There has been a Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham since its founding. The first Professor of Electrical Engineering, Gisbert Kapp (whose research focused on the development of dynamos and transformers), was appointed in 1904. During the Second World War, John Randall and Harry Boot worked at Birmingham to improve the cavity magnetron which became an essential part of the centimetric wavelength radar and the microwave oven.
We continue to make innovations in communications; our work on the design of antennas for mobile phones and on automotive radar systems is being taken up by major international manufacturers. In transport, our research on monitoring the condition of railway systems and infrastructure is valued by operators and governments worldwide.
The Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering continues to benefit from substantial investment in the teaching and learning facilities, including dedicated student laboratories. All our activities are accommodated on the attractive University campus, close to student accommodation, a short distance from the city centre and with excellent transport links nationwide.
Thirty years of professional accreditation
All of the Degree programmes in EESE have been fully accredited by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) and, prior to that, by the Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEE). This provides our graduates with a valuable first step on the road to becoming Chartered Engineers and demonstrates that our graduates begin work with the professional skills and outlook needed for industry.
Personalised professional development
Students have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through the Certificate in Industrial Studies (CIS) programme offered to all undergraduates and through the unique MSc with Industrial Placement programme. These offer students the opportunity to experience industry and develop skills that help them in their degree and beyond. We offer the chance to meet employers and receive guidance on all aspects of job hunting, from writing CVs to interview skills.
Successful completion of projects is crucial in Engineering, requiring many different skills. For most of our students the ‘Robot Race’ in the second year is a highlight of their degree. This combines the development of project management, design and technical skills to build an autonomous robot to race in the end of year challenge. Our students also benefit from interdisciplinary design projects with other Engineering students, Group Design Studies in their third year of MEng degrees and Individual Projects in their Final Year for both BEng and MEng degrees.
Team building in the Lake District
All of our students go to the University’s Centre at Coniston in the beautiful Lake District. This provides an ‘outward bound’ experience in which students join together to face challenges to help them develop teamwork in practice. They further this process on their return to the University as, in the same teams, they begin their Robot project work.
Excellent access to modern labs and equipment
The Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering participates in the Microsoft Imagine scheme, providing student access to key computing software for their own computers. However you don’t need your own computer as we have well-equipped Computer Laboratories with all the course software installed. Our teaching laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and with prototyping tools including 3D printing and laser cutting and an extensive suite of Embedded Systems kits including microcontrollers, FPGAs, and DSP boards. In later years of their degrees, students may work within our research groups on projects in electrical power, control systems, communications, interactive systems, augmented reality and railway systems.
Contact details and futher information
If you would like to speak to someone about studying in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering please contact us using the details below:
The Admissions Tutor, Dr Tim Jackson
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
The University of Birmingham
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 7506
Fax: +44 (0) 121 414 4291