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Electronic Engineering in the UK

Thinking of studying electronic engineering in the UK? We tell you more about the country and course entry requirements here.


UK boasts many world-class universities that are strong in many fields and electronic engineering is one of them. Engineering has stayed a stable industry in the country for the past decade. The industry managed to generate a £1.15tn turnover in 2009-10, when most industries were struggling due to recession. Because of massive reach of the industry, most graduates of Engineering and Technology find full time employment in less than six months of graduating with a starting average salary of £25,000- above the national average starting salary for all graduates which is £22,364. Furthermore, the report by Engineering UK Report 2012 E suggests that engineering graduates are known to about 30% more in their working lifetime as compared to an average graduate!

Engineering is definitely a field that is in high demand in the UK and the rest of the world, but the subject requires individuals to possess aptitude, interest and knowledge in sciences, technology and numerical subjects.


Entry Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelors of Engineering (BEng), you will need to provide evidence that you have a certain level of English Language proficiency. You can do that by taking either the IELTS or TOEFL exams. The requirement of the IELTS test for most universities is approximately 7 out of 9 bands. However, this can vary from one university to another.

You will need strong O/A Levels results, especially in numerical and science subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. We suggest that you contact the specific university that you’re interested in to find out more details regarding their entry requirements.


Study Options

A UK undergraduate degree programme in Electronic Engineering is a three-year course. You will take core modules each year and have electives towards the end of the programme that will allow you to specialize in your area of interest. Students will also be expected to write a dissertation of 10,000-20,000 words for your final year. Your dissertation will be based on a research project that you will undertake. You will need to pick a supervisor to overlook and assess all of your work.

Some of the modules that you will be taking include Circuits, Communication Systems, Analytical Techniques, Software Engineering, Energy Systems, Quantitative Skills, Research Methods and Digital Media Systems.

By the end of three years you would have achieved Bachelors of Engineering (BEng) degree. If you decide to continue studying for another year, you can achieve the Masters of Engineering (MEng) degree, which enables you to build on the knowledge and skills that you’ve gained in the first three years of the course.


Career Options

There are plenty of industries that need electronic engineers- technology-oriented organisations, defense, aerospace, automotive, marine, telecommunications, power generation, oil and gas and many more. You’ll be spoilt for choice.


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