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 into 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.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree highlights
Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research (REF 2014)
- 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 10 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. For further information, visit the School Website.
Attraction to QUB
I always knew I wanted to study at Queen’s not only because it’s in Northern Ireland but Queen’s University has such a great reputation - it’s facilities, teaching and research are world class and are highly ranked in the UK and globally. QUB is also part of the Russell Group and is one of only nine universities partners in the UK who offer the IET Power Academy Scholarship. This was another benefit of studying engineering at Queen’s.
Having been to the open days I was able to meet the lectures, see the facilities and talk to current students asking them questions about QUB and the course. Everyone was so friendly, approachable and informative and it really helped to confirm my decision that I wanted to study EEE at Queen’s.
Positive Experience during studies
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Queen's, having met some fantastic people and completing my degree. I would have to say my highlight has been obtaining a scholarship with NIE Networks. This has provided me a great platform to meet so many new people and develop a wide range of skills. It has given my the chance to
get involved in a variety of projects throughout my summer placements and year out.
In addition, I have also had the opportunity to get involved in outreach programs within both primary and secondary schools such as First Lego League, Sentinus R&D, Young Innovators and Bee Safe. The main aim of all of this is to promote STEM subjects, studying at QUB, and careers in engineering in the hope to create awareness of the great career opportunities available and inspire future engineers.
I completed my placement year with NIE Networks in the Asset Management department based in Fortwilliam House, Belfast. I absolutely loved my placement year and would definitely recommend doing a placement! The department I was in within NIE Networks was responsible for managing all of the Assets and equipment on the electricity network.
My role had a great balance of being in the office and out on site. I had the opportunity to work on a variety projects from carrying out equipment failure investigations, writing policy documents to data analysis and much more. This provided me the chance to develop skills such as communication, leadership and project management.
By completing my year out I found that I had a better awareness and appreciation of what an engineer actually does within a company.
I feel that my placement year was of great benefit when I returned to university as it really helped to put into perspective some of the theory that I had learnt in class. It also give me the ability to apply this knowledge to solve real life engineering problems. I was also able to use the skills that I developed on placement in my university studies such as time management, adaptability and teamwork.
Engaging in School’s extracurricular activities?
I was involved in a number of extracurricular activities throughout my time at Queen’s and would recommend getting involved in some type of extracurricular activity.
I got involved in the Peer Mentoring Scheme where I was a Lead Mentor. The scheme itself is ran by students and is aimed at helping students from first year right up to final year. It’s a great way to meet and get to know other people on the course over a cup of tea and some biscuits. It also provides the opportunity to get help or ask questions that you might feel more comfortable asking another student as we’ve all been through it ourselves.
I was part of the IET On Campus group where I was Chairperson. This was a Engineering society which organised a variety of events such as industrial tours, workshops and social networking activities.
Additionally, I was a Class Representative for the MEng EEE course. This involved representing the class at SSCC (Staff Student Consultative Committee) meeting which give me the opportunity to provide feedback to University Staff as well as raise any issues. It was a great forum to discuss the course itself and help make improvements for future students.
I was also involved in various EEECS and outreach events representing the university and school on many occasions including Open Days, Fairs and Talks just to name a few.
One piece of advice to potential EEECS applicants
My advice would be to do your research on courses available, go to open days, see the facilities, talk to lectures and students, and don’t be afraid to ask questions - it’s your future!
Going forward I hope to get a graduate job with NIE Networks. Through studying EEE at Queen’s I really enjoyed the power modules and I know that I want to work in the electrical power sector of engineering. Having worked with NIE Networks on various placements throughout my time at QUB I have gained a better understanding of the various parts of the business and, meet some wonderful people and so I would love to work in the company full time.
If you had a time machine, and could go back to your first day at Queen’s, what would you do differently? (If anything!)
If I had a time machine and could go back to my first day at Queen’s I don’t think that I would actually do anything differently or change anything. I would just go back and enjoy reliving the whole university experience again. It goes by far too quickly, so just make the most of it!
Margaret Taggart (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Introduction 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 incorporating 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:
Stage 1 Embedded Systems
Stage 2 Circuits and Control
Professional Engineering Practice 2
Stage 2 Optional Courses Electronics 2
Electrical Power Engineering 2
Signals & Communication System 2
Embedded Systems 2
Stage 3 Project 3
Software Engineering 3
Stage 3 Optional Courses Electrical Power & Energy
High Frequency System Techniques
Networks & Communication Protocols
Control Systems Engineering
Digital Systems Architecture
Signal Processing and Communications
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 student 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 Information
Electrical 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.
- E-Learning technologies
Information 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.
Introduce 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 Tutor
Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
Where 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 study
This 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.
Significant 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 projects
In 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 placements
Students 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.
- Additional Information
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For last year’s intake, applicants for the BEng Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or better, to include English Language and Mathematics. However, this profile may change from year to year depending on the demand for places. All candidates not offering Physics at A-level require GCSE Physics/Double Award Science at grade C/4 or above. Selectors will also check that any specific entry requirements in terms of A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended/National Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates, and Higher National Diplomas, will also be considered.
The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended/National Extended Diploma and must include both GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Physics/Double Award Science at grade C/4 or better.
Applicants offering a Higher National Certificate (HNC) will require an appropriate GCSE profile, which must include grade C/4 or better in GCSE Mathematics. A relevant HNC in Engineering is required, including Analytical Methods. Where offers are made for Stage 1 entry, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits, including Merits in three specified units, including Analytical Methods.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma (HND), some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile, but this must include grade C/4 or better in GCSE Mathematics. To be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. A relevant HND in Engineering is required for admission to this degree and offers for Stage 1 entry are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 2 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 4 Passes overall, with Merits required in three specified units, including Analytical Methods. Applicants with sufficiently high grades in the first year of a relevant HND in Engineering may be considered for entry to Stage 2 and, where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 3 Distinctions and 13 Merits overall, with Merits required in four specified units, including Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held during the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (email@example.com), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.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.
- 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.
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
- International Year One
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Employment after the Course
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.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in engineering significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
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.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as: Schlumberger; Microsoft; NIE; Schrader Electronics; Andor Technology; National Grid.
The School has links with a large number of employers, providing opportunities for summer and year-long placements, as well as projects. Currently there are more companies offering placement opportunities than there are students seeking placements, with the result that opportunities for placements and employment in Electrical and Electronic Engineering are excellent.
What employers say
We are highly committed to the renewal of engineering talent in Northern Ireland and through our engagement with QUB we have had the opportunity to engage with the highest calibre of students. Our talent pool is predominantly sourced from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme with recent graduates able to apply their university learning to practical, real-life projects from the outset, bringing a new level of skills to our workforce.
Northern Ireland Electricity
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain 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.
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,530 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,530 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250 EU Other 3 £21,400 International £21,400
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
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 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).
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.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How and when to Apply
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students
- Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2021.
- Applying direct
The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
- Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
Fees and Funding
- Applying through UCAS