Electrical and Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H361

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering has been designed to meet the demand from employers for engineers who have a wide knowledge and skills base covering a range of engineering disciplines, including a sound understanding of relevant technologies and current industry practices.

On completion of the degree you will have acquired advanced levels of competence in engineering and technology, including mechanical, electrical, electronic and management skills, making you highly sought after in the job market.

The broad-based nature of this course will give you many of the necessary skills and competencies required by a range of industries, including the renewable energies sector.

You will also benefit from the strong links established with engineering companies across the Highlands and Islands and from the industry-related project work you will undertake.

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 to prospective employers
  • You will study emerging technology, making you highly employable for the future
  • You will also develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and interpersonal 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

  • For September 2020, entry to this course is only available into year 2, via an HNC (such as the HNC Engineering Systems) with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2, may allow advanced entry to year two. 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) 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:

  • Successful completion of the BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, BEng Mechanical Engineering, or other equivalent ordinary degrees may allow advanced entry to year four. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year four entry on your application

    Year 1 - HNC

    Please apply to the HNC Engineering Systems if you wish to study the first year of this course.

    Year 2 - DipHE

    Modules may include:

    • Practical skills 2
    • Statics and dynamics 2
    • Electrical 2
    • Core maths 2
    • Thermodynamics and fluids 2, or electronics 2
    • Engineering business skills 2


    Year 3 - BEng

    Modules may include:

    • Project and project management 3, or work based initiative 3
    • Electrical 3, or electronics 3
    • Statics and dynamics 3
    • Electro-mechanical drives, or reverse engineering 3
    • Control and instrumentation 3

    Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

    Modules may include:

    • Project and project management 4
    • Electrical 4, or electronics 4
    • Statics and dynamics 4
    • Control and instrumentation 4

    You will also choose an option module which may include:

    • Wind energy
    • Future energy systems
    • Design for quality and reliability

    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?

    Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness College UHI
    • Moray College UHI
    • North Highland College UHI

    Start date

    • September
    • January (part-time)


    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 a Tier 4 visa 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 Mechanical Engineering, you will be ready to compete effectively for a range of jobs within the engineering sector such as:

    • Engineer in energy/renewable energy sector
    • Design/maintenance position in offshore industry
    • Design/maintenance position in manufacturing industries
    • Project engineer in a wide range of industries
    • Engineering manager in a wide range of industries

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    I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.