In a world where sustainable energy, smart home technology, the Internet of Things and even self-driving cars are a reality, studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers students immeasurable potential opportunities. The advances in Electrical and Electronic Engineering are so great that every part of 21st Century life is improved by them.
As a result, Electrical and Electronic Engineering is one of the broadest and impactful exciting engineering disciplines on offer at Queen’s University. The degree programme covers a wide spectrum of topics, from micro-electronic chip design and manufacturing to power generation and distribution. Rapid advances in fields such as telecommunications, computer firmware, hardware and networking, medical electronics, security, control and robotics and renewable energy systems are also reflected in the course structure.
Globally there is a critical shortage of experienced and talented engineers. This means that Electronics and Electrical Engineering graduates have excellent career prospects across a broad range of sectors.
At Queen’s, we work closely with future employers to enhance these career prospects and placement experiences are embedded in the course. This allows students to engage with and learn from real-world challenges from day one. This combination of academic theory and application forms a core part of the curriculum and vastly improves our graduate employability rates.
Electronics and Electrical Engineering ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings by subject 2019)
These degrees are fully accredited by the relevant professional body (the Institution of Engineering and Technology).
Students may undertake a year’s paid placement in industry and there are currently lots of companies to choose from. Examples of companies where our students have spent their placements include BT, Sensata Technologies, Andor Technology, NIE Networks, BAE Systems, Atkins, Microsoft and Seagate. Students may also gain summer work experience through the IAESTE international exchange programme. Canada, Croatia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia are just some of the countries where our students have been to through this Scheme.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s is ranked in the Top 5 in the UK for research, with 93 per cent of research rated as either 'World-leading' or 'Internationally Excellent' (REF 2014). Students, therefore, benefit from research-led education and the opportunity to undertake final year projects related to cutting edge technologies.
Queen's is one of only nine UK universities involved in the prestigious IET 'Power Academy' scholarship scheme, which each year provides scholarships from the fourteen industrial partners to students on the BEng and MEng degrees. The industrial partners involved in the Power Academy Scheme – examples include NIE Networks, Rolls Royce, National Grid, Network Rail, London Underground, Mitsubishi Electric and BAE Systems. Other companies, such as Sensata, Civica and Caterpillar, also sponsor students on these courses.
This is an enhanced, three-year Honours degree. All BEng students are normally required to complete at least 12 weeks of approved industrial training before graduating. The BEng is also offered to incorporate a year in industry. This professional experience year is usually taken after Stage 2. Transfer from BEng to MEng is possible at the end of Stage 2, subject to satisfactory performance.
The programme contains the following themes which may change due to technology and industry needs.
Stages 2 and 3
A choice of modules is offered, including:
Circuits and Control
Control Systems Engineering
Digital Systems Architecture and Design
Electrical Power and Energy
Electrical Power Engineering
High-Frequency System Techniques
Individual Project (BEng)
Mathematics and Algorithms
Networks and Communications Protocols
Signals and Communications Systems
Signal Processing and Communications
There is a shortage of electrical and electronic engineers, not only locally in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, but worldwide, so employment prospects are excellent. The employment rate for graduates of this degree from Queen's (2013) was 100% (percentage employed in a graduate-level job within 6 months of graduating).
Studying for an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.
Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Asiduaand NIE who provide sponsorship for our students as well as Cambridge Silicon Radio and FG Wilsons/Caterpillar who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's, you can have the opportunity to gain a wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
Learning and Teaching
The School has a world-class reputation for research and provides excellent facilities, including access to major new research centres in Secure Information Technologies, Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and Sonic Arts. A number of modules on the course are closely linked to the research expertise of these centres and evolve and change rapidly to reflect some of the current, emerging and exciting developments in the field.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On the degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Additional InformationElectrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s has an excellent reputation, ranking in the top 10 in the UK in the Times League Table 2012 and top 100 in the world (QS World Rankings). Queen’s is one of only seven UK universities involved in the prestigious Power Academy scholarship scheme. Each year this provides 60 generous scholarships worth over £30k each to well-qualified students on the BEng and MEng degree pathways across the seven-member universities. There are a number of other scholarships on offer for students on this degree at Queen’s, including the Electric Ireland, Asidua, NIE and Schrader Electronics scholarships – visit the School website for further details www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs.Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses at Queen’s are fully accredited by the relevant professional society. Students interested in travel may spend a placement abroad or gain summer work experience through the IAESTE international exchange programme.The School has an outstanding record of achievement in research. There are a number of well-funded and very strong research groups engaged in leading-edge technology. Final year projects are heavily influenced by the research activities of staff.
E-Learning technologiesInformation associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example, interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project-based work etc.
LecturesIntroduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
Personal TutorUndergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
PracticalsWhere you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. You will be expected to attend these in most modules.
Self-directed studyThis is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out
Seminars/tutorialsSignificant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
Supervised projectsIn the final year, you will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that you have chosen. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you in terms of how to carry out your research and will provide feedback to you on at least 2 occasions during the write-up stage.
Work placementsStudents taking Electrical and Electronic Engineering have the option of undertaking a work-placement after Stage 2. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity.
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
Placement employer comments or references.
Online or emailed comment.
General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
A level requirements
ABB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Electronics, Further Mathematics or Double Award Life & Health Sciences
Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate Diploma
33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level, including Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry
Successful completion of Access Course with 80% in each module.
Must be a relevant Access Course including two modules in Mathematics (Level 3) and two modules in Physics (Level 3).
BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade, with Distinctions required in four specified units (40 credits), including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 780 GLH at Distinction grade (including all externally assessed units) and 300 GLH at Merit grade, with Distinctions required in four specified units, including Engineering Principles and Further Engineering Mathematics
Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma must be relevant
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree provided any subject requirement is also met
Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C/4 in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4
Option to transfer
Transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
Northern Ireland (NI)
England, Scotland or Wales (GB)
Other (non-UK) EU
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Sandwich costs
Students may wish to become a student member of BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT - at an annual cost of £20, or £30 for four years (subject to change).
Students undertake a placement in year 3 and are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year.
How do I fund my study?
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students.