The field of electronic and electrical engineering is exceptionally dynamic and technological change is rapid. As a student in the UK’s No. 1 ranked School for Electronic Engineering research, you will be taught by academics who have extensive first-hand knowledge of the subject area, many of whom are international experts in their own field.
Our groundbreaking research is an important feature of our courses and feeds directly into teaching. You will be taught by academics at the forefront of their subject in an environment where knowledge is created. Through our research and the funding it attracts, we are able to invest in world-class facilities and staff who will enthuse and inspire you. You will have access to specialist facilities and laboratories that are equipped with the latest technology.
Members of staff maintain close links with industry to ensure that our courses are up-to-date and in-line with employer needs. Our connections with industry also mean that you will benefit from industrial input into design projects at a variety of levels, from defining projects through to more direct involvement in discussions and consultancy and arranging plant visits.
All new students are given a welcome pack to support their academic studies and project work. This study support package includes tools, development kits, student versions of a range of industry-standard commercial software, electronic components and access to hundreds of e-books.
You will benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Practical laboratory classes and project work allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying topics from your lectures and tutorials to real-life engineering situations. You will also have access to specialist facilities and laboratories which are equipped with the latest technology.
All our degrees are accredited which is the first, essential step to becoming a Chartered Engineer after graduation.
You will be assessed via a number of different methods.
We have an excellent student support team, located close to where you work and study, who will help you with anything, from academic advice and guidance, online module enrolment and registration, timetabling, results and progression requirements to coursework or project submission enquiries.
Our personal tutorial system will provide additional academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
The web-based student portal will enable you to access the University’s student services and information and the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) allows you access to your personal timetables, academic and social groups, and much more.
A Project in every year of study
Our current students regularly say that project work is one of the most satisfying and challenging aspects of their course. Projects involve “learning through doing”, and consequently are a very effective way of learning in depth, and understanding how different aspects of electronics work together. Projects also provide excellent opportunities to develop key transferable skills such as problem solving, communication skills and teamwork, which are all vital to help you succeed in your chosen career.
In your first year you will be involved in working in a team to design, build and test an autonomous robot or radio-controlled vehicle to steer around a track. The project ends in a competition to see which team has the fastest, longest running or most fun design.
Your second year includes two projects: the Embedded Systems Project, which involves designing and building a microcontroller-based electronic system; and the Mobile Applications Project, in which you develop your own iPhone app. A typical embedded systems project might be to design a microcontroller-based music synthesiser, a hand held game, or a microprocessor controlled robotic arm.
A significant proportion of your third year is devoted entirely to project work.
Third year MEng students carry out a group design project, whilst students who choose to graduate after three years with a BEng carry out an individual project.
A Spherical Persistence of Vision Display - third year group project
View more video's of third year projects.
In your fourth year (MEng), you will carry out a substantial research-type project. These projects are normally based in one of the School’s research groups. Available topics will typically include: embedded systems, power electronics, electronic control systems, communications systems, signal processing, microwave electronics, semiconductor electronics, optoelectronics, quantum electronics and nanotechnology.
Examples of some recent projects include:
• Autonomous search-and-rescue robot
• 4G mobile system simulation
• Aviation flight tracking receiver
• Quadrocopter surveillance drone
• Smart-phone-controlled vivarium for exotic animals • Digital image processing • Power electronics for renewable energy systems • Wearable health monitoring (wireless enabled 'e-health') • Underground radio propagation
"Electronic Engineering gives
you a good overall foundation
and offers you a variety of
career options when you
graduate. Electronic Engineering
gives undergraduates the
ability to be innovative and
creative in revolutionary
areas of Technology."
Daniel - Electronic Engineering
"I chose the course because
it suits who I am and what
I’m about. I have played the
piano most of my life and
I work quite closely with audio
engineering on a weekly basis.
I have a great passion for
music and this course was
everything I needed."
Chris - Music, Multimedia and Electronics
"My final year project was to design a receiver board for an ultrasound research platform for the Ultrasound Research Group at Leeds. It involved researching what the system needed to have, designing the circuit boards on a computer, and sending them off to be manufactured. It was a lot of hard work but exciting to be trusted with such a large (and expensive!) project. The system is now being used to investigate several new ideas, such as the potential to use ultrasound for drug delivery, for example in treatments for cancer."
Paul - MEng Electronic Engineering
"By doing the Masters year of my degree, I feel that I have gained a number of different things. Firstly, I have gained an easier entrance into a job than most other Bachelor degree entries would allow. Also, the experience of working as part of a team on a project work will be extremely important throughout my future career."
Philip - MEng Mechatronics and Robotics