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The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees will equip you with the high-level knowledge and skills to have a positive impact society-wide.
An Electrical and Electronic Engineering qualification from the University of Adelaide is held in high regard globally. Our degrees in the discipline are ranked 42 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020); our academic and research staff are widely recognised as leaders in their field.
This standing—together with our innovative culture, state-of-the-art facilities and strong industry links—ensures studying with us will afford you an incredible range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities.
If you don’t meet the prerequisites for direct entry into your chosen University of Adelaide engineering degree—or are not sure what area of engineering you’d like to focus on—we offer alternative entry options.
Enhance your degree with industry-relevant majors and minors
The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers a range of exciting, industry-relevant majors and minors, designed to enhance your knowledge and practical skills. Choose majors from:
- Communication Systems
- Computer Engineering
- Defence Systems
- Medical Technologies
- Renewable Energy
- Smart Technologies
and minors in:
What is electrical and electronic engineering?
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.
Engineering is creative, pulling together our knowledge of the world and how it works, to develop new products or solutions. The successful development of a quality product or the solution to a technical problem can be very satisfying whether working as an individual or as part of a team.
In applying scientific knowledge, electrical and electronic engineers must consider various non-technical aspects of a design such as its usefulness to the end-user, its quality, reliability, time to complete development, and cost. There are often conflicts between competing criteria such as the cost and quality aspects of a design, so engineers must use their training and experience to try to produce the best solution possible within these real-world constraints.
Careers in electrical and electronic engineering
Now and into the future, Australia and the world will need electrical and electronic engineers to work in all areas of industry—from mining and power distribution, to infrastructure, computing, medical technology, defence, communication systems, e-commerce and advanced manufacturing.
Engineering provides the practical application of science and maths many employers seek, and while graduates from some other disciplines can often be restricted to careers in particular industries, electricity is everywhere. Electrical and electronic engineers can enjoy lucrative national and international job prospects, as well as challenging, creative and rewarding long-term careers involving imagination, innovation and teamwork.
Engineers need to have good interpersonal skills, the ability to work within a team, and the ability to communicate clearly and unambiguously with a wide range of customers, accountants, lawyers, technicians, and business people to name but a few.
Studying electrical and electronic engineering can provide you with the technical knowledge and skills for rewarding careers across this vast vocational range. Our degrees are highly regarded by employers. Graduates have secured roles with leading technology companies worldwide—including Google—and with companies across the defence, energy and electronics sectors.
The University of Adelaide has helped me bridge the gap between high school and work life and equipped me with skills that set me apart and make me a success in the workforce.Vaishali Ghosh, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)