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Electronic Engineering

BEng (Hons)

Electronics has literally transformed the world in recent years; Electronic Engineers are developing smarter, faster devices and information processing systems of amazing complexity.

At Dundee our staff have contributed much to the advancement of engineering on the international stage, with a strong electronics research presence in key technology fields such as renewable energy, biomedical engineering, nano-electronics and laser/wireless communications. Undergraduates have the chance to be involved in this research from their second year.

Why study Electronic Engineering at Dundee?

At Dundee our degrees emphasise real-life engineering practice and research methodology through extensive practical projects chosen to match your career objectives.

The Electronic Engineering programme enables students to specialise in three main areas, depending on choice of final year modules: Nanoelectronics, Internet Communications, and Renewable Energy Systems. Students possessing these skills are much sought-after by industry. Those studying Electronic Engineering and Physics take additional core physics modules and thus are ideally prepared for a career as a research scientist/engineer.

Because the BEng Electronic Engineering and BEng Electronic Engineering and Physics programmes have a common core, it is posssible to swap between programmes until the end of Level 2, as new interests develop and it becomes clearer to you what sort of professional career you intend to follow.

Professional Accreditation

Our Honours degrees are accredited to BEng level by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (pending re-accreditation in 2013) which means that the IET has checked and approved the standards of the teaching, the assessment, the laboratories and the staff. When you have graduated and commenced your career, an accredited Honours degree is the first requirement for gaining professional registration with the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Alistair Martin, from Stirling, graduated in 2010. "The best things about my course - project work each year, whether it was a small scale personal project or a larger scale group project, being involved with students from all aspects of engineering was very beneficial as it developed numerous new skills, and working on a summer research project in one of the labs which then led on to my honours project, a great opportunity as well as being very rewarding."

Degree Combinations

  • BEng Electronic Engineering
  • BEng Electronic Engineering & Physics

Teaching & Assessment

The Electronic Engineering degrees are taught by staff from the Division of Electronic Engineering, Physics and Renewable Energy within the School of Engineering, Physics & Mathematics.

How you will be taught

Our teaching uses enhanced resources in the form of state-of-the-art laboratories and expertise in semiconductor devices, microelectronics, micro engineering, computeraided electronic circuit design, optoelectronics and analytical electron microscopy.

Most teaching takes place in small groups with easy access to staff and a personal approach to lectures, tutorials, and practical work. Guidance is available to you throughout your programme of study to ensure that you make good progress.

What you will study

BEng Honours Degree

A BEng honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Degree without Honours

If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3 below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 for the BEng or 2-5 for the MEng. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Direct entry to Level 3 of the BEng is also possible if you have previously studied Electronic & Electrical Engineering or a related subject in further or higher educational establishments.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

All degree combinations share a common set of modules to establish a good understanding of the foundation subjects upon which the later years of the degrees depend:

  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Engineering project I and II
  • Engineering mathematics I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
Level 2

The modules in level two are also common across degrees, and are more focused:

  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Electromagnetism and Circuits
  • Engineering Software and Design
  • Applied Mathematics and Optics
  • Programming applications
  • Mathematics for Engineers
Level 3

The range of subjects studied in the modules taken at Level 3 is broadened:

  • Analogue systems
  • Advanced programming techniques
  • Networks and Data Communications
  • Control engineering
  • Digital systems
  • Mathematical methods
  • Solid state physics
  • Electromagnetism
Level 4

All students undertake an individual project, plus six modules from a choice of a list of around twelve choices. These modules cover many of the modern topics required by a practising electronics engineer. Your project will be based with a research group or industrial partner.

The current module list includes:

  • Thermal Physics
  • CMOS microelectronics
  • Internet programming
  • Space Systems
  • Control engineering
  • Image systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Robotics
  • Individual Electronics project
  • Renewable Energy Systems

Previous projects have included:

  • an interactive image system for the diagnosis of sight defects in children
  • robot automation of NCR ATM reliability tests
  • graphical user interface for camera control.

How you will be assessed

A variety of assessment methods is used, so in some cases we will ask you to submit coursework and laboratory reports, in others you will take examinations, and sometimes we will simply ask you to discuss what you have achieved.


The electronic engineering industry is one of the largest in the world and offers a wide variety of employment opportunities. It is a major high technology industry in the UK with a significant demand for graduates with specialist skills.

Furthermore, our graduates can work confidently in any career in which a sound ability in mathematics, computing or administrative organisation is required, on top of their skills in electronic engineering.

So apart from the mainstream commercial activities of circuit and systems design, of semiconductors and communications, our graduates also take up careers in financial management, broadcasting, with the civil service, and with the police and armed services.

A Dundee engineering degree opens the door to a surprisingly wide range of career opportunities.

Heather MacNeill from Belfast graduated with a BEngs in 2010. She is now working as a graduate hardware engineer with American Dynamics, she says "My final year thesis probably provided me with the best learning experience. I was part of a biomedical laser research team working with tunable External Cavity Diode Lasers. As you can imagine, it required a lot of background reading, but in return I learned a lot about lasers, gained practical experience in a lab and worked with some of the best minds around."

Alistair Martin graduated with a BEng (Hons) in 2010, and now works for a world wide defence electronics company on their graduate development programme. "Having a broad skillset was very helpful in finding an international company as it means I can move jobs within the same company if I wish", he says.

Innes Murray graduated in 2012 and is working for Nexus as a Project Manager, delivering the modernisation of the Newcastle Metro system.

Entry Requirements

The following are the typical requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

Level 1 entry

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
IB Diploma 32 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects BEng: Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject (at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) and AB (Higher) in different subjects
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects BEng: Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level)

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade

A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points (Level 2 entry)
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics Engineering 2 (Level 2 entry)

Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Distinction with AB (MEng) at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Programme Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)

A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC National Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)

Advanced Diploma BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate BEng - Pass with A levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
BEng - Pass with A levels at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
Irish Ordinary Degree BEng - Overall Merit at 60% (Level 3 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK BEng/BSc - £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
MEng/MSci - £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 4 years, even if you are studying a five year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,250 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)


IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

To qualify entrants must:

  • Have achieved 3 A grades at A-level, 3 A grade Advanced Highers or 5 A grade Highers
  • Be embarking on the first year of the BEng Electronic Engineering degree
  • Be a UK resident
  • Not be in receipt of another IET scholarship or IET grant.

The application process will open in January 2014, please check the IET website for details.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes
BEng Electronic Engineering H600
BEng Electronic Engineering & Physics HF63

UCAS Application Process

What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

  • We are looking for you to demonstrate enthusiasm for Electronic Engineering in your personal statement. Tell us why you are attracted to the subject, what particular aspects interest you, what you have heard or read about it that you find exciting.
  • Do you have any engineering hobbies? Belong to any clubs where science or engineering feature strongly? Maybe you have worked as part of a group in a project at school, or you have collaborated with others for part of a Duke of Edinburgh award.
  • Good engineers tend to be careful planners, clear thinkers and able to get a rapid but accurate grasp on a problem. Are you able to extract the essential elements of a problem and come up with realistic solutions?
  • If you have worked in an engineering or industrial environment, for work experience, as a holiday job, or full-time, we would be interested to know. What did you learn on the job?
  • What science or engineering-based TV programmes do you like, and why? How do you think Electronics might progress in the future?
  • Tell us about how you relax - hobbies, sports, reading, socialising... Success as a student depends very much on a healthy work-life balance - how do you achieve this now, and how will you do so against the demands made on your time as a full-time university student?
  • How do you see your career progressing after you graduate? How do you believe our degree programmes will help you achieve your aims and ambitions?
  • We offer a wide range of entry levels to our programmes, and will always give due consideration to non-standard qualifications.

Tips for your application

  • In the early years of study it is usually easy to transfer from one Electronic Engineering programme to another; therefore, you should apply for only one programme.
  • If you are unsure about which programme you would like to follow, then you are advised to apply in the first instance for the MEng in Electronic Engineering. Subject to progress in the first two years, some students may be required to transfer to the BEng.
  • We'll be looking to see that your personal statement explains your interest in the subject, that you are well-motivated and possess the necessary attributes to make progress on the programmes we offer, and how you believe the course is appropriate to your future plans.
  • Referees should note that the reference is used as the basis for the assessment of academic performance, and as support for the personal statement. Assessors will consider the accuracy and consistency of the predicted grades in the light of previous academic achievement (taking into account reasons why this is not the case), evidence of effort and a positive attitude towards studies, and if there are any specific educational or other special circumstances.

International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

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