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Electrical and Electronic Engineering - BEng / MEng (Hons) Degree*

Entry Year

This degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering combines theory with practical learning experiences to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in the dynamic field of electrical and electronic engineering.

From day one, you will work in cutting-edge facilities that feature electronic circuits measurement analysers, virtual instrumentation kits, PCB prototyping printers, circuit design and simulation tools, internet of things and electrical machines and drives.

In the first year, the course content covers engineering mathematics, programming principles, analog and digital electronics and mechatronics. It also ventures into more specialised areas like control systems, signals and systems, as well as electromagnetics and physical computing, shaping well-rounded professionals who are adept at both theory and practice.

As you progress through the course you will dive deeper into areas such as digital signal processing, power electronics and systems and electrical machines and drives. The curriculum in the final years of the degree also allows students to undertake practical projects, providing critical hands-on experience that is vital in today’s industry. Students will have the opportunity to tailor their learning through elective modules both in electrical and electronic engineering, thereby aligning their education with their personal interests and career goals. The degree ensures that graduates are well-equipped to meet industry demands, contribute to advancements in the field, and drive innovation in electrical and electronic engineering.

*This programme is subject to validation for September 2025 entry. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University’s Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Foundation Year

This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.

The foundation year will be relevant to:

  1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
  2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Find out more about the foundation year.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 1 will cover a number of topics designed to give a broad underpinning of the techniques and principles of engineering used within electrical and electronic systems. You will study the theory and practice of designing analogue and digital systems and will introduce the exciting world of mechanical and electronics systems in combination (mechatronics). Your work will be complimented with instruction in applied engineering mathematics, and the development and organisation of software build solutions. There will be group project works that will allow you to consolidate the material covered by developing systems to solve real world problems.


  • Explore
  • Principles of Programming
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Analog and Digital Electronics 1
  • Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Architectures and Operating Systems

Year 2

Year 2 will expand on the topics and themes from Year 1, introducing additional subjects to provide a more in-depth understanding of the techniques and principles used in electrical and electronic engineering. It will encompass the theory and practice of designing signals and systems, along with the fundamentals of engineering electromagnetics, which form the foundation of all electrical systems and tele communications. Through physical computing you will have the chance to build micro-controller systems to consolidate theoretical work through development of hardware projects. Control systems and its application will give you insight into the positioning and manipulation of automated machinery. Research skills and project management options will also be covered. You will also undertake extensive laboratory work to consolidate your learning by developing systems to solve real-life problems.


  • Analog and Digital Electronics 2
  • Control Systems
  • Physical Computing
  • Engineering Electromagnetics
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Signals and Systems

Year 3

Year 3 covers a range of topics in greater depth. It dives deeper into areas like Digital Signal Processing, and Power Electronics and Systems, Electrical Machines and Drives. Beyond the core modules, you have the chance to customise your learning through elective modules in electrical and electronic engineering, including Advanced Control Systems, Biomedical Electronics, and Digital and Analogue Communication Systems. This customization allows you to align your education with your personal interests and career aspirations. An individual project provides an opportunity to apply your knowledge by tackling a real-world problem, enhancing your practical skills. Additionally, there’s the chance to gain industry experience through an industrial placement, which can be invaluable in enhancing employability after graduation.


  • Professional Engineering Practical Project
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Power Electronics and Systems
  • Electrical Machines and Drives


  • Advanced Control Systems
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Digital and Analog Communications Systems
  • Industrial Work Experience

Year 4

Building on a broad and deep understanding of topics covered in the first three years of the programme, Year 4 is designed to enhance your mastery and proficiency in complex subjects. This will involve an in-depth study of core topics such as the Internet of Things and Smart Grids, along with an emphasis on professional skills and ethical standards essential for engineering practice. A collaborative development project will enable you to synthesise various program topics, offering a platform to explore specific interests or areas for development further. Additionally, you will have the chance to delve into specialised areas including RF and Microwave Engineering, Renewable Energy and Distribution, while also investigating emerging technologies poised to shape the future.


  • Team Development Project
  • The Internet of Things
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Engineering
  • Smart Grids


  • RF and Microwave Engineering
  • Optical Communication Systems
  • Renewable Energy and Distribution
  • Frontiers in Technology

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, such as technical labs and individual and group projects. This is further enhanced by real world case studies and guest talks from industry experts, and supported by Teams and Moodle, our virtual learning environments.

Due to the nature of the programme, campus-based practical workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time – in additional to the timetabled delivery – so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment.

Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director. Each student is also appointed a Personal Tutor from within the School, who provides a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. Students are also supported by Student Coaches; the Student Coach role is for current 2nd, 3rd year and Master’s students who provide peer support in Modules.


The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. Modules are assessed through a combination of methods, such as formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and case studies.

Employability & Careers

Our modern society heavily relies on technology, with the digital revolution significantly influencing various sectors. This has led to the rapid expansion of smart and interconnected devices in healthcare, agriculture, space, automation, telecommunications, and the energy sector, particularly focusing on renewable energy. These advancements have led to substantial disruptions and changes, with engineers being the driving force behind these transformations. As a result, careers in engineering offer a wide range of rewarding opportunities.

In the United Kingdom, the engineering profession is overseen by professional institutions acting on behalf of the Engineering Council. These institutions establish the standards for education, training, and experience required to become registered as an Incorporated Engineer or a Chartered Engineer. These standards align with internationally recognised qualifications, ensuring that engineering professionals gain global recognition within the industry.

To ensure our students meet the required competences for education, Cardiff Met’s engineering programmes will be seeking accreditation via the most appropriate engineering institution – the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). New programmes are required to present evidence of a full cohort (students successfully progressing to graduation over the 4 years of the course) for scrutiny before full Accreditation is awarded. Once awarded, then all students who have attended that course can claim to have attended a recognised programme and so be eligible for full (MEng) or partial (BEng) recognition of the required education standard for professional registration.

Students will be encouraged to undertake an optional year out in industry to complement their studies with real world experience of engineering work in a commercial environment. This will better equip them for entering the workplace on graduation.

Students who do well on the programme are also offered opportunities to study at higher level for postgraduate qualifications in technology and engineering subjects through further taught programmes or through research.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Typical Offers

The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.

  • Tariff points: 112-120 (BEng Degree) or 120-128 (MEng Degree)
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades BCC, including Grade C in Mathematics or Physics. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM (BEng Degree) or DDM (MEng Degree). To include 6 Merits within Mathematics or Physics modules.
  • T Level: Merit. To include Mathematics or Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: To include Mathematics or Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5 in Mathematics or Physics.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3 x H2 grades including Mathematics or Physics. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades CD to include grade C in Mathematics or Physics. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Ginu Rajan:

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:
BEng - 3-year degree - G840
BEng - 4-year degree (including foundation year) - G84F
MEng - 4-year degree - G820
MEng - 5-year degree (including foundation year) - G82F

Place of Study: Llandaff Campus

School: Cardiff School of Technologies

Course Length:
3-5 years full-time dependent on following the BEng or MEng route and undertaking foundation year.