Why study this course
Studying electrical and electronic engineering puts you at the centre of a vibrant and fast-moving discipline of relevance to industries such as electronics, information technology, manufacturing, energy generation and supply, transport, and communications.
Choosing one of our MEng degrees offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the three-year BEng. Our MEng degree allows you to use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in electrical and electronic engineering. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.
This course includes the opportunity to take a year of industrial placement between your second and third years of academic study. With this option we will support you in finding a placement that will allow you to experience at first- hand, a professional working environment. If you are successful in securing a placement you will be paid a salary and will enhance your employability skills through direct experience of working in business, industry or the public sector.
You will also have the opportunity to spend one semester studying engineering through the medium of English in a partner university overseas. They include universities in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the USA, Australia, Canada and more.
The course 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.
Other electrical and electronic engineering courses include a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering if you choose a BEng course.
You will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our English-speaking partner institutions in Europe, or further afield in Australia, the United States, China and more.
Professional award consideration
Our formal partnership with the City and Guilds of London Institute enables you to achieve the Senior Award of Licentiateship after successfully completing your placement.
Gain valuable experience working in a paid role at an organisation in the UK or abroad for one academic year.
AAB-ABB. Must include grade A in Maths. You will need to pass the science practical element of the A-level if this is part of your programme of study.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
DD-DM in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade A in A-Level Maths.
34-32 overall or 666-665 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Maths.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Students from the UK
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Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
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Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Costs for sandwich years
During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.
Course specific equipment
No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and a variety of other learning resources.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2021 and this page will be updated by end of October 2021 to reflect the changes.
This is a five-year full-time degree with the third year spent working in industry, and one semester of year four spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20 and a few, including the year four and year five projects and the international module, are each worth up to 50 credits. You need to earn 120 credits a year.
There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Network Analysis||EN1064||10 credits|
|Professional Engineering||EN1079||10 credits|
|Analogue Communications Systems||EN1081||10 credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1||EN1082||10 credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2||EN1083||10 credits|
|Electromagnetics and Electronic Materials||EN1084||10 credits|
|Power Engineering and Electrical Materials||EN1085||10 credits|
|Engineering Mathematics 1||EN1093||20 credits|
|Engineering Computing||EN1094||10 credits|
Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Control Engineering||EN2058||10 credits|
|Fields, Waves and Transmission Lines||EN2076||10 credits|
|Microcontroller Applications and Embedded Design||EN2081||10 credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 3||EN2082||10 credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 4||EN2083||10 credits|
|Engineering Mathematics 2||EN2090||10 credits|
|Machine and Power Electronics||EN2708||10 credits|
|Power Systems Analysis||EN2709||10 credits|
|Group Design Project||EN2710||20 credits|
|Digital Communications Systems||EN2711||10 credits|
|Programming for Engineering||EN2750||10 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
Year three is spent working in industry. You are normally expected to be in employment for a minimum of 30 weeks to satisfy the minimum University requirement, although the Cardiff University School of Engineering expects the placement to last for the whole academic year.
During your placement you will be visited by your industrial training tutor or nominee at least once, but preferably twice, if you are based in the UK.
The autumn semester of year four is spent studying at a partner institution overseas for the equivalent of 50 credits. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.
Year four also includes a major project, totalling 40 credits. For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member. Some preparation takes place in the Autumn semester but the module is completed in the Spring semester.
Other core and optional modules build upon the foundations established in the earlier years.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Commercialising Innovation||EN3006||10 credits|
|Object Oriented Engineering Computing||EN3085||10 credits|
|Electrical Machines and Drives A||EN3702||10 credits|
|Grid Integration of Renewables||EN3709||10 credits|
|Advanced Analogue IC Design||EN3805||10 credits|
|Introduction to Magnetic Materials||EN3820||10 credits|
Year five includes two group projects which are linked to topical research. In total, these make up half of the overall assessment.
There is also a choice of optional modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Advanced Communication Systems||EN4059||10 credits|
|Advanced Robotics||EN4062||10 credits|
|RF Circuit Design and CAD||EN4063||10 credits|
|Automotive Design||EN4101||30 credits|
|Integrated Building Design||EN4102||30 credits|
|Renewable Energy Design||EN4103||30 credits|
|Mechatronics Design||EN4110||30 credits|
|Electric Vehicle Design||EN4111||30 credits|
|Advanced Power Electronics and Drives||EN4701||10 credits|
|Advanced Power Systems and High Voltage Technology||EN4702||10 credits|
|Alternative Energy Systems||EN4705||10 credits|
|Smartgrids and Active Network Devices||EN4708||10 credits|
|Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulation||EN4775||10 credits|
|High Frequency Electronic Materials||EN4806||10 credits|
|Power System Protection||EN4807||10 credits|
|Advanced CAD, Fabrication and Test||EN4809||10 credits|
|Magnetic Devices: Transducers, Sensors and Actuators||EN4821||10 credits|
|Artificial Intelligence||EN4902||10 credits|
|High Frequency Device Physics and Design||EN4910||10 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.
Learning and assessment
Teaching is through lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical laboratory and project-based work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years four and five. All students must complete a 40 credit individual project in year four, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.
The international module will be delivered through the medium of English, using the delivery methods of the overseas institutions, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.
How will I be supported?
You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.
For the 40 credit project in year four, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.
You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.
The opportunity to test your 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 you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.
What skills will I practise and develop?
This course is currently undergoing accreditation via the Engineering Council, as it is a new course. The core competencies required for UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course.
Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems encountered in the engineering profession.
You will also:
- Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
- Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a engineering context
In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Our electrical and electronic engineering graduates hold key positions in leading firms such as National Instruments, Babcock, BAE Systems, RWE npower, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Nokia, Bosch and the National Grid.
Being at the forefront of engineering research means Cardiff has excellent links with industry. These links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry schemes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices.