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BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering [Progression Route]

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West Suffolk College


One year full-time or two years part-time.

This course starts in September.

Typical Offer: 

HND Electrical Engineering, or FdEng Electrical Engineering (240 CAT credits, with 120 credits at Level 5)


This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.


The BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering will follow-on from the successful completion of a relevant Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree. To complete the BEng with this University you will first need to apply for and complete the HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering (120 credits) followed the HND Electrical and Electronic progression route (120 credits) before enrolling on the the BEng Electrical Engineering (120 credits).

The overall aim of the BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering programme is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge commensurate for an incorporated engineer role within industry, or pursue Masters or PhD level qualifications. 

The curriculum provides detailed coverage of engineering materials, electro-mechanics and power transmission, whilst also preparing students for future supervisory roles through the exploration of lean transition within engineering organisations and change management. The course also provides advanced research skill development through the implementation of a final dissertation project that provides an opportunity for students to explore and develop higher-level project design and implementation. The programme has optional workshop experience opportunities for full time students across both mechanical and electrical disciplines to augment theoretical knowledge and assist in industry-linked project realisation. The focus is to produce work-ready engineers as well as prepare students for further study. This will be achieved through successful workplace/workshop application and a portfolio of evidence to support the ability to apply underlying technical principles within a practical environment. The highly qualified lecturing staff have successful backgrounds within both industry and research, and provide a more student-centred focus on teaching that many students have found preferable to other institutions.

What sets the course apart? It s more than a qualification. Our course focuses on developing engineering undergraduates that have practical skills to augment academic knowledge; developing engineers that have real-world problem solving abilities. The college provides a range of support services for Higher Education students, including access to specialist software and study/research facilities. Facilities are tailored to small class sizes, resulting in a smaller student-to-lecturer ratio that naturally provides greater opportunities for 1-1 support. The campus also employs dedicated support-tutor facilities to assist with pastoral care.  The laboratory and workshop equipment is maintained to reflect current industry practices. Furthermore, the Learn portal provides students with constant access to learning materials and facilitates contact with the tutors, online submission and feedback for coursework and laboratory reports. The Library and IT team both at Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds provides assistance with for Office365 student study facilities, so that students can minimize any disadvantage from a shortfall in home-IT equipment. The course is developed with industry over-sight to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to a wide array of engineering roles; to this end, employer links between the team and industry remain strong. This augments the university Careers and Employability Advice mechanisms to support students in seeking valuable internships and work experience during their study. The staff have a wide array of industrial expertise and research development that ensures curriculum is both contextually up to date and relevant. Industrial liaison is essential for the development of part time students and industry-linked projects, and our staff continue to undertake industrial fellowship opportunities to maintain their skills and support research within industrial contexts with an ultimate aim to develop and maintain our curriculum.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Engineering Materials
Lean Transition with Engineering Organisations
Change Management and Cultural Analysis
Electro-mechanics and Power Transmission
Final Project/Dissertation

Career opportunities

Many of our students have progressed into either further higher study at the MEng and/or PhD level, or full-time employment within regional and national organisations at the Incorporated Engineer level undertaking a wide array or design and project engineering roles. Many have now progressed into supervisory and management roles and have won prestigious awards from both national employers and national apprenticeship services. Specific destination data demonstrates that many are now undertaking highly valued roles and further development, specifically including the following: Many of the staff hold higher qualifications such as Masters and Doctoral qualifications, and/or professional accreditation at the Chartered Engineer level. The campus also encourages all staff to undertake teaching qualifications within the lifelong learning sector and higher education sector. 

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.


    Entry requirements

    Academic Requirements

    2019 entry: FdEng Electrical Engineering, HND Electrical Engineering (240 CAT credits, with 120 credits at Level 5)

    All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

    If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

    Also see How to Apply.

    International Requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

    Also see International and EU.             

    Transferring Credit

    If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.