Undergraduate study


Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering study area

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Ranked top 10 for Electrical Engineering. Guardian University Guide 2017

Why choose Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at Loughborough?

So much of today’s modern life style depends on the skills and knowledge of electronic, electrical and systems engineers. Imagine your world without an electrical power supply, electronic control and carefully engineered systems to make everything work together. If you want to give the world its next revolutionary technologies, improve people’s lives or solve the planet’s energy needs, these are the subjects for you.

Any one of our degrees can be the start of a fascinating and rewarding career in the domain of your choice: aerospace, automotive, rail, marine, defence, healthcare, retail, media, communications, energy and banking, to name just a few.

Our School is one of the largest of its type in the UK with over 500 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students, 36 full-time academic staff and 50 support staff. The quality and relevance of the education we deliver is reflected in our exceptional record of graduate employment with a wide range of prestigious companies. Our teaching quality is endorsed by industry, which sponsors many of our students.

In a rapidly changing area of engineering we continually update our syllabus and track evolving industrial sectors. This ensures that a degree qualification from the School is a mark of achievement and performance trusted by employers across the board.

Professional recognition

The Engineering Council UK (ECUK) accredits all of the courses offered by the School. For our MEng courses this leads to Chartered Engineer status, and for our BEng courses to becoming an Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer after further study.

Our courses are accredited by the following professional institutions:

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology,
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society
  • The Energy Institute
  • The Institute of Measurement and Control.


European and UK Government agencies, as well as industry, sponsor a wide range of projects in the School, in areas including; communications and signal processing, systems engineering, microelectronics, optical electronics, control systems, electrical power and renewable energy systems.

These all feed into the teaching, ensuring up to date and industry-relevant content.

Career prospects

Our graduates are highly employable and sought after by a range of companies in many sectors. Recent employers include: Network Rail, Apple, Qinetiq, Selex, Siemens, BT, Ericsson, BAE Systems, npower, Goodrich, Toyota, E.ON, Rolls-Royce, ARM, National Instruments, Microsoft, GE and many others.

Some of our students also find positions with finance houses or management consultants such as Goldman Sachs and PA Consulting. 97% of our 2015 graduates were in work or further study within 6 months of graduation with an average starting salary of £27,000

Industrial placement

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with over 30% more students on year-long placements than any other university (2015/16 HESA UG Student Record).
All of our undergraduate courses in electronic, electrical and systems engineering provide the option of a paid year working in industry. The School’s close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Recent companies who have employed our placement students include Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, EDF, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Grid and Rolls-Royce.


The School has well equipped teaching areas, testing facilities and workshops. The networked IT infrastructure is highly developed, providing industry-standard software packages.

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in Bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Study abroad

Our MEng courses are designed to be compatible with the longer courses that are standard in many European universities so International Exchange schemes, including ERASMUS, present opportunities for study abroad.

In particular the UNITECH scheme allows students on MEng courses to combine study in a top European institution with a work placement at a large multinational engineering company, and leads to a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).

Sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries

We broker a range of sponsored places from leading companies such as BAE Systems, Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Jaguar Land Rover. We are also a member of the IET's Power Academy, an engineering scholarship fund supporting undergraduate students in electrical and power engineering at leading UK universities.
Students studying any of the School's degree courses and intending to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service may be eligible for financial support under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has its own sponsorship schemes, and is also able to supply a list of companies offering sponsorship.

The School and the University offer a number of annual scholarship and bursary schemes. These may be awarded according to academic achievement or fee status, or for those with outstanding abilities in sport or music. The scholarships and bursaries available are updated from year to year, so please contact the Admissions Tutor for the most recent information.

International students

Students from all round the world join us every year. Advice about admissions requirements is always available from our Admissions Tutor. With appropriate qualifications you may be able to enter a course directly at Year 2.

Ali: International Student

Ali Obaid talks about his experience as an international student studying at Loughborough University.