Electronic and software engineering combines the study of hardware and software. It will give you a deep understanding of the knowledge required to lead the teams that will design and build the computerised systems of the future.
You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng, BSc or MEng degree programme. Your selection for BEng or MEng depends on your progress record in your first three years.
Your first year of study will include 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 that are applicable in any programming language.
Years 2 and 3
You will gain a thorough grounding in 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
The main route to becoming a fully chartered engineer is through the MEng degree, which usually takes five years. The BEng and BSc degrees remain 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.
Whether you are a BSc, BEng or MEng student, 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 admitted into the MEng route 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 abroad and then take further advanced technical subjects.
Between third and fourth year you will undertake a work placement in industry. We can assist you in finding a placement in the UK or overseas. There is also an option to concentrate on a comprehensive management course supported by many manufacturing companies in Scotland.
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.
Previous graduates have found employment in a wide range of industries, including software houses, electronics companies designing computer-based equipment 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.
The BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology. The BSc degree is accredited by the British Computer Society.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAA by end of S5 including Mathematics and Physics.
A-levels: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics.
IB: 36 points including Mathematics HL6 and Physics HL6.
Highers: Entry from S5 – AAAA or AAABB including Mathematics and Physics at grades A/B or B/A.
Entry from S6 – applicants who achieved a minimum of ABBB including Mathematics and Physics at grades A/B or B/A in S5, may receive an offer based on them attaining AAAAAB by the end of S6. Applicants receiving these offers will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
A-levels: AAB including Mathematics and Physics.
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.
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including two science subjects) in first sitting = unconditional offer. Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting WILL receive a conditional or unconditional offer. Additional conditional or unconditional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. Applicants who receive an offer conditional on second sitting results will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects as an integral part of their conditional offer.
A-levels: AAB, including two science subjects. Normally have A-level Mathematics at B or above.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
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.