Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BEng Electronics and Computer Science

UCAS code: GH60

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Study abroad

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.


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

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

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

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

*(Revised 31 August 2020 to update information on accreditation.)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

*(Revised 4 June 2020 to update Year 1 information.)

Year 2

In Year 2 you will specialise in core electrical engineering topics including analogue circuits, digital system design, and software and embedded systems laboratory.

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

You will develop greater understanding of software development, decision making, and the internals of computers or computer systems. You will continue your professional development with a course on essential professional skills for engineers*.

*(Revised 4 June 2020 to update Year 2 information.)

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 (2020/21)

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.


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 (2020/21)

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.


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

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

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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.


In conjunction with our partners in industry, the School of Engineering offers scholarships to students who show excellent potential to become high-achieving professionals within the electronics and electrical engineering sector.

These provide a yearly cash award to the student, for up to 3 years, while studying for an Electronics and Electrical Engineering degree. There are also opportunities for industrial internships in later years.

For further information on these, and other external scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarships web page.


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