Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in the role energy has to play in the future of engineering the BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering degree is for you. The degree has been designed to meet the needs of the industry ensuring you will be highly employable after graduation.  

You will explore both conventional energy systems and renewable energy technologies.  You will also undertake an engineering project, which will showcase your skills and knowledge in solving an industry-related problem to prospective employers.

Special features

  • 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 will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems
  • 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

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade CC or above
  • These must include Higher or A level Maths at grade C or above, PLUS
  • National 5 Physics or Engineering Science and English at grade C or GSCE Physics and English at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications including relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered in an individual basis.

 Direct entry to year three requirements:

  • Completion of the HND Engineering Systems may allow advanced entry to year three of the degree. For 2017 entry, you will study the modules from our ordinary degree, BEng Energy Engineering. See the course content tab for details. To make an application please use the Apply tab and indicate year three entry on your application.

 Direct entry to year four (honours) requirements:

  • BEng Energy Engineering, BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering or equivalent ordinary engineering degree. The honours year is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will provide you with the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).See content tab for details. Please use the Apply tab to make your applications, indicating year four entry.

Access routes

  • Successful completion of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) Access to engineering or Access to physical science from Edinburgh College.
  • Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

Subjects may include:

  • Science for Engineers 1
  • Electrical and Electronics 1
  • Practical Skills 1
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 1
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Maths for IEng Engineers 1

Year 3 - BEng

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 3, or Work-based Initiative 3
  • Electrical 3, or Statics and Dynamics 3
  • Conventional Energy Systems 3
  • Renewable Energy Generation 3
  • Control and Instrumentation 3
  • Business and Professional Skills 3

For 2017 direct entry to year 3, the modules are:

  • Management for Engineers
  • Industrial Project

Options include:

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment
  • Mechanical 1
  • Electrical 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects may include:

  • Practical Skills 2
  • Statics and Dynamics 2
  • Electrical 2
  • Maths for IEng 2
  • Project and Project Management 2
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 2 or Electronics 2

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 4
  • Electrical 4, or Electronics 4
  • Statics and Dynamics 4
  • Wind Energy 4

You will also complete an option module which may include:

  • Marine Energy 4
  • Safety and Reliability Engineering 4
  • Control and Instrumentation 4

For 2017 direct entry to year four, the modules are:

  • Engineering Project and Project Management
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Advanced Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Marine Energy
  • Wind Energy

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, practical work, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

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

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time)

How much will my course cost?

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2016-17).

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 whilst 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:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,520
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,840

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

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.

What funding can I apply for?

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) Energy Engineering, you will be ready to compete in the employment market for a range of jobs in the engineering sector such as:

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

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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