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BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Ranked 10th nationally for Engineering: Electronic and Electrical (The Guardian)
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
Why choose this course?
- This BEng Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will give you a sound technological background in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.
- You will have access to modern engineering tools which will give you the advantage of experiencing a hi-tech laboratory environment.
- Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Airbus Space and Defence, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
- Recent Electrical Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Vodafone, Mitsubishi Electric and Stansted Airport
What's the course about?
This course gives you a sound technological understanding in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. With access to modern engineering tools and a hi-tech laboratory environment, you’ll learn the latest skills and knowledge in digital signal processing, microelectronic and VLSI (very-large-scale integration) design practice, robotics and neural networks, power systems applications, and advanced power conversion and control application trends. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to study abroad or work in industry for a year, boosting your CV and employment prospects.
What will I study?
Our enthusiastic staff are always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. All of our courses include a significant practical element, which, together with tutorial sessions reinforce the theory delivered during lectures, and you have many opportunities to enhance your presentation skills ready for the workplace.
More about the Course
This course is designed to enable you to study a range of topics similar to those of the more specific courses but in a more flexible way, allowing you to choose a more diverse individual course. Many of our students have an interest in one or more of the specialist areas and wish to combine them. This study route allows you to do that.
Final Year students benefit from the opportunity to study modules such as applications of electronics in subjects such as electrical and electronic power control, digital signal processing, micro-electronics, robotics and the option of telecommunication systems or micro-engineering and micro-technology. The aim is to allow you to keep your expertise broad if you wish, allowing you to specialise later.
This course starts with common study areas to give you a sound understanding of basic electrical and electronic engineering principles. Unlike the other courses, it maintains this breadth in your study of electrical and electronic engineering in the Final Year.
In your first year you focus on the basic principles and practices needed in electronic engineering, and on developing relevant analytical, design and organisational abilities. You will learn about digital fundamentals, computing concepts and the problem-solving tools that you will need as the course progresses.
In your second year you will explore in more depth the theories and techniques involved in product design and development, with particular emphasis on 'embedded' real-time microprocessor systems, programmable logic devices and power control. You will learn to apply practical skills to design, implement and test solutions relevant to electrical and electronic engineering.
In your final year the focus is on understanding more about the specialist technologies that are at the heart of today's advanced communication systems. Mobile communication concepts and computer networks, the design of high-speed analogue and digital electronics using integrated circuits, and radio frequency circuits and systems are all examined, along with key microprocessor topics, fuzzy logic and neural networks and digital signal processing. You will also carry out an individual double-module project on a topic relevant to electrical and/or electronic engineering.
Yasmin - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
Monday is never an exciting start to the week. I’ve been blessed by the timetable Gods to only have a short lecture (Digital Signal Processing) at 11am. I usually bring a laptop, notepad and pens so I have no excuse to not go to the LRC later on. I head to the forum restaurant for some lunch with my course mates before they head home. They normally have some pretty good choices.
I go on to do a lap in the LRC to see if there’s anyone I know otherwise I look for a spot on the top floor where it is the quiet zone to type up notes I may have missed from the slides. This is also a chance for me to catch up on things I didn’t understand previously on my other modules and when I can send questions in emails to my tutors.
A day off at university doesn’t mean a day off entirely. My Tuesday has the focus of my final year project where I can spend the day in the labs.
Active students have roller-skating sessions on in the evening which my friends have insisted I try out. Turns out, I am pretty terrified of falling but it was all good fun. Only fell once – or multiple times. Maybe I’ll be better next week…
An early 9am start with a 2-hour microelectronic and VLSI lab. Sometimes I stay longer if the task is particularly challenging. This is usually the case when working on a joyous assignment. Wednesday’s usually have no class in the afternoon to allow for extra-curriculars like being part of the active union or societies. Getting involved in the Herts community is definitely something I highly recommend.
Resting recharges my batteries before my night shift at our campus club, the Forum. I really enjoy the balance of working a part-time job alongside my studies. The money helps too! They’re really flexible with hours as they employ only students so are super understanding if I need to take time off for assignments when I’m busy. Met some of my favourite people working there! Sometimes we go for a Maccies for an after-shift natter and I get home maybe 5/6am which isn’t as tiring as it sounds.
I have tutorials and lectures in DSP and power. Tutorials improve the theory by applying questions to problems. Try to engage and get involved as much as possible. It’s important to make the most of contact time with the lecturers. Don’t need be shy!
It’s always nice to rewind and spend time for yourself. I dedicate my evening to watching Netflix, having a luscious bath or cooking with friends. Self-care is so vital at uni. The Hutton hub has great resources with their Well being team.
Another day, another lecture. But it’s okay – the weekend is on the horizon! I normally have class 4/5 days a week but this varies per course and timetable. Some have less contact time than others. I normally have a scheduled project meeting with my supervisor weekly to show my progression in my FYP.
It’s games night! My friends live on campus – and have a PS4 – so we play games together. We’ve gone from all genres, but I love the quality bonding time playing horror games. Nothing like terror to bring you closer. Or a quiz to break friendships apart…
Home on the train is only an hour away so I often take a trip back to see the family – bit of homemade food is always lovely! I tend to go every fortnight or so depending on workload. Parents will appreciate you more than they let on.
Yasmin - Things you should know
7 Things to know when starting university
Beginning uni can be scary – but it’ll be a new experience you can’t forget!
- Sort out accommodation
I would 100% recommend living on campus for your first year! It’s such an easy way to meet new people as you’re all thrown in together and you’ll always have someone to go out with in your flat. You can make friends for life with the people you first meet in your own kitchen. The earlier you apply, the more likely you’ll get your first choice.
- Student Finance/Tuition fees
For some of us, thinking of the money aspect is daunting but it’s so important to get it completed ASAP. You really don’t want to have your SF payments delayed! You’ll only get paid your loan after completing registration. If you have any problems, please see the student centre for advice!
- Open a student current account
What is important in a bank account for you? Is it the overdraft limit? Or the incentives in opening an account? Or convenience in a local branch. I went with Santander as there is a branch in Hutton Hub and came with a 4 year railcard upon on opening. Do your research in what’s best for you!
- Register with the GP
We have a GP on campus in the Hutton Hub. There are other options in town or neighbouring cities if preferred. It’s much more convenient to go to a health service in Herts rather than go home if there’s a health problem. We also have a well-being service too which provide counselling if needed.
- Do some research
Your course tends to release a reading list prior to beginning. You don’t need to read everything in depth, but it is good to get grounded on what to expect. Most likely, you won’t need to purchase the books if you can just get them out from the library. Maybe students from previous years will be selling second hand books cheaper.
- Scout the area
SHOPPING: We have Asda, Aldi and Tesco’s nearby. There’s a petrol station near campus and a Premier shop on campus.
GYMS: We have Hertfordshire Sports Village and the Oval gym on each campus as well as other options like David Lloyd, Pump, Hatfield Leisure Centre amongst others.
TRANSPORT: London is a roughly 25-minute train journey away. Perfect for trips with your new friends. St Albans, Watford and Welwyn Garden City are all on bus routes away. The bus Hatfield to Hatfield is currently £1.20 with your student ID.
- Fresher’s Fair
Find out when Fresher’s Fair is! It is a key event held by the student union to get to know what societies, athletic union and activities you’ll like to get involved in. I really encourage you to make the most out of your time at university! There will be lots of freebies and free taster sessions to try out.
Yasmin - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
When I visited for the first time for an open day, I loved the campus feel of college lane. It was so different to sixth form. I live near Cambridge – about an hour by car- to Hatfield, Hertfordshire which was convenient to get to. Makes moving in easier! My Mum also isn’t the world’s most confident driver, so my university had to be close enough to home – but I didn’t want to be too close! Commuting is always a possibility too.
The open day tours showed me the engineering facilities, library and accommodation. I took a lot of freebies as well. I still use the pens even now! I find it important to scout out different universities to really get a feel of the atmosphere and vibes.
At A- Level, I studied Physics, Maths and Psychology. I developed an interest in engineering in physics, but I wasn’t sure which sector to go into. Electronic and electrical is quite broad which is one of the reasons why I chose it. The resources on campus looked great as well!
The best part about it being a campus is the ease of meeting new people and befriending so many different people. I made so many friends through societies, active students and even saying hi to students in the library! I miss my family less when I made my own family at Herts. I’ve grown so much in my years at Uni and I’m so glad that I came here.