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Electronic and Electrical Engineering

BEng (Hons)

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from Robert Gordon University will provide you with the skills to work with the design and operation of a broad range of vital circuits and systems. You will be equipped to fulfil society’s needs in an exciting and evolving career.

The course will provide you with the knowledge of integrated circuits applied to robotics, instrumentation, computer and communication systems, in addition to power generation and transmission, electrical motors and renewable energy. You will put your learning to the test with challenging team projects including building underwater robots and armoured sumo wrestling robots.

The first two years are common across both of our Electronic Engineering courses. At the end of Year 2, you can make an informed decision about which route you wish to take.

1st in Scotland for course satisfaction in Engineering: Electronic and Electrical (Guardian University Guide 2021).

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Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

January (Entry via International College)

Course Length

4 years

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.

Year 2

Your core knowledge of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Mathematics will be 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

Your analytical and professional skills will be enhanced through signals, instrumentation and control and Project Management and Leadership. 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 will develop your specialisms along with advanced core Electronic and Electrical Engineering. A two Term major individual project, which may be research-related, will exercise all your academic and professional skills.


We have on campus and virtual events to help you find out more about study, student experience and future career paths.



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

Activity Summary

You will study four modules each Term, each varying in contact type. Typically you will have four hours per-module per-week in a mixture of lectures to the whole class (between 80 and 180 students), tutorials (usually to smaller groups), laboratories, workshops and computer laboratories to learn specialist software.

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

Year 4

  • 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

How long is a BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering course?

An Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree can be successfully completed in 4 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

Independent Study

A total of 150 hours per 15-credit module is recommended to get the most out of your course. This includes time studying outside the timetabled classes. This could include, for example, reading lecture notes, undertaking tutorial problems, writing up lab reports or other coursework, and practicing specialist software skills.

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:

Year 3

  • 7 written exams
  • 5  reports
  • 1  dissertation
  • 2 set exercises
  • 1 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 2 in class quizzes


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.


Academic Support

The Inclusion 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 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

Library 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.



Although placements form part of our MEng programmes, they are not yet currently embedded in our BEng courses. However, the RGU Energy Transition Institute is in the process of establishing a Summer Work Experience Partnership for BEng students, which aims to provide paid employment to students over the summer vacation, typically for June, July and August.

Job Prospects

Is Electronic and Electrical Engineering a good career choice?

Previous BEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Electronic Design Engineer
  • Senior Authorised Electrical Person
  • Production Engineer
  • Graduate Test Systems Engineer
  • Graduate Software Development Engineer
  • Trainee Offshore Technician

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.


What is needed for a BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree?

Standard Entry Requirements

  • SQA Higher: BBBC 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 Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology, Electronics, or Engineering. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3   to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.
  • IB Diploma: 27 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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

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

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. 

International Students

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 for further information.


Tuition fees for this Electronic and Electrical Engineering course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Scottish Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • EU Students: £6,750 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £6,750 per academic year
  • International Students: £16,650 per academic year

For Academic Year 2020/2021

  • Scottish/EU Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £6,750 per academic year
  • International Students: £16,650 per academic year

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident 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

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2021 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


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:


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