Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

BEng Electronics and Computer Science

UCAS code: GH60

Duration: 4 years

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Study abroad

Introducing BEng Electronics and Computer Science

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.

Ties to industry

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:

  • 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

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.

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. 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.

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 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).

Year 4

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.

Our facilities

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.

Study abroad

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

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year 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 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.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A. We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 655 at HL to include Mathematics at Grade 6.

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

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AAA to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus Highers at AB in two other subjects including Physics, Engineering Science or Technological Studies. Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience are required.
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics, Further Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology). Appropriate relevant computing qualifications or experience are required.
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 666 at HL to include Mathematics and one from Physics or Design & Technology. The Diploma must include Computer Science.
Other entry pathways

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.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each ""Communicative Skills"" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


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:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Additional costs

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


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

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How to apply

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering