- UCAS Code: HH6H
- Accreditation: degree has dual accreditation by the IET and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Study with us
- develop expertise in mechanical, electrical, software and control systems engineering
- participate in the Formula Student competition to design, build and race a racing car
- gain international experience through studying abroad. Access to IET Power Academy & Scholarship programme with paid work placements
- professional accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Why this course?
The combination of mechanical, electrical, electronic, computing, measurement and control elements are now an important part of most modern engineering systems and are essential to meet new challenges in engineering innovation.
Examples include energy generation, hybrid petrol/electric vehicles, aircraft design, satellite technology, robotic systems and technology for a sustainable environment.
This course covers key areas of both electrical and mechanical engineering reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering. There's a demand for graduates with expertise within and across the boundaries of both disciplines.
The degree has dual accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers meaning that you'll be able to capitalise on career opportunities in both or either subject.
What you'll study
You're 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 you to design and build activities in 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 that introduces engineering industry principles and practice.
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.
You'll begin to develop specialist engineering skills through completing classes in a range of advanced topics.
Your curriculum focuses on developing an advanced technical understanding of the design and analysis of electromechanical systems. You’ll also undertake an individual, industry-focused research project to help you gain the project management skills needed by professional engineers.
In Year 5 you'll have the opportunity to develop your team-working skills through a multidisciplinary group project. This project will have a strong industrial influence and provide you with the opportunity to utilise both your hardware and software skills by developing a fully-functioning system, which you're required to demonstrate at an internal business tradeshow/exhibition at the end of the year.
In addition to the project, you'll select modules from a range of advanced electrical and mechanical subjects.
The course is run jointly by the Departments of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE).
EEE is one of the premier providers of electronic & electrical engineering education in the UK, renowned for its teaching and research quality, student satisfaction ratings and excellent graduate employment rates. It provides the specialist theoretical and practical training in electronics, communications design and operation, hardware engineering systems, image/video processing and robotics.
MAE is one of the top-ranked departments of its kind in the UK – home to award-winning research centres spanning aerospace, fluids, structures and materials. It has pioneered the use of interactive learning techniques in the classroom and provides the specialist theoretical and practical classes in basic, structural and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, propulsion and materials for aerospace, applications and lightweight structures.
Students have exclusive access to our extensive computing network, and purpose-built teaching spaces including high voltage facilities, and student design and project labs equipped with the latest technologies.
The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) - this programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer.
Engineering Mechanics 1
Engineering Industry & Profession
To provide an overview of industry and give you some understanding of the industry environment that you would enter as well as the types of roles you would/could undertake. To explain role and responsibility of the engineering profession and individual engineer.
The class is delivered to first-year undergraduate students in the specific context of electronic and electrical engineering together with relationship to mechanical engineering and computer systems.
Electronic & Mechanical Techniques & Design 1
This module aims to:
- introduce you to the practical and professional skills required of an engineer
- underpin theoretical concepts introduced elsewhere in Year 1 modules
- introduce you to individual and group project work
- expose you to problems requiring system integration and design
- encourage innovation in the context of project work
- facilitate the development of a range of transferable skills
Electronic & Electrical Principles 1
Heat & Flow 1
Engineering Mathematics 1E
Engineering Mathematics 2E
Engineering Mechanics 2
- statics revision including shear force and bending moment diagrams
- beams in bending
- shear and torsion
- 2D stress and strain
Engineering Design & Manufacture
An overview of manufacturing and the manufacturing industry will provide a general appreciation of the range of processes employed in manufacturing together with an understanding of how components can be manufactured economically and reliably.
Electronic & Electrical Principles 2
Digital Electronic & Programming Design
To introduce you to the use of digital electronics and the rudiments of digital signal processing systems.
Electronic & Mechanical Techniques & Design 2
To develop a broad understanding of many aspects of engineering (general electrical and electronic, power engineering, mechanical engineering, computing and software) and to enhance generic skills required of a professional engineer (research, practical, team working, communications, reporting writing, oral presentation).
Heat & Flow 2
This class aims to deliver fundamental knowledge on fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and illustrate their importance to engineering systems.
Thermodynamics is the science that is devoted to understanding energy in all its forms and how energy changes form. The aim of the first semester of this class is to supply the necessary analytical tools to study these energy changes when applied in engineering situations, in particular for transportation and power production. Fluid mechanics and the behaviour of fluids is an important aspect in the performance of engineering systems.
In the second semester the underlying physics of fluid flow and its application to simple systems is presented.
Engineering Mathematics 3E
- to develop the means of solving certain differential equations
- to consider applications of Taylor and Maclaurin series
- to generalise earlier ideas in calculus to deal with functions of several variables
- to discuss in more detail matrices, determinants and functions of a complex variable
- to introduce vector calculus and eigenvalues/eigenvectors
Instrumentation & Microcontrollers
INSTRUMENTATIONTo develop techniques for system modelling based on block diagrams and transfer functions and to use such techniques in the context of analysis and design. To introduce you to instrumentation and measurement as an interdisciplinary engineering activity. To explain the basic principles of feedback and control systems.
To enable understanding of the dependence of measurement and control on a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines; to provide appreciation of the universal application of measurement and control within the same range of disciplines.
To demonstrate engineering design as applied to instrumentation systems and control engineering; in particular, to explain the important contribution of electrical, mechanical and software engineering to this process.
To allow you to gain practical design, implementation and test experience of the techniques required to create combined hardware/software systems with an emphasis on measurement.
The aim of this class is to further develop your skills and abilities in advanced mathematical concepts in the field of engineering. This will be achieved through contextualised problem solving using applicable mathematical and statistical techniques and tools on problems of moderate complexity.
Engineering Innovation & Management
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the importance of innovation in today’s business environment. The class aims to also develop understanding and skills in the area of innovation management. It aims to develop practical skills for you to integrate a number of themes including:
- product development
- product finances
- project management
- market analysis with a view to successfully exploiting new ideas
- introduce you to writing software using the Python programming language with modern development tools
- provide you with an awareness of and skill in the use of a CAD software in the design of engineering systems
Signals & Systems
The aim of this class is to introduce you to the fundamentals of continuous and discrete time signals and linear systems. At the end of this class, you should be able to mathematically and pragmatically define, analyse and design these systems.
- introduce the general principles of the kinematics of rigid bodies and different types of motion: translation, rotation and general plane motion
- study the kinetics of rigid bodies focussing on plane motion, equations of motion, angular momentum and D’Alembert’s Principle
- utilise the fundamentals taught in second year Dynamics to demonstrate the principles of analysis of the dynamic performance of mechanical engineering systems
- introduce the basics of modelling the vibrations of mechanical systems
- combine the fundamental theory of free and forced vibrations of damped and un-damped systems with some essential laboratory practice and demonstrations
Electronic & Electrical Principles 3
This class promotes detailed understanding of the electrical and electromagnetic principles and their deployment in a range of engineering applications. These are associated with electromagnetic waves propagation in bounded and unbounded media. They are also in:
- electric power generation (both conventional and renewable)
- power distribution and energy utilisation
- electric transportation systems
- the propagation of electromagnetic waves in free space
- in insulating and conducting lossless and lossy media
- optical fibre
You'll gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles, engineering solutions, and social and economic implications of such applications.
Heat & Flow 3
You undertake an individual design project. This will help you gain valuable technical and project management skills.
Strategic Analysis of Engineering Case Studies
50 Credits from an approved list of classes offered by the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Classes in the list include, for example:
- to introduce you to the basic concepts, mathematical tools and design methods of classical control theory
- to enable you to use analysis and design tools used in control engineering and appreciate the industrial applications of control systems
- to enable you to analyse and design closed loop control system specifically using industrial three-term (PID) controllers
- to introduce you to advanced control methods and to provide a basic understanding of a time-domain approach to control analysis and design of industrial processes
- to appreciate the application of control theory in industrial applications
Computer Aided Engineering Design
Power Systems Design, Operation & Protection
To enable you to appreciate the principles of analysis and design of electrical power systems including:
- design and operational approaches in power systems including electricity generation, transmission and distribution
- analysis and design of transmission and distribution networks
- power flow, fault and stability calculations
- system control including load frequency control and economic dispatch
- generation technology implications on power system design and operation
Advanced Mechanics & Dynamics
Heat & Flow 4
This project will have a strong industrial influence and provide you with an opportunity to utilise both your hardware and software skills by developing a functioning system. You are required to demonstrate at an internal business tradeshow/exhibition at the end of the year.
Advanced Systems Engineering
60 credits from an approved list of classes offered by the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Classes in the list include, for example:
Advanced Power System Analysis & Protection
To enable you to carry out advanced types of power system analysis as well as understand and use results from these analyses in power system operation and planning.
To enable you to have a detailed understanding of the main concepts related to the function, design and operation of protection schemes for distribution, transmission and generation applications.
To enable you to understand the implementation and other associated issues relating to protection of power systems.
High Voltage Technology & Electromagnetic Compatibility
The aim is:
- to introduce the fundamentals of high voltage electrical insulating systems
- to provide a basic understanding of principles, mechanisms and characteristics of high voltage discharges in vacuum and condensed media
- to provide a basic understanding of the behaviour of dielectric materials stressed with electric fields and their use in high voltage systems
- to understand the principles of high voltage generation and impulse testing of the high voltage systems
- recognise that disturbances exist within a power system substation and appreciate that these disturbances may affect electromagnetic compatibility
- be competent in dealing with the implications of those disturbances; in particular the effects of system switching
Power Electronics for Energy & Drive Control
Modern energy conversion systems rely on the integration of range of technologies including power electronics, electromechanical actuators and energy storage elements. This class will build knowledge of the building block technologies and show their application to modern energy conversion systems.
Power System Economics, Markets & Asset Management
Present and give an understanding of the economics, trading and pricing of electricity supply and how it is shaped by technical, commercial and regulatory considerations.
Give an understanding of power system economics under an environment of multiple suppliers and users.
Present the challenges, technologies and value of asset management within an electricity supply industry context.
Give a deep appreciation of factors affecting security of supply and how it might be quantified.
Wind Energy & Distributed Energy Resources
Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Advanced Microcontroller Applications
DSP & FPGA-Based Embedded System Design
Image & Video Processing
This class aims:
- to introduce you to the concepts and tools of modelling, simulation for control of dynamical systems
- to introduce you to the concepts of computer control engineering and enable you to learn the skills required to understand and analyse digital control systems for real time engineering applications
- to enable you to appreciate the design of estimation and its use in control design
- to introduce you to the methods of system parameter identification and its application in control engineering
- to present you with the concepts of fault monitoring, detection, isolation in dynamical systems
- to introduce you to the monitoring and evaluation of closed-loop system performance
- to appreciate the industrial applications of control engineering methods
Aerodynamic Propulsion Systems
This class aims to introduce you to the principles of experimental aerodynamics and computational aerodynamics performance assessment. The class also provides an introduction to the importance of aeroelastic phenomena on aerodynamic design. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the importance of understanding the aerodynamic flow field and its importance in the design process, and the interaction of the aerodynamic loading with the structure.
Machinery Diagnosis & Condition Monitoring
Mathematical Modelling in Engineering Science
Aerodynamics in C
Learning & teaching
To engage and challenge you, we use a blend of teaching methods. These include lectures, small group problem-solving tutorials, practical laboratories as well as industrial visits and seminars by professional engineers
You’ll not only develop technical engineering expertise but also communication, project management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
In later years, you’ll have opportunities to work with academic staff on active research projects.
The course typically consists of around 10 lectures, five tutorial/problem-solving classes and three practical classes per week. To enhance your understanding of the technical and theoretical topics covered in these, you're expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-study, using the web-based virtual learning environment (MyPlace), computing and library facilities.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of techniques.
In Years 1 to 3, you'll complete at least six modules per year, with each module made up of a combination of written assignments, individual and group reports, oral presentations, practical lab work, and where appropriate, an end-of-term exam.
In Year 4, you'll complete at least four modules and an individual project. Assessment of this project consists of four elements, interim report, poster and oral presentations, conduct and final report.
In Year 5, you'll complete at least four modules and a major group project. Assessment of this project is based on project specification, interim report, oral presentation, group conduct, peer review, individual assessment, tradeshow show demonstration and a final report.
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
(Maths A, Physics or Engineering Science)
AABB or ABBBB
(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)
Maths and Physics recommended
Year 1 entry: AAB-BBB
Year 2 entry: A*AA-AAB
(Maths A, Physics, Computing)
Year 1 entry: 36-32
(Maths HL5, Physics HL5)
Year 2 entry: 38-34
(Maths HL6, Physics HL6, Computer Science HL6)
Entry to BEng in the first instance
View the entry requirements for your country.
|English language requirements|
If English is not your first language, please visit our English language requirements page for full details of the requirements in place before making your application.
- deferred entry is accepted
- applicant interviews are conducted in January and February
- SQA Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted instead of Higher Mathematics
- both IB Higher Level Mathematics pathways are accepted
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2022-23, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes). MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
|University preparation programme fees|
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Course materials & costs
The department provides a service whereby printed notes are available to the students subject to a small charge to cover copying costs. Students are recommended/required to have copies of such notes but we provide access to both printed copies and e-copies. The latter are provided without charge – in accordance with University policy. Any printed material that is mandatory (in that form) is provided without additional charge to the students.
Placements & field trips
The department and student societies support a number of industrial visits throughout the year. These trips are not mandatory for specific programmes and modules and any incurred charge to cover transport is either met by the students or by the department.
Study abroad is possible in Years 3 to 5 but is only compulsory (in year 4) for the "with International Study" degree programmes. Students will bear some of the cost of this which will vary depending on country of study. (Support from SAAS and Erasmus may be available).
Students are not required to purchase any specific software licenses – all software used is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely.
All undergraduates and PGI students are provided for the duration of their course with student-membership of IET (Professional Body) paid for by the department.
Some hardware (micro controllers, design boards) may be made available to students for loan subject to appropriate refundable deposit. Students may consider purchase of low cost microcontroller boards for 3rd year and beyond project work - cost from £10-£30.
Access to EEE Computer labs out of working hours is via card access - card cost is £20 - refundable on return of card.
Students are provided with an additional print-quota for use in EEE labs for EEE classes conducted in EEE computer labs. (Paid top-ups possible via University IT services).
Expected printing and report binding costs are around £15-£20 a year - will depend upon exact programme and class assignments. Binding is provided at cost (50p to £1.00) by EEE Resource Centre in R4.01.
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:
You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
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Dual accreditation by the IET and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers means you’ll be able to capitalise on career opportunities.
There's a growing demand for graduates who are technically skilled in both the electrical & mechanical engineering. This can be seen in the diverse range of career opportunities and sectors, where expertise in both subjects is essential:
- aeronautical engineering – design and operation of sensor and control systems and fly-by-wire technology
- automotive engineering – electronic performance management systems and pollution-free vehicles
- renewable energy sources using wind or wave power
- robotic systems for manufacturing and remote handling
- satellite and space exploration where efficient power sources, computing and control systems are essential
- marine engineering applications, including electric propulsion systems, radar and sonar systems
Opportunities also exist in non-technical areas such as project management and engineering consultancy, and patent law, as our graduates possess first-rate numeracy, literacy, IT, problem-solving and team-working skills.
Last year, all of our graduates took up positions as mechanical engineers, design specialists, project managers, and power systems engineers with employers including Rolls-Royce, Jaguar LandRover, Iberdrola, Selex ES, Arup and Petrofac.
How much will I earn?
The average salary for electrical and mechanical engineers is around £29,000.*
Recent job titles include:
- Electrical Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineering Trainee
- Electronics Engineer
- Hardware Engineer
- Power Systems Engineer
- Rail and Signalling Engineer
- Research Engineer
*Information is intended only as a guide.
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Start date: Sep 2022
Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (1 year entry)