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MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering

UCAS code: H601

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering

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

Electronics is the study of circuits and devices that carry relatively small currents and voltages. It concerns the sensing, transduction and processing of data signals, in either digital or analogue forms.

Electrical engineering concerns much larger currents and voltages - usually for the purpose of generating and transmitting electrical power.

In an Electronics and Electrical Engineering (EEE) degree, you will study both areas with the opportunity to specialise in later years.

We deliver this content across several themes:

  • electrical power
  • digital electronics
  • analogue electronics
  • microelectronics
  • electromagnetics and photonics
  • bioelectronics
  • sensor networks and data analysis

Programme aims

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

This programme balances practical experimentation with theoretical:

  • studies
  • computation
  • simulation

You will learn to work independently and collaboratively to find ingenious solutions to modern engineering problems.

The MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering degree is relevant to those wishing to pursue a career as a professional engineer in industry.

It combines more advanced study than our BEng degree, with a greater emphasis on industrial skills.

You will also get the opportunity to work in an industrial company whilst you carry out your MEng project in Years 4 and 5.

Ties to industry

Our Industrial Liaison Board includes senior representatives from important electronics and electrical engineering companies.

This has influenced our curriculum and programme development.

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

Why Edinburgh?

We keep improving our curriculum and consult with:

  • our industrial partners
  • accreditation bodies
  • students

In this way, we make sure that our degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to develop a successful career in engineering.

In the first years of the degree, we teach a solid foundation of electronics and electrical engineering. Our courses are designed to improve your team-working and problem-solving skills.

In later years, our degree gives you the flexibility to study specialist courses in areas you are most interested in.

Our community

In addition, we are proud of the supportive community that our students and academics create.

For example, the electronics and electrical engineering discipline supports an 'Electronics After Hours Club'. This allows you to develop your own extra-curricular projects in a supportive environment.

Edinburgh has a particularly active community and network of companies in fields related to electronics and electrical engineering, which are deliberately located here, close to the talent of our graduates.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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.

Curriculum renewal

We are undertaking an ongoing curriculum renewal, which may result in changes to this degree programme.

The renewal is being carried out with:

  • our industrial partners
  • accreditation bodies
  • students

This renewal makes 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 interdisciplinary teams to tackle society's ever more complex challenges.

Introductory courses

In Year 1, you will take introductory courses and develop skills that you will later rely on as a professional engineer, including:

  • confidence
  • advanced thinking
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving skills
Engineering Principles

In this course, you will experience a wide range of challenges and develop essential engineering skills. Plus, you will understand the subject's breadth, as well as the role of your chosen discipline.

Engineering Design

In this course, 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.

You will 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 electronics and electrical engineering topics, which typically includes:

  • analogue circuits
  • digital system design
  • microelectronics
  • power engineering
  • signal processing
  • communications

You will typically 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.

You can also broaden your knowledge and skills by taking courses in other engineering disciplines, or in any subject you wish.

Second year entry

Our course structure is designed in such a way that we permit Year 2 direct entry for students. Direct entry students perform just as well as those progressing from Year 1.

The entry requirements for Year 2 entry are higher to ensure that students have the necessary knowledge to start at this level.

Year 3

The thematic areas developed in your second year continue into Year 3.

You will also be introduced to the new themes of:

  • electromagnetics and photonics
  • control and instrumentation engineering

You will complete practical or computing exercises in:

  • microelectronics and digital systems design
  • analogue mixed-signal labs
  • embedded software
  • electrical machines
  • control and instrumentation engineering

You will also complete a power system design group project. In this project, you will learn about the economic and technical aspects of power supply systems.

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

Year 4 allows you to specialise in your chosen thematic areas, including the newly available theme of bioelectronics.

Project work

You will begin a major project that spans Years 4 and 5.

If you undertake an industry-sponsored project on placement, you will normally conduct this on company premises.

If you undertake an internal project, you will work within the University. Your project can be linked to the research activity of your supervisor. This will expose you to, and allow you to contribute to, the research output of the School.

Also in Year 4, you will participate in an interdisciplinary group design project. This allows you to tackle real-world problems within a multidisciplinary team.

You can also typically take the course ‘Professional Issues for Engineers’. In this course, you will learn about the economic, social and environmental context of engineering.

Year 5

Your final year will involve practical and project work.

Semester 1

You will continue the major project you started in Year 4, working in industry or embedded within one of our academic research groups in engineering or informatics.

This phase of the project represents half of your year’s work, meaning Year 5 involves the application of learned knowledge to practical situations.

Semester 2

You will select the topics you are interested in from a wide range of advanced courses. This allows you to specialise further or broaden your skills.

Many of these courses typically address industrial demand, equipping you with the latest hardware and software skills, such as:

  • advanced coding techniques
  • practical skills
  • modelling and simulation skills

Our facilities

Our facilities

In Year 1, your lectures are taught in the University's Central Area close to the city centre. Other teaching take place within the School of Engineering or the wider King's Buildings campus.

In later years you will mainly learn at the King's Buildings campus, depending on courses selected. The King's Buildings campus is around 15 minutes from central Edinburgh via bus.

You may also study at various University campus locations in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, depending on the option courses selected.

Access to facilities

You can access the University:

  • libraries
  • study spaces (some study spaces are open 24 hours)
  • IT facilities
  • social spaces
  • leisure facilities

Take a virtual tour of our School

You can take a closer look at the School of Engineering and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.

Virtual visit – School of Engineering

Placements

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

During this placement, you will complete a major individual project.

In the 2019 cohort, 79% of Year 5 students undertook a placement.

Finding a placement

Many students find placements:

  • with the companies in our scholarship scheme
  • through a UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) scholarship

UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) scholarship

These opportunities are competitive; you will need to interview for a place.

All placements advertised by our School will be paid opportunities.

You also have the option to source your own placement in a relevant company. We will support you in securing a placement.

Study abroad

In Year 3, you will have opportunities to study abroad.

The University has a variety of agreements with international institutions that allow you to study there in Year 3.

Common destinations include:

  • USA (University of California, Caltech, Chicago, Pennsylvania, and others)
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Asia

Subject specific agreements

This is enhanced by subject specific agreements arranged by the School of Engineering.

These subject specific agreements provide additional destinations in countries such as:

  • USA (for example, Texas at Austin)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Switzerland

In addition, MEng projects occasionally take place overseas.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

The exciting nature of engineering means you will have a diverse learning experience throughout your degree.

Teaching can be through a mixture of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • projects
  • group work

In your final years, you will dedicate more time to private study therefore you will need to be well-motivated and organised.

You will also receive individual supervision with projects.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework and examinations.

For detailed information you should review the Programme Structure - Degree Programme Table to see compulsory and option courses.

Refer to individual course details to see the types of assessment included.

Electronics and electrical engineering are vibrant parts of the UK economy, where demand for graduates is high.

Graduates from the MEng degree have progressed into employment and postgraduate study.

Where do our graduates find employment?

Employment tends to be in engineering or sometimes in IT or financial services roles.

Typical roles in engineering include:

  • Analogue Design Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Energy/Business Consultant
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Project Officer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

Recent graduates, in other fields, took roles such as an Engineer and a Technology Analyst.

Our graduates have entered challenging and rewarding careers with a wide range of companies.

Some of the notable employers for recent graduates include:

  • Arup
  • Broadcom
  • CERN
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Dialog Semiconductor
  • EDF Energy
  • Honda
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Leonardo
  • Linn
  • Maxim Integrated
  • National Grid
  • Scottish Power

Our graduates have also taken roles in other sectors at Aberdeen Standard Life, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and RBS.

Postgraduate study

Graduates who progress to postgraduate study may complete a taught masters degree or research degree, including a PhD, in subjects such as:

  • Bioengineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Management
  • Graphene Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Finance
  • Neuroinformatics

Further study destinations include UK universities (for example, Cambridge and Edinburgh) and universities in Europe.

Careers Service

We support you to recognise the wealth of possibilities ahead, while at University and after graduation.

Our award-winning Careers Service plays an essential part in your wider student experience and provides:

  • tailored advice
  • individual guidance and personal assistance
  • internships and networking opportunities (with employers from local organisations to top multinationals)
  • access to the experience of our worldwide alumni network

We invest in your future beyond the end of your degree and studying at the University of Edinburgh will lay the foundations for your future success.

Careers Service

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. 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 (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 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 (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
  • 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering