This degree programme is broadly based to prepare you for a wide range of professional careers. As a graduate engineer you will be able to deal with anything from power engineering to microelectronics, radar installations to the
design of digital systems.
You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. Your selection for BEng or MEng depends on your progress record in your first three years.
In your first year you will take courses in mathematics and study engineering fundamentals including analogue and digital electronics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics and engineering skills. These courses will form a solid foundation for development later in the degree programme and are supported by individual and group project and laboratory work.
Years 2 and 3
The following two years will contain a core of compulsory and optional subjects such as management or languages. The core courses will give you a firm grounding in the knowledge and skills required of any professional electronics or electrical engineer, whether your career takes you to work with hydroelectric projects or wind farms, designing high-tech gadgets and communications devices or creating new electronic components at the nano-scale. These courses are augmented with practical construction and project work in each year – working both alone and in teams.
Years 4 and 5
The main route to becoming a fully chartered engineer is through the MEng degree, which usually takes five years. The BEng degree remains popular and can normally be completed in four years. To become a fully chartered engineer with a BEng degree requires further study after graduation, which can be done part-time from work.
Both BEng and MEng students have a wide choice of technical options in fourth year. You will also gain expertise in professional aspects including economics, project organisation, environmental issues, and safety.
BEng students complete their studies with a substantial individual project, under the one-to-one supervision of a member of academic staff.
If you are admitted into the MEng route you will have the opportunity to take part in a multidisciplinary integrated system design project instead of the fourth-year individual project. You will learn the skills of project management and work alongside students of other engineering disciplines. In fifth year you will complete a six-month project abroad and then take further advanced technical subjects.
In third year you will undertake a team design project in which the complete design process of an item of electronic equipment is carried out, from the initial specification to the completed product.
As an MEng student you will complete a six-month research and development project in an international company or research lab, in fifth year. If you have chosen to study a European language you may be assigned to a host organisation in Europe.
Our recent Electronics & Electrical Engineering graduates have been employed by Atkins, QinetiQ, BAE Systems Surface Ships, BAE Systems, Ventus green energy, and the RAF, among other organisations.
Our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAA by the end of S5 including Mathematics and Physics. Applicants who achieved a minimum of AAAA or AAABB including Mathematics in S5, WILL receive a conditional offer for the MEng. Applicants receiving these offers may be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
A-levels: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics.
IB: 36 points including Mathematics HL6 and Physics HL6.
Highers: AAAA or AAABB by the end of S5, including Mathematics and Physics at grades A/B or B/A.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including Mathematics) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer will normally be conditional (on second sitting results) including, where necessary, Physics.
Additional conditional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
A-levels: AAB including Mathematics and Physics. Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: 34 points including Mathematics HL5 and Physics HL5.
BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme upon completion of years 1, 2 or 3.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
UK Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarship
UKESF is a collaboration between industry, universities and the public sector, which is:
- Connecting employers with students in schools and universities;
- Promoting the electronics industry and its value to society and the economy;
- Raising awareness of the range of stimulating careers in electronics.
How does the Scholarship Scheme work?
UKESF is offering scholarships to students studying BEng and MEng degrees in Electronic and Electronic Engineering, Electronics with Music and Electronic & Software Engineering at the UKESF partner universities. Scholarships are open to students in any year of their degree, except the final year.
Successful candidates are matched with sponsoring companies for scholarships that include:
- Annual bursaries of up to £1,615
- Paid summer work placements
- Industrial mentoring
- Professional development training at UKESF Summer Workshops (Scholars sponsored only for the final two years of a degree may not be offered this by their sponsoring company)
- Opportunities to build relationships with potential employers
The closing date for returning the application form is 27th October 2013