Electrical Engineering: Top Schools
Electrical Engineering, usually offered as a program covering the related disciplines of Electrical and Electronics Engineering involves the study of electricity, molecular or atomic levels of electric materials, electromagnetism and power transmission systems.
Pioneers in Electrical Engineering like Thomas Alva Edison and Nikola Tesla spent most of their lives exploring the intricacies of electrical engineering. This field of study caught the imagination of the world in the early part of the 19th century when telegraph and power supply took a commercial incarnation.
Electrical engineering involves the understanding of various modules like power, electronics, signal processing, instrumentation, and the latest addition to the list, computers.
The evolution of electrical industries is evident from the focus on wireless communications, computer architecture, semiconductor materials, nanotechnology, and optics. To support these developments, companies recruit skilled engineers possessing analytical abilities matching industrial requirements. Each and every engineering school offering Electrical Engineering as a study program makes sure that the curriculum prepares the students completely for the industry before they enter their professional careers.
India: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Founded in 1911, the Department of Electrical Technology has evolved into an integrated centre with four departments catering to the needs of almost 500 students working on post-graduate programs and another 100 on doctoral degrees.
The department has conducted several research projects of particular relevance to organisations like the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). A Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, which functions directly under the department focuses on research and education in fields like nano electronics, bio electrical and electronics and integrated scale manufacturing systems.
The department offers Master’s programs in Electrical Engineering, System Science and Automation, and Signal Processing, each comprising four semesters over duration of two years. Admissions to the respective courses are made on the basis of GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) scores in papers corresponding to the core department. A student applying for the Master’s program should normally have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in the relevant discipline.
GATE exam is normally conducted in February and the score obtained in the current exam is valid for two years. Students in the final semester can also apply, provided they furnish all the relevant documents pertaining to their course completion during their admission to the Master’s program.
Other Electrical Engineering Colleges in India
- Department of Electrical Engineering, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore
- Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad
- Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
- Electrical Department, Sardar Patel College of Engineering, University of Mumbai
UK: University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh is one of the prestigious institutions of the world located in one of the beautiful cities of the UK.
The University offers a large number of programs for Post Graduate and Doctoral Degrees as part of the Engineering and Electronics Department. Extensive courses cover various streams of Electrical Engineering as part of the Master’s program.
Disciplines suitable for Electrical Engineering are Signal Processing and Communication, Sustainable Energy Systems, and System Level Integration. The advantages of pursuing a course of study at the University include its collaborative research-based relationships with industry and commerce, which expose post graduate and doctoral students to real-world work environments.
Like most full time post-graduate programs in the UK, the duration of the course is one year beginning around September. The program will cover taught semesters and dissertation or research work in the remaining period. Students who prefer to do post graduation in their preferred stream should apply for admission fulfilling all the norms and regulations laid down by the University.
Proficiency in English is one of the criteria which dominate entry into the University. Students should have the minimum score prescribed by the University in TOEFL or IELTS. The annual tuition fee for international students is about Rs 6,20,000 for the Master’s program and Rs 5,80,000 for Doctoral programs.
There are plenty of scholarships available for students intending to study in the UK, and information regarding these can be obtained from the nearest British Council office.
Other Electrical Engineering Colleges in UK
- Electrical Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
- Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University College, London
- School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
- School of Engineering, Durham University
Canada: Queen’s University
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Queen’s has been, for long a standing example of innovation and technological advancement with ongoing research projects in the fields of signal processing and robotics, to name a few. The University constantly receives funding from the Canadian government for its research programs.
The number of students who enrol for post-graduate programs stands at about 120; the number of courses offered by the department alone is 27. The University has forged close relationships with industrial bigwigs like IBM, Samsung, Bell Mobility, MD Robotics etc to ensure institute and industry interaction.
The department offers courses for post-graduate studies in fields like Communication, Microwaves and Photonics, Bio Medical Robotics and Control Engineering, and Power Electronics. The course curriculum prepares a student to explore career opportunities in industry, academics and research.
The programs are funded through scholarships -- both for residents as well as for international students. The minimum fee for registration is Rs 1,80,000 for full-time students. Foreign students who wish to enrol for any course are expected to have cleared the English proficiency exams, IELTS/ TOEFL with the minimum score as prescribed by the University.
Every student who registers for any course with the University has to create a unique email account which they can use to communicate with the administration. Rest assured, studying at Queen’s, and especially in the ECE department will have you rubbing shoulders with not only some of the best minds, but also quite a few award-winning students.
Other Electrical Engineering Colleges in Canada
- Electrical Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary
- Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, The University of British Columbia
- Electrical Engineering, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria
Australia: University of Technology, Sydney
The University of Technology, commonly known as UTS is known for its ability to produce industry-ready and employable graduates. Its study system focuses primarily on practice-based education, which enables students to gain hands-on experience in a real-world environment (thanks to the number of professionals on UTS’ teaching staff).
For graduates of Electrical Engineering wishing to pursue specialised higher education, the University offers Master’s programs in Engineering in fields like Energy Planning and Policy, Telecommunication Networks, and Computer Control Engineering. The courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering opens up the students to expansive and in-depth study of subjects covered at the undergraduate level.
A unique feature of UTS engineering is the Remote Laboratory Program that facilitates use of lab apparatus and equipment by students from a remote desk over a network.
Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree in engineering pertaining to the discipline, and relevant work experience of at least two years; and successful completion of TOEFL/IELTS tests is a must. The duration of the program is 18 months and the tuition fee ranges between Rs 6 Lac– Rs 12 Lac per annum.
Remember, in order to obtain a student’s visa in Australia, one must enrol in a full time course and on campus.
Other Electrical Engineering Colleges in Australia
- School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
- School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide
- Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales
- Electrical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering
Singapore: Nanyang Technological University
The School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering is one of the three founding schools of Nanyang Technological Institute, ranked 25th in the World’s Top Universities for Technology list compiled by the Times.
One key feature of NTU is the academic collaborations it has established with prestigious overseas institutions like MIT, Stanford, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon among others for dual/ joint degree programs.
The Engineering School has advanced technology facilities with about 65 libraries and modern equipment for the purpose of research. The School offers Master’s programs in Engineering and Doctoral programs in several fields of Electrical Engineering including Power Engineering, Information Engineering, Control and Instrumentation, Communication and Microelectronics.
Research centres with well-equipped facilities have been established to support research activities in fields like Smart Energy System, Information Security, and Intelligent Machines.
The minimum qualification for enrolment in the Master’s program is an undergraduate engineering degree in the relevant fields, with at least second class honours or equivalent. The candidate is also expected to score basic grades in GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams. The duration of the course is one year for a Master’s degree and two years for a Doctoral degree.
The annual tuition fee for the Master’s program is about Rs 2 Lac.
Other Electrical Engineering College in Singapore
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore
The job market for Electrical Engineering is abundant ranging from subtle Application Engineering to Research and Development. Career opportunities are plenty not only in the fundamental power generation, transmission and device manufacturing sectors, but also in every industry.
Design, fabrication, testing, operations, project management and implementation, technology development and consulting are a few of the areas where electrical engineers apply their skills and knowledge. Employment in the public sector in India may offer diverse opportunities since the better part of power generation and transmission is still in the control of the government, but a career path with the private sector offers more challenge, especially in light of the tremendous research and technology development avenues available.
That apart, the private sector facilitates work on emerging technologies associated with electrical engineering, expanding knowledge and expertise, as well as opening up overseas job opportunities.