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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems MEng, BEng

MEng, BEng Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems Engineering

Overview

This course is particularly suited to those interested in pursuing a career in power electronics and renewable energy systems. It will provide you with the opportunity to study electronic engineering whilst being able to explore specialist areas such as power systems, smart grid systems, power electronics for renewable systems control and energy conversion. You will gain extensive hands-on learning in power electronics, electric drives, and solar/wind power test benches in our renewable energy study centre.

Practical laboratory classes and project work allows you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations.

The project in every year of study (including an iPhone application) means that you are also assessed through project exhibitions, project reports, oral presentations and project vivas. Project examples include:

• Power converter for the Smart Grid and renewable energy systems
• Wind power system using a double-fed induction generator (DFIG)
• Multilevel and matrix converters for renewable energy systems
• Neural network for automatic tracking of PV solar power plant
• Modelling & control of a bidirectional converter for a standalone photovoltaic power plant.

If you choose to study the MEng you will undertake a group design project in your third year.

The first two years of our five core electronic and electrical degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules and in years three and four you will undertake specialist modules according to your chosen degree course. You may change between these degrees until the end of the second year, giving you flexibility and the opportunity to sample different topics before you make your choice.

UCAS code: H631 (MEng, BEng) or H636 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course Fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £17,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships (2014 entry): Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

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The School is ranked number 1 in the UK for research in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

Modules

The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University's programme catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download our 2015 brochure to give you a flavour of what you will study. Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Careers in this area are as diverse as renewable energy systems, power generation, electrical machines (such as the switched reluctance motor pioneered here in Leeds), industrial control systems (e.g. for automotive assembly), power electronics and electric drive systems (e.g. for hybrid petrolelectric vehicles).

The course is particularly suited to careers in power electronics and renewable energy systems. The employment prospects for graduates are excellent as all countries around the world seek to make systems more energy efficient and to re-engineer a “smart grid” that integrates renewable energy sources.

There are also extensive careers in the automotive industry as electric vehicles are the subject of intense research and development activity. The programme maintains a strong element of traditional electronic engineering, so graduates can also pursue careers in a wide variety of industry sectors such as communications.

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every opportunity to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

2015 entry

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: AAA including Mathematics, excluding General Studies.

Engineering Diploma: Grade A (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics). Other diploma qualifications considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*DD, including a D in Further Mathematics.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to learn more about your course, meet our academic staff and students, take part in group activities, including hands-on electronics demonstrations, and tour our undergraduate teaching facilities and the campus. You will also have an interview with one of our academics, which will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: ugelec@leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 2012