We live in an age where electronic and electrical products play a crucial role in almost every aspect of our lives. From the evolution of smartphones to the development of wind turbines, electronic and electrical engineers are at the forefront of providing technological advances that not only continue to innovate the world but also address many of the biggest challenges faced by society today.
Some of the world’s largest industries such as healthcare, energy and construction rely heavily on the creative and technical skills of electronic and electrical engineers to deliver sustainable solutions for the future — which is why this is such a relevant discipline and hugely sought after by many reputable organisations worldwide.
Studying electronic and electrical engineering at Leeds will equip you with the fundamental concepts and new skills used by modern engineers, taught by academics who are leaders in their fields. This will give you the key knowledge and experience you need to begin your career in this challenging, yet rewarding, field.
Additionally, our electronic and electrical engineering courses here at Leeds are quality assured, ranking 8th in the UK, and accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
You’ll also have access to world-class research and specialist facilities right here on campus, alongside exciting opportunities like studying abroad and industrial work placements to ensure you have the best grounding to head out into your professional career.
Why study at Leeds:
- Take advantage of the School’s world-leading research here at Leeds. With over 100 years of research history, our research activity has been responsible for engineering new technologies and creating pioneering industry-driven developments, many of which have impacted an array of industrial sectors.
- Experience expertise teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers at the forefront of the industry who specialise in a variety of electronic and electrical engineering disciplines.
- Enjoy a more practical approach to learning, with access to our specialist facilities during your project work, including lecture theatres and labs featuring industry-standard equipment and the latest technology.
- Enhance your career prospects and give your CV that competitive edge before you graduate with our paid industrial work placement opportunities. Our close industry links have given previous students the chance to work at — and build professional relationships with — major organisations such as Amazon, Rolls-Royce and Sony.
- Gain invaluable life experience and advance your personal development with our exciting study abroad programmes, spanning across universities worldwide.
- Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining our student society ShockSoc where you can meet more of your coursemates, attend high-quality technical visits, enjoy social events and get the chance to put theory into practice by participating in our own Robot Fighting League.
The BEng is accredited by the IET on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For this course, these are the quality standards set by the IET.
This course offers you the chance to learn the core fundamentals across electronic and electrical engineering, with a range of optional pathways, meaning you can tailor your degree to what interests you the most.
You’ll develop your knowledge of the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin electronic and electrical engineering, as well as key topics like circuit design and communications networks. Specialist modules will allow you to build on this foundation in areas like power electronics, digital electronics, semiconductors and electric machines.
You can choose to study either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree. It’s also possible to transfer to the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) degree up until the end of your second year.
Years 1 and 2
The first two years lay the foundations of your studies and give you a thorough understanding of key topics.
You’ll learn about the physical principles that affect the function of electronic components and electrical systems, as well as circuit theory, digital electronics and embedded systems. You’ll also study communications systems, power electronics and modules designed to improve your mathematical skills for engineering.
You’ll take more specialised modules that focus on topics such as embedded systems, integrated circuit design and RF and microwave circuits.
Every year of your course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
One-year optional work placement or study abroad
To advance your skill set and boost your experience, you can apply to take up an industrial placement or study abroad at one of the many universities we’re in partnership with worldwide. Both of these options will extend your degree by 12 months.
Ethics plays an integral role in the engineering practices of today, which is why you’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course. You’ll be taught by academics from the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, as well as your lecturers, covering a wide range of topics such as professionalism and codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility, engineering and responsibility, ethics in innovation and research ethics.
The ethics training will advance your critical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills which are crucial to employers, but it will also help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you may encounter in your professional life in the engineering industry.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Circuit Analysis and Design||20|
|Physics of Electronic Devices||20|
|Introduction to Communication Systems||20|
|Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers||20|
|Further Engineering Mathematics||10|
|Electronic Design Project||10|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Introduction to Engineering Mathematics||20|
|Algorithms and Numerical Mathematics||10|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Electronic Circuit Design||10|
|High Frequency Electronics||10|
|Transistors and Optoelectronic Devices||20|
|Embedded Systems Project||20|
|Microprocessors and Programmable Logic||20|
Year 3 compulsory modules
|Integrated Circuit Design||10|
|Electric Power Systems||10|
|Individual Engineering Project||50|
Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|RF and Microwave Engineering||10|
Learning and teaching
As an engineering student at Leeds, we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, small group tutorials and practical lab work.
Laboratory classes and project work allows you to gain first-hand experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. Together, they will equip you with in-depth knowledge, key practical skills and transferable skills that will help you secure a graduate job. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
You’ll be assigned an academic personal tutor to guide you through your studies, and you’ll receive support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme. Peer mentors are students who are on your course but are in Years Two or Three. They’ll help you when you arrive at University and throughout your first year. You’ll meet your peer mentors during your first week for a social activity.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Watch our taster lecture to get a flavour of what it’s like to study at Leeds:
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Most modules are assessed by more than one component. These components can include written examinations held at the end of each year, in-class and online tests, example sheets, assignments, and coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.
A-level: AAA including Mathematics.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Project Qualification (IPQ) and Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (ASCC): We recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ, IPQ or ASCC we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) or above, or an appropriate English language qualification. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including an appropriate number Mathematics modules) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.
D*DD (RQF) with Distinctions in all Mathematics units including Maths and Further Maths (and/ or other appropriate maths units) plus a diagnostic Maths test. Some units may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.
Please note – there may be different requirements for the older QCF BTEC’s, please contact Admissions.
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.
35 points overall with 18 points at Higher level to include 5 in HL Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 6 in HL Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AA at Advanced Higher level, including Mathematics and AABBB at Higher Level.
Engineering Diploma: A (plus A-level Mathematics at grade A or above).
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds A Level offer: ABB including Mathematics and dependant on successful completion of the Access to Leeds Scheme.
For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £27,500 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
We may consider applications submitted after the deadline. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle.
Read our guidance about applying and writing your personal statement.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Admissions
Because of the nature of the industry, the demand for high calibre electronic and electrical engineering graduates is huge and far-reaching, with the potential to take you all over the world.
The electronic and electrical engineering programmes here at Leeds have also been industrially accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and University of Leeds students are among the top five most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research, meaning our graduates are highly sought after by some of the most reputable companies in the field.
Qualifying with a degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Leeds will set you up with the core foundations you need to pursue an exciting career across a wide range of industries, including:
- Electronics and technology
The breadth of knowledge and experience, along with the teamwork, design, problem-solving, communication and numerical and analytical skills taught on the course are widely transferable and desirable to a whole host of employers.
Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our graduates have obtained:
- EMC Design Engineer, Apple
- Electrical Power Engineer, E.ON
- Software Engineer, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada
- Senior Smart Grid Development Engineer, Northern Powergrid
- Systems Engineer, BAE Systems
- Research Engineer, Huawei Technology
- Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
- Principal Engineer, Network Rail
- Technologist, Rolls-Royce
- Senior Radio Optimisation Engineer, O2
- Senior Software Developer, Skype
- Senior IT Project Manager, Vodafone Ltd
- Validation Engineer, Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.
At Leeds we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.
You will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.
You will also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Study abroad and work placements
Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to explore the world, whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience that could enhance your future employability and career prospects too.
From Europe to Asia, the USA to Australasia, we have many University partners worldwide you can apply to, spanning across some of the most popular destinations for students.
Once you’ve successfully completed your year abroad, you will be awarded the ‘international’ variant in your degree title which demonstrates your added experience to future employers.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
The graduate recruitment market is highly competitive so it’s important that you stand out. An industrial placement could be the opportunity you need to impress potential employers and improve your chances of securing the career you want.
Benefits of a work placement year:
- 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas
- All placements are salaried
- Build industry contacts within your chosen field
- Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers
- Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice
- Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry
- Improve your employability
If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.
Here are some examples of placements our students have recently completed:
- Trainee Electronics Design Engineer, GKN Automotive Innovation Centre
- Industrial Placement Microwave Engineer, Leonardo MW Ltd.
- Analysis Engineer, Diodes Incorporated
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Student profile: Elizabeth Liu
The best thing about studying my course has been the sense of satisfaction that I get whenever I solve a problem.Find out more about Elizabeth Liu's time at Leeds