- 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
Study with us
- 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.
Graduate Engineer, Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operation
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.
What you’ll study
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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
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
Engineering Mathematics 1E
Engineering Mathematics 2E
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
Engineering Design & Manufacture
An overview of manufacturing and the manufacturing industry will provide a general appreciation of the range of processes employed in manufacturing together with an understanding of how components can be manufactured economically and reliably.
Early experiments – e/m, photo-electric effect
Structure of the atom
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
LED and laser diodes
Electronic & Electrical Principles 2
Digital Electronic Systems
Electronic & Electrical Techniques & Design 2
Engineering Design For Software Development 2
- 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
- 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
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
This project will have a strong industrial influence and provide you with an opportunity to utilise both your hardware and software skills by developing a functioning system. You are required to demonstrate at an internal business tradeshow/exhibition at the end of the year.
Advanced Power System Analysis & Protection
To enable you to carry out advanced types of power system analysis as well as understand and use results from these analyses in power system operation and planning.
To enable you to have a detailed understanding of the main concepts related to the function, design and operation of protection schemes for distribution, transmission and generation applications.
To enable you to understand the implementation and other associated issues relating to protection of power systems.
High Voltage Technology & Electromagnetic Compatibility
The aim is:
- to introduce the fundamentals of high voltage electrical insulating systems
- to provide a basic understanding of principles, mechanisms and characteristics of high voltage discharges in vacuum and condensed media
- to provide a basic understanding of the behaviour of dielectric materials stressed with electric fields and their use in high voltage systems
- to understand the principles of high voltage generation and impulse testing of the high voltage systems
- recognise that disturbances exist within a power system substation and appreciate that these disturbances may affect electromagnetic compatibility
- be competent in dealing with the implications of those disturbances; in particular the effects of system switching
Power Electronics For Energy & Drive Control
Power System Economics, Market & Asset Management
Give an understanding of power system economics under an environment of multiple suppliers and users.
Present the challenges, technologies and value of asset management within an electricity supply industry context.
Give a deep appreciation of factors affecting security of supply and how it might be quantified.
Wind Energy & Distributed Energy Resources
Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Advanced Microcontroller Applications
DSP & FPGA-Based Embedded System Design
Image & Video Processing
This class aims:
- to introduce you to the concepts and tools of modelling, simulation for control of dynamical systems
- to introduce you to the concepts of computer control engineering and enable you to learn the skills required to understand and analyse digital control systems for real time engineering applications
- to enable you to appreciate the design of estimation and its use in control design
- to introduce you to the methods of system parameter identification and its application in control engineering
- to present you with the concepts of fault monitoring, detection, isolation in dynamical systems
- to introduce you to the monitoring and evaluation of closed-loop system performance
- to appreciate the industrial applications of control engineering methods
Heat & Flow 3
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.
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.
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.
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
(Maths A, Physics or Engineering Science)
(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)
Year 1 entry: AAB-BBB
Year 2 entry: A*AA-AAB
(Maths A, Physics, Computing)
(Maths HL6, Physics HL6)
Entry to BEng in the first instance
- deferred entry is not accepted
- applicant interviews are conducted in January and February
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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.Visit our international students' section
Fees & funding
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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.
Course materials & costs
Placements & field trips
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.
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.
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.
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 10% reduction of your tuition fees for each year of study. Your first year’s scholarship will typically be £2,100.
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 the international scholarship
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:
- consumer & electronics design
- automotive & aerospace industries
- information technology
- finance & banking
- electricity supply industry
- oil & gas
- renewable energy
- project management & engineering consultancy
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.
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.
Graduate Electrical Engineer with BAE Systems Naval Ships
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Electronic & Electrical Engineering with International Study
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