The electronic and electrical engineering (EEE) industry makes a significant contribution to the economy, and the world we live in today is profoundly dependent upon the contributions of electronic and electrical engineers. Creating, designing and managing EEE systems is vital in our society, from the generation of heat, light and power, to the ease and speed of communication that we have come to expect. Electronics lies at the heart of gadgets and systems we use daily, from domestic home appliances to controlling vital manufacturing processes.

The courses in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering are designed to give you a broad knowledge of electronic systems, control, automation, power systems and renewable energy, electric motors and drives, power electronics and communications. We aim to prepare you for your future career in EEE and you'll be taught by lecturers with wide experience in teaching, research and industry.

Themes in the courses of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE):

Control and Automation

The study of this theme will provide you with a detailed understanding of advanced control engineering and the essential role that it plays in a broad range of industries. It provides the foundations necessary to understand the principles of control systems technology and also the knowledge required to apply the latest control techniques to problems encountered in a variety of engineering sectors, including the petrochemical, aerospace, robotic and automotive industries.


EE Control & Automation Lab, Control Session, with the students practising on the Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suit (ELVIS), [National Instruments] and the Rotary Inverted Pendulum Board [Quanser].

Embedded Systems

Embedded systems are electronic systems specifically built for a particular task. The impact and potential of embedded systems are increasingly evident in devices used in commerce, industry and healthcare service. The rapid growth of tools, techniques and application in this area has led to a significant skills shortage, particularly for engineers who have both hardware and software skills. The study of this subject will equip you with the key skills required to design embedded systems, including hardware design and verification, real time computing, embedded processors, architectures and the extensive practical use of cutting-edge and industry-standard tools and methods. You will be taken through the embedded system design process, from concept to implementation and testing.


EEE, Embedded Systems Lab, Embedded Systems Design Session, with the students investigating a DE1-SoC FPGA-ARM development board [Terasic Inc].

Power Electronics, Machines and Drives

This theme provides electrical system designers of the future with an understanding of electrical machine fundamentals and power electronics, coupled with a thorough knowledge of control, modelling and system integration techniques. A strong emphasis is placed on fundamental principles, design techniques and modern applications. You will receive hands-on experience of a wide range of power electronic and motor drive systems in our teaching laboratories.


EEE, Electrical machines, Drives and Power Electronics Lab, EEM 2-3 DC machines 300W [Lucas-Nuelle].


Communication Engineering

This theme delivers up-to-date topics on communications. It covers wide-ranging and in-depth materials including digital communication, wireless communications, mobile networks, optical communications, adhoc networks, information theory, antenna design, microwave systems and circuit design and digital signal processing.



EEE, Embedded Systems Lab, Emona DATEx Digital and Analogue Telecommunication Experimenter [National Instruments].


Power Systems

The theme includes the latest developments in the electricity industry and delivers up-to-date topics on electrical power system plants, advanced power system analysis as well as on the structure and regulatory aspects of the industry.  The study starts with the fundamentals of power systems and progresses through to advanced topics incorporating the latest smart grid technologies as well as techniques applied in the planning, design and operation of modern power systems within both regulated and liberalised environments.