BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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 fast-paced 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.

Your career

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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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UCAS

BEng (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
H610
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl Maths and one from Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science) Nat 5: C (English)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBCC (incl Maths and one from Physics/Technological Studies/Engineering Science) Nat 5: C (English)
A level: CCD (incl Maths and Physics)   GCSE: C/4 (English)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H5 (incl Maths and Physics) O2: (English)
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl Maths and Physics)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in Electrical/Electronic Engineering GCSE: C/4 (English)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2
College HNC: 15 credit HNC Electrical/Electronic Engineering - graded unit B (incl Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Knowledge of principles of programmable systems is desirable (units such as DG59 34: MCU/MPU Assembly Language Programming, DG58 34: High Level Engineering Software).


Attendance and pass at Maths Summer School required for those without Engineering Mathematics 3 and 4.
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip in Electrical/Electronic Engineering GCSE: C/4 (English)

Year 3
College HND: Electrical or Electronic Engineering - graded unit B (incl Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 

Attendance and pass GCU Maths Summer School required for those without Engineering Mathematics 5.

Knowledge of principles of programmable systems (one or two of the following units is required: DG5A 35: High Level Language: External I/O Transfer, DG5C 35: MCU/MPU I/O Hardware Control. Any of the following units is desirable: DG52 35: Programmable Logic Devices, DG4X 35: Microprocessor and Microcontroller Technology).

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

This degree gives students the option to take a Masters route, adding one year onto their studies, find out more about the MEng entry requirements here

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.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

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.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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To both complement and extend the technical aspects of the course there are opportunities for a year-long industrial placement and international exchange programmes.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Students will be assessed via a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations, case study analysis, reports and the final dissertation.