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This course offers students a broad engineering experience designed to suit the current needs for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


Study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course provides students with the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering. The students will have a wealth of skills and knowledge in the discipline after the completion of the course. This will make them attractive to industry and in particular the power generation and control industries. The course is offered on the Magee campus and runs alongside the existing engineering provision.

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About this course

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This course aims to prepare graduates to contribute to the electronic and electrical power industry. It will be at the Magee campus. The course will develop theoretical and practical skills in electronics,power and renewable energy engineering which are widely sought after across the wider engineering sector.

Year 1 provides an understanding of fundamental electrical and electronic engineering principles. It equips students with additional mathematical skills, identifies the potential of computer-based information handling, analysis and graphics, and develops the skills necessary for effective communication. Topics covered include electical circuits, engineering mathematics, electrical systems, electrical technology, design and CAE and professional studies.
Year 2 builds on those skills developed in year 1. Students analytical skills are enhanced through their involvement in a wide range of engineering situations and roles. Modules offered are: control theory and applications, engineering analysis, electrical services, microprocessor design, power and communications.

Year 3 Industrial placement The third year is spent on Industrial Placement, an integral and compulsory part of the course. The student’s works as a trainee engineer in a relevant company and is paid an attractive salary.

Year 4 Students in their final year will study topics which include industrial automations and control, design, industrial applications and undertake a final year project.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


Attendance is full time and is normally spread over a week. There are 12 weeks of teaching each semester and in full time mode students cover 2 semesters per year. Between semesters students complete exams. Details of teaching times and dates are available on request.

Each student must complete 120 credits (usually 6 modules) in each academic year, with the exception of placement year (60 credits). Years 1, 2 and 4 are spent in the University. Modules are taught on campus and are web-supplemented. In Year 3, students undertake a years work experience.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Programming I

Year: 1

This module provides students of computing with an initial competence in the development of software through the medium of a modern programming language with facilities for both structured and object-oriented programming

Programming II

Year: 1

This module is a direct follow-on to Programming I. Students are introduced to more advanced features of both an algorithmic programming language and an object oriented language, and will be expected to acquire a higher level of competence in writing software.

Mathematics for Engineering

Year: 1

The module covers topics that are suitable for a first year BEng course. These include algebra, trigonometry, matrices, calculus, sequence and series.

Digital Electronics

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to basic digital electronics principles presented using a combination of lectures tutorials and practical laboratories and are assessed using both continuous assessment and formal written examination methods.

Analogue Electronics

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to analogue electronic principles presented using a combination of lectures tutorials and practical laboratories and is assessed by two class tests and a written examination.

Electrical and Electromagnetic Circuits

Year: 1

This module covers the fundamental electrical and electronic principles that learners in many branches of electrical and electronic engineering need to understand, categorised into six key areas: block diagrams of typical systems, circuit analysis, capacitance, electromagnetism, AC theory and three-phase systems.

Year two

Object oriented programming

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to object-oriented software development in C++. At completion of this subject students should have an understanding of object-oriented programming paradigm and appreciate the evolutionary nature of current object-oriented languages; understand the issues involved in implementing a system in an object-oriented language and realise how object-oriented languages impact on program performance, reliability and maintenance; and have mastered a programming paradigm and language relevant to current commercial standards

Professional Issues

Year: 2

The module prepares students for professional work including the responsibilities and obligations of employees, employers and clients as determined in codes of professional conducts. Students will have the opportunity to practise the presentation of themselves in, for example, application forms, curriculum vitae, interview and aptitude tests. In addition the module addresses issues such as intellectual property rights and defamation, data protection, computer misuse and other ethical issues related to working as a professional in the software sector.

Engineering Analysis

Year: 2

This module provides a strong basis in important analytical techniques from algebra and calculus and statistics, which are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.

Digital Systems Design

Year: 2

This module introduces digital building blocks and the principles of modern digital systems design. The module also discusses performance issues related to the realisation of digital systems. Both elements of the module are presented through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and are assessed using both continuous assessment and formal written examination methods.

Electronics Systems Design

Year: 2

This module introduces the principles of design of analogue and digital building blocks which can be integrated to form electronic systems of moderate complexity. The module also discusses issues related to the interfacing of analogue and digital signals. Both elements of the module are presented through lectures, tutorials and practicals and are assessed using both continuous assessment and formal written examination methods.

Electrical Engineering Services

Year: 2

The module addresses important aspects of electrical power generation and electrical machines and services. It also considers the control and conversion of electrical energy using power electronics devices and its storage using battery-based systems.Within electrical services: the operation and application of transformers, AC and DC motors including selection, electromagnetic fields, circuits and electronics are all covered.

Electrical and Energy Engineering

Year: 2

Building on the fundamentals covered in ENE123 (EEE186 Magee), the aim is to develop design skills in the technologies and energy engineering involved with electricity generation, its supply, distribution and end use of electricity, both in a domestic and industrial context.

Year three

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of computing whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Placement - Magee Engineering

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.

Year four

Research Studies and Project Management

Year: 4

This module is designed to equip students with the appropriate research and project management skills needed to complete a project within the Computing domain. Firstly, the module provides an underpinning foundation of research concepts, methods and techniques necessary for project development and delivery. Secondly, the different stages of the research process are demonstrated. Thirdly, the students employ skills developed during the module to create a set of project deliverables such as project plan and proposal, critically reviewed literature papers, literature review and project presentation. Embedded in all these activities is the reinforcement of the need for adhering to recognised ethical standards and taking a professional approach to carrying out research.

Final Year Project

Year: 4

Students are required to undertake an individual project during the final year of the course. Its purpose is to provide an experience of developing a software/hardware/engineering solution to a realistic problem. This work combines skills and knowledge acquired previously on the course with those acquired during the project. In particular, students will have an opportunity to (i) strengthen their competence in project management, in taking an initial concept through to a successful implementation; and (ii) enhance their communication skills, in producing a dissertation and defending the work.

Programmable logic systems

Year: 4

This module is designed to reinforce and further develop a student's digital design and implementation skills. It is presented via lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals and is assessed using both continuous assessment and formal written examination methods.

Mixed Signal Design

Year: 4

The module introduces students to design issues related to analogue, digital and mixed circuit systems. Utilising lecture and tutorials the building blocks common to mixed signal systems methodology are covered. The module aims to develop an understanding of the practical issues surrounding mixed signal design and implementation

Electrical & Electronic Machines

Year: 4

The module covers the theoretical and practical aspects of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines combined with the required new power semiconductors.

Electrical Energy & Smart Grids

Year: 4

The module covers theoretical and practical aspects of power systems with a large proportion of decentralised energy production.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The GCE A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points to include grades BB with a minimum GCE A level Grade B in one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, or Engineering.

For other science related subjects consideration may be given please contact the Faculty Office 028 9036 6305 or email

See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.


The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a Engineering related subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include at least 9 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Merit in a unit of Applied or Further Mathematics and in a unit of Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including B1B2B2B3B3 (typical grade profile) including Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology or Engineering, Technology and Design.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB (to include Mathematics and a science subject).

International Baccalaureate

Minimum 26 points (13 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and another higher level subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall 70% and 70% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.


GCSE Mathematics Grade A or above (or equivalent) if presenting only one or a combination of Design and Technology or Engineering as the specified sbuject/s for this course.

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent) if presenting another of the specified subjects for the course with or instead of Design and Technology or Engineering or Engineering.

GCSE Grade C (or above) in English Language (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Formal lectures are supplemented by tutorials and laboratory investigations, as appropriate. Practical hands on laboratory sessions are an integral part of many modules throughout all years of the course. Case studies, groupwork and mini-projects are also extensively used. In the final year there is a major individual project.

Generally, a combination of continuous assessment and examination is employed in each module. Continuous assessment includes class tests, library and laboratory based assignments, and individual and group project work. Some modules across all years of the course are continuously assessed.

Exemptions and transferability

Transfer between this course and other similar courses within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering may be possible on the basis of academic performance.

Exemption from parts of the course may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL).

The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Job prospects in a wide range of engineering industries are excellent with the majority of graduates finding employment within six months of graduation. Graduates with BEng Hons, first class or upper second class award all satisfy the requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3, the student will undertake a period of paid placement in an industrial or academic setting. Placement is compulsory and seen as an integral part providing the student the opportunity to develop into a junior engineer.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

This course is suitable for a number of student support awards. Please contact the course director for further information.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305


Course Director: Dr JP Quinn

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5461