School of Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering: Undergraduate

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

All our degrees are accredited to meet the needs of industry.

Our Degrees

Get a broad-ranging knowledge of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Gain in-depth expertise in one of our specialist areas. Develop the skills to collaborate with engineers from other disciplines.

Electrical and electronic engineering is a fascinating field. It offers strong employment prospects and a wide variety of exciting career options.

We will nurture you from a student into a professional engineer. We'll empower you through practical project work and research-informed teaching. With projects designed in collaboration with leading companies, you'll develop the skills and knowledge demanded by industry.

Electrical Engineering focuses on the generation, distribution, storage and conversion of electrical power. It includes:

  • motor technology
  • power generation and distribution
  • renewable energy
  • electric vehicles
  • smart cities
  • automation
  • aerospace

Electronic Engineering focuses on the transmission and processing of data and includes:

  • digital technology
  • wireless communications
  • mobile devices
  • multimedia
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • medical instrumentation
  • implantable electronics

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees are professionally accredited. We've developed them through our close links with industry. From day one, you’re on the path to becoming a professional engineer, addressing major global challenges.

An Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree will equip you with broad ranging knowledge. You'll have the option of an additional year of Master's-level study to extend your knowledge in a number of specialisms.

Undergraduate Courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

With the exception of Electronics and Computer Engineering, all our degrees follow a common syllabus in the first two years of study. This provides you with the option to transfer between specialisms at the end of Stage 2.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

This is a broad degree. It covers everything from the operation of nanoelectronic devices to national-scale electricity networks, from radio frequency engineering to industrial automation and robotics.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

With Foundation Year

Don't have the entry requirements?

Develop the knowledge you need to progress to one of our three or four year degrees.

Automation and Control: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Automation and Control

The design and operation of systems that we use to monitor and control production processes. Their application in industry, transport, defence and other technologies.

Digital Electronics: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Digital Electronics

The design and implementation of digital systems at the heart of much modern technology. It includes digital systems design and mobile and cellular communication.

Electrical Power Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Electrical Power Engineering

The generation, transmission and distribution of electric power. This has wide ranging applications within the rail, aerospace and renewable energy industries.

Electronic Communications: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Electronic Communications

Drive the revolution of mobile communications and broadband media. Topics include machine vision and cross-cutting technologies in signals and communications, such as MIMO.

Electronics and Computer Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Electronics and Computer Engineering

Develop systems involving electronic hardware and software working together. Learn about the microcomputers embedded in many modern products. Gain expertise in real-time, Java and GUI programming.

Microelectronic Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Microelectronic Engineering

The design and manufacture of electronic devices made from silicon. Find out about integrated circuits and sensors, the development of devices using new materials, and nanoscale electronic devices.

Scholarships and Funding

A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students.



Why Choose Us?

Students are partners in our education model. You'll work alongside academics and industry partners who are leaders in their field. You'll learn how to design innovative and sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Be part of a long tradition of engineering excellence. Here in Newcastle is where great innovators such as Armstrong, Stephenson, Merz and Swan developed ideas that changed the world.

Our Global Community

Our diverse community includes students from over 100 nationalities. We unite people and cultures, providing you with a truly global student experience.

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations. Our policies ensure that all protected characteristics are made welcome in our School. We encourage women in engineering, and are nearing our goal of 25% of our female student cohort.

Integrated Engineering and Our Impact

Our integrated approach to teaching and research gives you the ability to collaborate across subject disciplines.

The School's research groups contribute to three research themes:

Teaching Excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.

Teaching Excellence Framework TEF Gold

Quality and Ranking

  • top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • top 10 in the UK for world-class research, with 90% of research classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • top 175 – Engineering and Technology category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Join the Transformational World of Engineering


Your Learning Experience

Here at Newcastle you are a Student Engineer, not an Engineering Student. Right from day one, you’re on course to becoming a professional engineer with a world of opportunities.


of our UK-domiciled graduates

have gone on to employment or further study within six months of graduating


Your learning will include both the theory and practical application of electrical and electronic engineering. This mixture of learning provides you with a real-world experience.

Supporting You

You'll flourish as a part of our inspiring, supportive and challenging environment.

You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors, and student buddies within our School.

The University also provide student support and wellbeing services, and our Students’ Union has a range of resources.

Engage with Industry

You'll engage with industry in a number of ways and attend guest lectures, and you’ll take part in industrial projects and placements. You'll have access to in-school support, as well as support from our award-winning Careers Service.

As an MEng student, you'll undertake an industrial project in Stage 4 of your degree. Our close connections with industry provide opportunities with many companies, both in the UK and abroad. You'll work on industrially relevant and commercially viable topics.

Optional work placement

Subject to availability, you can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement:

  • BEng: between Stages 2 and 3
  • MEng: between Stages 3 and 4

Accepting a work placement will extend the duration of your degree by a year.

Study Abroad

In your final year, you complete an individual design project and a substantial research project.

With the agreement of the Degree Programme Director, you can carry out a research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide. Locations include Australia and Singapore.

World-class Facilities and Living Laboratories

We have a wide range of Electrical and Electronic Engineering facilities for teaching and research.

We’ve recently invested over £250k in our state-of-the-art Electrical Power Teaching Lab. Here, you'll get real-world experience of electrical power, renewable energy and motor control systems.

Our Electronics Teaching Lab is home to cutting edge digital test equipment linked to individual PCs for real-time data capture.

We also have exceptional research facilities, including our CAD Lab, Electrical Power Research Lab, Neuro-prosthesis Lab, and Smart Grid.


Our Students

What do our students think of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees?



Our graduates are sought after by leading industry employers from across the globe.


Average starting salary

Typical range £25-£30k


Student Engineers

We see our students as ‘Student Engineers’, meaning right from day one, you will be on the pathway to becoming a professional engineer. 

A Chartered Engineer (CEng) is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.

  • Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are a direct route to becoming chartered. You don’t need to study any further qualifications to work toward chartered status.
  • Our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved Master's degree.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website

From Student to Graduate to Professional Chartered Engineer

Our degrees are accredited by:

Industrial Contact

Our professionally accredited degrees provide you with industry exposure in a number of ways:

  • placements
  • projects
  • industry prizes
  • competitions
  • guest lectures
  • site visits
  • careers support
  • careers fairs

We will support your engagement with industry through our:

  • Professional Bodies
  • Industrial Advisory Boards
  • Academic Leads
  • Industrial Liaison Managers
  • Careers Service Marketing Professionals
  • Business Development Managers
  • Alumni

Engineers without Borders

A degree from the School of Engineering will open up a world of opportunities in careers ranging from groundbreaking research and consultancy to business and management, in the UK and Europe.

Our past graduates also work internationally for global leaders, including Siemens, Dyson and many more.

Our Graduates

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates are employed by leading industry organisations from across the globe.

Siemens: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
BAE Systems: A top graduate destination
Rolls Royce: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
International Yacht Paint
Dyson: One of our industrial partners
ESA - European Space Agency
TPS - Turbo Power Systems

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

All our undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The Scheme sponsors students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.