Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H801
Information line 01463 279190

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in the role energy has to play in the future of engineering, the BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering degree is for you. The degree has been designed to meet the needs of the industry, ensuring you will be highly employable after graduation.  

You will explore both conventional energy systems and renewable energy technologies. You will also undertake an engineering project, which will showcase your skills and knowledge in solving an industry-related problem to prospective employers.

We will be seeking accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purpose of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (Year 3, BEng) and also partly meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (Year 4, BEng (Hons)).

Special features

  • You will study an emerging technology, making you highly employable for the future
  • You will develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and interpersonal skills
  • You will undertake a major industry-related project to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems
  • 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

Entry to year one:

  • 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 GCSE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • 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
  • Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but who have other qualifications or experiential learning through working in industry will also be considered

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HNC (such as the HNC Engineering Systems) with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2, may allow advanced entry to year two. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year two entry on your application

 Advanced entry to year three:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HND (such as the HND Engineering Systems) may allow advanced entry to year three. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year three entry on your application

Advanced entry to year four:

  • Successful completion of the BEng Energy Engineering, BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering or other equivalent ordinary degrees may allow advanced entry to year four. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year four entry on your application

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

  • Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Core maths 1
  • Electrical and electronics 1
  • Practical skills 1
  • Science for engineers 1
  • Statics and dynamics 1
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Core maths 2
  • Electrical 2
  • Engineering business skills 2
  • Practical skills 2
  • Statics and dynamics 2
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 2 or electronics 2

 

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

  • Control and instrumentation 3
  • Conventional energy systems 3
  • Electrical 3, or statics and dynamics 3
  • Project and project management 3, or work-based initiative 3
  • Renewable energy generation 3

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Electrical 4, or electronics 4
  • Project and project management 4
  • Statics and dynamics 4
  • Wind energy 4

You will also complete an option module which may include:

  • Control and instrumentation 4
  • Design for quality and reliability
  • Future energy systems

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • This programme will be delivered through a unique blend of learning and teaching. A variety of media will be used to give an enriched and varied student experience, such as short video learning clips available to be played on computers and mobile devices at a time that suits you. These can be replayed as many times as needed. You will also access specialist staff learning sessions, using integrated e-learning software similar to Skype, and will have local staff face-to-face learning sessions for remedial, tutorial, practical and lab work

How long will my course last?


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

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time)

Fees

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:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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

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 while 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:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

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.

Funding

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) Energy Engineering, you will be ready to compete in the employment market for a range of jobs in the engineering sector such as:

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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Natasha Tew and her two friends were the only team from Scotland to make it through to the penultimate round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition.

Following graduation I began a postgraduate MSc and have been applying for as many graduate roles as I can. I've now secured a job as graduate mechanical engineer for Cavendish Nuclear. I would like to work in industry for a while and then possibly go into research afterwards. Studying has helped open up more opportunities for me so I would definitely recommend it. ”

Natasha graduated from the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering from our Lews Castle College UHI campus.

Apply for Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2021 or Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

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