The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



Electrical power and energy is vital in today’s society and particularly with the push for renewables there is a need for engineers and scientists with the skills in advanced electrical technologies. Electrical power and energy involves generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy reliably and efficiently to meet consumer demands. New environmentally friendly and sustainable sources of electricity such as wind farms, wave farms, bio-mass generators and other novel technologies are being explored and implemented. Students will study these aspects, and will have access to one of the few remaining high-voltage laboratories in the UK.

One of the unique features of the MEng in Electrical Power and Energy is a six-month industrial placement starting in the summer between Levels 4 and 5 which runs until the end of the first semester in Level 5

Course content

Detailed course guide
Year 1

Circuit Theory, Electronic Design, Mathematics, Computer Programming and Digital Design form the core subjects. In addition students choose an elective option from a list of relevant subjects.

Year 2

Further study of Electronic Design, Digital Design, Embedded Programming and Mathematics is complemented by introductions to Signals and Electromechanical Systems supported by appropriate laboratory and project work.

Year 3

The emphasis of the subject material turns in particular to electrical power and energy with Electrical Energy Systems, Energy Studies and a semester-long energy-based project. This is supported by courses in Physical Electronics and Semiconductors, Analogue Electronics, Signal Analysis and Engineering Mathematics.

Year 4

The students work on a year-long project linked with industry or an academic research group. In addition the following taught courses are taken: Electrical Power Systems, High-Voltage Engineering and Advanced Analogue Electronics.

Year 5

The summer and the first semester form the industrial placement. During the second semester students undertake Renewable Generation and Conversion, Distributed Generation, Demand Management and Energy Storage, and Advanced Reading courses.

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 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


Tuition fees for 2018 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).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance 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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.