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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Our research

The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its research, and is one of the very best departments in the UK.

Founded in 1898, the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has over one hundred years of research history, leading to outstanding impact from our research - including pioneering work on switched-reluctance drives, microwave network analysers, filters and semiconductor devices, ultrasonic aids for the blind and partially sighted, and most recently, the Terahertz quantum cascade laser, bio-sensors and energy-efficient communications networks.

The School’s research activity is led by two institutes:

Institute of Microwaves and Photonics which includes: millimetre and microwave engineering; terahertz electronics and photonics; semiconductor nanotechnology and molecular beam epitaxy; bio-nanoelectronics; and, quantum electronics.

Institute of Integrated Information Systems which includes: communications engineering; instrumentation and positioning; signal processing for communications; ultrasonics and instrumentation; and control and drives.

As an example of our work, our engineers designed, built and installed the cellular data-networking technology used for gathering information at the Pierre-Auger Observatory in Argentina; the world's largest cosmic ray laboratory.

The School has consistently achieved the very best ratings in the UK government research assessments and our strategy is to focus our research activity on those areas where we are recognised as internationally excellent and world-leading.

These high ratings enable the School to attract the best academic staff and researchers, and to invest in state-of-the-art facilities that include a molecular beam epitaxy facility, an electron-beam lithography facility, high frequency and THz measurement laboratories, communications network test beds and an ultrasound laboratory fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for ultrasound development and testing of biomedical applications.

The School has consistently achieved the very best ratings in the UK government research assessments.

Bioelectronics lab

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Unit of assessment: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Top 5 in the UK in a combined unit of assessment
  • 3.41 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research having either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Research degrees

CDT students

We are actively seeking research students to work on key projects.

New investment

Worm Robot

Our EPSRC national facility for Innovative Robotic Systems is set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.



We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research.

Research brochure


Download a copy of our research brochure.