International Study Centre

Why study Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

Posted 19 January 2020
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Engineering is a versatile and broad discipline to train in. With its roots in science, this field has major branches in chemical, aerospace, mechanical and marine industries, and engineering jobs currently make up 19% of the UK’s total employment (EngineeringUK, 2019). Specifically, electrical engineering is concerned with the study, design and application of equipment which uses electronics. Electrical engineers have been responsible for some of the critical work involved in projects such as NASA’s Apollo Program and the Busicom Project (the development of the first personal computer).

Reasons to study electrical engineering include:

A wealth of career opportunities

Due to elements such as continuing advances in medical science, artificial intelligence and robotics, rapid technological expansion and a growing need for sustainable solutions for energy and transport, jobs in this sector are in abundance in 2019. Studying this degree will equip you with the skills to be adaptable in an otherwise uncertain job market. Specific career roles you can go into include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Systems analyst

With a qualification in engineering, you will be a flexible candidate for many jobs, as it is a varied and insightful subject that is incorporated into a variety of business structures. Many Strathclyde engineering graduates secure well-paid and exciting jobs. Employers of alumni include BAE Systems, Accenture, BP, Thales, Rolls-Royce and ScottishPower.

High salary prospects

Many of the careers mentioned above are also appealing for their financial benefits. Engineering positions are highly paid around the world, as they require a specialised skill set as well as an accomplished understanding of maths and physics. According to University of Strathclyde’s data, the starting salary for a newly qualified electrical engineer in the UK is up to £29,000 per year. Average salaries for an experienced professional in this line of work range from £35,000 to £60,000, and a specialist’s yearly income can reach £85,000+ (Prospects, 2019).

Exposure to an ever-changing industry

As with the digital industry, electronics is changing and evolving constantly. This means engineers who specialise in this field are always learning and developing their skills, as well as continually gaining a wider perspective on the principles of electrical engineering. Additionally, because of many societies’ growing reliance upon electronics, it is a fruitful job market to be in.

Practical skills for everyday life

Like we said, studying engineering breeds a specialised skill set, and this is something that can be beneficial beyond a career. Being capable at physics and maths is useful, and studying a degree in electrical engineering imparts practical skills that can aid you in a number of everyday situations, such as tax returns and household jobs. More directly, skills in electronics are useful for rewiring circuits around a home and, if computing is your area of expertise, you will likely be apt at repairing many digital appliances too.

Global opportunities during and post-graduation

Industry exposure is important for any career path, and this is clearly true for an electrical engineering student too. Due to the booming nature of the electronics industry, business connections are vital for graduates, and at the University of Strathclyde students have the opportunity to network and gain work experience opportunities. The University’s industry links include global companies such as BP, Iberdrola, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Lloyds Register Foundation and Atkins.

Find out what one of our former students loves about studying BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde:

Prepare for a career in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Here at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, we offer tuition focused on preparing international students for an undergraduate degree in Electronic and Electrical in the form of our Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Engineering and Sciences, or for post-graduate study within our Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Sciences. These programmes cover a broad range of engineering-focused subjects, and are designed to provide students with a good basis of knowledge for the next stage of their education. There's also an opportunity for the International Study Centre students to gain a scholarship to assist with the pathway programme and University degree fees, with subject to availability and individual eligibility.

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