BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Top Up)
Topping up to a BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering qualification is a great way to increase your specialist knowledge and skills. Taught full-time (direct entry) or part-time for those already in employment, the top up Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree allows you to select options to specialise in either electrical power engineering or electronics engineering.
You will have the opportunity to undertake significant project work. This can be industry based from your own workplace, which could be of great benefit to your employer. Past students have used project work as the opportunity to identify organisational efficiencies, make cost savings and to influence their long-term career plans by acquiring the relevant skills.
Either Singleton Project and Project Management (40 credits) or Industrial Singleton Project (40 credits)
Power Electronic Applications for Energy Systems - 20 credits (optional)
Smart Grid - 20 credits (specified)
Power Systems- 20 credits (optional)
Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Technology - 20 credits (specified)
Electronic Systems Engineering - 20 credits (optional)
Smart Grid - 20 credits (specified)
Electronics Design - 20 credits (optional)
Automotive and Electrical Vehicle Technology - 20 credits (specified)
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering course is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars and practical workshops as well as guided independent study. Independent learning skills are a critical aspect of the degree, and this enables graduates with the ability to develop new skills throughout their careers.
Assessment methods include assignments, coursework and examinations.
Our industry-standard facilities help you make the transition from the classroom into an employment setting. We have three suites that include an IoT/Embedded Systems lab, General Electronics lab, and Power and Renewable energy lab.
Our embedded systems lab contains 25 high-end terminals that run cutting edge development tools that have been designed in conjunction with our sponsor, Renesas – the world’s leading supplier of microcontrollers. This sponsorship means our students are taught using the most up-to-date technologies and development tools.
The general electronics lab is split into three sections – State of the Art Computer Aided Design (CAD) that include Matlab and Etap simulation software, IoT/Embedded Systems, practical electronics, and communication engineering.
You will learn how to use industry-standard software, construct prototypes, build and test printed circuit boards and use a range of equipment such as oscilloscopes and signal generators. In the communication engineering section, you will undertake experimental set-ups to support your understanding of theoretical principles. These set-ups include analogue and digital modulation schemes, microwave antennas, time and frequency division multiplexing, coding, transmission lines and fibre optics.
The power and renewable energy lab is where you will learn about the key components and construction skills involved in planning, designing, building and testing electronic circuits which are used in micro renewable energy systems. You will design and simulate your very own renewable systems, analyse performances and produce feasibility reports. Equipment you will find yourself using includes a Photovoltaic solar energy, Wind energy experimental stations and Lab-Volt stations.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
Relevant HND, foundation degree or equivalent.
International Entry Requirements
International applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component or equivalent recognisable English language qualification.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: £15260
Part-time UK: TBC
August 2025 - July 2026 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
International and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
Graduates of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses pursue a career in electronics, computing, electrical engineering, communications or control systems and embedded systems. Graduates have gained employment with a range of local and national companies, including General Electric Aircraft Engine Services, Quantum CAD, Panasonic, Aviza Technology, Allevard Springs and government agencies.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW Electrical and Electronic Engineering student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.