Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng (Hons)

1. Overview

Electronic and Electrical Engineering drives the technology of today and the future. Graduates from professionally accredited courses are in demand from industry to become tomorrow’s chartered engineers and fill key roles in industry. Our graduates are highly sought after, progressing directly to challenging and rewarding careers.

On our course you will meet the breadth of the discipline from microelectronics to electrical power engineering. Electronic Engineering covers analogue and digital design with integrated circuits applied to robotics, instrumentation, computer and communication systems. Electrical Engineering involves power generation and transmission, electrical motors and renewable energy. In years 1 and 2 you will study a range of topics to form a solid grounding in electronic and electrical engineering. Introductions to communications and computer engineering will broaden your knowledge.

In the later stages of the course, in addition to developing in the core areas of electronic and electrical engineering you will have the opportunity to widen your opportunities and develop specialist skills through a variety of elective modules in the areas of: optical and radio communications, data networks, software engineering, electrical power, machines, energy systems, renewables and offshore engineering.

To put into practical application what you have learnt in lectures, you will be involved in challenging team projects in years 1, 2 and 3 that integrate your knowledge and develop your creativity and problem solving skills. Many projects involve robotics, ranging from simple line-following robots to underwater robots (ROVs) and autonomous sumo wrestling robots. This is underpinned by the development of professional and communications skills, project management, team-working and leadership. The major individual project in year 4 allows you to develop a personal specialism, with many students on both MEng and BEng courses working on projects with an industrial link.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Maths 1A
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Electronics
  • Maths 1B
  • Introduction to Computer Engineering
  • Product Development

Year 2

  • Electronics 2
  • Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
  • Introduction to Telecomms
  • Electrical Systems
  • Electrical Power
  • Maths 2
  • Applied Management
  • Design Exercise

Year 3

  • Electronics 3
  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
  • Electrical Machines and Drives 1
  • Computer Architecture
  • Project Management, Teamworking and Leadership
  • Data Networks or Offshore Engineering
  • Electrical Power and Energy Systems or Object Oriented Software Development
  • Group Project

Year 4

  • Advanced Electronics
  • Control and Signal Processing
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability Management (BEng only)
  • Quality Management for Engineers (5 year MEng only)
  • Advanced Data Networks or Power Systems Analysis and Protection or Renewable Energy Systems
  • Optical and Radio Communications or Electrical Machines and Drives
  • BEng Honours Project (double module)

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

SQA BBBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science,Physics or Technological Studies. English at National 5Level Grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include Maths and Physics or Engineering or Design and Technology plus GCSE English at Grade C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2B2B2 to include Maths and Physics or Technological Studies plus Ordinary Level English at Grade C1 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 28 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics at Grade 5plus English at a minimum of Standard Level Grade 4.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent qualifications, e.g. SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs, overseas qualifications and Access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience are welcomed.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges may be considered for year 3 entry.

* 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.

English language requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

Professional Accreditation

The MEng and BEng courses have an unbroken record of accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng provides you with the full academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Graduates of accredited BEng courses require further study at Masters level to satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


Locally-based companies recognise the value of an engineering education at Robert Gordon University and they have made available a number of different scholarships for the financial support of selected undergraduate students.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,940 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,430 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,650 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,250 per academic year
  • £5,125 Summer placement

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year
  • £5000 Summer placement


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All applicants must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates have pursued careers in the design, development and operation of electronic and electrical systems in robotics, automotive systems, oil and gas engineering, power generation and utilisation, renewable energy, marine technology, consumer equipment and complex control systems for industry, as well as a range of opportunities in the telecommunications industries.

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BEng (Hons)



Start date

September 2015

Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
School of Engineering
More information:
Undergraduate Admissions (01224) 262728
Accredited By
The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781