GCU Pathways students enrol at Glasgow Caledonian University on the MEng Electrical Power Engineering (GCU Pathways). Over the first two years, students study HND Electrical Engineering at Glasgow Kelvin College in preparation for transfer to the MEng Electrical Power Engineering programme in Year 3.
Power system engineers are in high demand as the successful production, transmission and distribution of electrical power becomes increasingly important. The switch to renewable energy from wind, wave and tidal sources will require substantial transmission and distribution infrastructure development. Our students get a strong grounding in sustainable energy production so will be ideally placed to capitalise on this significant growth.
This course has been designed in collaboration with industry and has a strong emphasis on practical experience. It provides a broad education in electrical, mechanical, renewables and electronic engineering, alongside specialist modules in power engineering and power electronics. Students have access to well-equipped computer aided engineering labs as well as electrical and electronic laboratories with leading technologies. The course offers two industrial based placements, during trimester B of Year 3 and/or on completion of Year 3 - one for 48 weeks. These are not compulsory or guaranteed placements.
Choose the Electrical Power Engineering college pathway if:
- you are interested in renewable energy and sustainable engineering
- you want to be at the forefront of power system engineering
- you enjoy learning in a hands-on practical way
- you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
- you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study.
Graduates from this programme are likely to be much in demand with global power companies such as Howden, GEC, Doosan, Babcock, Scottish Power and the Weir Group.
Year 1 and 2
You will gain an excellent grounding in electrical engineering from your HND at Glasgow Kelvin College while developing key electrical and electronic skills.
Control Engineering, Power Electronic Systems, Plant & Electrical Distribution, Energy Conversion Technologies.
Honour Project, Power Systems Technology, Electrical Machines, Renewable Energy Technology, Control Engineering.
MEng Group Project, Strategy & Innovation, Condition Monitoring, Reliability & Availability Assessment, Control Systems, Energy Audit & Asset Management.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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.
Entry year 1
- SQA Highers
- Higher at BB, must include Maths or a Science.
- Non SQA
- Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only
- You can progress to Year 3 of the degree with a 30 Credit HND in Electrical Engineering with a minimum of B in both graded units. The HND must also include Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 HN units.
English language criteria
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 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 the English for University Study programme.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in August 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly.
Tuition fees 2018/19
Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
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 £2.5 million per year.
The Electrical Power Engineering degree is accredited by IET the Institute of Engineering and Technology and EI the Energy Institute.Coursework is designed to meet the requirements of UKSPEC the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence by the Engineering Council UK and the MEng pathways satisfy the academic requirements for C.Eng Chartered Engineer status.
Two industry-based placements are offered, one of which spans 48 weeks. These are not compulsory placements and nor are they guaranteed.
In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.
Examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports are used to assess your achievements during the learning outcomes.
Our aim is to build our students’ abilities in the areas demanded by employers in a global knowledge economy, through linking with employers to provide students with an authentic learning experience that blends with relevant studies.Our students find that one of the underlying strengths of this programme of study is the other students as many currently enrolled are conducting their studies part-time, whilst holding down full-time jobs, or are sponsored by international companies.The valuable experience of these students is fed back into the classroom and informally shared to the benefit of fellow students.