Electronic and software engineering combines the study of hardware and software and applies it to the field of computer science and electrical engineering. It will give you the knowledge required to lead teams that will design and build the computerised systems of the future.
Our graduates are highly employable and can look forward to well-paid careers designing and building the digital technologies that underpin the global economy and, indeed, every aspect of human activity from healthcare through music to making the natural environment sustainable.
Why study Electronic & Software Engineering?
- Electronics and Electrical Engineering is ranked first in Scotland and sixth in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021)
- Electronics and Software Engineering graduates will be recognised by Institution of Engineering and Technology
- Between years 3 and 4 you will undertake a work placement in industry, either in the UK or overseas
Engineering at Glasgow
James Watt School of Engineering
We have been delivering world-class engineering education and research for more than 150 years and are the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
We offer an exciting range of undergraduate degree programmes that include not only the core engineering disciplines (Aeronautics, Civil, Electronics & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) but also unique specialist degree programmes, such as Biomedical Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Electronics with Music and Civil Engineering with Architecture.
Our engineering societies
The James Watt School of Engineering is home to a number of lively societies.
Glasgow University Engineering Society
Throughout the year this society hosts a variety of events from social meetups to industry and career building events. All students are encouraged to attend these as they provide unique opportunities: whether it be a fun night out with fellow engineers of all disciplines, or a chance to talk to practicing engineers in a familiar and comfortable environment. The society provides a chance for our students to relax during the busy semesters alongside fellow students.
The Female Engineering Society (FemEng)
FemEng is a network formed within the Glasgow University Engineering Society, with the sole aim of bringing the women in the James Watt School of Engineering together. In connection with pre-existing organisations such as Interconnect (Equate), WES and Athena Swan, FemEng has established strong links with industry and academics alike. The society holds events which are tailored to suit the women that attend them, FemEng helps to encourage the minority. Cocktail nights, bake-offs, talks from inspirational women and the opportunity to engage in overseas projects are just some examples of what to expect from being a part of this rapidly growing society.
Engineers without Borders (EWB)
EWB UK is an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. EWB programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about engineering’s role in poverty alleviation. By taking part in our activities, our members are making a difference to people’s lives around the world. GUEWB is one of the charity’s branches in universities throughout the UK.
Each year the James Watt School of Engineering participates in the highly renowned, ten-month long “Formula Student” programme. Run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), this is an exciting and unique chance for students from across our engineering disciplines to join forces to construct a single-seat racing car.
The design and build culminates in a race at the world-famous Silverstone track, against more than 300 teams from across the globe. The competition nurtures students’ management, marketing and technical skills as well as offering specialised engineering and motorsport industry experience. The school recognises the substantial value of this activity and provides considerable technical and financial support for it.
The School of Engineering’s Industrial Scholarship Scheme
Taking advantage of our strong links with industry, the James Watt School of Engineering has launched an exclusive new scholarship scheme.
The University of Glasgow Engineering Scholarship Scheme offers top performing students the opportunity to gain significant paid work experience and an annual bursary of £1,600 whilst undertaking their degree. This gives our students a fantastic start to a future career before graduating. Amey, Leonardo and Mott Macdonald are some of the big industry names currently signed up to this rapidly expanding scheme.
The scholarship is open to University of Glasgow James Watt School of Engineering undergraduates who attain a GPA of 15 or more at the end of their second year. For more information:
You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng, BSc or MEng degree programme. Both embed creativity to develop world changing engineers.
- COMPUTING SCIENCE 1P (STANDARD ROUTE)
- COMPUTING SCIENCE 1F - COMPUTING FUNDAMENTALS
- COMPUTING SCIENCE - 1S SYSTEMS
- COMPUTING SCIENCE - 1CT INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
- COMPUTING SCIENCE 1PX (ALTERNATE ROUTE)
- ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING 1X
- ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING 1Y
- ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS 1
You will study core courses in electronics & electrical engineering, mathematics and computing science. In engineering, you will develop key skills in design, simulation and testing analogue and digital circuits in the laboratory. In computing science you will develop computer problem-solving skills applicable in any programming language.
- JAVA PROGRAMMING 2
- OBJECT-ORIENTED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING 2
- ALGORITHMS & DATA STRUCTURES 2
- NETWORKS AND OPERATING SYSTEMS ESSENTIALS 2
- WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT 2
- DIGITAL ELECTRONICS 2
- ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS 2
- ANALOGUE ELECTRONICS 2
- EMBEDDED PROCESSORS 2
- ELECTRONIC DESIGN PROJECT 2
- ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS 2
- SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING (H)
- NETWORKED SYSTEMS (H)
- OPERATING SYSTEMS (H)
- PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (H)
- COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS 3
- CONTROL 3
- ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN 3
- REAL TIME COMPUTER SYSTEMS 3
- DIGITAL CIRCUIT DESIGN 3 or SIMULATION OF ENGINEERING SYSTEMS 3
- TEAM PROJECT ESE (H)
- SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SUMMER PLACEMENT (H)
In 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 & electrical engineering (including VLSI design and robotics) and half from computing science (including artificial intelligence, software engineering processes and network communications). You will study 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.
MEng students can take part in an integrated system design project, working in multidisciplinary teams. In fifth year a six-month project, normally undertaken abroad, is followed by further advanced technical subjects.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies; see Study abroad.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Electronic & Software Engineering
SQA Higher Entry Requirements
- BSc/BEng: AABB at S5 will be considered Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAA at Higher (B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher).
- MEng: AAAB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAAA at Higher (B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher).
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- BSc/BEng: AABB
- Additional requirements: Higher Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- BSc/BEng: AAB – BBB
- MEng: AAA – ABB
- Additional requirements: A-level Mathematics and Physics or Technology and Design.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- BSc/BEng: 36 (6, 6, 5 HL) – 32 (6, 5, 5 HL)
- MEng: 38 (6, 6, 6 HL) – 34 (6, 5, 5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL Mathematics and Physics or Design Technology (SL can be accepted for either Mathematics or Physics/Design Technology).
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* 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.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
Previous graduates have found employment in a wide range of industries, such as software houses, electronics companies and commercial institutions, including Agilent, ARM, BMW, Ion Torrents, Thales and Wolfson Microelectronics, among many others.
Accreditation is being sought for this programme.
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 students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
College of Science and Engineering Deans' Award
The College of Science and Engineering is offering ten scholarships worth £10,000 each towards tuition fees for academically excellent students wishing to study an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught programme within the College’s programme portfolio.
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2021 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.
RUK Access Bursary
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.
RUK Excellence Scholarship
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).
James McCune Smith Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.
Undergraduate Talent Scholarships
The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.
Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.
The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.
We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also 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
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students to certain areas only)
More information about this programme
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Subject league tables
UK top 15: Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide [Electrical & Electronic Engineering]