Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng)

Studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering means that you will be at the centre of a vibrant and fast moving engineering discipline.

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This research-led degree will provide a fast-track towards attaining Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

Strong links with our industrial partners means that we can provide opportunities for work placements and possible sponsorships during your period of study. These not only provide relevant and up-to-date experience, but lead to opportunities for establishing a relationship with industrial organisations that can lead to employment following graduation.

The degree programme is reviewed annually with input from our industrial partners to ensure that the modules taught are at the cutting edge and reflect the current state of the industry.By opting for the MEng qualification, you can use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Civil Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer.

The Electric & Electronic Engineering course is also available with the following options, click on the links below to find out more:

Key facts

UCAS CodeH601
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
AccreditationsInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Engineering Council
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications
Typical A level offerAAB A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent)
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

QAA, Engineering Benchmark Statement, February 2015

Engineering Council, Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes: UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (3rd Edition), January 2014

Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Richard Perks, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

Our aim is to provide students with industry and research led teaching with career development at the core of all our courses. Major investment into our teaching laboratories enables students to gain hands on experience of the latest hardware and software. A breadth of topics is provided in the early years, followed by a more in depth approach into your chosen area of interest.

Cardiff University is one of the few universities in the UK which are members of both the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) and the Power Academy.

These organisations have been established to address skills shortages in this area of engineering. They provide assistance with the cost of study through scholarships and professional development opportunities for students.

The MEng Programme

The MEng programme is an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree which leads to a higher qualification than the traditional BEng programme, and requires an additional year of study. The programme shares the first two years with the BEng programme, while you can use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status than the BEng programme and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer. By choosing the MEng you will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques required to manage and organise a multi-disciplinary engineering design project.

There is a great deal of choice available to you at the Cardiff School of Engineering as it is one of a few Schools to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in Engineering. We place a great emphasis on flexibility, and appreciate that you may be unsure of your future and which path to choose. If you are unable to decide which degree programme is the right one for you, you can change your course at a later date.

Course Structure

Teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters.

“Small groups of students meet regularly with personal tutors in first year, which is a good academic and social support system. I wouldn't choose any other course, and I love Cardiff!”

Nadeem Goussouss, Electrical and Electronic Engineering student

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Power EngineeringEN106510 credits
Electronic Engineering 2EN105710 credits
LaboratoryEN107220 credits
Electromagnetics 1 & Electrical Mats.EN106710 credits
Network AnalysisEN106410 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN109020 credits
Electronic Engineering 1 and MaterialsEN107110 credits
Computing 1EN104210 credits
Communication Skills in English and Professional StudiesEN107310 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering Analysis 4EN207210 credits
Digital Communications and Network AnalysisEN206910 credits
Laboratory and DesignEN207310 credits
Power Engineering 3EN270510 credits
Electronic Engineering 4EN205710 credits
EM Fields and Transmission LinesEN206610 credits
Control EngineeringEN205810 credits
Engineering Analysis 3EN207010 credits
Electronic Engineering 3EN205110 credits
Computing 2EN200810 credits
Power Engineering 2EN270410 credits
Introduction To Economics, Law, Accounting and Management ScienceEN200910 credits

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
Power Systems AEN370110 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Business ManagementEN300410 credits

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
Group ProjectEN410030 credits
Management in IndustryEN400410 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

The Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School with a reputation for providing education of the highest quality. The School is renowned for its up-to-date teaching and research facilities and its strong links with industry. The School's graduate students are in great demand from industry and the public sector across the UK, and internationally.

No matter which degree programme you choose, you will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by the practical aspects of engineering which are taught through laboratory and project-based work. Our teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Each semester consists of eleven teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period. Staff are always happy to clarify any material or answer any of your questions and help with specific aspects of a module can be directly obtained from your lecturers.

Your progress in each module is usually assessed mid-way through each semester (through a one hour test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using a variety of different methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Your first year of academic life will expose you to a broad range of new and exciting experiences. To help you through this transitional period in your life, upon starting your studies at Cardiff, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner as and when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Our graduates occupy key positions in leading firms where engineering skills are required, such as, National Instruments, Babcock, BAe Sytems, RWE npower, , Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Nokia, Bosch, and National Grid  If you are seeking to formally enhance your degree, choosing the Year in Industry programme at Cardiff is a good option as we have an official partnership with the City and Guilds of London Institute which will enable you to achieve the Senior Award of Licentiateship after successfully completing your placement. This is a professional qualification which rewards work related competence and expertise and is widely recognised by employers. If you hold the award you are entitled to use the letters LCGI after your name.

Being at the forefront of engineering research means that Cardiff has excellent links with industry and the policy of the school is scrutinised by a panel of top industrialists on a regular basis. In addition, numerous links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry programmes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices. You can be confident therefore that Cardiff's School of Engineering has an ethos which is entirely focused on providing you with the knowledge, experience and connections to succeed in your chosen career.


4 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

The School admits c350 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Applications received

Typical applications received



QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

QAA, Engineering Benchmark Statement, February 2015

Engineering Council, Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes: UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (3rd Edition), January 2014

Overview and aims of this course/programme

The aims of the Programme are to:

  • produce engineering graduates, educated in the application of a broad spectrum of fundamental science and engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the electrical and electronic (E&E) engineering profession, and to produce graduates who are equipped to be key professional players in the wider industry, the professions, and public service;
  • produce graduates who are numerate, literate, analytical, articulate, practical, adaptive, creative, confident and inquisitive;
  • continue to attract motivated and highly qualified students, irrespective of background; and
  • promote the advancement of scholarship to meet the strategic needs of the local region and the wider nation.

More specifically, it aims to:

  • provide students with sound knowledge and skills, confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in the E&E engineering context, ability to exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and take responsibility for the direction of important tasks;
  • provide opportunities for students to be creative and innovative in problem-solving while maintaining a proper balance of risk management ;
  • produce graduates that are proficient in oral and visual communication with other professionals and lay people ;
  • produce graduates adept at working in, and leading, teams of interdisciplinary professionals ;
  • produce graduates with sound understanding of problem-solving in a business context to achieve an economic solution ;
  • encourage students to progressively take ownership of the direction of their learning so that they may develop as independent life-long learners; and
  • form a prevailing ethos of professional, social and ethical responsibility within the learning environment and in the students;
  • widen regional participation in Higher Education;
  • provide opportunities for structured training in an extended industrial placements to gain experience and increase appreciation of application of engineering principles in a commercial setting.



What should I know about year five?

Students should attend lectures whenever possible, and are expected to attend all timetabled laboratory sessions, as notified. While a 10-credit module represents 100 hours of study in total, typically this will involve 2–3 hours of contact time with teaching staff per week. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, example sheets, revision and assessment. Therefore all students are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently. Students must keep their personal tutor and the Teaching Office informed of any circumstances or illnesses that might affect their capacity to attend teaching or undertake assessment.

Students are also expected to abide by the “Student Charter”, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/current/student-charter/

How is this course/programme structured?

This programme is offered in full time mode for 4 years. A choice of modules is available during study Years 3 and 4. The award of the degree is conditional on successful progression in all years. Details of the programme structures and requirements, courses and awards are available in the Student Handbook and on the Cardiff School of Engineering webpages. Teaching is organised into modules (of usual value 10 or 20 credits), which you will take to the value of 120 credits, with 60 credits in each of the two semesters.  A 10 credit module represents 100 hours of programmed study, and typically involves 24-36 hours of contact time with teaching staff, depending on the type of module.

What should I know about year four?

What the student should provide:
No specific equipment required.

What the University will provide:
Cardiff University will make available resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment), and any required learning resources (both electronic and in hard copies).

What should I know about year three?

Skills developed are detailed in individual Module Descriptions.

What should I know about the preliminary year?

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. Students will attend lectures, participate in examples classes, and carry out extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are compulsory, but options are available in Years 3 and 4. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in Year 3, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. All students must also complete two 30 credit group projects in Year 4.There are many opportunities for interactions with potential employers. The medium of instruction in all components of the programme is English.


What should I know about year one?


Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of class tests and coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of all assessment throughout the programme, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is largely project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories. The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities. The final degree classification will depend upon performance in Years 2, 3 and 4 of the programme.


Students are provided feedback in different ways in different modules but principally, feedback is given via returned of marked coursework, and also verbally in classes like design and project work.

Other information

Students will be allocated a personal tutor to assist them with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will see students weekly in the Autumn semester of Year 1, and as required thereafter. For the 30-credit project in Year 3, students will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism, whom they should expect to meet with regularly. In addition to the broad range of support services provided centrally by Cardiff University, students with specific needs will be supported as required.


Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment, will be used extensively to communicate with students, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

The School also maintains a Personal Development Plan programme through all years of the degree, to give students an opportunity to reflect on their learning, and to assist students with preparation for their professional career. The School and the University provide many forms of support for future career development and opportunities.

Distinctive features

The Programme Learning outcomes are those as provided by the Engineering Council’s “Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes: UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence” which are reproduced below and also by the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Details of specific learning outcomes for modules on this course can be viewed in Learning Central.

Science and Mathematics

· Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies.

· Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline and to enable them to apply a range of mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently and critically in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

· Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively.

  • Awareness of developing technologies related to own specialisation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computational models relevant to the engineering discipline, and an appreciation of their limitations.
  • Understanding of concepts from a range of areas including some outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively in engineering projects.

Engineering analysis

· Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to critically analyse key engineering processes.

· Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.

  • Ability to apply quantitative and computational methods, using alternative approaches and understanding their limitations, in order to solve engineering problems and to implement appropriate action.

· Understanding of, and the ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving complex engineering problems.

  • Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to extract and evaluate pertinent data and to apply engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar problems.


· Understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics.

· Investigate and define the problem, identifying any constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; intellectual property; codes of practice and standards.

· Work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies.

· Apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal.

· Plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes.

· Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Demonstrate wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs.

Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context

· Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering, and a knowledge of professional codes of conduct and how ethical dilemmas can arise.

· Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes.

· Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project and change management that may be used to achieve engineering objectives, their limitations and how they may be applied appropriately.

· Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate.

· awareness of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health & safety, contracts, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues, and an awareness that these may differ internationally.

· Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk, risk assessment and risk management techniques and an ability to evaluate commercial risk.

  • Understanding of the key drivers for business success, including innovation, calculated commercial risks and customer satisfaction.

Engineering practice

· Understanding of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations and management, application and development of technology, etc.).

· Knowledge of characteristics of particular equipment, processes, or products, with extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components.

· Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills.

· Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources.

· Knowledge of relevant legal and contractual issues.

· Ability to use appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.

· Understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards.

· Awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement.

· Ability to work with technical uncertainty.

  • A thorough understanding of current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments.
  • Ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints.

· Understanding of different roles within an engineering team, and the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader.

General skills

· Apply skills in problem solving, communication, working with others, information retrieval and the effective use of general IT facilities.

· Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

· Plan, carry out, monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis.

· Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader.

How will I be taught?

The distinctive features of the programme include:

  • The opportunity for students to learn in a research-led teaching institution serviced by staff in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Staff in E&E formed Cardiff’s General Engineering REF unit, with 97% of the research being deemed “internally excellent or internationally leading”, and top in the UK for Research Impact in terms of our research’s reach and significance. This is the research environment in which students on this programme undertake project work.
  • The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery, many of whom are Chartered Engineers with experience of working in industry.
  • The variety of advanced level modules on offer.
  • The emphasis on progression towards independent learning in preparation for lifelong learning.
  • The emphasis on acquisition of practical skills through industrially based final year group projects.
  • Full accreditation for Membership of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).
  • External scholarships available from the UK Power Academy and UK Electronic Skills Foundation UKESF (Cardiff is a member of both schemes)
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff, with student representatives as full members on some School committees.
  • Comprehensive and anonymous student evaluation of all aspects of the programme (both on academic modules and on other aspects of the School).

Admissions tutors

Dr Richard Perks, Admissions Tutor

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