Dr Richard Cobley Senior Lecturer Electrical and Electronic Engineering



We asked Dr. Richard Cobley, our Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, some frequently asked questions:

What is Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

Electronic and Electrical Engineering is subdivided into a wide range of subfields, including electronics, digital computers, computer engineering, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, robotics, radio-frequency engineering, signal processing, instrumentation, and microelectronics.

What is the course at Swansea famous for?

We are proud of our incredibly well-equipped and dedicated undergraduate project labs which we can confidently say is one of the best in the UK. These labs are open and always staffed for students to pop in and work on their projects — whether it’s specifically university work or personal projects.

We are part of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), an enhanced academic partner, which means we pay for all of our students to have full membership for all 3 years, giving you access to exclusive educational and employment resources.

How do I know if it's right for me?

If you are a curious and inquisitive individual who enjoys solving problems by taking things apart to understand how they work and then putting it all back together, then Electronic and Electrical Engineering is right for you. Maybe you’ve taken a computer apart before and custom-built your own, or you have an interest in gadgets and electronics—these are all signs of an Electrical Engineer in the making.

What will the course look like?

Throughout your entire degree, you will focus on a bit of everything, from Design to Circuits, Electromagnetics, Power Engineering and more. In Year 2, you will take part on a residential trip over three days to Gregynog where you will work in groups of five and build a robot completely from scratch. Each group’s robot will compete in a series of tasks and combat on the final day. It sounds similar to the programme Robot Wars on TV but the big difference is, your robot will be automated and much more advanced; not remote controlled.

Although it varies, you can expect approximately 22 hours per week of contact time, which includes 8 hours of lab work. You are also expected to do approximately 6 hours per week of independent study to achieve your best on the course.

What jobs can I do when I graduate?

There are a wide variety of industries that Electrical Engineers can work in after graduation. In addition to fundamental Electrical Engineering, you could become an Electronics Designer or a Field Engineer in automotion, automotives, the power industry, defence and more. Some notable companies that our graduates have gone on to work for include Intel, BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence, and BBC.

From Power Electronics to NanoElectronics shaping our future, Electrical Engineers can work on a wide range of components, devices and systems, from tiny microchips to huge power station generators, so it’s a very challenging but also diverse field.