Electronic and Electrical Engineering

BEng/MEng (Hons) Single

Electrical and Electronic Engineers have the minds and imaginations to design and develop the technology systems that underpin our everyday lives. There is hardly any aspect of the modern world that doesn’t rely on the skills of the electrical and electronic engineer, including: power and energy systems, communications, transport, healthcare, defence and entertainment.

Our courses will help you meet the challenge of finding technical solutions for a new generation of high-performance products and services.

Our three-year BEng and four-year MEng degrees will give you a balance of theoretical and practical skills that will allow you to develop a career at the forefront of the constant challenge to improve technology. Both courses will give you the creative thinking to design a new product or system, the analytical tools to achieve your design goals, the ability to solve problems, and the teamwork needed to launch an exciting and rewarding career.

Why study Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Thornton?

  • Our brand-new purpose-built laboratories have been constructed to give you the best student experience.
  • Industry-relevant teaching and learning based around laboratory and research projects, will give you the best preparation to become a professional engineer.
  • We have a friendly and informal atmosphere and we keep our class sizes small. This means you will really get to know your tutors and you can call in at any time for help and advice.
  • Our staff are leaders in their field, giving you the best possible value for your course.
  • Our local links with industry and commerce – some of which are on site – will provide you with the opportunities you need for practical work experience.


  • Our courses are flexible, which means that you will follow a core timetable during your first and second year before choosing your specialisation in your third year. You can also change between the three-year BEng and the four-year MEng right up until end of your second year.
  • As you progress, you will have the freedom to follow your interests though choosing investigative project work and specialist modules.
  • You can improve your employability skills through optional work placements. You can also chose to spend between three and 12 months working in industry to gain valuable work experience.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure:

Our Engineering courses share to a considerable extent common modules during the first and second years and the modules that you will choose in Years 3 and 4 will define which degrees you will specialise in.

Year 1 (Level 4)

In Year 1, you will study modules such as:

  • Professional Skills for Scientists and Engineers
  • Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Principles of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Automation and Robotics
  • Automated and Robotic Systems Dynamics
  • Introduction to Applied Electromagnetism

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 2 will build on the knowledge you gained in Year 1 and focus on topics at a greater depth including:

  • Mathematics and Modelling
  • Analogue and Digital Circuit Design
  • Power Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Signal Processing Systems
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • Engineering Control
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering Integrative Design Project or Electronic and Electrical Engineering Industry Based Project

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year’s work placement or else carry straight on with your course, where emphasis will be placed on areas that include:

  • Individual Project
  • Experiments and Modelling
  • Mapping the Modern Business Landscape
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Automation, Robotics and Image Processing

Year 4 - MEng only

Students following the four-year MEng programme will complete a major, industry-based team project alongside specialist modules such as:

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering Group Project
  • Project Management, Teamwork and Leadership
  • Intelligent Systems, Sensors and Control
  • Power Electronics, Drives and Systems
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • VLSI Design

Please note that modules may change from year to year.

Assessment will be by examination and through coursework. This will include lab work assignments, presentations, reports, essays and projects.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and specialist laboratory work at our Thornton Science Park, which is a specifically designed venue for University of Chester undergraduate and postgraduate engineers and industrial and commercial business partners.

A degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering opens a world of opportunity. In addition to the technical skills you will need to launch an exciting career in engineering, you will also gain valuable transferable skills which are sought after in professional jobs such as IT, finance, management and teaching.

Our courses will provide you with the opportunity to supplement your academic learning with practical hands-on work experience so that your CV can really stand out from the crowd. 

There is also an opportunity to study at postgraduate level at Chester.

UCAS points: BEng/MEng: 280/300 UCAS points from GCE A Level or equivalent (such as BTEC/OCR Diploma). Typical offer: BCC/BBB
GCE A Level: A2 Level: Maths and Physics or Chemistry (minimum grade B)
BTEC: BTEC Engineering
Irish/Scottish: BBBB (including Chemistry and Maths)
International Baccalaureate: 28 points, including 5 in HL Maths and 5 in one further HL Physical Science
QAA: Access to HE Diploma (Maths plus one other physical science at Level 3) to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Although not part of the entry requirements, we would recommend that students take mechanics modules as part of their A2 level course.

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Thornton Science Park

Engineers have the minds and imaginations to design and develop the technology systems that underpin our everyday lives."

University of ChesterThornton Science Park

Peter Johnson

I found the vibe on campus was amazing, everyone was so warm and welcoming.”

GraduatePeter Johnson