BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate, Part-time

This part-time course uses industrial standard computer-aided design techniques and is orientated towards ‘real-world’ applications.

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  • Duration:

    6 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.

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The rapidly expanding deployment of sensors, communication and embedded systems, the electronic engineering landscape is much more diverse that it was a few years ago. Electronic Engineering graduates design, build and test application specific hardware and software for the modern day microsystems systems which exist in everyday gadgets, from toothbrushes to large industrial machines.

There is an increasing industrial 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. There is a high demand for key skills in electronic hardware design, system development and for low-level programming skills. Engineers are required to design and develop electronics for an expanding range of "intelligent" system applications.

The degree of Electronic Engineering provides a distinctive blend of technologies, giving the student a solid background in electronics and computer engineering with emphasis, in the final years, on applications of applied electronics, embedded computer systems and the design of digital integrated circuits. This course provides the student with valued range of 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 “real world” 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.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to University for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

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

  • electronics engineer
  • engineering analyst
  • system engineer
  • production engineer
  • hardware development engineer

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

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Higher Maths and Science (Excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

National 5 B in English.


AAB including Higher Maths and Science (Excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*.

GCSE Grade B in English.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD (Distinction, Distinction,Distinction) in a related subject (must include Maths).

GCSE Grade B in English. 



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

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3 or equivalent Maths unit.

Minimum Year 3


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4 or equivalent Maths unit.


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

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

50% at first sitting, with minimum 50% 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 £910 £910
England Wales and Northern Ireland £4,500 tba
Overseas £6,950 tba

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