Engineering student working on robot project

Our school of energy and electronic engineering

Find out more about the teaching and research activities taking place in our School of Energy and Electronic Engineering


How we create, distribute and use energy is one of the fundamental aspects of how societies function. At the School of Energy and Electronic Engineering, we explore how technology is used to understand and improve the way we interact with energy in all its forms. This ranges from building an online diagnosis tool for solving issues with nuclear power plants, to increasing the functions and usability of prostheses and using machine learning to predict electricity consumption.

Our School has a proven track record of preparing students with appropriate skills and knowledge for employment – 100% of our students are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2017).

Our culture of collaboration and free exchange of ideas in research and teaching encourages and challenges our students. We've maintained a rating of 94% for overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018).

We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality. We're committed to promoting equality of opportunity and to making careers in energy and electronic engineering more attractive to women and under-represented communities.

Our accolades

100% students in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2017)

94% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)


Our students obtain the skills and knowledge for successful employment after graduation through active and engaging teaching, extra-curricular learning opportunities and work experience.

We support our students in challenging assumptions, developing their own projects, and working with their peers in the classroom and via external competitions.

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • UAS drone design challenge - Each year, our student led drone team applies their learning in the lab and classroom by building a manned or unmanned drone to compete in the UAS Challenge against teams from all over the UK.
  • Formula Student racing car competition - Our UPRacing team competes in the international Formula Student competition, where students plan, design, cost and build a single-seat race car before competing against other teams at Silverstone and Circuit de Catalunya. The project brings together students across engineering schools as they gain practical experience as well as financial and project management skills in a fun and competitive environment. In 2019, our team won the Class 2 competition, in which they created a complete design for a racing car.
  • The Portsmouth Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers - The student-led chapter organises field trips, careers seminars, guest lectures and networking opportunities as part of a network of 337 university chapters.

Work experience opportunities

We have strong links with employers and our students can access varied placement opportunities. Our students have done work placements at organisations including XMOS Core, Airbus, Portsmouth Water, Spirent, IBM and Apollo Fire Detectors. Many of our graduates go on to work for the same companies where they do their placement.


Our energy and electrical engineering research encompasses a range of activities related to energy and electronic engineering, and explores methods and theories – as well as their application in tackling real world problems and challenges. We bring together researchers with expertise in electrical power systems, renewable energy, control systems, robotics, intelligent systems and signal processing.

We've had an impact in the safety of nuclear power plants in India, the adoption of clean solar energy in the 2 seas region of northern Europe, the development of an energy autonomous community in the Isle of Wight, disruption analysis tools for the railway industry, and establishing a condition monitoring system for Stork Food and Dairy Systems to predict catastrophic failures in machinery.

Browse the list below to see some of our recent work, and the impact it's making:

  • We're researching how to make air compressors more efficient using AI and earlier detection of breakdowns. Air compressors account for more than 10% of UK industrial energy use, so our research could drastically cut resource demand.
  • We're creating energy efficient storage equipment in data centres.
  • We're part of the Interreg 2 Seas project SOLARISE — a cross-university initiative to increase solar power generation in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The project aims to increase solar power to 20% of renewable energy consumption by 2020.
  • We're working collaboratively with other schools and universities to create an affordable artificial arm for low income countries.
  • We're rolling out AI to automatically analyse flight data at different heights to better detect and measure safety during flight descents, and improve safety training.
  • The Innovative Industrial Research Group is analysing complex data-sets on a large scale to create smart solutions to problems in aviation, energy efficiency, on-sea operations and food supply chain management.

Partnerships and funding

We've carried out collaborative research with external partners including iRed, STS Defence, Southern Railway, University of Nottingham, Fortissimo, Tructyre, RL Capital, SoftIron, PML Flightlink, Flight Data Services, and European Technology Ltd.

We've received research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, BEinCPPS, Technology Strategy Board, Royal Academy of Engineering, South East England Development Agency, Bridgeworks Ltd, Spoon2 Ltd, and British Council Turkey.

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+44 (0)23 9284 2554

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