Electrical and Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H361
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering has been designed to meet the demand from employers for engineers who have a wide knowledge and skills base covering a range of engineering disciplines.

On completion of the degree you will have acquired advanced levels of competence in engineering and technology, including mechanical, electrical, electronic and management skills, making you highly sought after in the job market.

The broad-based nature of this course will give you many of the necessary skills and competences required by a range of industries, including the expanding renewable energies sector.

You will also benefit from the strong links established with engineering companies across the Highlands and Islands and from the industry-related project work you will undertake.

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 to prospective employers
  • You will study emerging technology making you highly employable for the future
  • You will also 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 a 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 in an individual basis.

Direct entry to year 3:

  • Completion of the HND Engineering Systems, 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 Mechanical Engineering which is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). See the course content tab for details.

Access routes

  • Successful completion of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) Access to engineering or Access to physical science from Edinburgh College.
  • 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 Engineers 2
  • Project and Project Management 2
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 2, or Electronics 2

Year 3 - BEng

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 3, or Work-based Initiative 3
  • Electrical 3, or Electronics 3
  • Statics and Dynamics 3
  • Electro-mechanical Drives, or Reverse Engineering 3
  • Control and Instrumentation 3
  • Business and Professional Skills 3

For 2016 direct entry, the modules are:

  • Management for Engineers
  • Industrial Project
  • Mechanical 1
  • Electrical 1

Options include:

  • Engineering Design Applications
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Power Systems and Machines

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 4
  • Electrical 4, or Electronics 4
  • Statics and Dynamics 4
  • Control and Instrumentation 4

You will also choose an option module which may include:

  • Wind Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Safety and Reliability Engineering

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
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 normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland 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**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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 per year (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 Mechanical Engineering, you will be ready to complete effectively for a range of jobs within engineering sector such as:

  • Engineer in energy/renewable energy sector
  • Design/maintenance position in offshore industry
  • Design/maintenance position in manufacturing industry
  • Engineering manager in a wide range of industries

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Electrical and Mechanical 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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