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.

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

For September 2019, entry to this course is only available into year 2, via an HNC Engineering Systems or HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2.

Direct entry to year three requirements:

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

Direct entry to year four requirements:

  • Completion of the BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, or other 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 the course 'Content' tab for details. On successful completion, you will exit with the award of BEng (Hons) Electrical and Energy Engineering. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year four entry on your application

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

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

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

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

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

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

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

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

You will also complete an option module which may include:

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

For 2019 direct entry to year four and for the award of BEng (Hons) Electrical and Energy Engineering, the modules are:

  • Engineering project and project management (double credit)
  • Design for quality and reliability
  • Advanced electrical engineering principles
  • Future energy systems
  • Wind energy

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (Uunstructured)
  • 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 two, three and four 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 Mode2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000
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 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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:

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

**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.


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

Having completed an electrical apprenticeship, I felt confident that I could push myself even further and continue my studies on to degree level. In my current role as an electrical engineer with NHS Highland, I work as part of a team ensuring that the organisation complies with all the relevant technical guidance and regulations. The technical knowledge, communication and project management skills gained from my studies has helped me to understand what is expected from me in my current role.

Kevin Richard, BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate (2018), North Highland College UHI (Thurso) campus.

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