Electronic & Software Engineering

ELECTRONIC & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Electronic and software engineering combines the study of hardware and software. It will give you the knowledge required to lead teams that will design and build the computerised systems of the future.

Between years 3 and 4 you will undertake a work placement in industry, either in the UK or overseas.

97% of Computer Science students were satisfied overall. (Data published by Unistats (unistats.direct.gov.uk). January 2015)

Programme structure

You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng, BSc or MEng degree programme. 

Year 1

You will take courses in electronics and electrical engineering, mathematics and computing science. You will study foundational analogue and digital electronics, and will design, simulate and test circuits in the laboratory. You will develop computer problem-solving skills applicable in any programming language. 

Years 2 and 3

You will gain a thorough grounding in the hardware and software aspects of computer systems, including expertise in programming and software engineering using Java, detailed knowledge of operating systems and networking, a solid foundation in databases and experience with electronic design software. This will be combined with a working knowledge of electrical circuit theory, analogue and digital electronic system design and digital communications. 

Years 4 and 5

You will have a wide choice of technical options in fourth year, choosing half your specialist topics from electronics and electrical engineering (including VLSI design and robotics) and half from computing science (including artificial intelligence, software engineering processes and network communications).

You will also gain expertise in professional aspects including economics, project organisation, environmental issues and safety.

If you are a BEng or BSc student, you will undertake a substantial individual project under one-to-one supervision. 

If you are taking the MEng you will have the opportunity to take part in a multidisciplinary integrated system design project, working in teams alongside students of other engineering disciplines. In fifth year you will complete a six-month project, normally abroad, and then take further advanced technical subjects.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016

BSc

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Mathematics at B or above.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Mathematicss at grade B or above, or alternatively Maths at C AND Computing at B or above. Please note that ICT is not acceptable as a substitute for Computing.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include 3 HL subjects at 6,6,5. Must have Mathematics and one other Science subject at minimum HL5/SL6. Maths Studies is not acceptable for entry.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Science European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Managing Environmental Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science (Double Syllabus)
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.


BEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Maths and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A. Entry from S6 will require applicants to have Maths in S5 and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A by the end of S6.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include 3 HL subjects at 6,6,5. Mathematics and Physics are required at minimum HL5/SL6. Maths Studies is not acceptable for entry.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Engineering European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAA would be considered for the BEng.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve a minimum of AAAA or AAABB including Maths in S5 WILL receive a conditional offer for the MEng based on S6 results. Applicants receiving these offers may be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics at Grade A.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: 3 HL subjects at 6,6,6 including Physics and Maths. SL6 may be considered for one of either Physics or Maths. (Mathematics Studies is not accepted where Maths is required).

European qualifications

Typical entry requiremetns for European qualifications: Engineering European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

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): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
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:

FAQs

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.

Career prospects

Previous graduates have found employment in a wide range of industries, including software houses, electronics companies and commercial institutions such as banks and insurance companies. Our graduates have found jobs with Agilent, ARM, BMW, Ion Torrents, Thales and Wolfson Microelectronics, among many others.

Accreditation

  • MEng, BEng: accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology;
  • BSc: accredited by the British Computer Society.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BEng

  • KIS
    Electronic & Software Engineering: GHP6

BSc

  • KIS
    Electronic & Software Engineering: GH66

MEng

  • KIS
    Electronic & Software Engineering: HG66

BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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.

Scholarships

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:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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