The course

UCAS code
GH46
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

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Overview

The BEng Computing and Electronics provides students with the essential grounding in the design and development of modern electronic systems. Increasingly, computers are networked together within organisations, nationally and internationally, offering access to vast amounts of information. The rapid development of electronic systems provides a background against which engineers are required to pioneer new developments, and to deliver systems that are robust, reliable and user friendly. As a result there is expected to be an intense demand for practitioners who are adept in working in the niche area referred to as firmware.

This is a joint course between the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

Our teaching philosophy

The philosophy behind all of our programmes is 'learning by doing'. Our programmes are designed to be practical and allow students to develop skills beyond traditional academic content. 

Students work on both individual and group projects from the third year onwards, providing them with valuable hands-on experience. The projects challenge you to solve a 'real life' problem – such as the project in which our students helped design an electronic egg to monitor penguin incubation.

Facilities

Heriot-Watt's new GRID will be the hub for all of our undergraduate project and laboratory work. This specially designed centre has innovative labs that exemplify our learning-by-doing approach, offering facilities for electronics, electrical power, computing, embedded systems, communications, robotics and mechanical prototyping. This will enable you to undertake a wide range of learning activities and to progressively develop your skills and knowledge throughout the degree programme.

GRID will also foster multi-disciplinary working and will provide you with experience of working in project teams, similar to being in the actual workplace. In addition, the facilities are available for students who want to work on their own projects either individually or as part of student societies. 

Heriot-Watt IEEE student chapter

The Heriot-Watt IEEE student branch is very active and organises events and activities for all EECE students, whilst encouraging students to join the IEEE.  A variety of academic and social events are held throughout the semester including industrial seminars and soft skills workshops to improve career opportunities. Find out more on the IEEE student chaper Facebook page.

Graduate destinations

Our Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates are highly employable and have progressed to careers in a wide range of industries, working for organisations such as Bosch, Rolls Royce, Leonardo, Mott MacDonald, BP and Texas Instruments. Explore our alumni profiles to find out more about electronic engineering graduate destinations.

 

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Technical competence is developed in high-level language programming, basic methods for software engineering, operation of a simple digital computer, concepts of circuit theory and the ability to develop simple digital and logic designs.

Year 2

Develops the Level 1 material in the topics of data structures and algorithm design, circuit analysis, signals, computer architecture, and internet communications.

Year 3

Teamwork, the issues faced by the qualified practitioner, specialist study of computation and information systems, and digital and communication systems are covered. A quarter of your time will be spent on a team-based product development project incorporating electronic, mechanical and computer aspects.

Year 4

As well as working on a thesis project, students choose from an extensive range of options including: Embedded Systems, Communications, Digital Signal Processing, Distributed Systems Programming, Mobile Communications and Programming, Robotics and Automation, 3D Modelling and Animation, Image Processing, and Network Applications. An individual project and dissertation offers opportunities to demonstrate practical skills, organisational ability and initiative in a major piece of firmware development.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BEng (Hons) Computing and Electronics students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 95% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £26000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £26000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Elementary occupations
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABB (MEng) or BBBBC (BEng)
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
  • HNC A in graded unit of relevant HNC with additional mathematics
  • Additional information The subjects studied must include Mathematics and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science. Applicants may be admitted with a range of alternative qualifications including BTEC.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB in Mathematics and Physics and AABB at Higher
  • A-Levels ABB with Mathematics and Physics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
  • HND AA in graded units of relevant HND with additional Mathematics
  • Additional information In all cases including Mathematics and Physics.

Year 3

  • Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • At the end of Level 3, students can apply to transfer to the MEng course.
  • Students with other qualifications, both from within the UK and overseas are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for clarification on any aspect of the admissions process.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.