Electrical and Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Course code H361

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering has been designed to meet the demand from employers for engineers who have a wide knowledge and skills base covering a range of engineering disciplines, including a sound understanding of relevant technologies and current industry practices.

On completion of the degree you will have acquired advanced levels of competence in engineering and technology, including mechanical, electrical, electronic and management skills, making you highly sought after in the job market.

The broad-based nature of this course will give you many of the necessary skills and competencies required by a range of industries, including the renewable energies sector.

You will also benefit from the strong links established with engineering companies across the Highlands and Islands and from the industry-related project work you will undertake.

Special features

  • You will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems to prospective employers
  • You will study emerging technology, making you highly employable for the future
  • You will also develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and interpersonal skills
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You can exit at each level with a valuable qualification

Entry requirements

Year 1 of this course is a relevant HNC, such as HNC Engineering Systems, with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2

 Advanced entry to year two:

  • Successful completion of a relevant 15 SQA credit HNC (such as the HNC Engineering Systems) with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year two entry on your application

Advanced entry to year three:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HND (such as the HND Engineering Systems) may allow advanced entry to year three. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year three entry on your application

Advanced entry to year four:

  • Successful completion of the BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, BEng Mechanical Engineering, or other equivalent ordinary degrees may allow advanced entry to year four. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year four entry on your application

    Year 1 - HNC

    Year 1 of this course is a relevant HNC, with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2, such as:

    Year 2 - DipHE

    You will study one of the following core modules:

    • Design and engineering skills 2 (SC)
    • Engineering skills 2 (SC)

    You will also study the following:

    • Core maths 2 (S1)
    • Electrical 2 (S2)
    • Engineering business skills 2 (SC)
    • Statics and dynamics 2 (S1)
    • Thermodynamics and fluids 2 (S2)

    Year 3 - BEng

    You will study two of the following core modules:

    • Engineering project 3 OR Project and management 1 (SC)
    • Electrical 3 OR Electronics 3 (S1)

    You will also study the following:

    • Control and instrumentation 3 (S2)
    • Electro-mechanical drives (S2)
    • Statics and dynamics (S1)

    and choose one from the following:

    • Assessment of the environmental impact of development
    • Conventional energy systems
    • Materials and manufacturing
    • Microcontrollers and digital electronics
    • Renewable energy generation

    Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

    You will study one of the following core modules:

    • Electrical 4 (S2)*
    • Electronics 4 (S1)*

    You will also study the following:

    • Design for quality and reliability (S1)
    • Engineering project 4 (SC)
    • Statics and dynamics 4 (S1)

    You will also choose one from the following:

    • Electrical 4 (S2)*
    • Electronics 4 (S1)*
    • Future energy systems (S1)
    • Thermodynamics and fluids 4 (S2)*
    • Wind energy (S2)

    *available to those who have already achieved level 3 in the same subject

    How will I study my course?

    • Full-time
    • Part-time (structured)
    • Part-time (unstructured)
    • This programme will be delivered through a unique blend of learning and teaching. A variety of media will be used to give an enriched and varied student experience, such as short video learning clips available to be played on computers and mobile devices at a time that suits you. These can be replayed as many times as needed. You will also access specialist staff learning sessions, using integrated e-learning software similar to Skype, and will have local staff face-to-face learning sessions for remedial, tutorial, practical and lab work

    How long will my course last?

    • Full-time: 4 years (HNC + DipHE + BEng + BEng (Hons))
    • Part-time (structured): 8 years (HNC + DipHE + BEng + BEng (Hons))

    Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll
    • Inverness
    • Moray
    • North, West and Hebrides - Stornoway; Thurso
    • Perth

    Start date

    • September


    Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


    UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

    Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, you will be ready to compete effectively for a range of jobs within the engineering sector such as:

    • Engineer in energy/renewable energy sector
    • Design/maintenance position in offshore industry
    • Design/maintenance position in manufacturing industries
    • Project engineer in a wide range of industries
    • Engineering manager in a wide range of industries

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    • Applications to this course are now closed for September 2023 entry. Applications for September 2024 will open in September 2023. Please revisit this page then to apply.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.