Why study this course
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.
External scholarships available
Students are eligible to apply for external scholarships from the UK Power Academy and UK Electronic Skills Foundation UKESF (Cardiff University is a member of both schemes).
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.
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 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.
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.
Note that if Chartered status is important to you, one of our MEng courses may offer a quicker, more direct route than the BEng course.
Other electrical and electronic engineering courses available may include:
- A fast-track towards attaining Chartered Engineer status if you choose an MEng course.
- The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry is also available if you choose the relevant five-year MEng degree option.
- The opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option.
We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:
ABB-BBB. Must include grade B 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.
This grade range reflects our typical standard and contextual offers. We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. Eligible students applying for this course will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
32-31 overall or 665 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 5 in HL Maths.
From 2023, the Welsh Baccalaureate will be renamed the Baccalaureate Wales Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate. This qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other qualifications from inside the UK
DD-DM in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade B in A-Level Maths.
Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.
Additional entry requirements
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
|Year three (sandwich year)||£1,800||None|
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2022/23 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
|Year three (sandwich year)||£4,690||None|
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 any required 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 2022 and this page will be updated by end of October 2022 to reflect the changes.
This is a four-year full-time degree with the third year spent working in industry. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20, and the individual project is worth 40 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 2022/2023 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
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 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.
Year four includes a major project, totalling 40 credits. For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member.
Core modules include Project Management but there is also a choice of optional modules, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Commercialising Innovation||EN3006||10 credits|
|Power Electronics||EN3058||10 credits|
|HF and RF Engineering||EN3082||10 credits|
|Object Oriented Engineering Computing||EN3085||10 credits|
|Power Systems A||EN3701||10 credits|
|Electrical Machines and Drives A||EN3702||10 credits|
|Renewable Energy Technologies||EN3708||10 credits|
|Grid Integration of Renewables||EN3709||10 credits|
|Advanced Analogue IC Design||EN3805||10 credits|
|Analogue and Digital Communication Systems||EN3818||20 credits|
|Introduction to Magnetic Materials||EN3820||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 year four. 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.
How will I be supported?
On starting your studies at Cardiff, 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.
During your placement year 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 tutor will interview you, check your logbook/diary and discuss progress with you, the company training officer and/or the manager with direct responsibility for your training. A summary report will be filed.
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.
How will I be assessed?
Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages through each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.
Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is mainly project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.
The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout Year 1, 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.
What skills will I practise and develop?
This course is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning the core competencies of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years
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 an engineering context.
Careers and placements
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.
Year three is spent working in industry.
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19, published by HESA in June 2021.