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MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

UCAS code: HHH6

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Electromechanical systems are increasingly central to today’s world. And this multidisciplinary field of engineering will only become more important in meeting the needs of our future society.

Electromechanical engineers work on everything from energy generation and hybrid vehicles to aircraft design and satellite technology.

Why Edinburgh?

Here at Edinburgh, we have particular specialisms in:

  • carbon capture
  • materials science and engineering – including polymers and the mechanics of snow and ice
  • engineering at the interface with biology and medicine

We also have strengths in renewable energy, including marine energy, which was pioneered here by Professor Stephen Salter – inventor of the ‘Salter Duck’ in the 1970s.

Our world-class research activities strongly enhance our teaching. You will have opportunities to carry out research projects in the diverse areas outlined above.

Ties to industry

Our Industrial Liaison Board includes senior representatives from important industrial companies. This has a strong influence on our curriculum and programme development.

Accreditation

This degree has been accredited under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council by:

  • the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET)
  • the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

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 also 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

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.

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 electrical and mechanical engineering topics, including:

  • analogue circuits
  • digital system design
  • power engineering
  • structural mechanics
  • fluid mechanics
  • dynamics
  • thermodynamics

And you will study Python and C programming to develop these essential skills in the engineer’s toolkit:

  • computer control
  • embedded system
  • simulation

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

You will continue to develop your knowledge and skills in both mechanical and electrical engineering, including:

  • Structural Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Thermofluids
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Analogue Circuits
  • Digital System Design

You will also take courses that address professional skills, including:

  • Engineering Software
  • Professional Issues for Engineers

Many of the courses in Year 3 incorporate practical work in the form of experimental or computational exercises.

Group work

You will have the opportunity to work in groups on:

  • A sustainable energy group project that teaches you about the complexity of engineering design
  • A power system design group project that teaches you about the economic and technical aspects of supplying power

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

In Year 4, you will have a wide choice of specialist fourth- and fifth-year technical courses from the electrical and mechanical disciplines.

You will also study courses that prepare you for your professional career, including:

  • Management
  • Technology Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

Plus, an interdisciplinary group design project allows you to work on solving a real-world engineering problem.

External placement

You will have the opportunity to spend the second semester of Year 4 on an external placement, either in an industrial company or at an overseas university. This is worth 50% of your marks for the year.

Placements in previous years have included:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Edinburgh Designs
  • Touch Bionics
  • Lotus F1 Team
  • Ferrari
  • Leonardo

Alternatively, you can choose to remain in Edinburgh and complete a broader range of optional courses.

Year 5

You will undertake a major individual research project, worth one-third of your marks for the year.

You can link your project to the research activity of the supervisor, meaning you will be exposed to, and have opportunity to contribute to, the research output of the University.

In parallel to your project, you will have a wide choice of technical course options from electrical and mechanical disciplines. You can also choose courses that prepare you for your professional career, including:

  • Management
  • Technology Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

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

In your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a six-month placement in industry or at an overseas research institution or university.

We will support you in securing a placement. All placements advertised by our school will be paid opportunities.

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.

Studying engineering at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad. All of our courses meet the requirements of the UK's professional engineering bodies.

On graduating from this programme, you will have:

  • a thorough, core knowledge
  • analytical skills
  • practical skills
  • design skills
  • communication skills

This enables you to join a design, production or research team - or move rapidly into management and leadership roles.

Alternatively, many of our graduates go on to work in other areas, including:

  • the civil service
  • education
  • the armed forces
  • the financial sector

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 and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Engineering Science at B. Applicants with Physics are preferred. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: Physics or Engineering Science at B and English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics 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) 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

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

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AA to include Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering Science, or Technological Studies, plus Highers at AB in two further subjects.
  • 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.

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 MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Funding

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School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering