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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3-4 Years, Part-time: 5-6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

104-112 (September 2022 entry)

UCAS code

H548

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

This degree offers you an excellent route into professional practice and recognition as a qualified electrical or electronic engineer, fully equipped to develop and manage demanding projects

Our BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering leads to excellent career prospects in areas such as rail, aerospace, medical electronics, power generation, food processing or manufacturing control.

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A powerful combination

Both electrical and electronic engineering depend on the same fundamental scientific laws but diverge widely beyond these basics.

In electrical engineering, our focus is on how electricity can be used to transport and deliver energy. It lights our homes, runs many of our domestic gadgets, and keeps the wheels of industry turning. It is such an established and reliable part of our lives that we take it for granted all too often, yet it remains a fascinating and developing field of study. Electrical engineering deals with the study of motors and generators and their control, power transmission and distribution systems, and the principles that underlie them. 

In electronic engineering, we look at how electricity is applied to carry, process and store information. This is the driving force behind today's information revolution and forms the basis of everyday devices like the mobile phone and the computer, as well as a huge range of systems used in commerce and industry. Electronics depends heavily on semiconductor technology, which has led to the invention of the famous microchip.

Build a broad set of skills

On this course, you will study both electrical engineering - where electricity is used to transport and deliver energy - and electronic engineering, where electricity can be used to process, transmit and store information.

Electrical engineering deals with the study of motors and generators and their control, power transmission and distribution systems, as well as the principles that underpin them.

Electronic engineering depends heavily on semiconductor technology, which has advanced significantly since the invention of the transistor, leading to the so-called microchip, the world of mobile phones and laptops, and the Internet of Things. Both electrical and electronic engineering are underpinned by the same fundamental scientific laws, but diverge widely beyond those basics.

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Use specialist facilities

Your studies will feature practical learning and experiments in our specialist laboratories. Areas include:

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. 

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Makerspace

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.

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Learn from the experts

The Electrical and Electronic Engineering teaching team have a wide range of research interests and expertise that they bring into their teaching. They include:

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.

In addition, we offer extensive support to boost your employability while you are studying with us: for more information, contact our Careers and Employment Service team.

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Become an Incorporated Engineer

The BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering is designed to help you become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Incorporated Engineers are practitioners in the world of engineering, using current technology to implement and manage demanding and fascinating projects.

For many years, we have had accreditation through the Engineering Council which shows that our courses meet the educational requirement for IEng status and we have applied to renew this for the BSc (Hons). See the Engineering Council UK website for a full definition of the role.

BSc vs BEng: what is the difference?

This BSc (Hons) course is closely related to our BEng (Hons). Both programmes provide an excellent route into professional practice.

The two courses are similar, but the BEng contains more analytical study and deeper scientific underpinning. The BSc contains somewhat less theory and Maths. Instead you will refine your skills in configuring, implementing and managing equipment or systems which make use of the currently available technology. This could mean, for example, leading the installation of a new rail signalling system.

While the BSc aims to provide the educational requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer, the BEng provides part of the educational requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You can then meet the full educational requirement for CEng status by completing accredited postgraduate study.

Within certain criteria, it is possible to transfer between the BSc (Hons) and BEng (Hons) courses at the end of your first year.

A dynamic learning experience

You will benefit from learning in an environment which is challenging, stimulating and creative.

The course runs at our Markeaton Street site, which boasts an impressive array of labs and equipment. Here you will work with machines, electronic circuits, microprocessors, simulation software, renewable energy equipment, and much more. There is every opportunity to design and test your own circuits and devices.

Consider a foundation year

Taking a foundation year first is an ideal choice if you have the potential and ambition to study this BSc programme but lack the formal entry requirements or feel you are not quite ready to embark on a full honours degree right now.

It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career direction since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year will cover general concepts in your chosen subject, together with essential skills in areas such as writing reports and giving presentations. 

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will be assessed through a blend of assignments and examinations. Assignments may relate to work at the computer or in the laboratory, or may entail a piece of written or analytical work. 

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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.

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Entry requirements

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2022-23 academic year which includes September 2022 and January 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points104-112
A LevelBBC-BCC (At least a grade C in either Maths, Physics or another related subject (or equivalent qualification))
BTECDMM. Equivalent qualifications include BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering or Physics with a minimum of a Merit in the Maths unit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

2023 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2023-24 academic year which includes September 2023 and January 2024 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points104-112
A LevelBBC-BCC (At least a grade C in either Maths, Physics or another related subject (or equivalent qualification))
T LevelMerit (Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control)
BTECDMM. Equivalent qualifications include BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering or Physics with a minimum of a Merit in the Maths unit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply


UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

The application deadline for January 2022 starts for international students has now passed for this course. Any application you submit now will be considered for the next available start date.

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Careers

"Studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Derby has provided me with key technical knowledge and a broad range of skills which has helped me secure a career as an electricity network design engineer upon graduation. I now look forward to using the skills I have gained to shape the future of electricity distribution."

Jordan Demuth-Pike - BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering

This course opens doors to a wide range of employment opportunities in electrical and electronic engineering.

You could move into development, installation or maintenance roles in areas as diverse as avionics, medical electronics, automotive electrical and electronic systems, electrical power generation, mining or the rail industry. It may not be long before you become a team or project leader, managing significant budgets as well as the work of others.

Derby graduates can be found working in railway signalling, train construction and maintenance; managing oilfield instrumentation systems; and developing microprocessor systems in cars, safety systems for forklift trucks or aircraft engine controls.

The numeracy and problem-solving skills you develop during our BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering will also pave the way to a wide range of alternative career options, including teaching, banking, accountancy, technical sales or management. 

 

 

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† Additional information about your studies

3 years without industrial placement and 4 years with industrial placement

Teaching hours

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.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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.

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