on developing the skills that enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. Topics studied include algebraic manipulation and equations, trigonometry, trigonometric functions and an introduction to descriptive statistics.

The module is delivered during combined lecture/tutorial sessions. Worked examples illustrate how each mathematical technique is applied. Problem solving tutorial exercises give you the opportunity to practice each skills or techniques.

 

Year 1 core modules

Electrical Principles

You develop an understanding of digital and analogue electronics. And focus on important components, operations and circuits. You explore theoretical principles and conduct laboratory exercises using expert equipment.

Electronic Principles

This module gives you a basic understanding of the physical fundamentals used in electrical engineering, together with specific techniques you need to determine the behaviour of electric circuits.

We cover the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory, analysis of electrical circuits, give you an understanding of simple analogue and digital circuits and an appreciation of their application to engineering problems.

We look at voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. Also magnetic fields and inductance, electric fields and capacitance, Kirchhoff’s Laws. We examine time varying voltages and currents, effects on inductors and capacitors, sinusoidal voltage and current use of symbolic notation.

You also study power, reactive power and apparent power, circuit analysis techniques, mesh and nodal analysis, transistors and properties of amplifiers.

Our primary method of teaching is lectures supported by laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem solving and directed learning.

You learn how to:

  • understand and use key elements of electrical and electronic theory
  • apply given tools in the solution of well defined electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • apply numerical skills to simple electrical and electronic engineering problems
  • use basic IT tools and specialist software to solve simple electrical and electronic engineering problems.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Engineering Practice

You develop and enhance the practical, professional and electrical engineering skills necessary for success in both the academic and work environment. There is a significant practical element which enables you to develop your knowledge, confidence and the fundamental principles of electrical engineering design methods and laboratory practice. You are also introduced to the skills required to improve opportunities in career selection and development through exposure to a range of on-campus services and external professional bodies.

The practical sessions include: health and safety, equipment selection, component selection, circuit construction, measuring instruments, testing and fault diagnosis.

Physics and Instrumentation

This module provides you with an introduction to instrumentation, through studying the principles and characteristics of measurement systems and elements, and their underlying physical principles.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • gather record, describe and evaluate sensor and system data from a variety of sources
  • demonstrate practical ability in carrying out experimental physical measurements, within defined contexts in areas relevant to physics and instrumentation
  • present written evidence to demonstrate understanding of experimental investigation of underlying physical principles of measurement sensors and systems.

You will be assessed on an exam, system design exercise and laboratory report.

PLCs and Embedded Systems

You focus on the implementation of systems for both programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and embedded systems. PLCs are used to explain theory, to discuss applications and to cover practical aspects of programmable logic controllers and lead to the design of a control system for an industrial process. Embedded systems are explained by using their industrial applications and practical programming applications using a microcontroller-based system. You work in teams to solve an industrially-relevant real-time embedded system application.

 

Year 2 core modules

Digital Electronics Design

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant digital electronics design problem. Through your project work you develop employability skills such as project management, work presentation, research and commercial awareness. You become more adept at technical problem solving.

You investigate digital electronics and are introduced to digital electronics design techniques, and their application to real problems.

Electrical Engineering

This module introduces electrical power systems, including balanced/unbalanced three-phase systems, transformers, and transmission lines.
Practical sessions involve the use of laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of power system component characteristics. Tutorials will involve guided exercises and practical tasks incorporating examples of current industry practice.

Industrial Communications

The module encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of modern digital and industrial communications systems and protocols. The module provides the principles of the design, analysis and practical implementation and industrial use of digital, serial, wired and wireless communication systems. The module also introduces practical industrial communication protocols and information management systems.

Integral Transforms and Matrices

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

Machines

This module teaches principles and analysis of electrical machines. Machine performance and operation characteristics are investigated in-depth in both analytical and experimental methods. Students will develop analytical techniques for predicting device and system interaction characteristics as well as applications. Laboratory setups and software packages such as (Pspice & Matlab) will be used to model and analyse a typical machine performance and characteristics.

Problems used in the course are intended to strengthen understanding of the phenomena and interactions of electrical machine, and include examples from current research and industry practice.

Multidisciplinary Software and Systems

This module introduces C++ programming with an emphasis on the learning, development and application of algorithms and data structures within an engineering context. The students will be introduced to the basics of class-based object-oriented programming using the C++ language.

Students will be required to demonstrate conceptual understanding and practical competence of programming by designing and implementing solutions to specific programming problems.

The module is taught with lectures, labs and related practical work. Lectures will provide an explanation of theory and demonstrations of programming examples. Lab sessions will provide you an opportunity to develop programming skills through the use of practice exercises.

The module is assessed by a report midway through the course and a group programming task at the end of the module period.

 

Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

You gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits include:

· improved job prospects
· enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
· a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
· a better degree classification
· a richer CV
· a year's salary before completing your degree
· experience of workplace culture
· the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

 

Final-year core modules

Electric Drives

This module aims to provide students with the capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and to integrate them in DC and AC electric drive systems. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, guided reading, laboratory sessions and tutorials. Extensive use of modern experimental facilities will give the students the opportunity to explore converters’ operation in full and to gain a deep understanding of practical design constraints.

Problems used in the module are intended to strengthen understanding of the phenomena and interactions of electric drives, and include examples from current research and industry practice.

Industrial Electronics

This module introduces you to the fundamental of industrial electronics including power electronic devices, power electronic converters and their application to switched mode power supply and other power electronic applications. The module also considers the principles of modelling, analysis and design of industrial electronics circuits such as switch mode power supply.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and practical sessions. Lectures will provide an explanation of principles and discussion of industrial electronics applications. Extensive use of appropriate software tools (such as MATLAB, PSpice) in the practical sessions will give you the opportunity to explore these principles in greater depth. The practical sessions will be used to design and analyses of the electronic circuits.

Power Systems

This module presents methods of power system analysis to give a sound understanding of a broad range of topics related to power system engineering. It includes studies on operation, design and economics of power generation, transmission/distribution systems. Frequency and voltage control, and protection schemes are covered for both normal and fault conditions.

The module is taught with lectures, for explanation of principles and discussion of applications, and seminars for guided exercises There are also a series of practical's utilising industry standard software for the analysis of power flow and fault levels which will incorporate examples of current industry practice.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

Sustainable Systems and Industry 4.0

The emergence of Industry 4.0, often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, has been attributed to advancing automation, decentralisation and system integration and cloud computing. In the cyber-physical environment, machines can communicate, collect information, and make informed decisions through artificial intelligence (AI), big data and industrial internet of things (IIoT). The evolution of Industry 4.0 has great potential to improve the energy, equipment, and human behaviour. At the same time, in the era of the so-called circular economy, industry across all sectors is under huge pressure to make their manufacturing operations ethical and sustainable. Therefore, we must learn to adopt or implement the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.

The term sustainability has a multi-disciplinary use and meaning. As future engineers you will learn sustainability is represented as the synergy between environment, economics, and society. In this module students specialising in Sustainable Systems and Industry 4.0 will focus their studies and deepen their knowledge in a range of sustainability themes such as energy management and power systems, sustainable water and wastewater systems, sustainable transportation technologies, transitions to sustainable food systems and mechanical manufacturing systems.

The subjects will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will develop key concepts and knowledge. Seminars will allow more focused examinations of important issues and approaches

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through lectures, seminars and hands-on lab sessions. You are also expected to undertake self-guided study time to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through coursework assignments, project reports and formal exams.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. We look for evidence of your ability to learn and commitment to succeed in your studies.

English language
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy skills. For example GCSE English language grade 4 or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills.

International students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the entry requirements by studying one or more Summer University short courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants qualified to at least BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Skilled electrical and electronic engineers are in high demand and can find employment in almost every sector of modern industry including energy, manufacturing, transport, communications, electronics, and health industries.

Our graduates are employed by companies such as PD Ports, ConocoPhilips, Polyphotonics, EDF Energy, Mott McDonald, WSP, Northern Powergrid, MBDA, Hitachi, GSK, and many others.

Our Student Futures careers and employability team can help you map out your future career.

Working as an electrical engineer.
Working as an electronics engineer.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (or 5 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: H690 BEng/EEFY
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers tailored to individual circumstances

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