BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

From electric vehicles to Raspberry Pi®, ultrasound machines to manufacturing robots, and washing machines to wind farms; every single day, electrical and electronics engineering enhances our lives enormously. Our IET-accredited Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree aims to educate the engineers who will lead the next phase of the digital revolution.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

H350

Start date:

18/01/2021, 20/09/2021

Course Details

Advances in electrical and electronics engineering underpin the digital revolution that started in the 1950s and continues to the present day. The University of Bolton’s BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engineering is designed to prepare you for a career in this world-changing industry. We want to help you gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to understand, use, enhance and design electrical- and electronics-based technology.

We offer ‘real world’ engineering knowledge and skills developed through a combination of theory and practical applications taught in a vibrant and supportive environment. This includes our range of highly specialised modules covering areas such as electromagnetism, embedded systems, digital signal processing, power electronics and renewable energy systems. Your professional development and training is encouraged through hands-on projects, live briefs, industrial visits and work placement opportunities.

You can learn about cutting-edge and emerging technologies, such as Smart Grids that are transforming global electricity delivery systems. We also place significant emphasis on the application of electronics in the form of embedded systems. These are electronic systems that can be embedded in other products that are not necessarily electronic, such as cars, medical devices and industrial systems. In this way we aim to prepare you for careers in growth areas of the industry.

Highlights
  • This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
  • You’ll have the opportunity to join the IET as an affiliate member.
  • Our dedicated and experienced academics are experts in fields such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), antennas, power systems, electrical machines, power electronics and digital electronic systems.
  • You’ll be encouraged to benefit from guest lectures and workshops from experts in the field, plus industrial summer work placements that provide practical experience and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Further study is possible on graduation with the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) & Engineering Management, which meets the educational requirements set by IET and the Engineering Council for full accreditation as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Key Features
  • We are a university with a distinguished history in engineering.
  • This course offers a significant amount of hands-on project work and a high-level of laboratory-based teaching.
  • Our dedicated and supportive staff have a range of experience in the electrical and electronics engineering sector.
  • We strive to offer you opportunities to work on hands-on industrial projects and real-world challenges, either individually or as part of a group.
  • Our extensive teaching laboratories are equipped with industry-standard equipment. Our networked computer suites have Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software, and our laboratories include electronics, power systems, renewable energies, and 3D printing equipment.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

After graduation, you’ll be able to achieve the educational requirements for full accreditation meeting the IET and the Engineering Council’s requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by further completing the University of Bolton’s MSc in Systems Engineering (Electronic) & Engineering Management.


  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a mathematics or physical science subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics/Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics, Science and English.
  • You may be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Electrical and electronic engineers design, build and maintain electrical control systems, electrical systems for renewable energies, electric vehicles, and industrial machinery and equipment. The rapid expansion of the technology sector over the last few decades has created a demand for those who can create, understand and alter electrical control systems.

In addition to technical knowledge, this degree offers you the opportunity to develop a range of key employability skills that are highly transferrable to a wide range of areas beyond engineering, such as IT, finance and management. These skills include the ability to use specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems, the ability to produce and interpret technical solutions, the ability to explain design ideas, effective communication (spoken and written), good team working skills, project and time management, and strong decision-making skills.

As a graduate of this BEng degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to define your own pathway to a rewarding career in electronics engineering, and be qualified to pursue exciting opportunities in research and development if you wish.

What can I do with this qualification?

Electrical and electronic engineers are employed in industries such as electronics, IT, manufacturing, power, transport, and construction and building services. Opportunities are also found in telecommunications, research and development, and petrochemicals. With experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy work. You could also move into senior roles in operation management or at technical director level.

Typical employers include local authorities, the armed forces, manufacturers in all industries, power and water companies, renewable energy firms, and building services contractors. Global opportunities also exist for those willing to travel.

Another possible course of action for graduates is to pursue further study in a specialist field or in research. Courses include an MSc or PhD in areas such as internet engineering, nanotechnology, wireless and optical communications, and telecommunications.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Roles may include:

  • Management consultancy
  • Multimedia programming
  • Technical writing
  • Technical sales engineering
  • Logistics
  • Patent law and intellectual property
  • Procurement, purchasing and buying
  • Supply chain management
  • Teaching, academia and lecturing
  • Research and development

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

For 2021/2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021/2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

January and other start dates

Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you achieve your potential. Formal timetabled classes, including lectures, guest lectures, tutorials and tutor-led in-class exercises, along with case studies, laboratories, investigations and assignments, in groups and individually, are designed to help you acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. Our personal tutor system underpins all our teaching activities and provides one-on-one support, peer support and individual care and attention.

Other teaching methods, such as coursework, projects and practical activities, provide opportunities to develop creativity and innovation skills. These are designed to meet the professional body accreditation requirements, as well as help you apply, assimilate and integrate your understanding of the course material. Personal study time is required, along with online learning in the form of maintaining an electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP).

Guest lectures and taking part in competitive design and make exercises will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and practical skills.

The taught modules are assessed individually and we award you credits when you successfully complete each module. In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these don’t count towards your final module mark. During seminars, you’ll be provided with a series of structured tasks to complete that will test your understanding of the topics covered and problem solving skills. You’ll also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Engineering Environment
  • Introductory Engineering Mathematics
  • Introductory Electrical Principles
  • Introductory Digital Electronics
  • Introductory Analogue Electronics
  • Introductory Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Intermediate Digital Electronics & Communications
  • Intermediate Electrical Principles & Enabling Power Electronics
  • Intermediate Embedded Systems
  • Analogue Signal Processing & Communications
  • BEng (Hons) Design and Individual Project
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Electrical Machines & Power Electronic Drives
  • Engineering Electromagnetism
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Power Systems & Smart Grids
  • Renewable Energies
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 60%, Written exams 40%
Level twoCoursework 40%, Written exams 60%
Level threeCoursework 20%, Written exams 80%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level threeGuided independent study 72%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 28%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Felicia Li Chin Ong
Programme Leader

F.Ong@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903397

Akram Bati
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader

A.Bati@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903525

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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