Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering



What is Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

Modern society is highly dependent on reliable power, communications and electronic systems. Electrical and electronic engineers design the equipment and systems that provide these essential services. This sub-discipline encompasses a range of exciting and diverse fields, from heavy electrical power generation, to sophisticated medical electronics, computer modelling, electromagnetics, information technology and expert systems.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering includes the worldwide telecommunications network, incorporating both satellite links and fibre-optic undersea cables to connect people around the world. Professional electrical and electronic engineers will be who we thank when new forms of green electricity are developed, when electric vehicles replace our fuel-based fleet, and when smart phones recharge by resting on a special mat rather than requiring a plug point.


What will I study?

The pace of change in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is so rapid that it is neither possible nor desirable to cover all aspects of current technology within a four-year degree programme, even in a fairly limited field of specialisation. Instead, you will be provided with a solid foundation of basic science, engineering science, electrical engineering science and selected fields of current technology, upon which you will build as you progress as a professional engineer.

Over four years, you'll cover:

  • power systems
  • power electronics
  • communications
  • radio systems
  • digital signal processing
  • computer systems

In Part II, you’ll learn about electrical materials and electronic devices, circuit theory, software design and mathematical modelling tools. Introductions to engineering electromagnetics and computer systems are provided and the programme is broadened by examining how engineers communicate material of a complex and technical nature. These strands of knowledge are further developed in the core courses of Part III. Elective courses of your choice throughout Parts III and IV allow you to further specialise in specific areas that interest you.


Explore the BE(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme in detail


Where will it take me?

Virtually no other engineering discipline changes as rapidly, or provides a greater variety of career paths. With this in mind, it may be difficult to envision the types of technology you might be working on by the time you graduate – they may not be invented yet! However, with electronic technology becoming ever more central to our everyday operations, it is safe to assume you will have a number of opportunities available to you following graduation.

Today, our graduates are employed in roles relating to communications, wireless computing technologies, electronics, instrumentation, power electronics and motor-control. Opportunities also exist in processing industries such as timber, pulp and paper, steel, aluminium, meat, and dairy.


Meet our students

Ankita Ghai is studying towards a BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

ElectEng - Ankita Ghai

“I’ve always been a very creative and practical person and I enjoy challenges – engineering really sums me up! Plus, engineering has always been considered a leading career with great job prospects, which only made the choice easier for me.

“What I like most about this faculty is the wide range of specialisations you can choose from – there are even more options when you enter postgraduate study. All of our courses are taught with the utmost professionalism, and genuine care is taken to help us through any problems. A real emphasis is placed on making sure we get a feel for how the industry works, so that it’s easy for us to transition into working life later on.

“Once I’ve finished my bachelors degree, I plan to pursue a masters in my chosen field to gain more in-depth knowledge and further exposure to the industry. After that, I intend to jump at any opportunity to work in different parts of the world.”


Meet other past students and read about their experiences