1st in the UK for student satisfaction with the course**The Guardian University Guide 2023, Electronic and Electrical Engineering subject area
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Gain a real career advantage on this exciting degree which will put you at the forefront of future technologies. With the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering on your CV, you can join one of the UK’s most in-demand professions.
Prepare for rewarding careers in areas as diverse as avionics, medical electronics, automotive electrical and electronic systems, electrical power generation, the rail industry or music and entertainment
Not sure about the type of engineering you want to study? Spend the first year covering all aspects of engineering and gain the multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge that employers are looking for
Include an optional industry placement year as part of your studies to gain vital insights into professional practice
Study in an inspirational learning environment at our Markeaton Street site, home to our impressive STEM Centre and fully equipped with laboratories, workshops and the latest technology
Learn from an expert teaching team experienced in the different branches of electrical and electronic engineering and who have produced many influential research publications and textbooks
This course is available part-time for direct entry to the final year only.
If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?
Electricity lights our homes, runs many of our domestic gadgets, and keeps the wheels of industry turning. We often take it for granted, yet it remains a fascinating and developing field of study – all captured in our distinctive BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Meeting the needs of the industry and you
Engineering is such a broad discipline, and you may not fully know which area of engineering is the right choice to study when beginning your studies.
Employers are increasingly seeking engineers with a broader knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering to meet their environmental, consumer and business needs. As a University based in an advanced engineering city, it’s vital that we offer degrees with a strong focus on sustainability, electrification and automation.
With this in mind, we have developed our degrees to match the multi-disciplinary requirements that employers are shouting for. All engineering students will take the same core modules in the first year to gain an essential foundation in all aspects of engineering, giving you the chance to settle into your studies, and allowing you time to decide which area suits you best. At the end of your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to switch to either our BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering or BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degrees should you realise your passion falls within this area, or you can continue on BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in our annual ebot competition where you work in a team to create a robot from scratch before testing its ability on a track. This is a great way of building skills in teamwork whilst also taking part in a fun competition alongside your fellow course mates.
I have learnt the principles behind devices such as cell phones and apply those same principles in my own creations. The engaging modules and great support from staff helped me decide to focus on embedded systems and sensors for my future engineering career.
Joao Scheffer Rattova
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Use specialist facilities
Your studies will feature practical learning and experiments in our specialist laboratories. Areas include:
Electronic Principles Lab: Featuring a range of test equipment, demonstration boards, and equipment used to conduct investigative experiments on common electronic circuits as well as more advanced systems, you’ll hone your understanding of circuit behaviour in a safe and supportive environment. The computers are also equipped with the latest simulation software from Matlab, Microchip and National Instruments
Electrical Power, Sustainable and Renewable Energies Lab: The lab has a range of renewable technologies and a variety of DC and AC electrical machines test rigs.
Electronics Project Developments and Innovations Lab: In this lab you’ll learn practical skills covering basic hand tools and soldering skills, as well as electronic component identification, following circuit schematics and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layouts, simple design of PCBs, and the complete build and commission of a project
Multipurpose Lab: This lab doubles as an experimental lab, with several permanently installed tests, and a programming suite for both audio and lighting. Our lighting simulation programme will allow you to view 3D simulations of a lighting design
Multi-Channel Sound Lab: The Multi-Channel Sound Lab is a Dante audio equipped room containing 32 loudspeakers used for investigative future immersive audio applications
Multipurpose Lab: Our other multipurpose lab is used for small scale audio testing. Containing a very small anechoic chamber, a vintage hearing test booth and a selection of loudspeakers in different stages of deconstruction
You'll also have access to our Makerspace - a place where you can work on any project and turn your ideas into a prototype. Equipment in the Makerspace includes a laser cutter, 3D printers, soldering irons and CNC machines. All students across the University can use this space and it is a fantastic way of sharing knowledge and skills with one another.
Open to all students at the University of Derby the Makerspace is a student-led workshop based at our Markeaton Street site. There is a large range of tools in the Makerspace that you are able to use in your own time to design and develop projects.
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering teaching team have a wide range of research interests and expertise that they bring into their teaching. They include:
Dr Ahmad Kharaz: Ahmad is the programme leader for the course and is a reader in intelligent instrumentation. He has industrial experience in instrumentation and control and his research areas span low power embedded systems and power quality
Dr Amar Bousbaine: Amar is a reader in power electronics and an active researcher in several areas including renewable energy sources and autonomous control of drones. He teaches on both of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses and is the programme leader for our MSc Control and Instrumentation degree
Dr Uchenna Diala: Uchenna is a member of several respected institutions including the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Nigerian Society of Engineers. His research interests include renewable and smart energy systems, energy harvesting and smart systems and structures
Dr Mahmoud Shafik: Mahmoud is a reader in intelligent mechatronics systems and technology. He is an international expert in this area with more than 20-years of industrially applied research experience
Vital practical experience
We give you the opportunity to take a placement year in industry as part of this degree. This experience, which takes place between the second and final stage of your studies, will greatly enhance your career prospects after graduation. A large number of companies seek placement students each year.
I'm very excited that I've already secured a role as a control and instrumentation engineer, designing control systems for other businesses once I graduate. I used the careers service at the University who helped me to write my CV.
The programme is taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Very popular with our students, mini-projects are also used as a hands-on way of learning real-world skills.
The timetable contains up to 16 hours of contact with staff a week, with around the same amount of time designated as "directed study".
All modules are supported through University of Derby Online (UDOL), so you have access to essential support materials at any time of the day or night.
How you are assessed
Assessment is through a careful blend of assignment and examination. Assignments may relate to work at the computer or in the laboratory, or may involve a piece of written or analytical work.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
When you graduate, a wide range of employment opportunities will open up for you in electrical and electronic engineering. You could move into areas as diverse as avionics, medical electronics, automotive electrical and electronic systems, electrical power generation, the rail industry or music and entertainment.
Recent students have moved into roles involving electrical or electronic system design, installation and commissioning, programming, maintenance, and related activities. Derby graduates can now be found developing embedded systems in cars, electrical power distribution systems, railway signalling systems, or rolling stock enhancements. They are also managing major industrial processes, from breweries to assembly lines.
The numeracy and problem-solving skills you develop during the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering will broaden your career scope further still, with alternative options including teaching, banking, accountancy, technical sales or management.
We're in the fortunate position of having a wealth of expertise and knowledge to help tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. Take a look at examples of how we are responding to the climate emergency.
Full-time: 4 years (with placement year), 3 years (without placement year)
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
Use of resources such as computer rooms, workshops and laboratories
Software to install on own devices such as NI suite including Multisim, Ultiboard and Labview and the student version of Matlab
Study trips to places such as power stations, NPL, Mitsubishi etc
Allowance for final year project
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
Any cost for final year project over £75 Printing (£100)
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.