Electrical Engineering MSc

Course code H103

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in developing your general engineering knowledge and skills? If so, this programme could be for you.

The course will develop your understanding of the roles of research, design, analysis and optimisation in advanced engineering careers. You will gain the knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology and gain the appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate and maintain engineering products, processes, systems and services.

Specialist modules will allow you to pursue areas of particular interest to you and may include: study of advanced electrical engineering topics such as high speed integrated circuitry, high frequency, and neural networks; study of the application of electrical engineering software analysis packages such as MATLAB or SIMULINK; study of advanced applications of mathematical solutions for engineering problems such as transfer function approaches, state space methodology and stability analyses; application of optimisation approaches to the design of electrical engineering systems; and an electrical engineering design project.

This programme has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the UK Engineering Council requirements for the Further Learning portion of Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional registration.  In order to meet the educational requirements in full for Chartered Engineer registration, graduates will also need to present an accredited level 6 qualification or equivalent, and meet specific membership and professional achievement criteria specific to the professional body through which application for professional registration is made. 

Special features

  • The course is delivered fully online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
  • Provides a combination of general engineering knowledge and specialisation in electrical engineering knowledge and understanding to prepare you to apply existing and emerging technology.
  • You will develop your ability to demonstrate effective graduate skills and a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree.

Entry requirements

  • BEng (Hons) in Engineering with a minimum award of 2:2 (or equivalent)
  • Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) to the appropriate degree level will also be considered and will be assessed on an individual basis

Access routes

Direct progression from our own degrees:


You will study three core modules which may include:

  • Design optimisation (S2)
  • Design process and engineering project management (S1)
  • Quantitative research methods and data analysis (S2)


You will choose three option modules which may include:

  • Advanced analogue electronics (S1)
  • Advanced engineering maths and modelling (SC)
  • Artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms (S1)
  • Renewable energy technologies (S1)
  • Safety case studies (S2)
  • Tidal, wave and future energy (S2)


To achieve the award of MSc you must successfully complete a research project/dissertation. This may be coordinated and conducted in conjunction with your employer and must be in an area of specialisation within the field of electrical engineering.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • We aim to provide a supportive and positive environment that will encourage you to take the initiative to learn and develop critical thinking skills. All materials are accessible online allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time (MSc): 18 months
  • Part-time (MSc): 3 years

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland - this is a fully online course. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI North Highland.

Start date

  • September 


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2022-23 2023-24
Per module (20 credits) £560 £584
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,752
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,504
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,256

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2022-23 2023-24
Per module (20 credits) £669 £720
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,007 £2,160
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £4,014 £4,320
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £6,021 £6,480

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2022-23 With scholarship 2023-24 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,010 £760 £1,080 £810
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £3,030 £2,280 £3,240 £2,430
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £6,060 £4,560 £6,480 £4,860
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £9,090 £6,840 £9,720 £7,290

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2022-23 2023-24
Per module (20 credits) £1,010 £1,080
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £3,030 £3,240
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £5,880 £6,480
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £9,090 £9,720

This course is not available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. 

Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time can apply for a tuition fee loan from SAAS. You must be intending to complete the course in no longer than twice the length of time it would take for a full-time student. For example, if your course is available to full-time students as a one-year programme, you will be funded for a maximum of two years' part-time study. If your course does not have a full-time option, you must complete within three years. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500, which will be paid pro-rata for each academic year of study. 

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion, you will have acquired the general and specialist engineering knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to employment within the engineering industry, specifically the electrical engineering field. You will also have developed essential employability skills enhancing your opportunities for relevant careers in the industries such as:

  • Controls engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Electronics manufacturing engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Engineering project manager
  • Instrumentation engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Process control engineer
  • Systems engineer

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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

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