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MEng/BEng Electrical & Mechanical Engineering

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UCAS Code (HH6H/HH63)

Dual accreditation with the IET and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The needs of modern society and the constraints from environmental impact are presenting new challenges in engineering innovation.

Global warming issues, increased demands on energy sources and a greater awareness of environmental and health issues have accelerated the need for energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources, small carbon footprints, product recycling, pollution monitoring and control.  To meet these challenges, a diversity of skills and technology is required in the creation and development of new products and services. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the energy and transportation industries.

Mechanical, electrical, computing, microprocessor, sensor and control elements all form an integral part of systems operation and are essential to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of modern society. Examples include renewable energy generation from wind and wave power, nuclear energy generation, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, fuel cell technology, and efficient and safe operation of aircraft.

These courses are specially designed to equip the engineer of the future with the skills and depth of specialist training required to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

Download the Electrical & Mechanical Engineering leaflet for further information.

Course Structure

The degree is taught jointly by the Departments of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE). They reflect the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering and the demand by industry for engineering graduates who are technically skilled and articulate within and across the traditional boundaries of mechanical and electrical engineering.

The degrees are designed to produce graduates who are well-versed in the technical principles of electrical and mechanical engineering, with appropriate underpinning in maths and computer-aided design.

Years 1-3 provide a strong foundation in the mathematics and technical principles behind electronics, computer-aided design and electrical and mechanical engineering. In Years 4 and 5 you choose specialist classes in electrical and mechanical topics. In Year 4 an individual project is undertaken in either, or both topics.

In Year 5 MEng students deepen their specialist knowledge and enhance their design and groupworking skills through a major group project (Student Tradeshow.)

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

Course Syllabus

Year 1 – Fundamental Engineering Skills

In Year 1, you are introduced to the analysis and design of analogue and digital circuits for electronics and power applications, supported by practical laboratory sessions. You also learn the physical principles underlying the design of mechanical systems and structures including topics such as dynamics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Project work introduces students to design and build activities in, for example, fuel cells and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Numerical and modelling skills are developed through classes in mathematics and software engineering while your awareness of the engineering profession is enhanced through a special class highlighting the industry/sector.

Year 2 – Core Engineering & Technology Skills

Year 1 themes continue but at a more advanced level. You develop key skills for the engineering profession, including team working on practical design projects and oral presentation skills.

Year 3 – Specialist Engineering Skills

You develop specialist engineering skills through the following topics:

  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Mathematical Methods for Systems and Control
  • Signals and Systems Analysis
  • Instrumentation and Modelling of Control Systems
  • Electrical Energy Conversion and Delivery
  • Mechanical Systems in Motion
  • Heat and Flow
  • Integrated Design
  • Engineering Innovation and Management

Year 4 (BEng Honours)

You undertake an individual project, through which you will gain valuable technical and project management skills. Specialist classes in industrial control, and the design and analysis of electro-mechanical systems will be undertaken, as well as a variety of technical subjects such as:

  • Communications and Digital Signal Processing
  • Microcontroller Applications
  • Photonic Systems
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Power System Analysis and Design
  • Protection Control & Intelligent Systems
  • Robotics
  • Flight and Spacecraft
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Acoustics
  • Sales Purchasing and Marketing

Years 4 & 5 (MEng)

In Year 4 you complete an individual project, and undertake specialist classes which include:

  • Industrial Control
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Real Engineering Problems and their Solutions

In Year 5, a major group project combines teamworking, business management and engineering skills. The project is supported by technical optional classes such as:

  • Information Transmission and Security
  • Computer Vision
  • Computer Aided Engineering Design
  • Advanced Microcontroller Applications
  • Electronics for Energy Control
  • High Voltage Technology
  • Aerodynamic Performance and Propulsion Systems
  • Machinery Diagnostics and Condition
  • Monitoring
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

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

I would recommend the Department to anyone keen to be involved in engineering. There are a wide range of projects and subjects you can get involved in more than I ever thought! I would also recommend the EME course in particular because I felt it gave me a great base upon which I built my career.

Nicola Todd

Graduate Electrical Engineer, National Grid

I gained a lot of skills and met a diverse range of people on the course. My advice is as long as you complete your degree to a high standard, obtain a variety of work experience, make contacts within the industry then this will help in securing employment in any sector.

Grant Agnew
Graduate Engineer, Atkins Global

I really enjoyed the practical aspect to the degree. There were regular laboratory sessions and numerous projects to compliment what was covered in the lecture theatre. In fourth and fifth year, the projects were substantial in size and very rewarding. Examples included building a scaled lighthouse and a wind turbine powered car. I spent 4th year studying in Singapore providing an international dimension to the degree and gave me exposure to different cultures. 

Alasdair King
Graduate Engineer, Rolls Royce (starting September 2014)

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.

Sep 2014 entry to full-time non-graduating electrical and mechanical engineering (Admission Code : EESWB2)

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

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