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 sustainable environment.
This degree 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 IET and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers meaning that you will 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 including mechanical systems, integrated design and software engineering.
You'll spend fourth year at a partner institution abroad.
You’ll study an approved curriculum that is equivalent to the home one, and all the subjects/credits you pass count towards your degree at Strathclyde. You’ll not be required to take extra classes on returning.
The choice of which partner is yours – we offer opportunities in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through our international exchanges to USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand. To give you some ideas, take a look at our latest international exchanges list.
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 are 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
A study of mechanics gives you the basic tools to understand how the world, both natural and man-made.
You come to Engineering Mechanics with an elementary understanding of the basic principles of mechanics acquired from introductory school physics together with their application to problem solving. This class places more emphasis on the basic skills required to start to apply these concepts and principles to real engineering problem solving. The class focuses on the practice of these skills, rather than factual content. In this class doing required background reading, coming to class and doing homework are like practising for a football team. The tutor/lecturer is less a source of information and more of a coach who structures practice and sets standards. Students’ progress not by absorbing (and regurgitating) information but rather by practising their skills individually and learning to work effectively with others.
Electronic & Electrical Techniques & Design 1
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.
1. To introduce you to the practical and professional skills required of an engineerElectronic & Electrical Principles 1
2. To underpin theoretical concepts introduced elsewhere in Year 1 modules
3. To introduce you to individual and group project work
4. To expose you to problems requiring system integration and design
5. To encourage innovation in the context of project work
6. To facilitate the development of a range of transferable skills
To provide you with a foundational understanding of the analysis and design of both analogue and digital electronic circuits.
Heat & Flow 1
Knowledge of thermodynamics, heat and fluid flow are important for the understanding and design of thermal and hydraulic systems involving energy conversion and transmission, such as engines and turbines, pumps and compressors, and associated pipework. The aim of the class is to introduce the basic concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and the applications thereof, as a foundation for further studies.
Engineering Analysis 1
This class aims to give an introduction to the use of engineering modelling and communication using the PTC Creo three dimensional modelling system and to introduce engineering tolerances and their relation to manufacturing processes. Basic numerical methods will also be introduced using MathCAD and Matlab maths & engineering software.
Engineering Mathematics 1E
To give a basic understanding of the concepts and applications of mathematical functions, differentiation, integration and complex numbers. The class also provides an introductory experience of using mathematical tools to apply these concepts to practical engineering examples.
Engineering Mathematics 2E
To give a basic understanding of the concepts and applications of calculus, geometry, vectors, matrices and numerical methods.
Engineering Mechanics 2
The class aims to provide you with the basic skills to analyse dynamics problems, associated with bodies and simple mechanisms, from first principles.
To develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas of structural analysis and elementary stress analysis. The work is divided into 4 parts:
- statics revision including shear force and bending moment diagrams
- beams in bending
- shear and torsion
- 2D stress and strain
You'll gain an understanding of the application of electromagnetic effects in practical devices and develop the mathematical skills necessary to analyse these effects in simple geometries.
Engineering Design & Manufacture
This class aims to introduce you to concepts and methodology required to undertake effective design and development of engineering systems. The product development process will be introduced and through practice, a working knowledge of appropriate engineering design processes, tools and techniques will be gained.Electronic & Electrical Principles 2
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.
To introduce you to the analysis and design of analogue circuits and systems as used in electronics, energy & power systems, communications, control and analogue signal processing applications.
Digital Electronic Systems
To introduce you to the use of digital electronics and the rudiments of digital signal processing systems.
Electronic & Electrical Techniques & Design 2
Heat & Flow 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).
You'll also benefit from two laboratory-based projects, which will enhance your understanding of important electrical and engineering principles that underpin many other classes within the degree programme.
Engineering Mathematics 3E
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.
The aims of this class are:
- 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
To 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.
It is important for you to see mathematics and statistics in the context of the computational problems they will be exposed to in their discipline. Engineering Innovation & Management
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.
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
Signals & Systems
This class aims to:
- 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
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.
This class aims to:
- 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
Choose one of the following two options and one further 20 credit class.
Electronic & Electrical Principles 3
Heat & Flow 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.
The class builds on your previous study of thermodynamics and extends this to cover mixtures, psychrometry energy and its applications. It also extends the study of heat transfer. Here, heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation is covered together with heat exchanger design.
In addition, this class takes the study of the laws of conservation of mass, energy and momentum applied to fluid flow to a more advanced level. The knowledge and understanding of fluid flow is extended and this class supplies the analytical tools to provide an appreciation of boundary layers and compressible fluid flow.
You'll spend this year at a recognised overseas academic partner.
You’ll study an approved curriculum that is equivalent to the home one, and all the subjects/credits you pass count towards your degree at Strathclyde.
The choice of which partner is yours – we offer opportunities in Europe through Erasmus or further afield through our international exchanges to USA, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand.
To give you some ideas, take a look at our latest international exchanges list.
Group Design Project
Advanced Systems Engineering
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.
Choose at least three from this list
Advanced Power System Analysis & Protection
Allow you to understand, critically analyse and assess technical requirements for power system operation, management and planning. High Voltage Technology & Electromagnetic Compatibility
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.
Power Electronics For Energy & Drive Control
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
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, Market & 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.Wind Energy & Distributed Energy Resources
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.
To provide an understanding of the principles of wind turbine power generation with attention to the wind resource, rotor aerodynamics, structural design, power conversion and control. It also addresses socio-economic issues and provides an underpinning in distributed energy resources including small scale generation, energy storage and demand management and their integration and management within power networks.
Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Develop the necessary skills that will allow you to analyse, design, implement and simulate advanced DSP techniques and algorithms for a variety of communications and general engineering problems.
Advanced Microcontroller Applications
Provide advanced competence in the use of industry standard microcontrollers programmed in low and high level languages in real time applications.
DSP & FPGA-Based Embedded System Design
Design and implementation of real time embedded systems through familiarisation with Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and FPGAs via lectures, up-to-date technical discussions and hardware programming. This class provides hands-on experience in translating Digital Signal Processing concepts into real-time embedded systems applications.
Image & Video Processing
To provide an introduction to the techniques relevant to digital images and video.
This includes techniques both to process images and video and also to efficiently compress and communicate them.
The class will give you a comprehensive understanding of various image and video processing and coding standards. You'll also study some key applications of these standards.
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
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
Condition monitoring and fault detection in structures and machinery plays an important part in the maintenance and protection of equipment, and has come to the fore since the recent advances in computer-based systems. The aim of the class is therefore to provide an understanding of Condition Monitoring (CM) and its relevance to industry. This is achieved by studying different CM and integrity assessment techniques, the instrumentation and use, and how they are applied. Particular attention is paid to vibration-based health monitoring and signal (time series) analysis.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of techniques.
In Years 1 & 2, 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.
Year 3 will be spent studying at one of our overseas university partners. You'll complete the pre-agreed curriculum, fulfilling all assessments as required by the partner.
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 & 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.
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.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAAB (Maths A, Physics or Engineering Science)
Year 1 entry
BBB (Maths, Physics)
Typical entry requirements: AAB
Year 2 entry
AAB (Maths, Physics, Computing)
Typical entry requirements: A*AA
International Baccalaureate (IB)
36 (Maths HL6, Physics HL6)
Entry to BEng in first instance
Applicant interviews are conducted in January & February
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.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.
The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) can help you with funding and getting relevant work experience while you study, through its industry-supported scholarship programme. More than 200 students currently benefit from this. They receive annual bursaries, paid summer placements and company mentoring from key UK and global employers including Rolls-Royce, ScottishPower, Wood Group, Jaguar Land Rover and Xilinx.
Details of all the scholarships on offer each year are highlighted at a scholarship seminar in week three of Semester 1. In addition, each October we host a scholarships fair, providing the opportunity for you to meet potential sponsors face-to-face. You can learn more about the funding and work experience prospects, build useful contacts for the future and develop industry-specific knowledge through visiting the companies’ exhibitions and presentations.
FM Bruce Scholarships
These scholarships, established to foster the next generation of world-class engineers, were given in honour of a distinguished former head of department and professor of power engineering. Up to 15 awards of £500 each towards tuition fees or course expenses are available for first-year students.
IET Power Academy
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. Its awards programme rewards and celebrates excellence and innovation. The Power Academy is just one of their prestigious scholarship schemes for undergraduate students.
The academy brings together eight leading UK universities, key power sector organisations with support from the IET, Energy & Utility Skills, and National Skills Academy for Power, to deliver a scholarship fund combining financial support with work placements.
We are the only university department in Scotland to be a member of the Power Academy.
Between 50 to 60 awards are on offer. Benefits include a bursary of £2,200 for each year of study, a contribution towards tuition fees, books and software, and a paid summer placement with the company sponsor. Industry mentoring is provided through a series of local and national networking events, including the annual Power Academy Seminar which brings together leading academic and industry experts.
- Atkins Global
- BAE Systems
- London Underground
- Mitsubishi Electric
- National Grid
- Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE)
- Northern Powergrid
- RWE npower
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships
Students are also eligible for a range of other awards offered by the Faculty of Engineering’s Undergraduate Scholarship Programme, the University and external professional bodies.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation Scholarships
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charity which supports the advancement of engineering-related education, and funds research and development that enhances safety of life at seas, on land and in the air. The EEE department is one of three participating in this scholarship scheme.
A total of nine awards of £3,000 each as a contribution towards tuition fees, are on offer across the three departments. All students in Years 2 to 4 of our undergraduate degrees are eligible. We inform students of when applications can be submitted and selection is based on academic performance.
Sagentia is a global technology and product development services company with over 27 years’ experience. The company has over 150 scientists, engineers and market experts and is a part of the Sagentia Group; with headquarters in Cambridge, UK and offices in London, Boston, Houston and Dubai. Their clients range from start-ups through to global market leaders in the medical, industrial, oil & gas, and consumer sectors.
Ten awards of £2,500 per annum, with selected paid placements, are on offer and students will be competing with those from other institutions. Check the Sagentia website for details on course eligibility and how to apply.
ScottishPower Engineering Excellence Scholarships
ScottishPower Retail & Generation employs more than 3,000 people within the UK and brings a dynamic set of departments together under one umbrella, all with the desire to deliver outstanding service to their customers.
Normally two awards of £2,000 each with a paid summer placement are available and third year students on this degree are eligible to apply.
Course materials & costs
Students are recommended to have copies of course notes. Printed notes are available from the department - subject to a small charge to cover copying costs. E-copies are also freely available. Mandatory printed copies are provided without charge to students.
Mandatory readings are not a required purchase. Rather, it is expected students will read across subject matter and textbooks.
Electronic & Electrical Engineering programmes have a degree of practical and project work that will require the use of consumables and components. These costs are met by the department.
The department make explicitly clear that students are not required to purchase materials for project work.
Approximate costs of course related note materials:
The department also provides a printing quota for students - over and above University provision. This expense is not mandatory.
Other costs incurred in relation to book and text purchases depend on student preferences.
Placement & 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. Any costs incurred covering transport is met by either students or department.
Students are not required to purchase any specific software licences. All software is for the course is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely.
All undergraduates are provided throughout the duration of their course with student membership of IET (professional body), paid for by the department.
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 and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, 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.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
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 clearly 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 employers include
- Electrical Engineering Trainee
- Electrical Design Engineer
- Hardware Engineer
- Power Systems Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Rail and Signalling Engineer
- Research Engineer
*Information is intended only as a guide.