BSc (Hons) Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Year 3)

Course Details

Course Title Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) (Year 3)
Award Bachelor of Science
Award Level 6
Awarding Body University of Derby
UCAS Code H620
Start Dates September 2024
Study Mode Full Time - 1 year

Course Overview

In electrical engineering, we apply the fact that electricity can be used to transport and deliver energy. It lights our homes, runs many of our domestic gadgets, and keeps the wheels of industry turning. It is such an established and reliable part of our lives that we too often take it for granted, yet it remains a fascinating and developing field of study. Electrical engineering deals with the study of motors and generators and their control, power transmission and distribution systems, and the principles that underlie them. 

In electronic engineering, we apply electricity to carry, process and store information. This is the driving force behind today's information revolution, and forms the basis of everyday devices like the mobile phone and the computer, as well as a huge range of systems used in commerce and industry. Electronics depends heavily on semiconductor technology, which has led to the invention of the famous microchip. Both electrical and electronic engineering depend on the same fundamental scientific laws, but diverge widely beyond these basics.

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging.

You will take part in on campus lectures and live online lectures, tutorials, and academic support sessions. You will also access online learning content such as lecture notes, recordings, presentations, and handouts. You will also have access to our on-campus and electronic library.

When not attending lectures, you will also be studying independently. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, reading books and journals, preparing reports, presentations, and projects.


We mostly assess you through practical coursework assignments.

You will be involved in the sort of tasks you might undertake in a workplace. Sometimes these will be individual tasks and at other times, you will need to work in a group. Assignments could include essays, reports, individual and group projects, research and consultancy projects, presentations, and design of digital materials.

What you will study

Year 3

  •   6EJ 517 Electronic Devices and Systems
  •   6EJ 518 Sensors and Control
  •   6EJ 534 Electrical Power Systems
  •   6TE 500 Independent Project (Engineering)
  •   6TR 501 Contemporary Issues


You will have a wide range of employment opportunities in electrical and electronic engineering when you graduate. You could move into areas as diverse as avionics, medical electronics, automotive electrical and electronic systems, electrical power generation, the rail industry or music and entertainment.

The numeracy and problem solving skills you will develop during this course will also give you a wide range of alternative career options, including teaching, technical sales or management.

Recent University of Derby graduates have moved into electrical or electronic system design, installation and commissioning, programming, maintenance, and related activities. Derby graduates can be found developing climate data loggers, micro processor systems in cars, safety systems for forklift trucks or railway signals.

Entry requirements

  • Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or related major (subject to approval) or
  • Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or related major (subject to approval) or
  • Successful completion of two years of a degree programme in Electrical and Electronic Engineering showing the equivalent of 240 credit points at levels 4 and 5


  • Evidence of the ability to study to a higher level, for example, shown by an HND or Foundation degree profile which includes some Merits and/or Distinctions, preferably in analytical units/modules
  • Achievement in Level 5 Mathematics with grade Merit or Distinction

NOTE: all applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby

How to Apply

If you have questions about our courses or the application process, please complete the "Register your interest" form. A member of the admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.


Should you wish to apply, prior to completing the application form, please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references, etc.. You will also need access to your email.