This course provides the theoretical and practical knowledge underpinning a career in electronic and electrical engineering. Electronic and electrical engineering encompasses the design and development of systems, devices and equipment that underpin our everyday lives, from power systems to information devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Why Study Electronic and Electrical Engineering with us?
Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates are in high demand throughout industry, and we are committed to helping you to meet the challenge of finding technical solutions for a new generation of high-performance products and services by teaching simultaneously the underpinning theory and practical application.
Our strong local links with industry will provide you with the opportunities you need for practical work experience. We have invested in modern laboratories with control systems, embedded systems, electrical drives and machines hardware.
|Typical Entry||BEn UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
BEng/MEng: 112/120 UCAS points from GCE A Level or equivalent (such as BTEC/OCR Diploma), including Maths and Physics or Chemistry (minimum grade B). Typical offer: BCC/BBB
BBBB (including Chemistry and Maths)
28 points, including 5 in HL Maths and 5 in one further HL Physical Science
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
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 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.
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
Year 1 (Level 4) focuses on core engineering topics to lay a solid foundation for further study.
What will I learn?
Year 2 (Level 5) will build on the basics, allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of electronic and electrical engineering systems. You may also have the opportunity to complete a project, either as part of a student team within the Department, or in industry.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) follows advanced courses in control, power electronics and power and energy systems. The culmination of your studies will be your individual project, where you have the opportunity to choose an area of electronic and electrical engineering to study.
" At Thornton we have fantastic laboratory facilities which have just been refurbished. The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering only started in 2014 and all the equipment in the General Electronics, Control, Embedded Systems and Electrical Machines and Drives areas is brand new. It is a marvellous opportunity for students to gain experience with state of the art technology in our laboratories."
How will I be taught?
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions at the University's purpose-built facilities at Thornton Science Park. The topics you will study are industrially relevant, and based around laboratory and research projects.
There will be typically six taught 20-credit modules per year, each with a class contact time of 80 hours, giving a total annual number of 480 hours' contact time. For each module, you will be expected to put in a further 120 hours of self-directed study, giving a total self-directed study time of 720 hours.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be by examination and through coursework and lab work assignments, including presentations, reports, essays and practical work. All years of study include significant amounts of project work, where you will have the freedom to choose topics that interest you.
Work Based Learning
The course provides you with opportunities to undertake an individual engineering project module.
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Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
our course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
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Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Thornton Science Park
Thornton Science Park is home to the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is the study base for students studying Engineering, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science courses.
Our Thornton Science Park is based just outside of Chester, and is a major research and innovation hub. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, its takeover by the University has created the opportunity to apply the Centre’s legacy to the continuation of innovation and research in science and engineering in the North West.
For Engineering students there are purpose-built facilities donated to the University of Chester by Shell, used for problem-based learning. For Natural Sciences students there are purpose-built laboratories equipped to give you the best practical experience and learning opportunities, and you will also be working alongside active researchers and industrial partners. For Computer Science students there is access to a range of fully licensed design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, games area in the library to play computer games, software for 3D modelling, graphics programming, game engine programming, computational analysis and programming. Meanwhile, Mathematics students will be supported by the use of the most up-to-date computer facilities available.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
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