MEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering (Heriot-Watt)

Electrical engineering is a very diverse subject and offers huge job opportunities in variety of engineering sectors.

This programme combines the HND Electrical Engineering programme based at Forth Valley College’s new state-of-the-art Falkirk Campus with guaranteed progression to Heriot-Watt University.

Topics focus on a wide range of core skills and engineering skills in electrical and electronics engineering. This is the first step towards a dynamic and rewarding career in electrical engineering.

Year one and two – Falkirk Campus
Year three, four and five – Heriot-Watt University

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. 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research
96% of Heriot-Watt University’s engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us first in Scotland and third in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh.

"The college partnership programmes are a fantastic opportunity which open many doors. You'll receive extensive support throughout your studies from Academic and Professional staff, enabling you to make the most of your time at Heriot-Watt. I worked with the careers service on my CV, and with their help I secured an internship last summer. If you are thinking of applying to Heriot-Watt through the college partnership opportunities, I highly recommend it."

- Lukasz Szmulkiewicz, College Partnership Student

If you would like to apply for the Partnership Degree course, you can request to be sent a link to our custom built direct application form, rather than completing a UCAS application form. We can offer assistance in completing the form. If you would prefer this option, please email the University of Stirling at requesting the link to the direct form and advising which course you wish to apply for. 

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact Forth Valley College’s University Partnership Engagement Officer, Sarah McCormick:

Year One and Two (Forth Valley College)

  • Transformers
  • Power Systems
  • Electrical Motor Drive 
  • Electrical Machine Principles
  • Power Electronics
  • Transmission Lines and Complex Waves
  • Digital Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Electrical Installation Skills
  • Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development
  • Programmable Logical Controllers
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Electrical Standby Systems
  • Utilisation of Electrical Energy in Buildings
  • Engineering Maths

Year Three (Heriot-Watt University)

Students transfer into the third year of the degree at Heriot-Watt and the subjects studied include:

  • Energy Systems
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Physical Electronics
  • Communications
  • A quarter of the year is spent working on a large team-based project, incorporating Digital and Software Design, Mechanics and Management

Year Four (Heriot-Watt University)

Students work on an individual honours project and select taught topics from a list that includes:

  • Embedded Systems
  • Sustainable Energy and Power Systems
  • Communications
  • Image Processing
  • RF Communications
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Microwave Techniques

  • Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer

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.

For further information, please visit the Heriot-Watt webpage here.

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as: the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Falkirk Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

End date

06 June 2025

SCQF Level

Level 8