As global demand for energy grows, governments and companies are increasingly seeking to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels. This course allows you to study electronic engineering alongside specialist topics in the field of renewable energy systems to meet these challenges head-on.
You'll gain a foundation in the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin electronic engineering and core topics like circuit theory and communications systems. Then you'll build your knowledge of areas such as power systems, smart grid systems, power electronics for renewable systems control and energy conversion.
You'll gain extensive hands-on learning in power electronics, electric drives, and solar/wind power test benches in our renewable energy study centre. Practical laboratory classes and project work in each year of the course will also allow you to apply your knowledge to real life work situations, developing your knowledge and skills for a variety of exciting careers.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng.
You'll have access to world-class facilities, including the ARM Embedded Systems Laboratory and the Keysight Technologies Wireless Communications Laboratory, which features professional-standard equipment including arbitrary function generators and 100MHz 4-channel oscilloscopes.
For your final-year project, you could also have access to facilities such as our bionanoelectronics research laboratory, terahertz imaging laboratory, or ABB robotic arm laboratory.
All of our core electronic and electrical degree courses have a common first two years. This lays the foundations of your studies and gives you a thorough understanding of key topics, but it also means you can easily change between these courses until the end of Year 2. You'll learn about the physical principles that affect the function of electronic components and electrical systems, as well as circuit theory, analysis and design. You'll also study communications systems and networks, power electronics and modules designed to improve your mathematical skills for engineering.
This foundation will prepare you for specialised modules in Year 3, focusing on topics such as smart grid systems, electric drives and embedded systems. You'll also choose to study digital communications or integrated circuit design, and learn more about the professional and industrial context of renewable energy systems and the engineering sector.
If you choose to continue to Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll study the ways renewable energy sources can be used to generate power, and select from optional modules on topics such as control systems design, or power electronics. You'll also complete a dissertation to build your awareness of aparticular aspect of the industry, and apply your knowledge to a substantial research project.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
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You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including Mathematics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - We recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, and where an applicant offers an A in the EPQ we may make an offer of AAB at A-Level (any required subjects such as Mathematics must still be at grade A).
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Careers in this area are as diverse as renewable energy systems, power generation, electrical machines (such as the switched reluctance motor pioneered here in Leeds), industrial control systems (e.g. for automotive assembly), power electronics and electric drive systems (e.g. for hybrid petrolelectric vehicles).
The course is particularly suited to careers in power electronics and renewable energy systems. The employment prospects for graduates are excellent, as all countries around the world seek to make systems more energy efficient and to re-engineer a 'smart grid' that integrates renewable energy sources. You could also pursue a career in the automotive industry, as electric vehicles are the subject of intense research and development activity.
Because this course maintains a strong element of traditional electronic engineering, you could pursue a career in a wide variety of industry sectors such as communications.
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
If you choose to take the MEng course, you can apply to spend your third year studying at a university overseas. We'll advise you on finding a university of your choice, which will need to offer similar modules to the ones you would study in Leeds, and the Programme Leader will approve appropriate matches.
Find out more about Study abroad
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake a placement at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months and on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
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