During this course we apply the fact that 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 often take it for granted, 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 apply electricity 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. You'll discover how electronics depends heavily on semiconductor technology, and that while electrical and electronic engineering depend on the same fundamental scientific laws, they diverge widely beyond these basics.
We've developed this part time course for students who are already working in a relevant area. The exciting thing about the course is that your employer becomes a partner in your education and you continue to study in your workplace. You'll take some work based learning modules, which will be tailored to the needs of you and your workplace.
At University you'll learn in a challenging, stimulating and creative environment. You'll also benefit from working closely with students on other related courses, covering areas including multimedia, music, and live event technology.
- You'll be trained in the technologies of electrical and electronic systems, preparing you for cutting edge work.
- You'll get a broad introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject.
- It's more than just engineering - you'll develop skills in management and communication too.
- You'll study part time and so can fit it around your work.
- Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
You will study modules such as:
- Analogue and Digital Electronics
- Signal and Circuit Analysis Techniques
- Signal and Circuit Analysis Techniques (Mode B)
- Regulatory Systems (Work Based Learning)
- Quality, Reliability and Work Environment (Work Based Learning)
- Engineering Workshop
- Circuit Analysis (Mode B)
- Electronic Systems (Mode B)
- Electromagnetic Devices
- Control and Instrumentation
- Computer Systems and Software Engineering
- Corporate Responsibility and Professional Development (Work Based Learning)
- Electrical Machines
- Individual Project (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (Work Based Learning)
How you are assessed
This is by a careful blend of assignment and examination. Assignments may relate to work at the computer or in the laboratory, or may be a piece of written or analytical work. Mini-projects are also used, and these are really popular with our students, as a hands-on way of learning real skills
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualitications:
- BTEC - MMM
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
When you have finished this course you will be able to take on a responsible role applying the new skills you have learned. You'll be able to work in many areas of professional activity including design, support, installation, operations and maintenance, with a good chance of moving into team leadership or management. As you're already in employment, you will be able to advance your role and take on more complex and challenging activities.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Day release: 2 years
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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, state-of-the-art 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.
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
- Student membership of IET
- Study trips to places such as power stations, NPL and Mitsubishi
- 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.