Electrical and Electronic Engineering study guide 2022/23

Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol

One of the broadest engineering disciplines, electrical and electronic engineering uses cutting-edge technology to address some of the major concerns of the modern world. There is growing demand for skilled graduates to work in industries such as consumer electronics, alternative energy and transport, medical engineering and communications.

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, we innovate to meet society's communication, tech and energy needs.

Electricity is integral to modern life – power generation, transport, medicine, quantum information, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography, communications, the list is endless. So what distinguishes electrical from electronic? Put simply, electrical engineers deal with the supply and flow of power; electronic engineers create the electronic devices we use every day.

Electrical engineering is about harnessing electricity. Electronic engineering is about electrical circuits and components. Both fields focus on real-world applications. If you are excited by maths and science, love technology and its potential benefits for society, this is the subject for you.

Unit structure

The department offers many classes that are based in a single semester, and can therefore accept unit requests from Study Abroad students who want to join Bristol for just the autumn or spring semester.

Unit levels

The department offers units across all undergraduate levels of study – Year 1 (Level C/4), Year 2 (Level I/5), and Year 3 (Level H/6) – and selected postgraduate units (Level M/7). Level M/7 units are normally taken by students who have studied the subject for at least 3 years beforehand and are at an appropriate level of study to take postgraduate units.

Unit codes

Unit codes in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering begin with 'EENG'. This is followed by a number indicating the year (1, 2, 3). For example:

  • EENG10000 = year 1 unit
  • EENG20000 = year 2 unit
  • EENG30000 = year 3 unit.

For more information about each unit, check the University's unit catalogue for 2022/23. Applicants on all study abroad programmes must review the unit details on the catalogue before listing unit choices on their application form. This includes checking the format of assessment for each unit. The unit catalogue for 2022/23 is updated by April.

Your unit choices cannot be guaranteed. Some units may not have capacity to accommodate all of the unit requests we receive. Registration on a unit also depends on whether you meet the pre-requisite conditions through prior study at your home university.

Study Abroad (Subject pathway)

If you have been nominated to Bristol on the Study Abroad (Subject pathway), you must take the majority of your credits in this department.

Research Project units

The following Research Project unit is available on the Study Abroad programme:

  • Individual Research Project 3 (TB4) – EENG30009

Students receive an academic supervisor for project units. If a supervisor is unavailable to support a project, students may be required to select an alternative unit. This is a TB4 unit, so available to students who study at Bristol for the full academic year.

Units available on the study abroad programme in 2022/23

The following units from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering are open to incoming Study Abroad students.

Year 1 (level C/4)

  • Digital Circuits and Systems (TB4) – EENG14000
  • Electrical Systems Engineering (TB2) – EENG17300
  • Electromechanical Design and Manufacturing Principles (TB4) – EENG10003
  • Electronics 1 (TB2) – EENG16000
  • Fields and Devices (TB4) – EENG15600
  • Linear Circuits (TB4) – EENG10005

Year 2 (level I/5)

  • C for Embedded Systems (TB2) – EENG20004
  • Communications (TB2) – EENG22000
  • Digital Systems (TB1) – EENG20400
  • Electro-Mechanical Energy Conversion (TB2) – EENG20002
  • Electro-Mechanical System Design (TB4) – EENG20003
  • Electronics 2 (TB1) – EENG26000
  • Lines and Waves (TB2) – EENG25000
  • Signals and Systems (TB1) – EENG21000

Year 3 (level H/6)

  • Antennas (TB2) – EENG35010
  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis 3 (TB1) – EENG31400
  • Embedded and Real-Time System (TB1) – EENG34030
  • Electronics 3 (TB2) – EENG36000
  • Individual Research Projects 3 (TB4) – EENG30009
  • Mobile Communication Systems (TB1) – EENG30010
  • Networking Protocol Principles 3 (TB1) – EENG30002
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Systems 3 (TB1) – EENG30004
  • Power Electronics, Machines and Drive Technologies (TB4) – EENG30013
  • VLSI Design 3 (TB2) – EENG34050

Year 4 (level M/7)

  • Advanced DSP and FPGA Implementation (TB2) – EENGM4120
  • Advanced Mobile Radio Techniques (TB2) – EENGM2510
  • Advanced Networks (TB2) – EENGM4211
  • Advanced Optoelectronic Devices (TB2) – EENGM6000
  • Advanced Power Electronics Design (TB2) – EENGM0001
  • Analogue Integrated Circuit Design (TB2) – EENGM6030
  • Antennas (TB2) – EENGM0024
  • Biomedical Imaging (TB2) – EENGM0006
  • Broadband Wireless Communications (TB2) – EENGM4221
  • Coding Theory (M) (TB1) – EENGM2010
  • Coding Theory 4 (TB1) – EENGM2011
  • Data Center Networking (TB2) – EENGM0008
  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis (M) (TB1) – EENGM1400
  • Digital Signal Processing Systems (TB2) – EENGM4100
  • Electric Propulsion Drives (TB2) – EENGM0034
  • Energy Management (TB1) – EENGM7031
  • Image and Video Coding (TB2) – EENGM4021
  • Integrated Circuit Electronics (TB1) – EENGM6011
  • Low Carbon Energy Systems (TB2) – EENGM0032
  • Networked Systems and Applications (TB2) – EENGM0009
  • Optical Communications Systems and Data Networks (TB2) – EENGM2001
  • Optical Networks (TB2) – EENGM0003
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Systems (M) (TB1) – EENGM6020
  • Power Electronic Systems (TB1) – EENGM7011
  • Radio Frequency Engineering (M) (TB1) – EENGM6500
  • Sensing Technologies for Diagnostics and Monitoring (TB1) – EENGM0031
  • Statistical Signal and Image Processing (TB2) – EENGM0016
  • VLSI Design M (TB2) – EENGM4050

Application queries

Contact the Global Opportunities Team if you have any queries about the application process for the study abroad programmes:

Phone: +44 117 39 40207
Email: global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk


Students cannot audit units. Study abroad students are fully registered on units for credit purposes and must attend teaching only for classes that they are registered on.

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