School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Do you want to take up the challenge of integrating smarter devices into more efficient systems, that do more and use less energy? On this broad-based, practical course, you may be looking at new style domestic appliances for 'smart' houses one week, and remote actuation of renewable energy plants the next. The continued worldwide growth in all aspects of electrical and electronic technologies means our graduates pursue a wide range of engineering and other professional careers.

You’ll develop highly practical skills and learn through doing. You will draw on our strong industry links and benefit from industry participation in course development, delivery and project sponsorship. You’ll immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and meet the educational requirements for becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).

Key features

  • Ranked 14th overall in the country for electrical engineering (Guardian league tables 2020).
  • Develop your skills with variety of modules including analogue and digital electronics, microprocessors, electrical power systems and programming in the context of eco-focused embedded systems. We have a strong emphasis on both hardware design and software development.
  • Draw on our strong industry links and benefit from industry participation in course development, delivery and project sponsorship.
  • Develop highly practical skills and learn through doing. 
  • Immerse yourself in a degree accredited by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) and meet the educational requirements for becoming a chartered engineer (CEng). 
  • Benefit from free IET membership while you are on the course.
  • Take advantage of our flexible course, allowing you to switch between electronics and robotics until your final year, as your interests develop. 
  • Advance with a course where our students are consistently recognised by industry as being both capable and well prepared for their careers. Our graduates regularly obtain placements and jobs at companies such as Allen & Heath, BAE Systems, Babcock Marine, GE Aviation, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce.
  • Take part in our final year student project open day showcasing the excellence of the engineering skills development and the high levels of achievement of our undergraduates, with many industrially sponsored prizes awarded.
  • Immerse yourself in hands-on laboratory sessions and a final year project module.
  • Make use of our well-equipped undergraduate laboratory space, one of the largest undergraduate laboratories in the country.
  • There is a possibility of transfer to BEng after the first year and MEng after the second year, subject to you demonstrating satisfactory progress.
  • Progress towards becoming a Chartered Engineer with appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Receive electronic tools for studying.
  • To complement your formal learning we offer regular PALS sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year you will study the basic electrical and electronic principles and methods for system integration. Learn by doing in well-equipped laboratories and develop system diagnostic skills using state-of-the-art instrumentation. The use of industrial standard software for circuit simulation will consolidate your hardware and software skills.
    Core modules
    • BPIE112 Stage 1 Electrical/Robotics Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who may be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their programme. It is designed to assist students in their search for a placement and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • ELEC138 Electrical Principles

      The module introduces: passive and reactive devices, D.C. and A.C. circuit principles, elementary electric and magnetic field theory. It also introduces and develops methods for the solution of problems in electrical engineering.

    • ELEC139 Analogue Electronics

      This module provides an overview of analogue circuit characterisation, analysis and design, linking theory to practice. It will examine how common analogue systems are constructed from elementary components.

    • ELEC140 Digital Electronics

      This is a foundation module in digital electronics and computer control, which introduces digital devices and provides a background in the principles, design and applications of combinational and sequential logic circuits.

    • ELEC143 Embedded Software in Context

      This module develops skills in elementary programming through the use of high-level programming languages and the use of the flowcharts to develop algorithms. The module has a strong practical bias where students are required to solve various problems by programming existing microcontroller hardware.

    • MATH188 Engineering Mathematics

      This module begins with a review of basic mathematical techniques and then moves on to cover important functions, complex numbers, calculus and the use of matrices. Many examples used in the module are drawn from Engineering applications.

    Optional modules
    • ELEC145 Electronic Design and Build

      This module will introduce the students to practical skills needed to design and build an electronic system. A number of hands-on tutorials on specific topics will provide the necessary knowledge. Most of the module will be organized around practical design-and-build exercises combining analogue, digital and software.

    • ROCO104 Robot Design and Build

      This module will introduce the students to practical skills needed to design and build a small robot. A number of hands-on tutorials on specific topics will provide the necessary knowledge. Most of the module will be organized around practical design-and-build exercises framed in the context of a robot competition.

  • Year 2
  • In the second year you'll develop a greater understanding of sub-system integration and the interface components required. You'll integrate your software and hardware knowledge to customise a microprocessor controlled application and use industrial standard software platforms for system control and monitoring. There is an emphasis on team work and you'll have the opportunity to do both group and an individual presentation of your projects to develop your communication skills.
    Core modules
    • BPIE212 Stage 2 Electrical/Robotics Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who may be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their programme. It is designed build on the Level 1 module (BPIE111) and to assist students in their search for a placement and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • ELEC237 Power Electronics and Generation

      This module introduces power electronics devices and motors. Students will build switching power systems and also build and interface motor drive systems and generators.

    • ELEC238 Communication Systems

      This module extends the student's knowledge of electrical engineering systems in order to develop an awareness of electrical engineering principles and apply them to electronic and communication engineering.

    • ELEC240 Embedded Systems

      This module introduces the architecture of an embedded system and the engineering process to design, implement, program and validate them. Students will interface analogue and digital peripherals to microcontroller and FPGA devices, develop programming techniques to solve various real-time problems and perform testing.

    • ELEC241 Real Time Systems

      The module enables students to build robust and scalable solutions to real-world problems using both Microcontroller and FPGA technologies. This will include both hardware and firmware development skills.

    • ROCO222 Introduction to Sensors and Actuators

      A systems level study of the principles and design requirements of modern electronic motor systems. Operating performances of various electrical machines are characterised in four quadrants and the requirements of the corresponding power electronic converter topologies are examined. Control strategies are investigated in terms of drive system performance.

    • ROCO225 Introduction to Control

      Module starts with modelling of electrical and mechanical systems using differential equations. Transfer functions, PID control design and state space models are then introduced. This leads to the design of state feedback controllers, observers and optimal controllers. Practical work involves Matlab simulations and culminates in the control of real physical systems using microcontrollers.

  • Optional placement year
  • Enhance your studies with relevant experience and an excellent opportunity to seek final year sponsorship through industrial placement opportunities in the UK, France, Germany and Japan. Many of our graduates are offered permanent jobs with their placement company. Your optional work placement experience gives opportunities to put theory into practice.
    Core modules
    • BPIE332 Electrical Industrial Placement

      A 48-week period of professional training spent as the third year of a sandwich programme undertaking an approved placement with a suitable company. This provides an opportunity for the student to gain relevant industrial experience to consolidate the first two stages of study and to prepare for the final stage and employment after graduation.

  • Final year
  • You'll consolidate your knowledge in your final year, and explore and evaluate the latest developments in electrical and electronic systems. Your individual project will showcase all your abilities for potential employers and you'll demonstrate your communication skills in the oral and written presentation of your project. Your final year will refine the independent learning skills vital for your continuing professional development in your chosen career path.
    Core modules
    • ELEC344 Design and Control of Renewable Energy Technology

      The focus of this module is on the generation of energy using solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. The effect of the environment, the PV material characteristics and the technology to achieve maximum power point tracking (MPPT) are described.

    • ELEC346 High Speed Communications

      A circuit and system design module covering analogue and high frequency techniques and their place in modern communications systems.

    • ELEC348 Signal Analysis and Processing

      This module provides an introduction to the concepts and applications of digital signal processing and factors that affect the choice of components for a DSP system in practice. Use will be made of DSP packages and tools (e.g. MATLAB and Mathcad) to demonstrate the concepts and simulate DSP systems. Application areas will include communications, audio, IT, healthcare and power systems.

    • ELEC350 Advanced Embedded Programming

      The module aims to develop programming skills in embedded programming, by making use of advanced features of high-level programming languages and by deepening the knowledge of modern programming techniques in embedded systems. The module has a strong practical bias where students are required to solve various problems by programming existing microcontroller hardware.

    • PROJ325 Individual Project

      The project presents the student with a design, experimental or investigative problem which relates the theoretical studies to a practical application. The project objectives will be based on problems originating from industry, commerce and current research programs. Students will also create a business plan in conjunction with their projects.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Electrical nd Electronic Engineering programme specification 3806

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96

A level
96 points including Grade D as AS/A Level Maths or Use of Maths, and Grade D at second relevant subject: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design technology, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths, Maths, Use of Maths, Pure Mathematics, Physics, Statistics. Excluding General Studies. If you are not studying A/AS Maths, but have a B/5 in GCSE Maths please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

BTEC
18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: MMM in engineering/science/technology BTEC. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All Access courses
33 credits at merit and/or distinction and to include at least 12 Level 3 credits in a relevant subject with merit, and a pass in all mathematics units. Including GCSE English and Mathematics grade C /4 or above or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate
26 overall to include 4 at higher level mathematics and a 4 at higher level in a second relevant subject.

Some double awards and other qualifications accepted; please enquire for further details.

English language requirements

Students may also apply for the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,400 £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

IET Awards and Scholarships

All our electronics and robotics courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); any student embarking on our courses are eligible to apply for a number of IET engineering scholarships. Amounts can vary between £1,000 and £3,000 per annum, and closing dates for applications are usually at the end of June. For more information on the different scholarships available, details on how to apply and confirmed closing dates for applications, please visit IET Awards and Scholarships.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Additional fieldwork and equipment costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Welcome to electronics at Plymouth

Dr Phil Culverhouse, Dr Nicholas Outram and some of our current students discuss what it’s like to study here and show you some of our facilities.

Watch and discover more about studying electronics at the University of Plymouth.

Facilities

We have one of the best-equipped undergraduate laboratory suites in the UK, and all courses are highly practical, with an emphasis on design and build.

Dedicated robotics and communications laboratories, where students focus on industrial and intelligent robotic systems and high frequency electronics.

Find out more about the facilities

Women in electronics and robotics

Within the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics there has been a historic and consistent commitment to promote and encourage women in to electronics and robotics.

We are striving to eliminate the gender imbalance that exists nationally in the engineering sector.

Find out more about some of our women in electronic and robotic engineering

Left to right: Rithika Venkatesan, Chiara Rivetti, Jane Sheard, Katherine Page-Bailey

Work placements

A ‘placement year’ is an excellent way to gain a competitive edge. It will set you up for when the graduate schemes launch and help you make better career decisions.

Josh Sullivan gained important skills and career-defining experiences working for Rolls Royce as an electronics engineer.

Read more about Josh's journey, and how you can launch your own career

Meet some of your lecturers

Final year project

Our final year student project open day showcases the excellence of engineering skills development and the high levels of achievement of our undergraduates.

Many of our prizes are sponsored by industry partners.

Learn more about our final year projects

The Tamar Engineering Project

Funding and mentoring for high achievers who might not otherwise consider higher education as a route to a career in computing and engineering.

Learn if you are eligible for this scholarship at the University of Plymouth through the Tamar Engineering Project.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • £3,000 towards living costs per year of study
  • £1,500 course fee waiver per year of study
  • one-to-one mentoring from an industry expert.

Research

Your degree is strongly informed by our research in electronics and robotics. You will be taught by internationally recognised researchers, many of whom also have strong industrial links through our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).

We have conducted research with organisations ranging from the Bank of England to Honda and Aldebaran Robotics.

Find out more about our research

*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.