BEng/BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate, Part-time

Gain a broad understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts, further developed into an understanding of electronic systems, electrical plant and power electronics.

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  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This broad course balances the study of electronic and electrical engineering and focuses on the application of electrical and electronic engineering skills to real-world engineering situations.

electrical engineering

Develop the ability to analyse engineering systems, designs, processes and products, use computer-aided engineering tools and design techniques, as well as how to apply management and business concepts.

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

Year 3

  • Electrical systems
  • 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
  • Electrical machines
  • Electronic drives
  • Embedded systems
  • 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.

Career opportunities

  • electronics engineer
  • power engineer
  • electrical engineer
  • engineering analyst
  • 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 Maths and Science (Excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

BBB including Maths and Science (Excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

GCSE Grade B/5/6 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/5/6 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 a relevant subject with overall grade 12 to include grade 11 in English 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.

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 £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £1,992 £2,060
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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