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Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems MEng, BEng (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    As global demand for energy grows, governments and companies are increasingly seeking to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. This course allows you to study electronic engineering alongside specialist topics in the field of renewable energy systems to meet these challenges head-on.

    You’ll gain a foundation in the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin electronic engineering and core topics like circuit theory and communications systems. Then you’ll build your knowledge of areas such as power systems, smart grid systems, power electronics for renewable systems control and energy conversion.

    You’ll gain extensive hands-on learning in power electronics, electric drives, and solar/wind power test benches in our renewable energy study centre. Practical laboratory classes and project work in each year of the course will also allow you to apply your knowledge to real life work situations, developing your knowledge and skills for a variety of exciting careers.

    You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree on this course.

    Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng.

    Specialist facilities

    You’ll have access to world-class facilities, including the ARM Embedded Systems Laboratory and the Keysight Technologies Wireless Communications Laboratory, which features professional-standard equipment including arbitrary function generators and 100MHz 4-channel oscilloscopes.

    For your final-year project, you could also have access to facilities such as our bionanoelectronics research laboratory, terahertz imaging laboratory, or ABB robotic arm laboratory.

  • Course content

    All of our core electronic and electrical degree courses have a common first two years. This lays the foundations of your studies and gives you a thorough understanding of key topics, but it also means you can easily change between these courses until the end of Year 2. You’ll learn about the physical principles that affect the function of electronic components and electrical systems, as well as circuit theory, analysis and design. You’ll also study communications systems and networks, power electronics and modules designed to improve your mathematical skills for engineering.

    This foundation will prepare you for specialised modules in Year 3, focusing on topics such as smart grid systems, electric drives and embedded systems. You’ll also choose to study digital communications or integrated circuit design, and learn more about the professional and industrial context of renewable energy systems and the engineering sector.

    If you choose to continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you’ll study the ways renewable energy sources can be used to generate power, and select from optional modules on topics such as control systems design, or power electronics. You’ll also complete a dissertation to build your awareness of aparticular aspect of the industry, and apply your knowledge to a substantial research project.


    Every year of the 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.

    Find out more about our Projects

    Engineering ethics

    You’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.

    Course structure

    These are 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 credits
    • Circuit Theory 10 credits
    • Communications Networks and Signals 10 credits
    • Communications Systems 10 credits
    • Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers 20 credits
    • Further Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
    • Physical Electronics 1 10 credits
    • Physical Electronics 2 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics 20 credits
    • Engineering Mathematics 10 credits
    • Algorithms and Numerical Mathematics 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Electronic Circuit Design 10 credits
    • High Frequency Electronics 10 credits
    • Transistors and Optoelectronic Devices 20 credits
    • Communications Theory 20 credits
    • Power Electronics 10 credits
    • Control Systems 10 credits
    • Embedded Systems Project 20 credits
    • Mobile Applications Project 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Professional Studies 10 credits
    • Integrated Circuit Design 10 credits
    • Digital Communications 10 credits
    • Electric Drive Systems 10 credits
    • Electric Power Systems 10 credits
    • Embedded Systems 20 credits
    • Group Design Project 50 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Industry Dissertation 15 credits
    • Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources 15 credits
    • MEng Individual Project 45 credits

    Optional modules

    • Grid-Connected Microgeneration Systems 15 credits
    • Micro-grid Laboratory 15 credits
    • Power Electronics and Drives 15 credits
    • Control Systems Design 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems MEng, BEng in the course catalogue

    For more information on typical modules, read Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems BEng in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industrial visits allow 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 and key practical skills that will put you in a good position to compete in science and technology-related careers. Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

    Our personal tutorial system will provide academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.

    In addition, our excellent student support team is based close to where you’ll work and study to help with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries.


    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.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

    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 - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ 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 or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits with Distinction (including Mathematics) and the remaining 15 credits with Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      D*DD with Distinctions in all Mathematics units plus an interview and diagnostic Maths test. Mathematics units must usually include Further Maths and/or other appropriate Maths units. Some may be optional on your BTEC but are required by the Faculty. Please contact us for further information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in Mathematics.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AABBB overall with AA in 2 Advanced Highers to include Mathematics.

    • Other Qualifications

      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 School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re 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.

    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 BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    Foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    - University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

    - Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

    - Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    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.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU 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.

    Next steps

    Suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, for which we strongly encourage attendance, as this gives you the opportunity to meet our students, academic and admissions staff, and find out more about your course. You’ll take part in a hands-on electronic demonstration, a question and answer session and a School tour. The tour of the School’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities and recent project work.

    An interview with an academic will normally form part of this process. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    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.

    Additional cost information

    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

    Financial support

    The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.

    Find out more about our Scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    Careers in this area are as diverse as renewable energy systems, power generation, electrical machines (such as the switched reluctance motor pioneered here in Leeds), industrial control systems (e.g. for automotive assembly), power electronics and electric drive systems (e.g. for hybrid petrolelectric vehicles).

    The course is particularly suited to careers in power electronics and renewable energy systems. The employment prospects for graduates are excellent, as all countries around the world seek to make systems more energy efficient and to re-engineer a “smart grid” that integrates renewable energy sources. You could also pursue a career in the automotive industry, as electric vehicles are the subject of intense research and development activity.

    Because this course maintains a strong element of traditional electronic engineering, you could pursue a career in a wide variety of industry sectors such as communications.

    Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working

    Careers support

    You’ll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

    You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

    Find out more about careers support and employability

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    If you choose to take the MEng course, you can apply to spend your third year studying at a university overseas. We’ll advise you on finding a university of your choice, which will need to offer similar modules to the ones you would study in Leeds, and the Programme Leader will approve appropriate matches.

    Find out more about Study abroad

    Work placements

    With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.

    Find out more about work placements

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