Graduates of this degree programme go on to a wide range of careers: you may be responsible for planning the electricity distribution network, or you may be designing the electronics of the next ‘must have’ item.
However, you are also not limited to a career in engineering, with many employers actively seeking engineers for their mixture of numerical ability and practical problem solving skills. One day per week is timetabled for practical work in our well-equipped modern laboratories during the first two years. In the final year you will choose from a wide range of projects that is either linked to research work or has some industrial relevance.
Programme in detail
Lecture modules also reflect the broad based nature of this degree. In the first year, subjects covered range from digital electronics and electronics circuits through to electromagnetism and electromechanics. A similar range of modules are covered in the second year. In the final year you will be able to choose a specialisation from electrical engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; electronic engineering; electronic and communication engineering. Electrical engineering is not simply about producing and transmitting electrical energy, it is also about how it is used. In both its transmission and usage there are significant and increasing challenges facing electrical engineers; many of these are related to sustainability and the environment. Over the last decade there has been an increase in the generation of electrical energy from greener sources (eg wind, wave, solar etc) and more efficient consumer products with increased electronics and software.
Electrical and electronic engineering is the broadest of the four specialisations and will allow you to choose lecture modules from an extensive list of options including subjects as diverse as power generation and transmission, antennas and digital systems design with verilog. The electronics specialisation will prepare you for the world of modern electronics. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics is particularly strong in electronics with research groups in solid state silicon electronics, molecular electronics and bionano electronics. The Department also has excellent links with the electronics industry; for example ARM Ltd, who design the microprocessors that go into 90% of all mobile phones, have supported the Department through donations (from the Founding CEO of ARM plc, Sir Robin Saxby, an electronics graduate from the University of Liverpool), summer work placements, ideas for project work and, most significantly, employment for many recent graduates.
It is an exciting time for the electronic and communications industry. New and innovative products are coming out every day. The rapid growth of the wireless market is fuelled by technological innovation. The current wireless communication systems include 3G mobile phones, Bluetooth, wireless local area network (WLAN), and Wi-Fi. More exciting wireless systems and technologies (such as WiMAX and 4G) are emerging all the time. This programme is designed for those students with an interest in communications engineering and associated electronics. It covers a wide range of topics in electronic and communications engineering. You will not only learn how a communication system works, but also understand what electronic components are required for such a system.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
79 Year One undergraduates in 2013
86.8% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2011/12)
National Student Survey
95% of our students were satisfied overall with their course in the National Student Survey 2013 (4th highest in the sector)
Why this subject?
Equip yourself to take advantage of excellent career prospects
We work closely with industry leaders to develop all of our programmes. Building on the core principles of electrical/electronic engineering, you will develop advanced skills in hardware and/or software design and implementation, gaining experience with industry standard tools, technologies and working methods.
Be prepared for the global workplace
We offer outstanding opportunities for our students to experience different systems, technologies and cultures through Study Abroad placements.
Gain real hands-on experience
You will learn through the practical application of concepts and theory, always with awareness of their relevance to the real world. Working with leading tech companies, you will take projects from conception, through to design, implementation and operation and there are many opportunities to put your learning into practice through an optional year in industry.
Apply for generous scholarships
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) offers generous scholarships worth up to £1,000 per year. More details can be found at www.theiet.org/awards.
Thrive within our friendly environment
Our supportive and friendly environment is reflected in our high overall student satisfaction rate (National Student Survey). Your personal development and employability skills are reinforced in the supportive small group environment of our fortnightly tutorial sessions.
Be part of an institution which is leading the way in new technologies
From our Sensor City joint project with Liverpool John Moores University, to the new Centre for Plasma Microbiology, to our pioneering work on cyber security and organic electronics, the work of the department is leading the way in providing technological solutions to modern problems.