Electronic and Electrical Engineering
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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. To put into practical application what you learn, you’ll undertake challenging team projects, such as building underwater robots and armoured sumo wrestling robots. In the later stages of the course, you will have the opportunity to specialise two specialist areas to further enhance your employment prospectus when you graduate.
In Year 1, you will be introduced to the basic theory and practice of Engineering, leading to the core themes of Electronics and Electrical Engineering developed along with mathematical knowledge, practical workshop skills and team working.
Core knowledge of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Mathematics is further developed alongside Power Engineering, Software Engineering and Management in Year 2. A group design exercise project designing and building a sumo robot integrates the year’s study.
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.
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.
For students taking the fast-track MEng route, the final stage runs over two summers before and after Year 4 and is based on two industrial placements and block delivery of advanced Analytical and Professional Management 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.Detailed module information
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.
- Lectures - 25 students per group, 6 hours per week
- Tutorial - 25 students per group, 6 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 1 hour per week
- Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 3 hours per week
Where appropriate, you will 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 on This Course
Academic staff are experienced Engineers, many with Chartered status and industry links, who have achieved or are working towards Higher Education Academy Fellowship - a professional recognition of their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. Many are research-active and some feature in the annual STAR awards (Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition) voted for by the students.
Engineering Applications Supervisors will take you through the more practical aspects of Engineering in our Flexible Learning Labs and Technicians and postgraduate research students will provide support for projects and laboratory work.
Typically students are assessed each semester:
- 3 Written exams, average time of exam: two and half hours
- 2 Reports
- 1 Oral Assessment
- 2 Practical Skills Assessments
- 2 Set Exercises
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
On the fast-track course, two 10 week optional placements are offered which may be paid or unpaid.
The University has strong contacts with industry and our Placement Office staff liaise with companies offering placements and provide support to students. The Placement Office also work with the School of Engineering to ensure that the placement content is appropriate for the MEng course.
You are expected to be proactive and will need to apply for and be successful in placement interview.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates have pursued careers in the development and operation of electronic and electrical systems in automotive systems, oil and gas engineering, power generation and utilisation, marine technology, consumer equipment and complex control systems for industry, as well as a range of opportunities in the telecommunications industries.
Entry to Year 1
SQA Higher: ABBB - 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: BBC - BCC to include Mathematics at grade B plus either Physics, Design Technology or Engineering. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3 - 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: 29-28 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4.
Entry to Year 2
SQA Advanced Higher: CCC to include Maths and either Engineering Science or Physics.
GCE A Level: BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology, or Engineering. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.
IB Diploma: 30 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4.
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.
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 Requirements
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:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £8,500 per year 3 and 4 for fast-track MEng
- £16,240 per academic year
- £24,360 per year 3 and 4 for fast-track MEng
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
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 and Financial Awards
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I think the biggest and most beneficial difference RGU provides in comparison to other universities is the amount of practical work carried out throughout all stages of the degree.
The MEng is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology and graduates meet all requirements for progression to Chartered status.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
UCAS Code: H600
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