BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Program Description


This programme is aimed at those with a desire to study electronics, hardware system design or electrical technology.

It provides the theoretical basis and design methods for communications, computers, programming, software engineering, control and other electronic and electrical energy systems. Practical and organisational skills are encouraged through project, design and laboratory work and through presentations and management studies.

Graduates have the knowledge and skills to enter a career in a wide range of industries, including, but not limited to, power generation and transmission, building services, electronics and communications.

Why study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • Learn how many of the electronic devices we take for granted work.
  • Study a subject that lets you apply the principles of mathematics and physics to the real world.
  • Learn the skills that will put you in a position to move into management roles as a professional engineer.
  • Explore the exciting worlds of electronics, robotics, computing and power generation.
  • Whatever your final career path, developing the ability to apply quantitative methods to solving problems — the basis of engineering — will be an invaluable asset.

Course content

First Year

Develops the students’ knowledge of Mathematics and Physics. Introduces topics within Electrical and Electronic Engineering and their underlying principles. The fundamentals of computers, circuit theory, programming and software engineering are introduced as tools for today’s engineers. In the practical laboratories, students are exposed to efficient ways of working, experimentation and reporting of work.

Second Year

Analysis of electrical and electronic systems is taught in the second year and is backed up by laboratory exercises of a more investigative nature. Programming and software development are studied further. The design process is introduced through a set of analogue and digital project assignments. Direct entrants to the second year are offered bridging courses to revise essential material from the first year.

Third Year

The emphasis turns to design synthesis. Subjects such as Energy Systems, Power Electronics, Communications and Signal Processing are studied in a comparative manner from which emerge identities that help students to deepen their understanding of the subject. The process of innovation through team working is developed in small group projects that require an integrated combination of hardware and software to reach a design objective.

Fourth Year

Subjects in the fourth year cover the whole spectrum of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The courses offered include topics such as:

  • Embedded Systems
  • Systems-Level Integration
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Digital and Analogue Electronic Systems
  • Computer and Internet Engineering
  • Mobile and Digital Communications
  • Control; Microwave and Photonic Techniques
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Real-Time Systems
  • High Voltage Engineering.

In addition, each student will undertake an individual project culminating in a dissertation and presentation.


Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates work in many sectors, including power production and transmission, transportation, building services, utilities, electronics, computing and communications. Most modern systems rely on electric power and electronic control, and this is reflected in the opportunities available to electrical and electronic engineers. Many engineers move into management positions where their numeracy and problem-solving skills are valued.

Application deadline

Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.

Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).

Last updated Sep 2019

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Pioneering British education in Dubai, with highly acclaimed degree programmes that meet the specific demands of local business and industry.

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