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MEng/BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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UCAS Code (H601/H600)

The role of electronic and electrical engineers is of particular relevance in today’s challenging world of energy shortage and global warming. They design and develop innovative and renewable energy solutions and the supporting transmission infrastructure to deliver power where it is needed in a timely and efficient manner. Low carbon renewable technologies, such as fuel cells, wave power generators and wind turbines, are being designed by power systems engineers while electronic engineers develop the sensing, control and communications systems to guarantee their safe and efficient operation.  

The demand for graduates within this discipline is always high. 

Download the Electronic & Electrical Engineering leaflet for further information.

Course Structure

Years 1 to 3 of our degrees follow a common curriculum, providing a fundamental technical knowledge and necessary analytical skills.  Flexibility in Years 4 and 5 allow for specialisation in your chosen subject area. 

Transfer from BEng to MEng is possible within the first three years.

The BEng Honours Year 4 delivers classes in technology application areas with a measure of subject choice. An individual project provides opportunities for personal development, as well as demonstrating knowledge, understanding and learning abilities. This degree constitutes an accredited stage towards IET Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

MEng Years 4 & 5 provide an integrated education to a professional level in the relevant subject matter. An individual project in Year 4 and group project in Year 5 (Student Tradeshow) allow for personal and professional development.

The MEng degrees meet all the educational requirements of the IET and offer the most direct route to CEng status.

Course Syllabus

Year 1 – Fundamental Engineering Skills   

Classes in mathematics, engineering science, software design, electronics, electrical engineering, computing and business are taken.  You complete group projects in hydrogen-powered vehicles and wireless communications, to gain practical training in core engineering applications and develop project management skills. 

Year 2 – Core Engineering & Technology Skills

The study of analogue and digital electronics continues, enhanced by an introduction to basic concepts in signal processing. Further study includes the design and analysis of electrical systems, and there are classes in advanced maths, all supported by practical and teamworking programmes.

Year 3 – Specialist Engineering Skills

Knowledge and understand of the key technologies and business subjects are consolidated, providing the foundation required for continuing study in your preferred subject area.

Compulsory Classes

  • Signals, Networks & Communications 
  • Principles and Analysis
  • Practical CAD Digital Design Techniques
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Instrumentation & Control System Modelling
  • Engineering Innovation and Management
  • Engineering Statistics

 Optional Classes

  • Microelectronics
  • Multimedia Systems
  • Power Engineering 
  • Renewable Energy

Years 4 & 5 – Professional Training

In these years, you customise your studies to focus on the many and varied topics within the discipline. Your personalised curriculum is obtained through a selection of classes combined with individual and group project work. You also have the opportunity to broaden and enhance your studies by taking classes from Science and Business departments, and/or studying abroad.

Year 4 (BEng (Honours) & MEng)

You undertake a significant individual project to enhance your technical and project management skills, and develop specialist engineering knowledge by choosing classes from the following topics:

  • Engineering Analysis 
  • Communications Theory & Networks 
  • Design 
  • Information Coding for Communication & Security 
  • Microcontroller Applications 
  • Digital Signal Processing 
  • Analysis of Image & Video Signals
  • Optical Communications Systems 
  • Robotics Design 
  • Advanced Analogue Electronics Design 
  • Energy Conversion and Drives 
  • Power System Analysis and Design 
  • Energy Supply Network Protection Systems
  • Electric Vehicle Technologies 
  • Instrumentation and Condition Monitoring 

Year 5 (MEng only)

To further enhance your technical expertise and professional skills, a major group project and selection of classes from the advanced topics below, are completed:  

  • Multimedia Signal & Image Processing 
  • Telecommunications Network Design, Performance and Management 
  • Mobile Communications Systems 
  • Digital Signal Processing Implementation 
  • Adaptive Digital Signal Processing 
  • Optical Networks 
  • Advanced Microcontroller Systems and Design 
  • Control of Industrial Processes 
  • Electronics for Energy Control
  • Electricity Market & System Economics 
  • Power System Electromagnetic 
  • Compatibility 
  • High Voltage Technology Design & Application 
  • Advanced Power System Protection for Network Industries

As part of their final year, students take part in the Student Tradeshow, a fantastic opportunity to showcase their final year projects to industry professionals, staff and fellow students. 

Recent Graduates

Right from the beginning of the degree I was introduced to learning the fundamentals that were applied in practical tasks and laboratories. Throughout the rest of the degree practical projects and assignments continued, which was a major highlight as I was able to see my progression and development as an Engineer. The degree offered a vast range of different classes and specialised disciplines, which in fourth and fifth year really allowed me the freedom to become the Electrical Engineer that I wanted to be.  

Neil Milne
Product Development Engineer, Jaguar Landrover

All the opportunities are there if you get involved. Industry realises the greatness of the course and thinks highly of the engineers that are produced by the Department, so job opportunities at the end were vast! I worked with Scottish Power Energy Networks throughout my degree, so was keen to join them after finishing. I started their training scheme this summer.

Kirsten McIver
Graduate Engineer, Scottish Power Energy Networks

Overall the course was very interesting with current industrial issues discussed in lectures and plenty of support available where needed. The course was challenging but as long as you worked hard and were motivated you would realise the rewards of obtaining a degree from a well respected engineering department at a good university.

Stuart Carey
Graduate Engineer, Atkins

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of UK, EU and international qualifications for entry to our undergraduate degrees, details of which can be found in the following document

Further information can also be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Academic Selector.

How to apply

Applications to any of our courses must be submitted via UCAS at  As part of your application you will be asked to provide details of the subjects you are studying, or have studied, and any grades achieved, along with a personal statement and an academic/teacher reference. 

The personal statement is your opportunity to shine as an applicant, demonstrating your interest in your chosen university course and the types of activities (academic or otherwise) you are involved in. eg. Duke of Edinburgh awards, sports clubs, volunteering, work experience, hobbies and interests.  Remember applications must be submitted by the set UCAS deadlines.  Once your application has been submitted to UCAS, they then send it onto the appropriate University/(s) and Department for their consideration. 

The Applicants' Guide outlines the decision making process for our Department.

Key Contacts

UG Admissions Secretary
Mr Darren Rank
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2625

UG Academic Selector
Dr Martin Given
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 2471