Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H601

What is special about this course?

Electrical and electronic engineering is a rapidly growing field, with expanding opportunities in practically every product from electrical super-grids to nanoscale bio-electronics. This course, which is highly industry relevant will prepare you for a rewarding career in a vast majority of industries from offshore oil to the National Health Service.

The degree is applications-based using specialist software, laboratory investigations and case studies. It will provide you with the specialist knowledge and broad engineering skills required to find innovative solutions to multiple challenges, ranging from solving the global energy crisis to designing life-saving equipment.

We will be seeking accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purpose of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineering (Year 3, BEng) and also partly meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (Year 4, BEng (Hons)).

Special features

  • You will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems: previous students have completed projects such as the design of a remote percolation tester for the construction industry, specification of a new high voltage AC heating system for an oil rig, design of a prosthetic finger for a hospital, automatic test equipment for a subsea camera, and instrumentation design for a gin distillery
  • You will use applications-based software to solve challenges
  • You will develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, workshop and communication skills
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You can exit at each level with a valuable qualification

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above, OR
  • 2 A levels at grade CC or above
  • You must have Higher or A level Maths at grade C or above, PLUS
  • National 5 Physics or Engineering Science and English at grade C, or GCSE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Applicants with other qualifications including relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements but who have other qualifications or experiential learning through working in industry will also be considered

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HNC (such as the HNC Engineering Systems, HNC Electrical Engineering or HNC Electronic Engineering) with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year two entry on your application

 Advanced entry to year three:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HND (such as the HND Engineering Systems, or HND Electronic Engineering) may allow advanced entry to year three. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year three entry on your application

Advanced entry to year four:

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

  • Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Core maths 1: engineering maths fundamentals
  • Electrical and electronic engineering 1: DC and AC circuits and systems
  • Engineering skills 1: workshop and programming practical tasks
  • Science for engineers 1: practical experiments to investigate principles
  • Statics and dynamics 1: stationary and moving objects principles
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1: fluids, gases and thermodynamics

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Business and professional skills 2: engineering design considerations
  • Core maths 2: maths for solving engineering problems
  • Electrical 2: machines and their power sources
  • Electronics 2: analogue and digital circuits and components
  • Engineering skills 2: workshop and programming practical tasks
  • Statics and dynamics 2: stress and strain analysis

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

  • Control and instrumentation: system control and instrumentation principles
  • Electrical 3: power systems, electronics, quality and protection
  • Electronics 3: modern integrated circuits and digital systems processing
  • Microcontrollers and digital processors: embedded control and programmes
  • Project and management (double credit): engineering design project

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Control and instrumentation 4: advanced modern control and instrumentation for industrial systems
  • Electrical 4: AC and DC machines and drives
  • Electronics 4: high speed and mixed signal analogue and digital design
  • Project and management (double credit): engineering design project

You will also complete an option module which may include:

  • Design for quality and reliability: improving quality and reliability to reduce system failures
  • Future energy systems: modern energy sources and smart systems
  • Wind energy: planning, design and installation of wind farms

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • This programme will be delivered through a unique blend of learning and teaching. A variety of media will be used to give an enriched and varied student experience, such as short video learning clips available to be played on computers and mobile devices at a time that suits you. These can be replayed as many times as needed. You will also access specialist staff learning sessions, using integrated e-learning software similar to Skype, and will have local staff face-to-face learning sessions for remedial, tutorial, practical and lab work

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI - (years 2, 3 and 4 only)
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you will be ready to compete effectively for jobs as an engineer in a range of industries, including:

  • Systems engineering – renewable energy sector
  • Electrical engineering – power production, distribution and utilisation companies
  • Process control engineering - medium and large scale industry
  • Electronics engineering – medical, commercial and aerospace electronics
  • Electrical or electronics engineering – rail and automotive industries
  • Project management – electrical, electronics or renewable energy
  • Instrument engineer – all of the above

Can I progress into further study?

Upon successful completion of the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates can progress onto the following courses:

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I've continued to work hard in my role as an Electrical Engineer with NHS Highland and have used many of the skills I learned during my studies. Having gained the honours degree, I now hope to work towards attaining a professional qualificaton such as Incorporated Engineer and then concentrate on progressing my career further. The advice I would give would be to work hard and it will all pay off. ”

Kevin Richard graduated with a BEng (Hons) Electrical and Energy Engineering from our North Highland College UHI campus in 2018.

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