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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.

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
  • Python 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.

Joshua inspects an automated guided vehicle (a 'mouse')
‘"Working on the [mouse race] project gave me an insight into the professional world: the art of liaising with technical and non-technical professionals."’
Joshua Olaleye MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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

Our student competition teams

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.

Group design project: developing a temperature sensing glove

Find out how Caroline, James, Harry, Jonas, Rhianna and Krasimir impressed at our dragons den-style event with their device to monitor the Raynaud's condition.

Working with new technologies in Team Bath Racing Electric

Each year, Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) design, test and build an electric car to race in the IMechE formula student competition at Silverstone. Stefano Dallavalle tells us what it's like to Project Manage the team.

Read about Stefano's experiences
Stefano smiles in front of the Team Bath Racing Electric race car.

Explore your interests using our specialist facilities

Our laboratories are designed to be similar to industrial workspaces, so you gain an insight into what it is like to work in a professional environment.

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.

Our students have worked on projects in:

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

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.

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A tour of our electronic and electrical lab facilities

Emily Stimpson takes us on a tour of the laboratories and facilities she uses as part of her undergraduate degree at Bath. Emily visits our teaching, project work and research labs.

Designing a bespoke LED

For her final-year project, Xiangyi Qi designed and manufactured a set of light-emitting diodes to celebrate Bath's expertise in energy-efficient lighting. She had the opportunity to work alongside a technician in our David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility.

Read about Xiangyi's project
Xiangyi examines her LED in our clean room facility.

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Please note that project briefs continuously change as we try to link these to current scenarios taking place in the industry. The project work experiences listed here, as well as access to facilities and equipment, are dependent on the health and safety circumstances of any given year and refurbishment/upgrade works that may need to be carried out.