University of Bath

Solving industrial challenges with electrical engineering projects

Our group and individual projects give you the chance to work on problems relevant to industry and develop your technical, business and management skills.

Student in lab working on their project
Students from Team Bath Racing Electric work on their project

A degree with a focus on project work

Projects are an important part of all our undergraduate courses. During your first two years, you'll work on projects that develop your knowledge of:

  • microprocessors
  • Java and C programming languages
  • electronic control and design

This lays the foundation for the more advanced project work you'll do later in your degree. On our MEng courses, the second semesters of your final two years are dedicated to group and individual projects. This gives you the time to fully develop your ideas and put them into practice. If you are studying a BEng, you'll complete both group and individual projects in the second semester of your final year.

A highlight of your second year is the chance to compete in the Bath Mouse Race. You'll work in teams to design and build mini autonomous vehicles (mice) and race them against each other.

Build your skills working individually and in teams

Some of your projects will challenge you to solve problems similar to those found in industry. We have an Industrial Advisory Board made up of professional engineers who advise on projects to make sure they are in relevant topics. Working to a brief or your own proposal, you'll be encouraged to approach problems creatively and share your solutions with a wider audience. Projects help you develop a range of skills including:

  • technical
  • design
  • teamwork
  • financial planning
  • management
  • marketing

You could join one of our student competition teams such as Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe), Bath Zero motorcycle racing team or Team Bath Drones. Your team will design and build a product to compete against other student teams in the UK and worldwide. As a team member, you can take on roles as varied as public engagement or brand development.

Read about our students' project experiences

Explore your interests using our specialist facilities

Your final-year individual project is a chance to investigate a problem or topic that interests you. You could have the opportunity to carry out your project in one of our research centres. This will give you access to specialist research lab equipment and the expertise of PhD students, researchers and academics. We have lab space for research and project work in tomography, superconductivity, nanofabrication, autonomous systems and robotics. We also have facilities for optoelectronics and circuit board prototyping, and a mechanical workshop.

Our students have worked on projects in:

  • submarine navigation systems
  • satellites
  • lasers
  • wireless systems
  • global positioning systems
  • speech therapy systems

Read how Xiangyi designed a LED for her individual project

Take a quick tour of our project lab facilities