Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BEng Electronics and Computer Science

UCAS code: GH60

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BEng Electronics and Computer Science

From the tiny processors found in smartphones to the heavy duty power electronics in wind turbines, electronic and electrical systems underpin many modern technologies. In today's world of complex high-speed devices, it is important that engineers can understand how to design and implement both the hardware and software of general-purpose and embedded computer systems.

Interactions between the fields of electronics and computer science have generated some of the most significant advances in computer design and communications technology over the last 50 years, making these subjects a fascinating and highly valuable combination for a joint Honours.

Graduates in this area are spearheading advances in fields including technology for medicine, efficiency in transportation, safety monitoring systems, surveillance, entertainment, wireless communications, manufacturing and computing, and renewable energy generation, to name a few.

Students of electronics and computer science require a clear understanding of both the physics and the broader system it operates in, teamwork, and the determination to find ingenious solutions.

Ties to industry

Our Industrial Liaison Board includes senior representatives from important electronics and electrical engineering companies and has influenced curriculum and programme development.

Work experience and internships

You are encouraged to undertake relevant work experience during your degree. We work closely with the Careers Service to advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations.

This can be recognised on your transcript through completion of an Edinburgh Award.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

An accredited programme is needed to complete the educational base for CEng.

Year 1

In Year 1 both electronics and computer science have equal weighting. You will learn fundamental concepts across both areas, providing the basis for more advanced study in later years. This will include a project laboratory and programming.

This is supplemented by important mathematics, allowing the engineering concepts to be properly explored and explained.

Year 2

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.

In electronics, you will take courses in:

  • Analogue circuit design
  • Digital system design
  • Microelectronic devices
  • Communication systems.

In computer science, courses will cover algorithms, computer systems and software engineering.

Alongside these courses are hardware project laboratories supporting the taught material. 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.

Year 3

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 take more electronics courses than computer science courses (or the other way around).

It is not possible to be specific about the breakdown between taught material and practical/laboratory work due to the choice available, but you will study a minimum of 30 credits from practical work (depending on course selection).

Year 4

You will select courses in topics you are interested in. Courses in bioelectronics are also available.

At least 40 credits of the year are 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.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

Lectures take place in the George Square area during Year 1.

For all other years, teaching takes place at the University's King's Building campus and in the George Square area.

You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories. Study materials are also available online.

Placements

Electronics and computer science combine to provide skills at the centre point of hardware and software engineering. This is 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.

Study abroad

You will have opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

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.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework and examinations.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

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.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - AAAB (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - AAB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Mathematics at A. Advanced Higher Mathematics is recommended. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 6. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BEng Electronics and Computer Science

Additional costs

In Year 1, you will require Personal Protective Equipment for practical work. Prices start at £3.

Scholarships

Our Electronics and Computer Science students are eligible for several scholarship schemes that provide additional financial support.

The School of Engineering Industrial scheme provides financial support of £1,500 per year, for up to three years. This is awarded to students with the potential to obtain a first-class degree and is funded by a number of companies. Interested students need to put in a brief application.

A further scheme is funded through the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF). It is thanks to our strong electronics profile that Edinburgh is a member of this Foundation.

Our scholarship applicants are also eligible to apply, during their year of application, for an Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Diamond Scholarship. This cannot be held in addition to other company-sponsored scholarships.

Scholarships in Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering