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Electrical engineering is concerned with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of electronics and electrical energy infrastructure.

Electrical engineers typically work on projects involving power generation and distribution, electrical installations in major building and mining projects, communications infrastructure, aerospace and defence systems, medical imaging systems and industrial and scientific instrumentation and control.

This major prepares you to work in challenging and innovative environments, where you'll design state-of-the-art products for a number of different industries. It puts a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on experience, while also developing your research and problem-solving skills through an individual research project in your fourth year.

Career paths can lead to roles in the telecommunications industry, computer industry, the mining and transport sector, or in power generation and transmission industries.

Global opportunities, global impact

  • This flexible and transportable degree will open opportunities with major companies across the globe.
  • This is a dynamic growth sector, and electrical engineers can access exciting opportunities with major internet, communications and power generation organisations. Many graduates establish their own companies early in their careers or work overseas. Electrical, computer, and biomedical engineers are employed by organisations such as Siemens, Phillips, Cochlear, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and ResMed.
  • Globally, more than 8 billion scans have been completed using world-leading magnetic resonance imaging technology developed at UQ.


1 in Queensland for electrical and electronic engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

78 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Electrical engineer
  • Senior engineer
  • Protection and automation engineer
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer
  • Systems test engineer
  • Power generation plant operator

Average annual salary range

Electrical Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Introduction to Electrical Systems

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