Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H601
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a vocational course, highly relevant to industry. It is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to make a career as an electrical or electronic engineer in a wide range of industries.

The degree is applications-based using industry related software and includes laboratory-based investigations and case studies that will provide you with the specialist electrical and electronic knowledge and broad engineering skills required by industry.

You will also undertake an engineering project which will showcase your skills and knowledge in solving an industry-related problem to prospective employers.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will provide you with the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Special features

  • You will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems
  • You will use applications-based software to solve challenges
  • You will develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and interpersonal skills
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You can exit at each level with a valuable qualification

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade CC or above
  • You must have Higher or A level Maths at grade C or above, PLUS  
  • National 5 Physics or Engineering Science and English at grade C or GSCE Physics and English at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications including relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis.

Direct entry to year three requirements are:

  • Completion of a relevant HND eg HND Engineering Systems or HND Electronic Engineering, with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 4, may allow advanced entry to year three of the degree. For 2017 entry, you will study the modules from our ordinary degree, BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering which is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). See the course content tab for details. To make an application please use the Apply tab and indicate year three entry on your application.

Direct entry to Year 4  requirements are:

  • BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering or other equivalent ordinary engineering degree. See content tab for details, you will exit with the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Energy Engineering. Please use the Apply tab to make your applications, indicating year four entry.

Access routes

  • Successful completion of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) Access to engineering or Access to physical science from Edinburgh College, including Maths Unit 2 D332 12 and Maths Unit 3 D323 12
  • Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

Subjects may include:

  • Science for Engineers 1
  • Electrical and Electronics 1
  • Practical Skills 1
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Maths for IEng Engineers 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects may include:

  • Practical Skills 2
  • Statics and Dynamics 2
  • Electrical 2
  • Maths for IEng 2
  • Project and Project Management 2
  • Electronics 2

Year 3 - BEng

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 3, or Work-based Initiative 3
  • Microcontrollers and Digital Processors 3, or Electrical Power 3
  • Electrical 3
  • Electronics 3
  • Control and Instrumentation 3
  • Business and Professional Skills 3

For 2016 direct entry to year 3, the modules are:

  • Management for Engineers
  • Industrial Project
  • Electrical 1

Options include:

  • Advanced Power Electronics Engineering Design Applications
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Power Systems and Machines
  • Microcontrollers and Digital Electronics
  • Applied Maths for Engineers

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 4
  • Electrical 4
  • Electronics 4
  • Control and Instrumentation 4

You will also complete an elective module which may include:

  • Wind Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Safety and Reliability Engineering

For 2016 direct entry to year four and for the award of BEng (Hons) Electrical and Energy Engineering, the modules are:

  • Engineering Project and Project Management
  • Safety & Reliability Engineering
  • Advanced Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Marine Energy
  • Wind Energy

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, practical work, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years 
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time)

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free*

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2016-17).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year* £5,520
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)* £1,840

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you will be ready to compete effectively within the employment markets for jobs as an engineer in a range of industries including:

  • Renewable energy sector
  • Power production/distribution and utilisation companies
  • Process control engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Marine engineering
  • Railways
  • Communications
  • Automotive engineering

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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