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BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Learn to design and develop next-generation electrical and electronic systems

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

H600

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2023(semester dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£26,800 per year

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The generation and use of electricity are fundamental to modern life.

The increased use of electrified transportation, data centres and IT devices leads to ever increasing reliance on power electronics supported technologies. Electrical and Electronic Engineers have a vital role in addressing this challenge.

Master the principles, circuits, systems and solutions at the intersection of these exciting disciplines, covering areas such as power electronics and motor drives, renewable energies, energy generation and distribution, smart grids and energy management.

You'll complete individual and group project work at every stage of your degree course to develop practical, organisational, management and business skills. As you progress, you'll also have the freedom to specialise in an area that interests you.

You'll graduate with the abilities and approaches you will need to operate with confidence – as a researcher, expert designer or technical manager – in the challenging world of electrical engineering.

Year in industry

All of our courses are available with a year in industry, which gives you the opportunity to gain vital experience in the workplace and find out more about your career options. The year in industry is generally taken in the year prior to your final year of study.

The School will help you to find a suitable placement. You will be fully supported by an academic member of staff who will visit you in the workplace and meet you regularly to discuss your placement work.

The staff are friendly and helpful, and if you put yourself out there you'll feel like part of the family. I honestly can't praise them enough regarding the support they provide me, and my university experience is one I will never forget
Pippa, BEng Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems

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Flexible courses

You may be able to change course, add a year in industry or change between MEng and BEng. Just ask us for more details.

Committed to equality

We hold a bronze Athena SWAN award for our commitment to gender equality in science.

Course content

Our modules are geared to meet the rigorous needs of the electrical and electronics industry. You'll study the principles and practicalities of electrical and electronic engineering, as well as honing essential skills in mathematics and computer programming.

As you progress, you'll cover topics such as electronic hardware design, AC machines and electrical equipment design, control engineering, software programming signal processing and analysis, renewable energy, power generation and power distribution systems. In your final year, advanced option modules allow you to specialise according to your own developing interests, in areas from digital communications to nanoelectronics.

Throughout your course you'll have opportunities to apply your learning in our well-equipped labs. Individual and group projects will see you design, build and test products using state-of-the-art hardware, software and fabrication facilities.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

Core modules

Your modules will cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Programming and Digital Interfacing
  • Mathematics
  • Electronic Engineering Project
  • Digital Electronics
  • Analogue Electronics

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Core modules

  • Maths, Signals and Systems
  • Electronic Engineering Project
  • Circuit Design
  • Control, Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems
  • Electromagnetism

Year 3

Core modules

  • Final Project
  • Communications, Systems and Digital Communications
  • Renewable Power Generation
  • Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal Technology

Option modules

You will also study one option module. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

The options available to you will be confirmed after you begin your course. For further information, please get in touch.

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Subject Knowledge: Assess electronic and electrical engineering designs by applying detailed knowledge of devices and systems and by consulting relevant documentation and research.
  • Engineering Analysis: Evaluate system & component performance through a variety of analytical techniques including computational methods and modelling.
  • Engineering Design: Combine electronic and electrical engineering to create designs to address real-world problems by synthesising ideas into engineering specifications.
  • Practical Skills: Solve technical problems through employing skills in programming, CAD, construction and measurement and by using safe laboratory techniques.
  • Technical Communication: Clearly communicate and explain electronic and electrical engineering issues and practice in a technically accurate manner to a variety of audiences, verbally, in writing and using multimedia.
  • Management & Personal Development: Coordinate and execute complex projects (with effective time management, team working, and ethical decision-making) in ways applicable to technical careers in electronics, electrical and related disciplines.

Strong links with industry

We will help you to become an employment-ready, motivated graduate, with skills in the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.

Group work to prepare you for your career

Our programme involves group work to allow you to experience the management, coordination and decision-making processes required by engineers. We structure this throughout the programme so that you develop key transferable and managerial skills.

Free membership

We offer all students free membership of ShockSoc (our student electronics society) and student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) while you are at York.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £26,800

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Additional costs

There is no compulsory purchase of equipment or books necessary for this course. Lecture notes will be provided by staff, and you will be given a generous printing allowance.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

Subject-specific Funding

We have a range of subject-specific funding open to all Year 1 students, including “Academic Excellence”, “Widening Participation”, “Engaging in Engineering” and “International Academic Excellence” scholarships.

You'll be automatically considered for a scholarship if York is your firm choice. £500 is paid during Autumn Term and the other £500 is paid at the end of Summer Term, providing you successfully progress to Year 2.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Fantastic Facilities

Specialised teaching spaces, laboratories, workshops and a range of other state-of-the-art facilities.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work (including projects every year)
  • Workshops
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions

You'll also be expected to spend time studying independently. As you progress through the course you'll take on more independent study, guiding your own learning and developing your project management skills.

Your individual project in your final year will be supervised by an academic member of staff who will guide you through your project.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures10 hours per week
Tutorials2 hours per week
Practicals9-10 hours per week
Optional activities0-2 hours per week

These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

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You can find detailed descriptions of our facilities on our website, including laboratory space, recording studios, clean room and computing classrooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the School of Physics, Engineering & Technology, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the School of Physics, Engineering & Technology, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test you but for you to creatively apply what you've learned, and to stretch you to supply novel solutions. We use a variety of assessment styles, including exams, coursework and practical engineering tasks. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book and open-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your final-year individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

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The course offers a wide range of modules and specialisations, providing the opportunity to explore the different areas of engineering. The staff are amazing - they are enthusiastic about their subject area, and the support they provide is fantastic. There is always someone there if you need some help, or advice.
Amy

What our students say about us.

Careers and skills

The growth of the electrical and electronics industry means demand for new engineers is always high. Our students enter a wide range of jobs, not just in engineering, but in a variety of related fields such as software programming and hardware development.

For those wishing to take different career paths, the transferable skills you'll develop are highly valuable. Mathematics, programming, team working and technical management are sought after in a huge range of sectors, from media to financial services. Recent employers have included Jaguar Land Rover, Gooee, Sky, ARM, BBC, BT and Network Rail. Find out more about our graduate destinations and graduate profiles.

Career opportunities

  • Software engineer
  • Project executive
  • Service desk analyst
  • Audit associate
  • App developer
  • Business consultant
  • Digital signal processing engineer
  • Electrical consultant
  • Environmental technician
  • Front end developer
  • Research technologist
  • Sound and lighting engineer

Transferable skills

  • Analyse system and component performance through computational methods and modelling
  • Create designs to address real-world problems by synthesising ideas in engineering specifications
  • Solve technical problems through applying skills in programming, CAD, construction and measurement
  • Communicate and explain electronic engineering issues to a variety of audiences verbally, in writing, and using multimedia
  • Assess designs by applying detailed knowledge algorithms, devices and systems, and consulting relevant research
  • Coordinate and execute complex projects in electronics
  • Effective time management, teamworking and ethical decision making

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

ABB including Maths.

BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM from the BTEC National Extended Diploma in any subject plus A level Maths grade B

DD from the BTEC National Diploma in any subject plus A level Maths grade B.

If you are studying for a different combination of A levels and BTEC qualifications please contact us for advice.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, M2, M2 including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall with grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics - Applications and Interpretation or 6 in Higher Level or Standard Level Mathematics - Analysis and Approaches.
T levels We are currently not accepting T Levels for this course unless an additional A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Mathematics has been taken.
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other qualifications We consider a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications as long as Maths is obtained at A level or equivalent and are happy to talk to you about your individual qualifications profile. We also offer a Foundation Year BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year for those not taking Maths A level which, following successful completion, allows you to progress onto one of our BEng or MEng courses depending on your Foundation Year average marks.  
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minimum of 162 in each component
Duolingo 105, minimum 95 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C / Grade 4
LanguageCert SELT B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 25/50 in each component
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All suitable UK-based applicants will be invited to an interview; for the current application cycle the interviews will be held online.

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