There can be few modern enterprises and aspects of human life which remain untouched by electronics or electrical engineering - it is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's is concerned with solving practical problems using electrical/electronic science. It is an exciting area of immense growth with a worldwide shortage of qualified engineers.
The subject area is broad, ranging from micro-electronic chip design and manufacture to power generation and distribution. Rapid advances are occurring in fields such as telecommunications, computer software, hardware and networking, medical electronics, security, virtual and augmented reality, control and robotics and renewable energy systems.
Due to the high demand for electrical and electronic engineers across such a broad range of sectors, there is a critical shortage of graduates locally, nationally and internationally. Students who take this degree at Queen's therefore have a high chance of gaining well-paid jobs on graduation, in very diverse areas.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree highlights
Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's is ranked No 5 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 (Schrader), Andor Technology, NIE, BAE Systems, Atkins, Microsoft and Seagate. Students may also gain summer work experience through the IAESTE international exchange programme. 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 eight UK universities involved in the prestigious 'Power Academy' scholarship scheme, which each year provides 60 scholarships worth over £30k each to well-qualified students on the BEng and MEng degrees across the eight member universities. There are 18 UK companies involved in the Power Academy Scheme - examples include NIE Networks, Rolls Royce, London Underground, Mitsubishi Electric and BAE Systems. Other companies, such as Asidua and Caterpillar, also sponsor students on these degrees.
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:
Management Consultancy - £26-38,000
Investment Banking - £34K
Accountancy - £30K
Fast Stream Civil Service - £26,500
Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
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.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include for example:
Steve Myers: A Director of Technology at CERN (Large Hadron Collider!)
Stephen McClelland: Managing Director of Schrader Electronics
Trevor Hanna:Group Information Systems Director of Associated British Foods
Colin Annett: A Director in BT (budge of £400m a year)
Catherine Irwin: DuPont Engineering and Research Manager (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bill McCluggage:Director of ICT Strategy and Policy for UK Government
Alan Wallace: Patent Attorney, Partner in FR Kelly Law Firm
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as comprehensive list of research topics, see the School website www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs for more information.
Electrical and electronic engineers work right across the spectrum from power generation to telecommunications and from the design of control systems to the fabrication of microchips. Employment prospects are excellent, with an increasing demand from both local and national employers that is unlikely to be satisfied in the foreseeable future. The computer industry also is a major employer with over 300 IT companies in Northern Ireland alone.
Other Career-related information
Queen's is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen's students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen's University Belfast full Employability Statement for further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives
Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen's. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen's Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen's actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers
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; NIE; National Grid; Microsoft; Schrader Electronics; Andor Technology
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.