BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Launch into the exciting and fast developing world of electronics, robotics, automation and control.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

There is an increasing industrial requirement in the UK and Europe for electronic engineers in large, medium-sized and small companies.

The Electronic Engineering Honours degree provides a solid background in electronic engineering with emphasis, in the final years, on embedded computer systems, control systems and digital microelectronic system design using HDL.

electrical engineering

Electronic Engineering graduates design, build and test application specific hardware and software for the modern day microsystems which exist in everyday gadgets, from toothbrushes to large industrial machines.

There is an increasing demand for Electronic Engineers in large, medium-sized and startup companies locally and throughout Europe. Many of the specialist circuits and processors used in today’s electronic gadgets such as media players and mobile phones are designed and produced by Scottish and UK based companies. Engineers are required to design and develop electronics for an expanding range of "intelligent" system applications.

Our Electronic Engineering degree provides a distinctive blend of technologies, giving the student a solid background in electronics and computer engineering with emphasis on applications of applied electronics, embedded computer systems and the design of digital integrated circuits. This course provides the student with skills in electronic system design and analysis in areas such as embedded microprocessors, programmable logic, and computer interfacing. The course uses industrial standard computer-aided-design techniques and is oriented towards practical applications.

The course is orientated towards modern engineering applications. The course initially provides the background of engineering skills in current software and hardware design and implementation techniques necessary to work in a high tech environment. Students are encouraged to be exacting, versatile and innovative, ready for work in a fast moving, technological area.

The degree course has Incorporated Engineer accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Honours degree has partial Chartered Engineer accreditation.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Computational thinking and practice
  • Foundation mathematics
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Engineering communication
  • Mathematical methods 1

Year 2

  • Electronic devices and circuits
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mathematical methods 2
  • Management for engineers 1
  • Control measurement and instrumentation
  • Electronic system realisation.

Year 3

  • Signal processing
  • Electronic systems
  • Engineering applications – electrical and electronic
  • Programmable control engineering
  • Management for engineers 2
  • Integrated engineering design (Honours) or individual project (Degree)

Year 4

  • Engineering electronics
  • Digital systems design
  • Embedded systems
  • Programmable logic design
  • Honours project

Work placement

You are encouraged to take an optional industrial placement in addition to taught modules. Though this is non-credited, our placements team will support you to find placement opportunities.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

After graduating you will be well equipped to work in a number of careers including.

Career opportunities

  • electronic engineer
  • embedded system engineer
  • systems analyst
  • production engineer
  • hardware development (HDL) engineer

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

BCC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade B in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre 2017: B1,B3,B3,B3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject* + OL English at B3

2017 onwards: H2,H3,H3,H3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject* + OL English at O3.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. BTEC must include Maths but if not we would accept A Level Maths at Grade C as an alternative.

GCSE Grade B in English. 

BTEC Diploma

MM (Merit, Merit) plus A Level Grade C. BTEC must include Maths/A Level Grade C in Maths.

GCSE Grade B in English. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

Grade 5 in SL English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

AAB including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade B in English.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD (Distinction, Distinction,Distinction) in a related subject. BTEC must include Maths/A Level Grade B in Maths.

GCSE Grade B in English. 


Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3.

Minimum Year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4.


Pass DUT in relevant subject with overall grade 12 to include English at grade 11 in final year of studies.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

*Science and Technical Subjects Accepted: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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