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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 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 understand how to design and implement both the hardware and software of general-purpose and embedded computer systems.

Why joint honours?

Electronics and computer science are a fascinating and highly valuable combination for a joint honours degree. Interactions between these fields have generated some of the most significant advances in computer design and communications technology over the last 50 years.

Students of electronics and computer science need a clear understanding of physics and the broader system it operates in. Teamwork and the determination to find ingenious solutions are also crucial.

Graduates are spearheading advances in fields such as:

  • technology for medicine
  • efficiency in transportation
  • safety monitoring systems
  • surveillance
  • entertainment
  • wireless communications
  • manufacturing and computing
  • renewable energy generation

Ties to industry

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

Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Why accreditation matters

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that this degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree provides you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills you need for eventual registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees. An accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

We are undertaking an ongoing curriculum renewal, which may result in changes to this degree programme.

The renewal is being carried out in consultation with our industrial partners, accreditation bodies and students, to make sure we equip you for an exciting career in the ever-changing world of engineering.

Year 1

In Year 1, electronics and computer science have equal weighting. You will learn fundamental concepts across both areas, which provides the basis for more advanced study in later years.

Engineers are creative problem-solvers. They are adept at working in professional, interdisciplinary teams to tackle society's ever more complex challenges.

Introductory courses

In Year 1, you will take introductory courses that help you develop the confidence, advanced thinking, team-working and problem-solving skills that you will later rely on as a professional engineer.

In Engineering Principles, you will experience a wide range of challenges, developing essential engineering skills and gaining an understanding of the subject's breadth, as well as the role of your chosen discipline.

In Engineering Design, you will work as part of a team on an interdisciplinary engineering task. You will get involved in design and use your engineering judgement to evaluate your solution.

In Computer Science, you will be introduced to basic principles of programming and computation. You will study how information can be represented and processed in computer systems, and learn fundamental techniques for managing data and solving problems using computer programs.

Additional courses

You will also study mathematical topics that have particular relevance to engineers, and choose courses from across the University to complement your engineering studies - with options available in the sciences, arts and humanities.

Year 2

In Year 2, you will specialise in core topics in electronics, including:

  • analogue circuits
  • digital system design
  • microelectronics
  • signal processing and communications
  • software and embedded systems laboratory

Meanwhile, you will develop a greater understanding of computer science from introductory courses on:

  • algorithms
  • data structures
  • computer systems

You will also study:

  • engineering mathematics
  • essential professional skills for engineers

These courses prepare you for further specialisation at honours level. They cover technical concepts and, where possible, give you the opportunity to apply these in a practical situation.

Year 3

The thematic areas developed in your second year continue into Year 3. You will have a choice of 23 different course options on a wide range of topics. These balance theoretical and practical study elements.

Depending on your personal preference, you may choose more electronics courses than computer science courses, or the other way around.

Progression routes

At the end of Year 3, you will have the option to complete one more year for a BEng degree, or a further two years for an MEng degree. The latter is subject to you achieving an average of 55% or higher in your third year.

Year 4

The wide variety of course options expands even further in Year 4. You can choose options from both electronics and computer science. As in Year 3, you can deviate from an equal split of the two subjects.

You can also take Professional Issues for Engineers, where you will learn about the economic, social and environmental context of engineering.

Individual project

You will undertake a major individual project worth one-third of your grade for the year. This forms the most significant practical element of your programme.

Your project can be with a supervisor in either Engineering or Informatics. You can link your project to the research activity of your supervisor, meaning you will be exposed to, and have opportunity to contribute to, the research output of the University.

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 (2021/22)

Our facilities

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering is currently operating a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching is a flexible blend of:

  • digital learning
  • in-person, on-campus teaching (subject to current physical distancing requirements)

You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories.

Placements

We encourage you 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.

Study abroad

In Year 3, you will have opportunities to study abroad through the University's international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering is currently operating a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching is not the same as 100% online teaching - it is a flexible blend of:

  • digital learning
  • in-person, on-campus teaching (subject to current physical distancing requirements)

Course content that would have been delivered through in-person lectures will be taught through other formats. This applies to the majority of our courses.

Depending on the course, this may include a mixture of:

  • specially created video content
  • written materials
  • additional content to support self-study
  • live-streamed lectures where appropriate (for example, guest lectures)

Group teaching

Social distancing means that we must work within strict building capacity limitations. Therefore, we now offer group teaching digitally and on-campus simultaneously. You will be scheduled for in-person attendance at a proportion of the on-campus activities for your course. For the remaining activities, or if you are unable to come to campus, you will attend digitally.

How will I be assessed?

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of courses have introduced coursework in addition to, or to replace, end of semester assessments.

Where an end of semester assessment is required, this will be in the form of a take-home exam. You should complete this in the same amount of time allocated to the equivalent in-person exam (for example, 90 minutes) but you will be given 24 hours in which to submit your solutions.

Electronics and computer science combine to provide skills at the nexus of hardware and software engineering. This is a vibrant and expanding part of the UK economy, where demand for graduates exceeds supply.

Well-qualified, creative graduates will have many opportunities to enter stimulating, 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 and one of Physics (preferred) Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Engineering Science at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. Advanced Higher Mathematics is recommended. National 5s: Physics or Engineering Science at B and English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at A and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science/Computing, Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology) or Engineering at B. GCSEs: Physics or Science at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 6 and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Design Technology at 5. SL: Physics at 5 (if not at HL) and 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 (including Special Home Edition) 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

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Scholarships

Applicants to this programme can apply for an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Diamond Scholarship during their application year.

IET Awards - Diamond Scholarships

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

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School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering