The MEng/BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering will prepare you to compete for a wide range of job opportunities in the UK and internationally. While gaining a broad understanding of emerging electrical and electronic engineering, and the engineering business environment, you'll also develop essential leadership, management and communication skills and the global perspective you need to excel in a career in engineering.
Rapid advancements in communications, sensor technologies, robotics, and high speed electronics, combined with newer technologies such as machine learning and computer vision continue to revolutionise the world we live in.
Our programme provides you with the necessary skills and experience that will enable you to take your place in the fastpaced world of electrical and electronic engineering as a creator of next generation, intelligent, connected devices and systems.
Have you ever wondered what mobiles and tablets will be like in the future? How can we use satellites to better our lives? How can we help people by advancing medical devices? What will next generation cars and transportation systems look like? How can robots do things better? What sustainable energy sources are possible? Where can we go with space exploration? These are some of the questions that electronic industries are asking as well, so you are not alone and you are heading in the right direction. The first two years provides students with basic electrical and electronic engineering skills and in the more advanced years you can select options within specialist areas. Wherever possible we employ hands-on project work to help you develop your practical and problem-solving skills.
In the fourth year you will undertake an individual project that is either linked to research within the department such as condition monitoring in power systems, computer vision or improved next generation wireless networks, or, potentially, linked to industry relevant design activity such as motor control hardware and software to propel and steer intelligent vehicles, or sensor designs for next generation Internet of Things. You may also develop your own ideas and undertake a personalised project.
Candidates with a higher level of attainment can either enrol directly on the 5 year MEng degree or transfer from the BEng at any stage of study prior to graduation. The MEng degree provides you with the opportunity to attain an integrated Masters award and so demonstrate professional readiness to employers.
Students on the programme are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for a year-long industrial placement and international exchange with partner Universities in over 20 countries.
This programme is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world's largest engineering institutions. IET Accreditation is an internationally respected benchmark awarded to high quality programmes that meet the requirements for professional engineers.
Graduates can expect to find employment in industries such as mobile systems, interactive entertainment, robotic systems design, image processing, artificial intelligence, communications and networking, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, renewable energy, instrumentation and medical systems, as well as being in demand in roles outside engineering where their problem-solving skills and wide knowledge of technology is highly valued.
The programme involves a common first two years of core elements covering Electrical Principles, Analogue and Digital Electronics, Mathematics, Software Development, Mechanical Principles, Electrical Systems and a yearly Design Project. Modules titles and content in subsequent years often change as the curriculum and new technologies develop. In the advanced years students can expect to undertake core modules with optional modules to personalise their learning or career aspirations.
Core: Digital and Programmable Systems, Integrated Engineering Studies, Engineering Operations and Management. Typical year 3 options include Signals and Electronic Systems Design, Communications Engineering, Modelling and Data Analysis, Computer Aided Engineering, Control Engineering, Engineering Design and Analysis or Signals and Electronic Systems.
Core: Honours Project, Digital Signal Processing. Typical year 4 options include Intelligent Robotics and Mechatronics, Digital Design and Computer Architecture, Wireless Communications, System Level Design, Engineering Design and Analysis, Computer Aided Design or Control Engineering
Year 5 (MEng)
Core: MEng Team Project. Typical year 5 options include Digital Communications, Real Time DSP, Embedded Systems Applications, Image Processing and Machine Vision, Optical Communications, Simulation of Computer Networks, Wireless and Mobile Communications Systems, Control Systems, Industrial Communications and Networks or Condition Monitoring.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
"Whether you want to design mobile phones, control robotic systems or connect next generation products using the Internet of things, our pathways allow you to develop the hardware and software skills required to play a leading role in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering industry."Dr Gordon Morison, Assistant Head of Department
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
SQA Higher: BBCC including Maths and either Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at grade C/4
A Level: CDD including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMP
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: BBBC at Higher to include Maths and one from Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at C
A level: CCD including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H5 including Maths and Physics, plus English at Ordinary Level O2
IB Diploma: 24 points must include Maths and Physics
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering at MMM plus GCSE English at C
SWAP: Access to STEM programme at BBB
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
College HNC: 15 credit HNC Electrical or Electronic Engineering with B in Graded Unit to include Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3 and 4. Attendance and pass GCU Maths Summer School is required for those without Engineering Mathematics 3 and 4. Please note specific modules are required for entry.
College HND: HND Electrical or Electronic Engineering with B in Graded Unit/s to include Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Attendance and pass GCU Maths Summer School is required for those without Engineering Mathematics 5.
Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
To both complement and extend the technical aspects of the course there are opportunities for a year-long industrial placement and international exchange programmes.
Students will be assessed via a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations, case study analysis, reports and the final dissertation.