Electrical Engineering involves power generation and transmission, electrical motors and renewable energy.

Study Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Robert Gordon University.

Through our course, you will study the development and use of a broad range of vital systems that fulfil society’s future technological needs, from circuit design, instrumentation, ultrasonics, interfacing, microprocessors, signal processing, and communications.  Starting with the fundamentals, the later stages of the course progresses to more specialised subjects, electives and project work, with the option of a ‘fast-track’ 48 month MEng course involving a number of industrial placements following years 3 and 4.

Award

BEng (Hons)

UCAS Code

H606

Course Dates

September
January (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

School of Engineering

Overview

Year 1

You will be introduced to the basic theory and practice of Engineering, leading to the core themes of Electronic and Electrical Engineering developed along with mathematical knowledge, practical workshop skills and team working.

Year 2

In Year 2 core knowledge of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Mathematics is further developed alongside Power Engineering, Software Engineering and Management. A group design exercise project designing and building a sumo robot integrates the year’s study.

Year 3

Analytical and professional skills are enhanced through signals, instrumentation and control and Project Management and Leadership in Year 3. This year’s subject areas include more specialised Electronics and Electrical Engineering and culminates in a group project. Electives allow further specialism in Power Electronics, Data Networks and Software Engineering

Year 4

Additional Electives develop the specialisms along with advanced core Electronic and Electrical Engineering. A two Semester major individual project, which may be research-related, exercises all your academic and professional skills.

 


 

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

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

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Introduction To Electrical Engineering
  • Professional Skills
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Mathematics 1A
    Semester 2
  • Introduction to Analogue Electronics and Signals
  • Introduction to Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
  • Product Development
  • Mathematics 1B
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Electronics 2
  • Introduction To Telecommunications
  • Microprocessors And Microcontrollers
  • Electrical Systems
    Semester 2
  • Applied Management
  • Electrical Power
  • Design Exercise
  • Mathematics 2
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
  • Computer Architecture
  • Electrical Machines And Drives 1
  • Project Management, Team-working And Leadership
    Semester 2
  • Electronics 3
  • Group Project (Engineering Stage 3)
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Cisco CCNA Course 1: Introduction to Networks
  • Offshore Engineering
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Object Oriented Software Development
  • Electrical Power And Energy Systems
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Control and Signal Processing
  • Advanced Electronics
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Advanced Data Networks
  • Electrical Machines And Drives 2
    Semester 2
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
  • Safety, Risk And Reliability Management
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Optical And Radio Communications
  • Power Systems Analysis And Protection
  • Part-time

    Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Professional Skills
  • Mathematics 1A
    Semester 2
  • Product Development
  • Mathematics 1B
    Semester 3
  • Introduction To Electrical Engineering
  • Statics and Dynamics
    Semester 4
  • Introduction to Analogue Electronics and Signals
  • Introduction to Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Electronics 2
  • Introduction To Telecommunications
    Semester 2
  • Applied Management
  • Mathematics 2
    Semester 3
  • Microprocessors And Microcontrollers
  • Electrical Systems
    Semester 4
  • Electrical Power
  • Design Exercise
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Computer Architecture
  • Project Management, Team-working And Leadership
    Semester 2
  • Electronics 3
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Cisco CCNA Course 1: Introduction to Networks
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Principles of Management
    Semester 3
  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
  • Electrical Machines And Drives 1
    Semester 4
  • Group Project (Engineering Stage 3)
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Object Oriented Software Development
  • Electrical Power And Energy Systems
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Control and Signal Processing
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Advanced Data Networks
  • Electrical Machines And Drives 2
    Semester 2
  • Advanced Digital System Design
  • Safety, Risk And Reliability Management
    Semester 3
  • Advanced Electronics
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
    Semester 4
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Optical And Radio Communications
  • Power Systems Analysis And Protection
  • You will study four modules each Semester with the learning experience differing from module to module depending on the nature of the subject. Teaching ranges from formal lectures, supported by tutorials and laboratories to mixed mode teaching with lecture, tutorial and laboratory work running in a session. Ways of learning includes small groups of student working in a practical workshop environment to individual and group activities and projects taking place in a timetabled or open access laboratory environment.

    Your course resources will be available on Campus Moodle, our virtual learning environment, where you can find course notes, tutorials, coursework assignments and much more. 

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 25 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • One to One
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 25 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 25 students per group
    • Three hours per week 

    Independent study summary

    Where appropriate, you have open access to laboratories for independent study and coursework preparation during the day, evenings and weekends. Most modules equate to 150 hours of study and the balance between class contact, directed study and personal study varies from module to module, with an approximately equal allocation of time to each.

    Staff delivering this course

    A number of staff are Chartered Engineers and most are members of the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) or similar professional bodies. All staff have or are working towards Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy with about half currently being Fellows.

    Many staff have recent industrial experience or links with industry and are research active. Specialist Engineering Applications staff deliver workshop and related material in our first-class Flexible Learning Laboratories.

    Technician support is fully integrated into project work as well as laboratory provision and e-learning staff within the School provide enhancement to the teaching materials. Staff from other Schools within the University contribute to specialist areas and Postgraduate Research students assist Academic staff in areas such as laboratory and tutorial work.

    RGU Study Support, Library and other department staff provide valuable assistance.

    Facilities

    • Specialist Engineering Applications Labs
    • Electrical Machines Laboratory
    • Cisco Data Networking Laboratory
    • University Library
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Three Written exams, average time of exam: two and half hours 

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Skills

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

    GCE A Level: BCC to include Maths and either Design and Technology, Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.

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

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link 

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Professional Accreditation

    The BEng (Honours) course is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET). Graduates of accredited BEng courses meet partial requirements for progression to charter.

    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:

    Scholarships

    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. 

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £15,760 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £15,300 per academic year

    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

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    September Start

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International applicants

    You have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    January Start (for international fee paying students only)

    If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

    Find out more

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    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.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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