Undergraduate study - 2020 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 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.

With advances in technology for medicine, efficiency in transportation, safety monitoring systems, surveillance, entertainment, wireless communications, manufacturing and computing, renewable energy generation and more sophisticated technologies for connecting generating capacity to the grid, to name just a few areas, electronics and electrical engineering lead where others follow.

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 a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Year 1

You will learn the fundamental concepts in electronics and electrical engineering that provide the basis for more advanced study in later years, including a project laboratory. This is supplemented by important mathematics allowing the engineering concepts to be properly explored and explained. There is also an opportunity to select from a wide variety of courses from across the University, allowing you to widen your interests.

Year 2

The broad area of electronics and electrical engineering is broken down in Year 2, so that you study a wider range of courses reflecting the types of engineering often encountered. You will study courses in analogue circuit design, digital system design, microelectronic devices, communication systems and power engineering.

Alongside these courses are hardware project laboratories supporting the taught material and a practical course in software programming. Mathematics courses include some of the more advanced mathematical techniques necessary. Industrial Management is also taught so graduate engineers can be well prepared for all aspects of their future careers.

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, and 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 continue to develop your skills in those themes where you have developed a keen interest in previous years by selecting from a range of option courses. 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 practicing engineers work together in teams.

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

Year 5

The ability to select courses according to interest is continued into Year 5, and again, 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 (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.


MEng students have the opportunity to undertake a 6 month placement in their final year. During this placement, students complete their major individual project in either industry or at an overseas Research Institution/University.

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. Students also have the opportunity to source their own placement in a relevant company.

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

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)

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 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 555 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 555 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. National 5: Physics or Engineering Science at grade B.
  • A Levels: Mathematics. GCSE: Science or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology) at grade B or 6.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) . Diploma must include Physics or Design & Technology at either HL or SL.

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 minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AA to include Mathematics and one other subject, plus Highers at AB in two other subjects including Higher 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 overall and award of IB Diploma with 666 at HL to include Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and one from Physics or Design & Technology.
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

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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.


Our Electronics & Electrical Engineering 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) which Edinburgh is a member of, along with other UK universities which have a strong electronics profile.

Our applicants are also eligible to apply, during the year of application, for an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, and can 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