MEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering with International Study

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: H6L2
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
  • Scholarships: industry-supported scholarships programme

  • Study abroad: Year 4, in Europe, Americas, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand

  • 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 with average starting salaries of £28,000 (uniSTATS)
  • technical projects linked to engineering companies and international research activities in topics including clean energy, cybersecurity and 5G communications

I spent year 4 studying abroad at the University of Girona in Spain. This really opened my eyes to the engineering opportunities that exist beyond the UK and gave me some great life experiences - making friends from other nations, discovering new cultures and learning to work with different people.

Chris Dawson
Graduate Engineer, Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operation

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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, and develop electronic systems essential to industry, health and entertainment.

Their aim is to find innovative and progressive solutions to today’s global challenges. That might be 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.

International experience and studying abroad are highly valued by employers. You’ll study the core electronic & electrical engineering curriculum but with a full year at a partner university overseas. You’ll learn fundamental technical knowledge and relevant analytical skills. You can also take language classes to prepare for your year abroad.

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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

You’ll begin to develop specialist engineering skills through completing classes in a range of advanced topics including signals and communications systems, renewable energy technologies and engineering analysis.

Year 4

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.

Year 5

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, electronic and computer software applications.

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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
Study Abroad
You'll study an approved curriculum at the overseas academic partner that is equivalent to that which would have been studied if you had remained at Strathclyde.

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.

Compulsory classes

Group Design Project

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.

Elective classes

Choose at least four 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.
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, 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.
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
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.
Control Techniques

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
Heat & Flow 3
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.

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.

Thomas Parry, Electronics engineer, Clyde Space

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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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements: AAAAB

(Maths A, Physics or Engineering Science)

Minimum entry requirements*: AAAB

(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)

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

A Levels

Year 1 entry: AAB-BBB

(Maths, Physics)

Year 2 entry: A*AA-AAB

(Maths A, Physics, Computing)

International Baccalaureate

36

(Maths HL6, Physics HL6)

HNC/HND

Entry to BEng in the first instance

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

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

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 
Scholarships

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

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 positions including electronics engineer, subsea engineer and process & pipeline engineer. Employers include BAE Systems, Accenture, BP, Thales, ScottishPower and Rolls-Royce.

How much will I earn?

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

This rises with experience. Highly experienced engineers can earn up to £65,000.*

Recent job titles include:**

  • Development Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Trainee
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Research Engineer

* Information is intended only as a guide.

** Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

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The careers services run within the department definitely aided in securing a job. I attended assessment centre sessions as well the mock psychometric test sessions which certainly helped when it came to the real thing.
Nicola Easton
Graduate Electrical Engineer with BAE Systems Naval Ships

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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 with International Study

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484

Email: eng-admissions@strath.ac.uk