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Degree type

MEng

Course length

4 years full-time

Location

Durham City

UCAS code

H511

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level A*AA
BTEC D*DD
International Baccalaureate 38

Course details

The MEng Electrical Engineering degree is a four-year first degree that delivers the breadth and depth that you will need in the world of engineering. It is designed to produce graduates who will go on and lead engineering teams. Your first two years offer you a broad-based engineering education. You then specialise into Electrical Engineering in your third and fourth years. It is important to highlight that you can transfer between the different Engineering programmes that we offer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, etc.) up until the end of the second year, provided that you meet the relevant progression requirements. We believe that students should make an informed decision about their futures and allowing our students to transfer between programmes, once they understand the different disciplines, demonstrates our commitment to this and the Department’s General Engineering philosophy.

In the first three years of your degree at Durham you will take six modules, the year is divided into three terms and there are examinations at the end of each year. The taught modules in the final year are smaller to reflect their specialist content – you will take six of these modules plus a dissertation, or final year, project.

Year 1

You will study four modules in engineering, one in mathematics and one optional module. In your engineering modules, you will receive instruction in the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (e.g. SolidWorks), be taught how to implement engineering algorithms into computer code (specifically in C and MATLAB) and take part in a number of practical labs. You will also take part in a group design activity where you have to design, build and test a device to solve specific engineering challenge. Recent examples include miniature hydroelectric generators and chain-climbing robots. On the course, you also attend lectures, problem classes and supervisions with academic staff.

Compulsory modules:

  • Solid Mechanics and Structures 1
  • Electronic and Electrical Systems 1
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Engineering Practice 1
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists

And one free elective.

The optional (free elective) module may be selected from anything that will fit the timetable and for which you meet the necessary prerequisites. Popular choices in the past have included ‘Introduction to Programming’, ‘Computational Thinking’ and a range of different language modules, but some students have taken modules in History or Poetry.

Year 2

Engineering and mathematics now occupy the full six modules in the timetable.

You will undertake a major design project as part of a small team with guidance from an academic supervisor and an ‘Industrial Tutor’ (an engineer from industry). This lets you put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in your lectures. The end result is a detailed design report and a series of CAD drawings good enough to manufacture a device from.

Compulsory modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Solid Mechanics and Structures 2
  • Electrical Engineering 2
  • Electronics 2
  • Engineering Design 2.

Year 3

At this point in the degree you will specialise into Electrical Engineering.

You will take five taught modules covering important aspects of Electrical Engineering. The sixth module is a major team design project, where you consider your design challenge as a product and do everything from basic market research to design for manufacture. These design projects span our different third year specialisms so you will be working with students from other engineering disciplines – much like you will do when working as a graduate engineer. Practical skills, in addition to the weekly laboratory sessions, cover topics from such as industrial problem solving with interaction with local industry.

Compulsory modules:

  • Electrical Engineering 3
  • Power Semiconductor Devices 3
  • Electronics and Communications 3
  • Control and Signal Processing 3
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Engineering Design 3.

Year 4

The highlight of the degree for many of our students is the final year project. This activity, which is half the year in most streams, involves working closely with an academic supervisor on an area of cutting-edge research and development. The best student projects have been featured in internationally recognised engineering journals, indicating that our students are amongst the finest young engineers in the world. In addition to this, you will take modules on advanced Electrical Engineering topics and be able to choose from some optional modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • MEng Research and Development Project (or MEng Technical Project and Engineering into Schools)
  • Renewable Energy Technologies 4
  • Future Vehicles 4
  • Electrical Energy Conversion 4
  • Power Electronics 4
  • Smart Energy Networks 4.

Placement

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Study abroad

Engineering is an increasingly international discipline and living and working in another country is a valuable addition to your CV. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply during their degree for a year-long placement with one of the Engineering Department's or the University's international partners, as an additional year of study. Students may study in English at some of the partner universities, whereas at others foreign language skills are essential. Students are fully supported by the Department both during the application process and during the year abroad. Language tuition is available in the first year in a range of languages as free elective modules and in other years through the University’s Languages For All scheme.

Placement Year/Year in Industry

Practical engineering experience is invaluable and to recognise this you can choose to take a year-long placement in industry between your second and third year. The Department will assist in finding placement opportunities for you through the Industrial Partnership Committee (IPC) which consists of local, national and multi-national companies, including: British Airways, BP, IBM and Caterpillar, amongst many others.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Learning

The course is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, problem classes, practical and design activities. Typically lectures provide key information on a particular field of study and identify the main underpinning engineering concepts in that area. Problem classes then provide opportunities for smaller groups to work through practical examples, based on the knowledge that you have gained through your lectures and through independent study outside the degrees formal contact hours. Finally, practical classes allow you to gain direct experience of practical and interpretative skills through laboratory classes, design activities and a Professional Engineering Applications Course (PEAC).

The balance of these types of activities changes as you develop your knowledge and your ability as an independent learner. This is one of the key attributes that you will develop (thereby preparing you for work or further study once you have completed the course). In the first two years, you will typically attend 12 hours a week of lectures (two hours per module) and have three hours of practical classes or design activities each week plus problem classes and small group supervision. In the first year there is a one-week full-time compulsory PEAC course and at the end of the second year there is a two-week full-time practical course. Outside timetabled contact hours, you are also expected to undertake your own independent study to prepare for your classes and broaden your subject knowledge.

The balance starts to shift in the third year, as you develop your abilities as an independent learner. Lectures still play an important role in supporting you in developing your knowledge and skills, with an average of 10 hours a week. The frequency of laboratory practical sessions and design activities remains similar, but the tasks become more open-ended.

This move towards greater emphasis on independent learning continues in the final year, where fewer modules comprise lectures, with an average of six hours a week. This emphasis on using the independent study and research skills developed in earlier years is continued through the research and development project that you will undertake. Under the supervision of a member of academic staff with who you will have weekly one-to-one supervisory meetings, you will undertake a detailed study of a particular area resulting in a significant piece of independent research.

Throughout the course, you also have access to an academic adviser who will provide you with academic support and guidance. You will meet regularly with your academic supervisor throughout your degree and they act as your first point-of-contact for any academic queries. In addition to this, all members of teaching staff have weekly tutorial hours when they are available to meet on a ‘sign-up’ basis. The Department also has an exciting programme of research seminars and talks from industrial companies which undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Entry requirements

A level offerA*AA including Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaD*DD and Mathematics at grade A at A level (or equivalent) are required.

IB Diploma score38 with 666 in higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

Alternative qualifications

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £28,500 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £28,500 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

Engineering

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 92% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 93% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £30,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Department information

Engineering

Our modern engineers are capable of solving the problems of the twenty-first century, bridging the traditional engineering disciplines – from offshore wind turbines to mechanical devices manufactured on a microchip.

Our Engineering degrees are accredited by the relevant engineering institutions, for example the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Joint Board of Moderators (including the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, among others) and the Royal Aeronautical Society. You will be taught by expert staff, who are all actively engaged in research at the frontiers of modern engineering analysis, design and practice.

For more information see our department pages.

Rankings

  • 5th in The Complete University Guide and the Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • 6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Engineering Department pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

The Department of Engineering features a number of dedicated teaching laboratories including the newly refurbished Electrical laboratory. Students use these facilities to gain practical experience to complement theory learned in lectures.

More information on our facilities and equipment.

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