Become an electronic communications specialist who can help drive the revolution of mobile communications and broadband media.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
This degree focuses on the transmission of information by wired and wireless means, including via mobile phones, broadcasting and the internet.
The development of smartphones and e-commerce are just some of the factors fuelling demand for graduates in this area.
In Stages 1 and 2 you study a common syllabus, developing your expertise in electrical machines and electronic communications systems.
In Stage 3 you study specialist topics, such as:
- digital control systems and image processing
- machine vision
You also undertake a large individual design project – for example, developing a brain-to-machine interface – to showcase your skills to future employers.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
We have a policy of seeking professional accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This means you can be assured of graduating with a degree that meets the standards set by the electrical and engineering profession.
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). This is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.
Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming chartered as they completely satisfy the academic requirements to achieve this professional qualification. You do not undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master’s degree, or appropriate further learning to Master’s level. A BEng is also suitable for international students who don’t need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website.
Quality and RankingQuality and Ranking
Electrical Engineering at Newcastle achieved an impressive 93% overall student satisfaction, ranking us in the top 10 in the UK in the National Student Survey 2016.
We are in the top 10 for world-leading research in the UK with 90% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
What you will studyWhat you will study
We cover core topics to enable you to understand the operation of simple electrical machines and electronic communications systems, such as:
- current flow in semiconductor devices
- analogue circuits
- linear control theory
We complement this with teaching in how to analyse, design and construct electrical and electronic circuits to meet specific criteria.
We help you to develop your computing skills and engineering mathematics knowledge, with topics covering:
- extended C and assembly language programming techniques
- the design and testing of microprocessor systems
- the application of differential equations and linear algebra to describe complex engineering systems
You also take part in a series of group projects to develop your skills in soldering, wiring, circuit board construction and project planning such as a simple digital voltmeter, a power amplifier, a radio transmitter and receiver, and a mini-racing car that can find its own way round a track.
Flexible degree structureFlexible degree structure
We understand that you may not yet know which area of electrical and electronic engineering you want to specialise in.
We have designed our degrees so that all of our students study a common syllabus for the first two years. This gives you the chance to see where your interests lie.
It also means that you may transfer between any of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees up to the end of the second year should your ideas change as your skills and knowledge develop.
Transfer from a BEng degree to a MEng degree is subject to you achieving the appropriate academic standard.
Boost your employability with a work placementBoost your employability with a work placement
Apply to spend a 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability, however it isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad.
Find out more about Work Placements.
Sponsorship / DTUSSponsorship / DTUS
Our students are so sought after that many leading companies offer sponsorship and scholarships to our students (on a competitive basis) via the E3 Academy and UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF).
We are one of only three university members of the E3 Academy, which provides scholarships and work experience placements to students of electrical engineering.
We are also a partner university in the UKESF, which also provides bursaries, work placements and mentoring.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
This degree is also approved by DTUS for entry to all technical corps.
DTUS is a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
Find out more on the DTUS programme.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is located in Merz Court in the heart of our city-centre campus.
Continued investment in our undergraduate teaching laboratories means that you can learn in excellent facilities – described as the best in Europe by leading industrial visitors.
We have dedicated computing facilities with industrially relevant software and hardware. These are refreshed every two years so you are always working with the most up-to-date equipment available.
You will have access to the UK’s largest state-of-the-art electrical power laboratories for developing the electrical technologies of the future, such as high-performance and high-efficiency electric vehicles and solar-powered aircraft.
You will also benefit from machines laboratory and class 100 clean rooms for the fabrication of semiconductor devices.
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You'll have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
There's a student-led society, ShockSoc, which organises regular social events.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Our degrees are informed by the research discoveries of our expert researchers - we have four leading research groups. You learn from leading experts in the field and study at the cutting-edge of the discipline.
You will work on real-world engineering projects set by companies with which we have strong links, applying your skills to real challenges faced by potential employers. Contact hours are made up of lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. Up to 10 hours will consist of practical sessions in our laboratories where you will take part in experiments and project work.
Assessment is by in-course assessment such as laboratory reports and tutorial exercises, or by examinations.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
Industry linksIndustry links
One of our key strengths is our reputation in the industry and the opportunities that this creates for students who study with us.
We have sponsorship arrangements with leading industrial companies including Dyson, Sevcon and Tridonic, offering financial support and summer placements.
We are one of only three UK universities to be members of the E3 Academy. This offers three- or four-year sponsorship opportunities for our undergraduate students as well as giving you access to industrially relevant training and employment in leading UK companies.
We also pay for your student membership of the regional branch of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which runs social events and provides more opportunities for contact with practising engineers in the region.
Compare this course
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Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
- EEE1001 Fields, Materials and Devices
- EEE1002 Electronics I
- EEE1003 Circuit Theory
- EEE1005 Signals and Communications I
- EEE1008 C Programming
- EEE1009 Communication Skills and Innovation
- ENG1001 Engineering Mathematics I
Work Placement (optional)
Work Placement (optional)
You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.
- EEE3004 Digital Signal Processing
- EEE3005 Analogue Systems
- EEE3006 RF Engineering
- EEE3015 Telecommunication Networks
- ENG2001 Accounting, Finance and Law for Engineers
You will choose one of the following modules:
- EEE3095 Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng)
- EEE3096 Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng)
- EEE3097 Individual Project and Dissertation (BEng)
You choose three modules from the following list:
- EEE3001 Linear Controller Design and State Space Analysis
- EEE3003 Introduction to the Basics of Modern Power Electronics*
- EEE3007 Design and Test of Digital Systems
- EEE3008 Industrial Automation and Robotics
- EEE3009 Real Time and Embedded Systems
- EEE3011 Electric Drives*
- EEE3012 Integrated Circuit Design*
- EEE3013 Image Processing and Machine Vision
- EEE3014 Power System Operation*
- EEE3016 Photonics
- EEE3018 Digital Control Systems
- EEE3021 Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grids
*Only available if you commenced your studies in 2014/15.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
Advice on Maths and Science requirementsAdvice on Maths and Science requirements
If you don’t think you will have the exact Mathematics and Science qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do. We hope that the following will help.
- If you already have, or are taking, the A level (or equivalent) Maths and Science qualifications specified in our entry requirements, you should apply for stage 1 (First Year) entry of the engineering degree course in which you are interested
- If you have a Maths qualification but will not have it at A level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year. We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in First Year if we think that this will be the best route for you
- If you have A level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that our engineering courses are not the best options for you
- If you will not have the equivalent of an A level in the Science subject (if any) required, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year.
If you are still not sure, do not worry.
Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may therefore make you an offer for a different course (e.g. Foundation Year entry instead of First Year entry) from the one you apply for.
(*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the Engineering School to which you have applied. A fee of £150 is payable at the time of booking the exam or shortly before the date set for examination.)
A LevelsA Levels
AAB including Mathematics and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Electronics and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. If Physics not offered at A or AS level, a minimum of grade B Physics or Dual Award Science GCSE is required.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics and at least one of Physics or Chemistry. Higher Physics required at Grade B if not offered at Advanced Higher. Two Highers at the required grade (in different subjects to those offered at Advanced Higher) may replace a third Advanced Higher.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
35 points with Mathematics at Higher Level grade 5 or above and at least one of Physics or Chemistry at Higher Level grade 5 or above. Physics required at Standard Level grade 5 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
Candidates will normally only be considered for foundation year entry. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
In a relevant area of engineering or physical science. At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit or higher. At least 15 level 3 credits must be in mathematics (including differential and integral calculus), and 30 credits should be in engineering and science subjects. Some applicants may also be required to pass a Newcastle University Mathematics and Statistics pre-entry course.
GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Overall D*DD in an engineering or science discipline, to include Distinctions in Mathematics and analytical science units. All other candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3, D3, M2 in Principal Subjects including Mathematics and at least one of Physics or Chemistry. GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics is not offered at a higher level.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Mathematics and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Electronics and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. If Physics not offered at A or AS level, a minimum of grade B Physics or Dual Award Science GCSE is required.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Overall DDM in an engineering or science discipline, to include a minimum of Merit in Mathematics and analytical science units. All other candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
Foundation YearFoundation Year
If you don’t have the right mathematics and/or science qualifications for direct entry, you can take an Electrical and Electronic Engineering foundation year:
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year BEng Honours (H604)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year MEng Honours (H606)
This will provide you with the knowledge you need to progress to one of our three- or four-year Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Electronic Communications careers
In addition to the technical and practical expertise that you will gain from studying electrical, electronic and computer engineering, you will discover that our degrees are designed to provide you with opportunities to learn and develop transferable skills, such as analytical and problem-solving, project-working both as part of a team and on your own, communicating with others, planning and time management, and of course computer literacy, all of which are vital for the employment market.
Electrical and electronic engineers are in demand with employers within the UK and overseas. Within electrical engineering the main employment areas include electrical supply and distribution, power systems, transport and electrical machinery.
Opportunities within electronics exist in electronic circuit design, instrumentation and control for safety on industrial plants, e.g. manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, mobile technology, automotive and aviation electronics and medical systems. Some graduates enter a related field as IT professionals. Popular areas outside of engineering include commercial, industrial and public sector management.
Graduate engineering posts will usually give you the opportunity to work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status.
Electrical and electronic engineers are expected to make a quick and useful contribution at work, so it may not be enough to rely on your technical expertise. Relevant vacation work experience and industry placements will greatly increase your level of employability.
Find out more about the career options for Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18 (subject to government fee regulations and parliamentary approval. If the new regulations are not introduced, the fee will be £9,000).
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£17,935 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle University Scholarships in addition to government financial support.
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Find out more about the scholarships available in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Also, you may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
On the UCAS website you can also find out more about: