Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng (Hons)

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Develop expert level skills in electronic and electrical engineering and engineering management. Specialise in digital and analogue electronics, industrial control systems design and electrical power systems and machines. Graduate with the necessary skills to work in electrical supply, power systems, manufacturing, utilities, or the automotive, aviation and medical sectors.

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Overview

This course is closely linked to the needs of the automotive, aerospace, medical and power generation industries.

Teaching at Sunderland is kept fully up-to-date through our strong links with industry, including regional manufacturing giants such as Nissan Teaching is further enriched by our research into areas such as automotive mechatronics, control engineering, materials and structural analysis, manufacturing systems and advanced maintenance.

Sunderland has excellent facilities including laboratories for electronics, robotics and programmable logic controllers. We also have workshops and advanced modelling software that is the latest industry standard.

Please contact us to discuss part-time options.

Why us?

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as partially fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status
  • 100% of our BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • You will have access to industry-standard software to support your studies
  • Engineering graduates can soon earn between £20,000 and £30,000 a year
  • The course specialises in both light current and heavy current options

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work, laboratory projects and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups.

As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include exams, multiple-choice tests and projects.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Electrical Principles (20 credits)
  • Applied Mechanics (20 credits)
  • Design, Drawing and Practical Skills (20 credits)
  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing and Materials (20 credits)
  • Energy Conversion and Thermodynamics (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Electronics (20 credits)
  • Electrical Power Systems and Machines (20 credits)
  • Control and Instrumentation (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing Processes (20 credits)
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Simulation (20 credits)
  • Microprocessors and PLC (20 credits)

Year 3:

Work placement (optional)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Electrical Power (20 credits)
  • Electronic Systems Design (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing Systems Design (20 credits)
  • Project (40 credits)
  • Professional Management Techniques (20 credits)

The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

54.912323,-1.373368

  • Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as Patron Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers.

    Students are challenged to design, test, build and race a 600cc single-seat racing car against other universities in the Formula Student contest. The University of Sunderland's Formula Student Team is supported by industry and we are currently working with companies such as Wurth and Alice Racing. We operate a number of test vehicles and have access to the test track adjacent to Nissan MMUK in Sunderland.

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  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for engineers include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology, including journals, technical reports and dissertations 
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier, with journals such as ‘Engineering Structures’, ‘Advanced Engineering Informatics’ and ‘Electric Power Systems Research’
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text engineering and management articles
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Facilities

Sunderland has excellent facilities with specialist laboratories and modelling software.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements


  • Your qualification will need to be assessed by the course tutor to ensure the programme content meets the required learning outcomes for accreditation of prior learning from HND, Diploma, Foundation Degree or other NQF Level 5 qualification in a related subject


We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night

Employment

Recent graduates have secured graduate jobs that pay around £28,000 a year, with companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors and Nissan.

Graduate success

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research within major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.

Placements

To further enhance employability we encourage you to apply for a 48-week placement where available between your second and final year. Placements are subject to availability and interviews are required. They are usually paid, with past students having earned an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on location.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.

Examples of companies that have offered placements to Sunderland students include Jaguar, Vauxhall, Nissan, Caterham Cars, Cummins Engines and Tata Steel.

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