UCAS code: H600
Duration: 4 years
College: Science and 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.
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:
An accredited programme is needed to complete the educational base for CEng.
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.
The broad area of electronics and electrical engineering is broken down in Year 2, so that you will 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.
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.
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. You will work on your individual honours project throughout the year, and it forms the single most important practical work of the programme. You will be working with a project supervisor, and your project will probably be linked to the research activity of the supervisor, meaning you are exposed to, and have opportunity to contribute to, the research output of the School.
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.
Lectures take place in the George Square area during the first year, 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.
All students are encouraged to undertake relevant work-experience during their degree and we work closely with the Careers Service to advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations. This can be recognised on the student’s transcript through completion of an Edinburgh Award.
You will have opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programmes, including the Erasmus Programme.
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.
You will be assessed through course work and examinations.
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.
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.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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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.
One scheme comprises a pool of scholarships provided by a number of companies, and the other is through the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), of which Edinburgh is a member 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.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.