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BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll 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, if you can, before starting your degree. 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’d recommend:

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

Hardware advice

Throughout your studies you will have access to absolutely all of the facilities and equipment you will need. But, if you would like to purchase equipment before you start your studies, we’d recommend looking into pre-owned options. Items could include:

  • Portable Hard Disk Drive. You can store files online (in places such as Dropbox) or purchase a portable disk drive. A 500GB shock proof USB 3.0 self-powered hard disk drive (approx. £40 in 2024) will be sufficient and is invaluable for backing up your work.
  • Computer. We have excellent computer labs that you will have full access to. But, if you would prefer to use your own machine we recommend one with the following specification:
    • 8GB RAM
    • 750GB HDD
    • Intel i5 (or equivalent AMD processor)
    • (15” Screen Desirable)

Suggested tasks for summer

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.