Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering

UCAS code: H601

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Study abroad

Introducing MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering

From the tiny processors found in smartphones to the heavy duty power electronics in wind turbines, electronic and electrical systems underpin many modern technologies.

Electronics and engineering graduates are spearheading advances in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Technology for medicine
  • Efficiency in transportation
  • Safety monitoring systems
  • Surveillance
  • Entertainment
  • Wireless communications
  • Manufacturing and computing
  • Renewable energy generation

As well as more sophisticated technologies for connecting generating capacity to the grid.

Studying this field requires a clear understanding of both the physics and the broader system it operates in, alongside 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.


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

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.

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 3 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 study programming to develop your skills in computer control and simulation – essentials in the engineer’s toolkit.

Those studying Electronics and Computer Science will be introduced to computer systems and algorithms and data structures. Those studying Electrical and Mechanical Engineering will study structural mechanics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Engineering mathematics is also studied.

You will continue your professional development with a course on essential professional skills for engineers*.

*(Revised 3 June 2020 to update Year 2 information.)

Year 3

The thematic areas developed are continued into Year 3. You will also learn about electromagnetics and control engineering.

There are project laboratories in digital systems design, analogue mixed signal design and embedded software. There is also a laboratory in electrical machines and another in control engineering.

You will learn about the economic and technical aspects of supplying power in the Power System Design Group Project.

Year 4

You will select courses in topics you are interested in.

Courses in bioelectronics are also available. At least one-third of the year is practical, with some of the option courses providing additional practical experience.

The highly motivational Group Design Project is multidisciplinary, and you will be working with peers from other engineering disciplines to complete a design and report that mimics the way practising engineers work together in teams.

You will also begin your major project that will span Years 4 and 5. If you are undertaking an industry-sponsored project on placement, it will normally be conducted on the company premises. If you undertake an internal project, you will work in the University.

Year 5

You will continue to select courses in topics you are interested in.

Many of the courses are dominated by practical project work. These courses are taken after the completion of the project. This phase of the project represents half of the year’s work, making Year 5 dominated by the application of learned knowledge to practical situations.

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 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.


You have the opportunity to undertake a six-month placement in your final year. During this placement, you complete a major individual project in either industry or at an overseas research institution/university. In the 2019 cohort, 79% of Year 5 students undertook a placement.

Many students find placements with the companies in our scholarship scheme or through receiving a UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) scholarship. These placements are competitive and the companies will interview you before selecting. You also have the opportunity to source your own placement in a relevant company.

The School provides support to students seeking a placement and all placements advertised by the School will be paid opportunities.

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)

Both electronics and electrical engineering are vibrant and expanding parts 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 - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 555 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 555 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. National 5s: Physics or Engineering Science at B and English at C. (Revised 29/10/20 to include Engineering Science.)
  • A Levels: Mathematics at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4, Science or Design & Technology (excluding Food technology) at B or 6.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 5. SL: English and either Physics or Design & Technology 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

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

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AA to include Mathematics and one other subject, plus Highers at AB in two further subjects including Physics, Engineering Science, or Technological Studies.
  • A Levels: A*AA in one set of exams to include Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering, or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology), or AAA in one set of exams to include Mathematics, Further Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering, or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology).
  • IB: 38 points with 666 at HL to include Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and Physics or Design & Technology at 6.
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 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 MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering

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