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BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

UCAS code: HH36

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Electromechanical systems are increasingly central to today’s world.

This multidisciplinary field 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.

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. This was pioneered here by Professor Stephen Salter, inventor of the ‘Salter Duck’ in the 1970s.

Our world-class research activities strongly enhance our teaching.

As a student, 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.

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 electrical and mechanical 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.

We are also proud of the supportive community that our students and academics create.

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

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Candidates must hold a masters or doctorate accredited as further learning for CEng to hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration.

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 electrical and mechanical engineering topics, which typically includes:

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

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.

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

You will continue to develop your knowledge and skills in both mechanical and electrical engineering, with courses typically 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
  • 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 technical courses from the electrical and mechanical disciplines.

You will also study courses that prepare you for your professional career, which typically includes:

  • management
  • technology innovation
  • entrepreneurship

A mechanical group design project allows you to work on solving a real-world engineering problem.

Individual project

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

This forms the most significant practical element of your programme.

You can link your project to the research activity of your supervisor. This will expose you to, and allow you to contribute to, the research output of the University.

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's:

  • 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

We encourage you to undertake relevant work experience during your degree.

We advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations with the Careers Service. These experiences can feature on your transcript after completing an Edinburgh Award.

Study abroad

In Year 3, you will have exciting opportunities to study abroad through the University's international exchange programmes.

Many of our students spend their third year abroad in Europe or further afield gaining invaluable academic and life skills.

Common destinations include:

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

Subject specific agreements

There are 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

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.

Studying engineering at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad.

All our courses meet the requirements of the UK's professional engineering bodies.

On graduating from this programme, you will have:

  • core thorough 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

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. 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 (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

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

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 (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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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Funding

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Fees and funding

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School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering