BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Top-up

Course summary

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Electrical and Electronic engineers influence the world we live in, from communications technology, to electrical power distribution and health care technology. This course provides an integrated approach by combining academic rigour with engineering design applications, business skills and professional studies.

Demand for engineers is high, so combining technical knowledge with personal and professional skills gives you a great start to your career.

Why choose this course?
Creativity and problem-solving is one of the fundamental principles of Engineering and lies at the heart of the BEng (Hons) Top-up degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

You will be taught the relevant practical skills using state-of-the-art technology to produce practical and innovative solutions to a wide range of engineering problems.

Career and study progression
We will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for your chosen career path in electrical or electronic engineering.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

How will the course be assessed?

Top-up year
13% written exam, 0% practical exam, 87% coursework

Course detail

Studying with us
You will be taught the relevant practical skills using state-of-the-art technology to produce practical and innovative solutions to a wide range of engineering problems.

The course provides an integrated approach to electrical and electronic engineering by combining academic rigour with engineering design applications, business skills and professional studies. The course has been designed to provide you with a wide range of engineering knowledge and skills required for your chosen career path in fields such as: 

  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • power engineering
  • communication systems
  • analogue systems and digital systems. 

You will be given the opportunity to specialise in their chosen field of engineering by choosing elective optional modules. When it comes to the final year projects, students are encouraged to develop their own projects and where possible, to engage with an industry partner.

What modules will I study?

Top-up year (Level 6)

  • Development Project
  • Professional Studies
  • Sustainable Design
  • Communication Systems.

*Optional modules

  • Analogue Systems
  • Control Theory and Practice
  • Power Systems
* Option modules will run subject to staff availability and student numbers opting to take the module

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 240 credits at levels 4 and 5
  • plus a minimum of 120 credits at L5 from any relevant programmes such as a HND / FdEng or equivalent.

International criteria

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Notable aspects

We aim to create an environment where all students feel welcome. Our lecturers and tutors are very dedicated and supportive. We provide state of the art laboratory equipment as well as industry standard software tools.

Teaching methods

People learn in many different ways and at different paces so on this course a range of approaches are used to develop your understanding.

Theoretical or academic approaches are used but are backed up with practical studies and investigations; scheduled classes are supported by periods of private study and reflection. Similarly assessments are varied ranging from simple laboratory reports through less directed investigations to a final year project.



A number of formal assessment methods are used and these include: Time-controlled exams, written reports and presentations.

Special resources

We have two large multipurpose electronics laboratories which provide specialist resources for electrical, electronics, communications, and control.

The laboratories also have a number of PC’s running engineering specific software such as:

  • OrCAD
  • AutoCAD
  • Inventor

This facility is staffed permanently with technical support and, space permitting, is able to provide open access to students wishing to undertake additional study.

Our library is well stocked with appropriate books, periodicals and journals and supports a wide range of learning activities. There is a dedicated librarian at hand to assist with subject specific requests. Online resources are available to students including course specific materials via the University’s VLE (Blackboard) which is available remotely.

Specialist computer software available at present within the School of Computing and Engineering:

  • Cadence
  • OrCAD
  • AutoCAD 2007
  • Autodesk Inventor 11
  • PLC programming systems
  • Visual DSP
  • Microchip                                                    

Hardware available within the School includes electronics laboratory equipment such as:

  • Oscilloscopes (Digital Storage)
  • Multimeters
  • Power supplies
  • Signal generators
  • Spectrum Analyser
  • PCB Milling Machine
  • Laser Cutter
  • 3D Printer
  • A wide range of components
  • Materials testing equipment – impact, tensile, compression.

What our students say

Alex Gray, BEng(Hons)

'I was a BEng student at UWL studying towards an honours degree in power engineering. I came from a part time FdEng electrical/electronic engineering course and decided to carry on to complete the BEng. The reason for continuing was that I felt I had a good support structure in terms of the lecturers knowledge of industry and their desire to 'get amongst it' regarding the final year projects.

I felt that the support I had from the UWL lecturers/supporters was what lead to my project earning me a 1st Class Honours degree. They guided me every step of the way and ensured that I remained focused on the important details.

After completing my degree I was also successful in being awarded the IEng MIET professional qualification and am very close now to completing my CEng qualification.

I would recommend this course to any student who wants to follow a career in electronic and electrical engineering.

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Popular careers for our graduates include:

  • electronic engineer
  • electrical engineer
  • software engineer
  • electronic design automation (EDA) engineer
  • biomedical engineer
  • research and development engineer.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our computing and engineering courses page to view the full range of courses on offer by our School of Computing and Engineering.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.