Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics BEng (Hons)
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There are few areas in life that don’t owe something to electrical engineering. Engineers in this sector help make sure that systems are safe, reliable and perform to high standards, whether it’s lighting, heating and ventilation for buildings or transport networks. On this BEng course, you’ll gain a deep understanding of electrical engineering and the science and mathematics that underpin it. You’ll learn about applying power electronics too, of course, in the transport, infrastructure and built environment areas.
On successfully completing the course, you can progress to our integrated MEng, which offers the most direct route to chartered engineer status.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.
Why study Electrical Engineering at LSBU?
- Ranked 3rd for satisfaction with course in London (Guardian League Tables 2020).
- Professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, giving you fast track to Chartered Engineer status.
- Dedicated facilities: make use of our electronic projects room and specialist labs.
- European study: choose to spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
- Work experience: option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
James studied part-time with us while working in industry. He found that the course content matched his professional needs, and his career has since gone from strength to strength.
As a BEng degree programme, this course develops a deep understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of mechanical engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics.
We’re hands on. We’re practical and applied. That’s why you can expect ‘design-make-test’ projects to feature throughout your degree, not just at the end!
Prepared for modern engineering practice
In reality most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules help you understand the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice – and guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls Royce.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 58% coursework.
This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students.
- Engineering principles
This module will help you develop your understanding of essential scientific principles for the study of engineering to degree level. It's designed to be accessible to students with a range of prior science specialisation. The module comprises two blocks of study. These will introduce the principles of measurement systems and units, thermal physics and mechanical and electrical principles. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Design and practice
This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Introduction to digital electronics
This module aims to teach you some introductory material that an electronic engineer should know before proceeding with any digital designs. The material in this module is divided into two parts. The first part will cover the analysis and implementation of Boolean Logic circuits and their modelling using a proprietary CAD and VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language). The second part of the module will focus on analysis and implementation of Sequential Logic circuits, their modelling and implementation using Programmable Logic Devices. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Engineering computing
This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Introduction to electrical and electronic engineering
This module will cover the essential material relevant to the fundamentals of both electrical and electronic engineering. Starting with basic circuit elements, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law, the first half of the module will introduce basic and more advanced circuit analysis techniques such as Node Voltage and Mesh Current methods, progressing onto Source Transformation techniques and the basics of semiconductors (Diodes, BJTs and Op-Amps). Then, the electrical part will cover DC responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits and finally AC sinusoidal circuit theory and power systems and three phase circuits. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Advanced mathematics
This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil).
- Circuits, signals and systems
This module introduces methods to mathematically model circuits, signals and systems required for the engineering of electrical, electronic, telecommunication and control systems. It shows how to model and analyse complex signals with Fourier series, Fourier transforms and Laplace Transforms. The direct and indirect method of convolution is used to find the time response of systems to given inputs. First and second order LTI dynamical systems are modelled with transfer functions and their zero-state and zero-input responses predicted when the inputs are any function of time. The frequency responses of some common LTI two port filter circuits are studied. A MATLAB/SIMULINK workshop enables understanding of signal synthesis using the Fourier series, finding the frequency spectra of complex and noisy signals using FFT, and the time response and the frequency response of systems. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Electrical machines and power electronics
This module adopts a modern approach to the study of electrical machines, 3-phase transformers and power electronic converters. The treatment emphasises the features common to all types of electrical machines and power electronic converters and then develops basic performance equations and equivalent circuits and applies them to common electrical machines and power converters in current use. The associated laboratory workshop features work on typical electrical machines and power converters. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Electrical services for buildings
This module provides a sound understanding of the important building blocks in electrical building services engineering and apparatus such as transformers, machines, transmission and distribution systems, as well as the important building blocks in power engineering. Electrical generation, distribution and utilisation will be studied, and also some of their typical computerised control systems, so that you're able to understand their chief characteristics and the areas in which they find application. The module will also include design and application of lifts and their control systems in buildings, lighting calculations and design, and lightning protection for buildings. In the laboratory workshops you'll produce designs for on plant sizing, lighting, lift and lightning protection for several environments. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
- Principles of control
This module aims to give a sound understanding of a range of topics in Control Systems Engineering. It will impart methods to model and analyse dynamical systems met in the engineering of systems such as robotics, automobiles, aircraft, automatic machinery, chemical process plant, etc. It will teach you to determine the stability of a system and to predict system responses in the time domain (transient and steady state) and in the frequency domain, as well as to handle the interconnection of many Single Input Single Output systems connected in feedback and feed forward configurations. The module will provide you with methods to specify supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and to modify the behaviour of a given system by using feedback control to improve stability, to make the system act quickly and precisely, and to reduce the effect of disturbances. Learning will be supported by a laboratory workshop that enables the study of control systems using both analysis methods and computer simulation using MATLAB and SIMULINK. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Team design project
This is a skills-based module developing your understanding of the design process within engineering, including factors that need to be taken into account in identifying and meeting requirements for new products(used to mean outcome of a process and can include specifications for a tangible product, or process, or system), such as working within Regulatory, professional and Standards requirements, developing practical skills, working as part of a team, handling information, project planning and management, and report-writing and presentation skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
Optional placement year
- Innovation and enterprise
In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Control engineering
This module builds on the Level 5 module Principles of Control. It introduces a range of Analogue and Digital Control methods to estimate system dynamics and to improve system stability, servo tracking and regulation of system outputs against unknown disturbances. Implementation of these methods in a laboratory will closely support the theory. The application-oriented parts of the module will involve members of the teaching team from all the faculty departments and use case studies and laboratory work relating specifically to the individual disciplines. The module will be delivered in the way of 2 hours teaching, 2 hours computer workshops and 2 hours tutorials per week. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Individual project
The Individual Major Project requires you to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. In this regard, this module provides you with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject-specific expertise. This module differentiates from others on the course taken due to the high degree of autonomous study expected. This flexibility should be seen as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and to acquire new and often unexpected skills. The work undertaken within the project will require you to develop your own methodology in advance of presenting solutions to the studied problem. It's therefore expected that project will include evidence and demonstration of detailed research of the subject matter, practical demonstration of understanding of the material, testing and evaluation of the practical elements, detailed reporting, discussion and conclusions of the entire project, and a high level of written presentation and grammar skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Electrical energy converters and drives
This module provides a broad understanding of the theory and application of power electronic circuits in the areas of power conversion and electrical machine drives. The material covered is particularly relevant to students in the area of electrical building services, where a significant proportion of electrical plant and drives will have power electronics and microprocessor control components. It's suitable for students who work in organisations that specify, design, commission, operate and maintain all types of electrical power infrastructure and/or who wish to pursue further study afterwards at Masters level or above. You'll be equipped with the essential theory and practice, enabling you to assess modern trends in the subject and maintain and update your knowledge. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
This module firstly introduces the areas of lighting as applied to the design of building services. The nature and specification of the requirements are considered, as well as the types of engineering systems that can be used to satisfy the requirements. The module then builds on lighting engineering topics, at least as far as required to undertake design calculations and appreciate what is assumed in the use of proprietary design software packages. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
Modules are assessed by a mix of workshop logbooks, phase tests, workshop tests, formal reports, individual and group presentations and end of module examinations.
The UK energy industry adds a net value to the economy of more than £15 billion per year with electricity sales alone amounting to around £100 million per day. Key players in this industry range from large national grid operators to regional distribution and power generation companies. Meeting the challenges of using renewable energy to reduce the problems of climate change means that there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the power and related applications industry.
Career prospects are excellent in this growing engineering sector. Graduate electrical engineers command high salaries and are often involved in cutting-edge projects. You could work for industry players ranging from large national grid operators to regional distribution and power generation companies.
This course is the first step to becoming a chartered engineer – and remember Chartered Engineers typically earn more than their colleagues.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
For those students who choose to take the four year sandwich course, the third year is spent on an industrial placement in the UK and our industrial placement team will provide the necessary guidance, support and advice.
This 4-year Sandwich option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.
European placement opportunity
The European Studies endorsement is available on all our BEng courses. If you choose to complete a sandwich year abroad you will study German at our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, and then complete the year with an industrial placement in Germany.
Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.
Mohammad Ghavami is Professor of Telecommunications Engineering and the founder and leader of BiMEC research group. His research interests include UWB, smart antenna systems and biomedical applications of wireless technology.
Juquan's teaching includes modules relating to computer system and networks, electrical and electronics, both at UG and PG levels.
Teaching and learning
Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award.
We take a personal approach. You'll be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course, with whom you can discuss course-related and personal issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets.
We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.
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As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.
- A Level BBB or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
- Level 3 qualifications must include Maths or Physical Science
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.
For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.
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|UK/EU fee: £9250||International fee: £13780|
|AOS/LSBU code: 4632||Session code: 1FS00|
|Total course fee:|
|UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750|
|UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750|
|International (excluding any optional years) £41340|
|International (including any optional years) £41340|
|UK/EU fee: £6935||International fee: £10335|
|AOS/LSBU code: 4633||Session code: 1PS00|
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Possible fee changes
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James studied part-time with us while working in industry. He found that the course content matched his professional needs, and his career has since gone from strength to strength.
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