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Electrical Engineering (Partnership College route)

Key information

This alternative route to the BEng/MEng Electrical Engineering is delivered in partnership with Forth Valley College. Students complete an HND Electrical Engineering, which enables direct entry to Year 3 at Heriot-Watt University.

UCAS code
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Non Graduating
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

BEng (hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering provides you with a broad-based education in the subject, and develops your critical understanding of the core theories, principles and concepts relating to the use of engineering and computer technology. You’ll integrate engineering principles with the knowledge and understanding of mathematics, science, and management to adopt a holistic approach to solve current and emerging electrical engineering problems.  

The undergraduate programme will make you aware of the range of functions a qualified engineer can fulfil, whilst exploring industry-specific design techniques and software packages. You’ll analyse economic and commercial aspects of business, and develop the skills to create solutions to the current and emerging general and specialist problems in electrical engineering. 

During your studies, you will apply our ‘learning by doing’ philosophy by practically developing your skills beyond traditional academic content. You’ll work on both individual and group projects from third year onwards, gaining 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. You will be taught how to use industry-standard equipment and facilities, and will be supported and encouraged by staff to use the equipment to further your studies, innovate creative engineering solutions in your personal time, and apply your knowledge to relevant socities and extracurricular team competitions, including CanSat, and Formula Student.  

Upon completion of the programme, you will develop the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required by industry, making you highly employable and sought after by electrical engineering companies world-wide.   

Your student experience

Your learning will be informed by the expertise of our research-active robotics and electrical and electronic engineers and academics.  

96% of Heriot-Watt University’s engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh. 

Our BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering draws upon the world class research carried out by Heriot-Watt as part of the Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems (ISSS). The ISSS is one of five Research Institutes forming the research infrastructure of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS). The ISSS has expertise in the fields of signal and image processing, novel manufacturing technologies, microsystems, microwave engineering, mobile communications systems, and autonomous systems. 

You will also benefit from the work completed by the on-campus National Robotarium. The multimillion-pound UK innovation hub for robotics and autonomous systems has been built in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and delivers leading research and support for business creation and growth. The presence of the National Robotarium provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills at the forefront of robotics and AI.  

The research relevance of this undergraduate programme ensures your studies remain cutting-edge and industry focused. 

Go Global

There are currently no Go Global opportunities for this particular programme. However, other Go Global opportunities may be available. Please contact for more information.

Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Students complete the first two years of the programme at Forth Valley College.

Mandatory September

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Mandatory January

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Years 1 and 2 of this special partnership programme are taken at Forth Valley College. See Forth Valley College for more information.

One of the following:

  • Two highers at grade B and one at grade C or equivalent (to include Maths and a science or technology subject)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering plus two further Highers at BB or BC to include Physics and Maths
  • NC in Engineering Level 6

    Additional Requirements:
  • Please note that selection will be made via successful interview and group task.

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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