• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Learn about the exciting world of electronics. You can learn to build and develop faster, smarter devices that people use every day.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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 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 possible 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) 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).

This course has given me a fantastic base of engineering knowledge which can be extended into many areas of research and industry. I have picked up crucial practical experience, all in an environment where students can develop into successful engineers.

Cameron Brown
Current Electronic Engineering student

This course is full of diverse and interesting modules. Over the past three years, I’ve learnt about Advanced Device Technology, Quantum Mechanics and Renewable Energy Technology all of which is giving me a broad set of skills suitable for the job market. And the lecturers are really inspiring and have encouraged me to reach my full potential.

Martin Main
Electronic Engineering & Physics, 4th year student

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred), plus AB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred).
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points.
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
Other Qualifications Appropriate accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) in discussion with School Admissions Tutor

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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.

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.

"Lecturers delivering the BEng Electronic Engineering course at Dundee are supportive, encouraging and genuinely interested in the subjects they teach, which provides a really positive learning environment. There is a good balance of theory, laboratory and project work, which set me up to begin working for a leading test and measurement company in the telecoms industry as soon as I graduated."

Andrea Maguire
Graduated 2016

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.


Adedeji Adeleke, graduated 2014

“Dundee teaches a broad range of topics, which helped me answer some tricky questions during job interviews! Now I am a graduate trainee at Babcock International I appreciate that what I learned in the BEng Electronic Engineering programme not only prepared me to think methodically in problem-solving, but also provided the knowledge base I need to find new solutions to real problems.”

Chris Gordon, graduated 2014

“It was important for me to find a job at the forefront of technology. The emphasis that Dundee has on teaching fundamental science in the BEng Electronic Engineering degree helped me secure a position with Fosstech AS, Norway, designing sensors and systems for application in extreme environments both onshore and offshore. The wide range of topics within the BEng in Electronic Engineering, in combination with helpful and experienced staff, gave me the best learning experience possible.”

Yasir Noori, graduated 2013

“I am currently studying for a PhD in Experimental Physics at Lancaster University. The BEng course in Electronic Engineering and Physics was an excellent foundation for my research in Quantum Computing and Communication. It equipped me with the knowledge and skills to design, simulate and fabricate circuits that exploit quantum phenomena, targeted for the next generation of computers and networks. I can also appreciate the relevance of my work to industry, enabling me to speak confidently to business leaders from IBM and BAE Systems. I would highly recommend my degree to those who are planning a career in R+D.”

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £19,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.
Rest of UK students Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.
Overseas students (non-EU) £20,950 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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  Degree UCAS Code
Apply NowElectronic Engineering BEng (Hons)H600
Apply NowElectronic Engineering & Physics BEng (Hons)HF63