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Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
4 years
Start date: 17-February-2020
Campus:
University of Canterbury
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Summary

Engineers design the future. They provide innovative solutions to meet the needs of our modern world. From buildings and bridges, to apps and smart devices, to pharmaceuticals and renewable energy, engineering feats are everywhere. The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)) is a four-year professional degree. The degree is accredited by Engineering New Zealand, allowing our graduates to work as professionally qualified engineers all over the world.

Electrical and Electronic Engineers harness one of the fundamental forces of the universe, electromagnetism, for the benefit of the world. Electrical and Electronic Engineers create systems to provide efficient and sustainable power for homes and industry, the physical parts that transfer information between computers, and also the smart miniature devices we now have throughout the modern world.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering involves being creative with the generation, storage and use of electricity; the design and programming of smart systems, such as robots and mobile devices; as well as the design and use of integrated circuits, sensors, and actuators. This discipline also involves the transmission and transformation of information using computers and communication networks, and the design of new electronic and computer products.

Electrical and Electronic Engineers have played a major role in the development of many technological advances, from personal computing and smart phones to autonomous vehicles and renewable electrical power. Digital television, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, medical imaging, and space exploration have all been possible in large part because of electrical engineering innovation.

How do I plan my degree?

The first year of the degree is called the Engineering Intermediate Year and comprises nine courses (120 points) which is made up of: five compulsory courses and four further Intermediate Year courses which vary depending on which Engineering discipline you want to specialise in.

The Intermediate Year is followed by three Professional Years of study in one of the Engineering disciplines. Entry to the Professional Years is limited and based on your performance in the first year(s). All students must also complete one compulsory course in their First Professional Year, and 800 hours (approximately 100 days) of practical work placement.

Career opportunities

UC Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates are well prepared to join the technological revolution, with a wide range of career options. Some examples of these are as a consulting engineer, electronic design engineer, biomedical engineer, an entrepreneur or as a teacher/educator in industry, school or university. Now and in the future, electrical and electronic engineers have the opportunity to develop innovative systems such as:

  • new ways of generating power from renewable energy sources eg, wind, hydro, and solar
  • faster, cheaper, and more reliable ways of sending information through communication networks
  • more precise non-invasive medical devices, instruments, and scanners
  • new nano-scale devices and materials
  • more efficient ways of using electric power and intelligent systems, such as autonomous cars or search-and-rescue robots
  • better ways of gathering information through sensor networks to help businesses make accurate decisions
  • new ways of controlling the administration of medicines or the motion of rockets.

Entry criteria

NCEA entrance requirements - You should aim to have at least: 14 credits in Level 3 maths or calculus including both differentiation and integration; 14 credits in Level 3 physics; 14 credits in Level 3 chemistry. 18 credits are strongly recommended in all subjects.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma -You will need to have: minimum of 4 HL (or 6 SL) in each of math's and physics (HL is recommended); minimum of 4 HL (or 6 SL) in chemistry.

Cambridge International Examination (CIE) - You will need to have: maths and physics - D grade or better at A level or A in AS level; chemistry - D grade or better at A level or A in AS level.

Alternatively, a Modified Intermediate Year is offered to students who have taken the MATH 199 or relevant STAR Science courses, and/or have achieved excellent results in some subjects. You may be exempt from taking some of the required courses in the Intermediate Year and offered advanced/interest courses in their place.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements as:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

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