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Future Undergraduate Students

Looking for a career in Electrical or Electronic Engineering?

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Think for a moment how many electrical and electronic systems you rely on in everyday life whether it is a smart phone, a communications satellite, or a power station. Electrical and electronic engineers are needed to design and create the devices, systems and equipment which are considered essential to modern society. Electrical and Electronic Engineering involves the practical application of scientific principles and mathematics to design and produce the technologically complex devices, systems and equipment which sustain and enhance our quality of life. It is hardly surprising then, that in the 2015 graduate survey, Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates had the best success rate for finding jobs of all the engineering, maths and physical science fields of study. At The University of Adelaide School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you have the opportunity to learn about electrical and electronic engineering at a world class university and South Australia's premier tertiary institution.  In the later years of study, you will be able to specialise in diverse and rapidly-evolving fields such as image processing, robotics and automation, radar and remote sensing, micromachines, biomedical engineering and information security.


Undergraduate Degree Majors

Students commencing their degrees from 2016 will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic). Significant changes in technology and society can occur just during the course of a degree, let alone a career. Unlike some more narrowly focused degrees, this world recognized degree is designed to provide a broad foundation to underpin a career that can adapt to changing needs in the dynamic world we live in.  Furthermore, in their third year, students have the opportunity to begin technical specialisation through the choice of a major. Choosing a major is a great way for students to pursue topics of special interest without narrowing their future options. All graduates, irrespective of their major, qualify as electrical and electronic engineers and have the opportunity to pursue a career in any of the specialist fields within the profession. Students can choose from the following majors
  • Autonomous Systems

    Equips graduates with the knowledge needed to design systems that cross the traditional boundaries between electronic, mechanical and computer engineering to create autonomous machines driven by motors and guided by computers. Advanced subjects in artificial intelligence, computer vision and robotics are available.

  • Biomedical Engineering

    Applies the electronic engineering principles to the fields of healthcare and biology. It prepares students to create devices and systems for medical diagnostics, treatment and research. Find out more about biomedical engineering here.

  • Communication Systems

    Is concerned with the technologies that underpin modern voice, multimedia and data communications. Advanced subject choices allow students to focus on telecommunication systems or radio communications.

  • Computer Engineering

    Focuses on the design and development of computers and on new ways to use them to control devices, equipment and processes. Advanced topics include computer architecture, computer networks and digital microelectronics. Find out more about Computer Engineering here.

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    This program embraces both electrical and electronic engineering and hence provides graduates with a wide range of fundamental knowledge in core disciplines such as communications, control systems, signal processing, radio frequency design, micro-processors, micro-electronics, power generation and electrical machines. Emphasis is placed on underlying principles and techniques so that graduates will be able to learn and seamlessly adapt to new technologies when they emerge to face future challenges.

  • Renewable Energy

    Develops skills and knowledge to effectively sustain the current energy generation infrastructure, and design and integrate high performance and low cost renewable energy systems. Studies include electric power systems and renewable energy technologies.

    This program is about the electrical technologies supporting renewable energy systems including solar and wind generation technologies, and the systems that we use to transfer electric energy across large distances. Graduates will have the skills to work in various industries involved with the development of the next generation of solar and wind turbine systems, integrating renewable energy sources into the power grid and controlling power distribution networks which contain a mixture of conventional and renewable power sources. This program is suitable for students interested in environmentally friendly electrical energy production through developing higher performance and lower cost renewable energy systems.


More information about Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

  • Combined and Double Degrees

    Students with strong interests in more than one area of study may wish to consider a double or combined degree. A number of our degrees can be studied with degrees in other fields such as arts, finance and science.

    Approved double and combined degree programs allow students to count designated courses from both disciplines towards their degree, thereby reducing the time taken to complete both degrees.

    Visit Degree Finder for more information on available double and combined degrees.


  • Program Philosophy

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)(Honours) program is broadly based on fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The program builds a foundation of physics, mathematics, computing and electronics engineering science and teaches skills and techniques that can be applied to a wide range of engineering environments. Such graduates should be able to take up specialisation after graduation, and have an understanding of engineering systems that is broader than that of the true specialist. We have received feedback from various industries in Australia, that our graduates can by and large adapt successfully as the nature of the work changes, and as such have been found very valuable. Such graduates will have received a solid basis on which to build a lifelong career.

  • Workload

    In common with most professional courses at tertiary level, the workload for all of the programs described here is quite heavy. This means that students must begin working from the first day of the semester, and are expected to maintain a significant effort throughout the year on assignments, projects and study associated with lectures, tutorials and laboratories. Significant preparation for laboratory work is mandatory. It is expected that about 48 hours per week will be needed throughout the 8 months of the academic year. We have observed that students whose learning has been ineffective in the earlier years, normally find that the workload increases as the program progresses.

  • Nature of Learning

    At tertiary level, learning is different from that at school. Students are expected to take charge of their own learning. The University should be viewed as having the roles of providing resources for student learning, and assessing what students have learned. Lecturers spend a great deal of time with students to help with understanding of difficult concepts, however they will not normally put pressure on students to work.

    You should have as your overriding goal in your chosen program, to develop skills and learn techniques that will allow you to pursue an engineering career over the next 40 years. The examinations may appear to be forbidding obstacles to overcome, however a pattern of study which focuses too much on passing examinations, and not enough on learning for a lifetime career, will most likely result in failures in later years. The assessment in the later years draws on what has been learned over the entire program, and focuses on the ability of the student to solve real problems. Project work features significantly during the program, culminating in a major project in the final year that requires independent application of learned skills and knowledge, normally in a team environment, to carry out a design or solve a problem typical of that encountered by engineers in the workplace.

  • Scholarships

    The University of Adelaide offers a comprehensive range of scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate students

    Follow the links below for information about these scholarships and many others funded by the University, industry and non-profit organisations, which are available to potential and currently enrolled students. Learn more about Scholarships.

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