UCAS Code (H630)
Electrical energy is vital in today's society. It powers manufacturing and transport, provides heat and light and underpins all aspects of modern life. One of the biggest challenges facing society is the need for reliable energy supplies with minimum impact on the environment. This course, fully accredited by the IET, responds to that need, producing engineers qualified to deal with the complex issues surrounding the supply of electrical energy and the applications of electrical power.
The development and increasing use of renewable energy sources need engineers with skills in advanced electrical technologies. The search for carbon-neutral energy sources requires innovative engineering solutions involving fuel cells, solar, wind, wave and tidal technologies. Examples of such innovation in practice include the Department's energy project in Gambia and opportunities exist for you to be part of the annual expedition there to install solar technologies into local communities.
Scotland's ambition is to become a world leader in clean, green energy. With a recognised shortage of engineers in this sector, graduates of this course have excellent career prospects.
Download the Electrical Energy Systems leaflet for further information.
Years 1 to 3 follow the structure of the core MEng/BEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering degrees, with specialist topics chosen in Years 4 and 5.
Years 1 & 2: Classes in Maths, Engineering Science, Software Design, Analogue and Digital Circuits, Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computing are taken. You complete group-based projects such as hydrogen-powered vehicles and wireless communications to gain practical training in core engineering applications and project management skills.
Year 3: You develop specialist engineering skills in your preferred subject area through a selection of classes including Electromagnetics, Embedded Systems, Power Engineering, Renewable Technologies and Engineering Innovation.
Years 4 & 5: Specialist topics such as Renewable Energy Technologies, Electric Vehicles, Mechatronic Systems and Robotics are taken, along with the individual and group Design projects.
A diverse range of well-paid and highly rewarding career opportunities are available to graduates of this course:
- renewable energy technologies
- design, operation and control of new power networks
- fuel cell development
- power electronics for control of electrical energy systems
- combined heat and power technologies
- electrical systems for transport
Electrical energy is increasingly preferred for powering transport so the automotive, aerospace, rail and shipbuilding industries will need specialist graduate engineers to design and realise the transport systems of the future.
Career opportunities in designing and developing new technology and equipment in renewable energy, and health monitoring for electrical plant are becoming increasingly common. Researchers in the energy field are also needed to develop new systems, materials and processes to meet future requirements. In addition, the excellent numeracy, literacy, IT, problem-solving and teamworking skills that the course develops enable our graduate engineers to pursue careers in the finance, marketing, civil service and education sectors.
All the major employers target our graduates for recruitment purposes, including ScottishPower, Rolls-Royce, National Grid, ABB, Scottish and Southern Energy, Lloyd’s Register, RWEnpower, Mott MacDonald, E.ON, EDF Energy, BP, Siemens, Network Rail and UKAEA.
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.