"Electronics is at the core of everything surrounding us."

Nicola, UKESF Scholar

What is Electronics

“Electronics is about bringing your ideas to life. It’s about whatever you make it, and that’s why I love it. There can be a lot of theory and equations, but equally you get to spend time in the lab building gadgets that interact with the world. By studying Electronics I have been able to build things like my own burglar alarms, motion detectors (if anyone enters my room I can tell!) and lights that react to music – which makes it pretty cool to play the piano!”

Kasper, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is designing something and coming up with new approaches to problems, while balancing many factors. For example, a smartphone is an entirely electronic device that’s been worked on by multiple people, all considering how to get the best out of the battery, how to avoid overheating and how to make the phone a suitable size. Even within such a small device, there are lots of electronic systems: camera, screen, networking, graphics, GPS and app processor.”

Louisa, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is at the centre of modern society. Almost everything that you do involves or did involve electronics at some point, from the technology in your phone to the design of your shoe. This involved and evolving subject will capture the imagination, as logical, mathematical, and problem-solving skills are applied to achieve an end result that, to the uninformed, may be indistinguishable from magic.”

Ben, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is a science field which applies semiconductor physics properties to harness electrons and create circuits that solve everyday problems.”

Audrius, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is at the core of everything surrounding us; not only tech gadgets, but also simple objects such as blenders, microwaves and washing machines. If you want to really know how the objects you see around you and use every day work, then Electronics is the perfect choice for you.”

Nicola, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is what makes modern technology work, from the lightbulb to the smartphones and computers of today. Electronics is in almost everything around us, including objects that previously never had complex electronics, such as vehicles and toys. It has greatly assisted in the development of society (internet/social media), healthcare (biosensors/MRI), industry (automated fabrication/robotics), military (auto-aiming tanks/missile systems), education (interactive tools) and the pursuit of knowledge itself. Electronics has become a fundamental building block of all developed nations, and it will continue to provide new uses for society. Physically, electronics is the manipulation of charged particles moving through conductors.”

Louis, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics involves coming up with and designing the technology of the future; how people will connect with each other; how they will communicate; how transport, homes and cities will become smarter; and all other technologies that have never even been thought of yet.”

Eddie, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is how we interact with the physical world around us. It is how we have taken our combined understanding of scientific phenomena and built the modern world. Electronics has allowed us, through our understanding of electromagnetism, to develop phones, radios, televisions, the internet and innumerable other devices. Our understanding of condensed matter physics has allowed us to develop microchips that are indescribably small, which has allowed us to shrink our computers from room-sized to pocket-sized. Our understanding of biological sciences has allowed electronics engineers to develop medical tools, diagnosis probes and biological instruments that have helped to save countless lives, cure countless diseases and build up a wider understanding of the natural world. Electronics is not just about a mobile phone or a laptop or a television – it is the screen through which we interact with the world.”

Gareth, UKESF Scholar

“We all live with electronics every day; from laptops and smartphones to cameras and video games, they makes our lives easier and keep us entertained more than ever before! These incredible technologies can seem like magic and we use them every day without even thinking about how they work, but it is Electronics and the electronic engineers who invent, discover and create the new technologies that push us forward and make our world a better place.”

Chris, UKESF Scholar

“Electronics is all about solving problems with electricity. Using some simple rules, we can build large systems which carry out all kinds of tasks. Computers, microwaves, fridges, fire alarms, aeroplanes and cars are all things which use electronics to solve problems – Electronics is all around us. Today, most electronics use little tiny electrical switches called transistors, which are millions of times smaller than a human hair. Without these little transistors, our smartphones would probably be as big as the city of London, and cost more than all the countries in the world spend each year!”

Ben, UKESF Scholar