BEng Hons Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: H600
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
  • Scholarships: industry-supported scholarships programme

  • UCAS interviews: January & February

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  • ranked in the UK Top 10 for Electrical Engineering (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • 90% graduate employment
  • throughout the course, you'll undertake technical projects linked to engineering companies and international research activities in topics including clean energy, cybersecurity and 5G communications
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Why this course?

Electronic & electrical engineering is at the heart of everything we do – from renewable energy and smart grids to high-speed fibre-optic broadband, digital sound and vision, and internet security.

Electronic & electrical engineers are the people who:

  • design, build, operate and maintain our global power systems, our telecommunications networks and computing infrastructure
  • develop electronic systems essential to industry, health and entertainment

They aim to find innovative and progressive solutions to today’s global challenges whether that’s technologies to deliver clean energy, systems to improve audio and image quality on your phone, tablet and laptop, or techniques to improve digital imagery in medical devices to aid diagnosis.

Studying electronic and electrical engineering offers all these opportunities and with two million new employees needed in the UK sector by 2020, your career prospects are vast.

Accreditation

All our courses have full accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council, which means you can become a ‘chartered engineer’ – a must for most employers.

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What you’ll study

Year 1 

Classes in mathematics, engineering science, analogue and digital circuits, software design, electronics, electrical engineering, computing and business are taken. You complete group-based laboratory projects such as how to build hydrogen-powered vehicles and design wireless communications to gain practical training in core engineering applications and project management skills.

Year 2 

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 and microcontroller-based instrumentation systems, coupled with further classes in advanced maths. All classes are supported by practical and team-working activities.

Year 3 

In third year, you'll begin to develop specialist engineering skills through completing classes in a range of advanced topics.

Year 4

In Year 4 you undertake an individual research project, which will help you gain valuable technical and project management skills, along with a selection of advanced technical modules of your choice.

Transfer from BEng to MEng is possible after any year.

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Electronic & Electrical Engineering student, George Foster
Ever since day one here I've never felt like I was by myself. I've constantly had someone who could always help me if I struggled with certain parts or areas of the subject.
George Foster
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Top-ranked department

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde is acknowledged as one of the premier providers of education in electronic & electrical engineering 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.

Facilities

Students have exclusive access to our extensive computing network, and purpose-built teaching spaces including high voltage facilities, and student design & project labs equipped with the latest technologies.

During my degree, I had work experience with Linn Products which allowed me to apply my engineering skills to my love of music. I created digital signal progressing modules for the company’s digital music streaming products. I was also part of a group that designed, built and tested a satellite de-orbiting technology. Working on this, I experienced the time-frame of a real project - from initial project proposal, planning and manufacture to testing and deployment.

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Course content

Compulsory classes

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 & Electrical Techniques & Design 1
1. To introduce you to the practical and professional skills required of an engineer
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
Engineering Design For Software Development 1

This class will teach elementary computer programming for the absolute beginner. We begin with an introduction of how a computer process instructions then move on to the basic of programming.

Foundation level programming constructs are addressed early in the class and include decision making (conditional flow control) and iteration (loops). The class focuses largely on procedural programming in the first semester and leaves details of functionalisation and object-oriented programming to the second semester.

Throughout the class, the emphasis is strongly on problem solving such that the skills developed can be cross transferred to other languages.

The teaching language used will be Python - a language that permits the programmer to concentrate on the problem solving aspects of programming rather than being distracted by the syntax of the language.

Electronic & Electrical Principles 1
To provide you with a foundational understanding of the analysis and design of both analogue and digital electronic circuits.
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.
Physical Sciences

By the end of the class you'll be able to:

  • calculate the linear or rotational motion of objects under simple forces or torques
  • be able to apply a basic understanding of atomic and solid state physics to explain conduction in semiconductors and semiconductor devices
  • to be able to calculate the motion of charges in simple electric and magnetic fields
  • to be able to calculate the electric and magnetic fields around static charge or current configurations using the laws of Coulomb, Gauss and Ampere
  • to be able to calculate properties of electromagnetic devices such as motors and dynamos

Compulsory classes

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.

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.
Physical Electronics
Following completion of this class you'll be able to demonstrate knowledge of following topics:
Basic Quantum Theory
Early experiments – e/m, photo-electric effect
Structure of the atom
Wave-particle duality
Schrodinger equation and application in simple systems
Basic Semiconductor Physics
Crystal structure Electron mobility Band theory
Doping of semiconductors
Physics of p-n junctions
Basic Device Physics
Diode operation
LED and laser diodes
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Electromagnetism
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.
Electronic & Electrical Principles 2
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
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 Design For Software Development 2

To give:

  • an understanding of programming concepts and object orientation
  • familiarity with the syntax and facilities available in C++
  • an ability to write working programs for use in engineering applications
Engineering Mathematics 3E
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

Compulsory classes

Signals & Communications Systems
The aim of this class is to introduce you to the fundamentals of continuous and discrete signals and linear systems for baseband applications and further describe how these principles are applied in modern communications and bandpass systems.
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.

Instrumentation & Microcontrollers

INSTRUMENTATION

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.

MICROCONTROLLERS

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.

Engineering Analysis
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.

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
  • IP
  • product finances
  • project management
  • market analysis with a view to successfully exploiting new ideas
Engineering Project

To conduct, under supervision, a group based project within a EEE-related domain from a selection of projects tailored to match the EEE curriculum.

In this class you'll develop project management skills, including team work, time management, presentation skills and technical report writing. Moreover, the class will enhance your technical skills and knowledge in a EEE-related subject.

Elective classes

Choose one of the following two options:
Analogue & Digital System Design
Expand your knowledge in the fundamental electrical and electronic engineering areas of analogue and digital design.
Renewable Energy Technologies
This class aims to introduce you to a range of renewable energy technologies, specifically the renewable energy resource, the design and application of the technology and systems, and site assessment. Additionally you'll be introduced to generator/converter systems used with renewable energy sources and appreciate how the grid connection and control of these distributed sources effect power system operation. Wider issues of economic, environmental and social impacts of these technologies will be discussed.
Individual Design Project
You undertake an individual design project.  This will help you gain valuable technical and project management skills.

Elective classes

Choose at least four from this list
Communications Networks
To provide an understanding of the principles and key transport technologies which underpin high-speed heterogeneous broadband communications networks and architectures while giving an insight to the technical and strategic challenges associated with the provision of a Quality of Service (QoS)-based integrated future-network platform.
Control Principles
This class aims:
  • 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
Photonic Systems
The primary aim of this class is to enable you to develop a basic conceptual understanding and working knowledge of fibre optic communications systems and their component parts addressing basic principles, engineering, design and performance limits. All of the fundamental principles of light, optics and photonic components necessary to achieve this are dealt with, giving a broad appreciation of photonics in general.
Power Electronics, Machines & Applications
  • Understand the principles of common power electronic systems
  • Gain familiarity with the techniques required to analyse common power electronic circuits
  • Understand the basic principles behind the design of rotating electrical machines
  • Gain familiarity with the techniques required to analyse basic DC and AC machines
  • 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
  • Understand the use of power electronic devices, drives and machines for given applications, specifically for Electric Vehicles i.e. cars and trains
  • Understand the range of energy sources capable of powering `independent? (as opposed to catenary supplied) EVs (e.g. batteries and fuel cells), understand how these energy sources work, their performance and degradation issues, and how to charge/fuel them.
Power System Design, Operation & Protection
To enable you to appreciate the principles of analysis, design and protection of electrical power systems including:
1. design and operational approaches in power systems including electricity generation, transmission and distribution
2. analysis and design of transmission and distribution networks
3. power flow, fault and stability calculations
4. power system control including load frequency control and economic dispatch
5. generation technology implications on power system design and operation
6. the main concepts related to the requirements, functions, design and operation of protection schemes for power system transmission and distribution systems
7. detailed understanding of selected protection schemes used in transmission and distribution networks
Analogue Systems
This class will provide you with an appreciation and understanding of analogue electronic circuit design, relating to high frequency amplifiers and low noise design of electronic systems.
Digital Signal Processing Principles
Develop necessary tools that will allow you to design, analyse and simulate (Matlab/Simulink) DSP systems by introducing core mathematical concepts, algorithms and fundamental properties of discrete signal and systems with applications
Information Transmission & Security
Impart an understanding of the principles by which information can transmitted with varying levels of security and the techniques by which communication systems can be analysed and designed.
Robotics: Systems and Control (10 credits)

This module aims to provide an introduction and overview to the various core aspects of robotics which include design, control, sensing and localisation. It provides a solid base of understanding through theory and examples. Intuition is encouraged through numerous hands-on examples.

The module covers: Robotic systems including background, classification of robots based on design construction, control systems; Performance characteristics of typical robots; forward kinematics of robots including Denavit-Hartenberg (D_H) algorithm and inverse kinematics; Robotic control including principles of system modelling, Matlab implementation, time and frequency domain analysis and control system analysis; Bayesian robot localisation including linearization and Kalman Filtering; Robotic computer vision in particular when applied to mapping and localisation.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • describe types of robotic systems, their dynamic and mechanical architecture and associated sensor technology
  • describe appropriate path-planning techniques taking into account ways to perform collision avoidance and speed up optimal path evaluation
  • understand standard camera models and common approaches to image registration
  • use computer-based tools to evaluate designs, measure, record and report experimental and numerical data relevant to robotic and other computer control systems
  • formulate models from given relevant information and design control systems to drive these models to specified positions and within required accuracy, speed and other performance-related parameters

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a final exam (60%) and coursework which will be a mixture of multiple choice quizzes and laboratory work (40%).

Electrical Machines & Control
Engineering students from non-electrical disciplines often require a working knowledge and appreciation of electrical power devices and their use. This class develops the theory underlying simple electrical circuit analysis, transformers and electrical motors, and seeks to develop an understanding of their application through example and laboratory work.

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.

Assessment

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 & oral presentations, conduct and final report.

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Overall, my experience at Strathclyde has been fantastic, the lecturers are helpful and approachable and we have access to great facilities, both for helping with our course and extra-curricular.
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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements: AAAB

(Maths A, Physics or Engineering Science)

Minimum entry requirements*: AABB

(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)

*Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB

(Maths, Physics)

Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB

(Maths A, Physics, Computing)

International Baccalaureate

32

(Maths HL5, Physics HL5)

HNC/HND

Year 1 entry: HNC Electronics or Electrical Engineering, Engineering Maths 1 - 3, Graded Unit A
Year 2 entry: HND Electronics or Electrical Engineering, Engineering Maths 1 - 4, High Level Engineering Software, Analogue Electronic Principles, Combinational Logic, Sequential Logic, Graded Unit AA

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Additional information

  • deferred entry is not accepted
  • applicant interviews are conducted in January and February

Widening access

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.

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 will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

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 2020/21, 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.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£20,900

Scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

  • printed notes are available subject to a small charge to cover copying costs. Students are required to have copies of such notes but we provide access to both printed copies and e-copies - these are provided without charge
  • any printed material that is mandatory is provided without additional charge 
  • mandatory books for modules -the requirement is for access and reading rather than purchase specifically. It is expected that students, will, as part of your course, read around the subjects and consult textbooks
  • our programmes have a degree of practical and project work that will require the use of consumables/components – the costs are met by the department
  • typical expenditure on course-related materials is around £15
  • we also provide a quota for printing within our labs over and above University provision. This expenditure is NOT mandatory. Other costs incurred with regards to books depends upon student preferences  

Placements & field trips

  • department and student societies support a number of industrial visits throughout the year
  • 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

  • possible in Years 3 to 5 and is compulsory in Year 4 for the 'with International Study' degree programmes. You'll bear some of the cost which will vary depending on country of study (support from SAAS and Erasmus may be available)

Other costs

  • you're not required to purchase any specific software licenses – all software is available on campus machines, either locally or remotely
  • all undergrad 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 Year 3 and beyond project work - cost from £10 to £30
  • access to our Electronic & Electrical Engineering computer labs out of working hours is via card access - cost £20 - refundable on return of card
  • students are provided with an additional print-quota for use in labs for classes conducted in our computer labs (paid top-ups possible via University IT services)
  • expected printing and report binding costs are around £10 to £15 a year - will depend on programme and class assignments. Binding is provided at cost (50p to £1) by dept Resource Centre 

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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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.

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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.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships

If you're applying for an undergraduate programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 15% reduction of your tuition fees for each year of study. Your first year’s scholarship will be £3,150.  

Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time undergraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2020-21).

Find out more about this fantastic opportunity!

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Careers

Studying Electronic & Electrical Engineering opens many doors. With two million new employees needed in the UK engineering sector by 2020, you’ll have great career opportunities.

The breadth of this degree ensures that graduates will have the technical knowledge and understanding across the entire electronic & electrical engineering spectrum to consider careers in a diverse range of sectors including:

  • telecommunications
  • consumer & electronics design
  • automotive & aerospace industries
  • information technology
  • finance & banking
  • electricity supply industry
  • oil & gas
  • renewable energy
  • project management & engineering consultancy
  • healthcare

Many of our graduates secure well-paid and exciting jobs or are in further study by the time they finish their degree. They take up positions such as electronics engineers, electrical engineers and systems designers. Employers include BAE Systems, Accenture, BP, Thales, Rolls-Royce and ScottishPower.

How much will I earn?

The starting salary for newly qualified electronic and electrical engineers is up to £29,000.

Where are they now?

Recent job titles include:

  • Design Engineer
  • Electronic Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Foundation Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Project Metering Engineer
  • Test Engineer

Recent employers include:

  • Allied Vehicles Limited
  • BMW
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mott MacDonald
  • National Grid
  • NEL Ltd
  • Network Rail
  • QinetiQ
  • Scottish Power
  • Thales
  • Western Power Distribution
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Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484

Email: eng-admissions@strath.ac.uk