Skills in electrical and electronic engineering are essential in a world that seeks net zero, medical breakthroughs and many of the devices and systems we use every day. The IEA’s World Energy Outlook (2021) claimed that 13.3 million new global jobs would be created by the low carbon agenda by 2030 and most of these jobs would require electrical and electronic engineering skills.
The Integrated Masters degree in Sustainable Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with integrated year in industry) at Aberystwyth University will develop your essential skills, from analogue and digital electronics to real-life applications like communications and renewables.
At Aberystwyth we embed a ‘can-do’ approach to problem-solving within this degree programme with employability in mind, so that on graduation our students will have the confidence, skills and knowledge to effectively deliver in these extremely lucrative opportunities, whether they are industrial or commercially based, and contribute positively to our changing world.
Aberystwyth University will be working with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to ensure that this new degree will receive IET accreditation when the first cohort graduates in 2030. IET accreditation will be subject to approval by the IET at that time
This course is available for September 2025 entry.
Why study MEng Sustainable Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Integrated Year in Industry at Aberystwyth University?
- Prioritisation of innovation to meet society's communication, tech and energy needs.
- Delivers a detailed understanding of the application of electronics in sustainability and renewables.
- Builds specialist knowledge of the latest communications, robotics, generation, motor, power, sensor and control concepts.
- Empowers you to apply your knowledge in solving problems.
- Builds your confidence and specialised skills which can be deployed in engineering and scientific disciplines such as industrial research and development, product development, and work in national research laboratories such as the National Physical Laboratories.
- Our research is commercially deployed in all optical networks, in the new generation of metrology with the introduction of vibration-free precision fabrication measurements.
- Your industrial placement will enable you to apply your learning in the workplace and enhance your professional development.
- You can study a number of modules through the medium of Welsh, which may enable you to qualify for certain scholarships.
Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.
A changing world needs changing technology and the people to deliver it, which makes a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering a stimulating and rewarding career choice. Electrical and electronic engineers work at the forefront of practical technology, improving the devices and systems we use every day, from solar energy systems to mobile phones. This course is designed to allow students to progress and pursue a career in engineering, research and development.
Industry is moving towards industry 4.0 and higher with increasing levels of control, automation (robotics) and the establishment of digital twins. Net zero targets are driving increasing levels of electrification including generation, distribution networks (Smart) and use (transportation). The UK Government has determined that only electric or hybrid new cars will be available from 2030, thereby creating huge demands on all elements of the infrastructure. Even autonomous cars of the future will require specialist skills. Medical science, computing (including quantum), artificial intelligence, communications and other specialisms are generating even more demand for electrical and electronic engineering skills, thus creating a need for more qualified graduates in this area.
The World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs Report’ (2023) placed Sustainability Specialists in the top three fastest-growing jobs, with Renewable Energy Engineers, and Solar Energy Installation and System Engineers cited as relatively fast-growing roles, as economies shift towards renewable energy.
Completing a year in industry will allow you to:
- apply the learning from your course to the work environment
- make valuable industry contacts
- develop practical skills related to your area of study
- enrich your final year of studies with an enhanced appreciation of its applicability to your career
- greatly enhance your CV and increase your prospects of success in the job market.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
In the first year, you will study core modules which will give you the basic skills necessary for engineering, including mathematics, computing, laboratory techniques, professional and ethical issues and sustainable industrial practice. Laboratory practicals will develop your hands-on understanding of the different types of electrical components and how they can be used to provide a given function.
In the second year, you will be introduced to the key elements of electrical and electronic engineering, and will develop your practical skills in these areas. Topics include electrical power, motors/generator, sensors, instrumentation, communications, robotics and embedded systems. You will gain an understanding of the energy demands of various communication systems to embed the importance of low carbon solutions for our future world.
In the third year, you will undertake your industrial work placement.
In the fourth year, you will study a range of modules covering systems engineering, semiconductor technology, control theory, communication engineering, robotics and machine learning. Your real-world insight will be broadened by the introduction of optoelectronics and its applications in sensing, optical communication and life science. You will also develop project management skills through your individual project, which are an integral part of research and development, and will be a valuable asset in the workplace. A choice of optional modules will allow you to focus on areas of particular interest to you.
In your final year you will undertake a major project, working with an industrial partner, which will give you key insights into real-world issues. Modules in renewable energy will demonstrate how you can support and impact this growing and important sector, and you will also discover how to commercialise a concept through our product innovation and entrepreneurship module.
Throughout the various practicals and workshops your conceptualisation and modelling skills will be developed using such tools and simulation packages as COMSOL, MATLAB Simulink and Zemax, enabling you to add immense value in any commercial development project.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through written coursework and practical assessments, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations. Problem solving, modelling and lab testing will form part of some assessments.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be your main contact throughout the duration of your studies. Your personal tutor can help you to settle in when you first arrive and will be available to help you with academic or personal matters.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 128 - 120
A Levels ABB-BBB with B in Physics and B in Mathematics
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with specified subject and B in A level Physcis and B in Mathematics
32-30 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level
75% overall with 7 Physics and Mathematics
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.