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BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:


Suggested reading

You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a couple of suggested books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest:

  • Bird, J.O. (2022). Bird’s Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology. Routledge.
  • Reeping, D. and Reid, K. (2016). Introductory Engineering Mathematics. Momentum Press.

Suggested materials

Throughout your studies you will have access to absolutely all the facilities and equipment you will need, however some students like to purchase equipment before they start their studies. If you would like to purchase any of this equipment before you start your studies, we recommend looking into pre-owned options.

  • Portable Hard Disk Drive – Whilst you can store files online, we strongly recommend that you purchase a 500GB shock proof USB 3 portable self-powered hard disk drive (approx. £50) which will be invaluable, especially for multimedia work.
  • Computer – We have excellent computer labs, but for those who prefer the independence of using their own machines we recommend a machine which has the following specification:
    • 8GB RAM
    • 750GB HDD
    • Intel i5 (or equivalent AMD processor)
    • (15” Screen Desirable)


Things to do now

As in all specialised fields of engineering, electronic engineering students benefit from basic skills in reading and writing documents along with skills in mathematics that will be useful in solving problems and programming. Although not essential, making sure you have basic reading and writing skills will help when you need to read moderately technical articles during your studies.


Meet your programme lead

Xutao is a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering. Before she joined Edge Hill University in July 2021, she worked at Loughborough University and University of Central Lancashire. Xutao has great research interest in electrical and electronic applications in healthcare. She works in the cross-disciplinary fields of engineering, biochemistry and healthcare.

Dr Xutao Deng


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself