School of Engineering

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

BEng (Hons)

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With an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree you’ll work with the design and operation of a broad range of vital circuits and systems that that fulfil society’s needs. You’ll have an exciting career with the right knowledge and understanding of analogue and digital design to change tomorrow’s world of electrical and electronic engineering.

You’ll gain 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. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in two areas, which will further enhance your employment prospectus when you graduate.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Study
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
Course Length
4 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January (International Fee-Paying Students Only)
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.


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 Semester major individual project, which may be research-related, will exercise all your academic and professional skills.


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 Semester, 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
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.



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.



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.



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.

University Library


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.

Find out more about our placements

Job Prospects

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: BBBB - 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: H2H2H3H3 - 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: 28-27 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.

Entry to Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher: CCC to include Maths and either Engineering Science or Physics.

GCE A Level: BBC 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.

IB Diploma: 29 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.

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.


Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,650 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,240 per academic year
Additional Costs

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


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

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

The highlight of my course was the activity weeks in first and second year. It was very practical, we even built an ROV and a sumo robot. The practicality of this was brilliant. 
Andrew Elliot, BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering


This course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). This accredited degree will provide you with all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and most of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


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: H606

All Applicants

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

January Intake - International Applicants Only

International fee-paying students applying to start in January should apply via International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU)


Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.

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