Undergraduate study - 2020 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 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.


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.

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 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.

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 course work 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 by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB in one set of exams.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB 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: Higher: Mathematics at grade A. We strongly recommend that you study Advanced Higher Mathematics.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at grade A.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) 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

Second year entry is no longer available for this programme (revised 28 October 2019 to reflect this change).

Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

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 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 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

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • 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 programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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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.


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

The School of Engineering Industrial scheme provides financial support of £1,000 per year, for up to three years to students with excellent entrance qualifications, funded by a number of companies. No application is needed, as eligible students qualify automatically. Another scheme is funded 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 their year of application, for an Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Diamond Scholarship, but cannot hold this in addition to other scholarships.

Scholarships in Electronics and Electrical Engineering


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