UCAS code: GH60
Duration: 4 years
College: Science and Engineering
From low-power processors for mobile phone technology to heavy-duty power electronics for wind turbines, the design of electronic and electrical systems is challenging and requires a clear understanding of both the physics and the broader system in which it operates, necessitating teamwork and the determination to find ingenious solutions.
Many of the advances in computer design and communications technology over the last 50 years have resulted from the interaction between electronics and computer science. These two disciplines therefore form a natural combination for a joint honours, where software engineering skills sit alongside the knowledge of hardware design.
In today's world of complex high-speed devices, it is vital that there are engineers who understand how to design and implement both the hardware and software of general purpose and embedded computer systems to support advances in technology for medicine, efficiency in transportation, safety monitoring systems, surveillance, entertainment, wireless communications, manufacturing and computing.
Our Industrial Liaison Board includes senior representatives from important electronics and electrical engineering companies and has influenced curriculum and programme development.
Our Electronics & Computer Science students are eligible for several scholarship schemes that provide additional financial support. One scheme comprises a pool of scholarships provided by a number of companies, and the other is through the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), of which Edinburgh is a member along with other UK universities which have a strong electronics profile. Our applicants are also eligible to apply, during the year of application, for an IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, and can hold this in addition to other scholarships.
This programme is accredited as:
An accredited programme is needed to complete the educational base for CEng.
Both electronics and computer science have equal weighting, as befits a joint honours programme and you will learn the fundamental concepts in both that provide the basis for more advanced study in later years, including a project laboratory and programming. This is supplemented by important mathematics allowing the engineering concepts to be properly explored and explained.
The broad area of electronics and computer science is broken down so that you study a wider range of courses reflecting the types of engineering often encountered. You will encounter courses in analogue circuit design, digital system design, microelectronic devices and communication systems in electronics, while in computer science courses covering algorithms; computer systems and software engineering are taken. Alongside these courses are hardware project laboratories supporting the taught material and software practical elements are incorporated within the computer science courses. Mathematics courses are included again to include some of the more advanced mathematical techniques necessary.
The thematic areas developed are continued into Year 3 where there is a wide choice of option courses. There are optional project laboratories in digital systems design and analogue mixed signal design, and a choice of computer science and software engineering practicals. It is possible to deviate from an equal division of electronics and computer science courses up to a maximum asymmetry of 40 credits in one to 80 credits in the other. It is not possible to be specific about the breakdown between taught material and practical/laboratory work due to the choice available, but there are a minimum 30 credits from practical work (depending on course selection).
You will continue to develop your skills in those themes where you have developed a keen interest in previous years by again selecting from a range of option courses. Courses in bioelectronics are also available. At least 40 credits of the year is practical, with some of the option courses providing additional practical experience. You will undertake your major project throughout the year, forming the most significant practical element of the whole programme. As in Year 3 it is possible to deviate from an equal split of electronics and computer science.
Lectures take place in the George Square area during the first year, and for all other years at the University's King's Buildings campus. You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories. Study materials are available online.
You will have opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programmes, including the Erasmus Programme.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and group work. In your final years you will dedicate more time to private study and will receive individual supervision with projects.
You will be assessed through course work and examinations.
Electronics and computer science combine to provide skills at the nexus of hardware and software engineering in a vibrant and expanding part of the UK economy where demand for graduates exceeds supply. There are many opportunities for well-qualified and creative graduates to enjoy stimulating and rewarding careers. For many students, their MEng company project placement leads directly to a career in the company.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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In Year 1, you will require Personal Protective Equipment for practical work. Prices start at £3.
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