Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering is a vocational course, highly relevant to industry. It is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to make a career as a mechanical engineer in the a wide range of industries.

The degree is applications-based using industry-related software, it includes laboratory-based investigations and case studies that will provide you with the specialist mechanical knowledge and broad engineering education to turn your qualification into a lifelong career.

The BEng is designed to be accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council at the level of Incorporated Engineer (IEng).


Special features

  • You will use applications-based software to solve challenges
  • You will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems
  • You will develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and interpersonal skills
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal or professional circumstances
  • You can exit at each level with a valuable qualification

Entry requirements

Year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above Or
  • 2 A levels at grade CC or above
  • You must have a Higher or A level Maths at grade C or above And National 5 Physics or Engineering Science and English at grade C or GSCE Physics and English at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Applicants with other qualifications including relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered in an individual basis.

 Direct entry to year three requirements:

  • Completion of a relevant HND eg HND Engineering Systems or HND Mechanical Engineering may allow advanced entry to year three of the degree. For 2017 entry, you will study the modules from our ordinary degree, see the course content tab for details.

 Direct entry to year four requirements:

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering, BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering or equivalent ordinary engineering degree. See content tab for details, you will exit with the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering. Please use the Apply tab to make your applications, indicating year four entry.

Access routes

  • Successful completion of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) Access to engineering or Access to physical science from Edinburgh College, including Maths Unit 2 D332 12 and Maths Unit 3 D323 12
  • Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Science for Engineers 1
  • Electrical and Electronics 1
  • Practical skills 1
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1
  • Statics and Dynamics 1
  • Maths for IEng engineers 1

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

  • Project and project management 3 Or Work-based Initiative 3
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems Analysis 3 or Conventional Energy Systems
  • Statics and Dynamics 3
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 3
  • Control and Instrumentation 3
  • Business and professional skills 3

For 2017 direct entry to year 3, the modules are:

  • Project and management
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Mechanical Engineering Applications
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems Analysis
  • Renewable Energy Generation

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Practical skills 2
  • Statics and Dynamics 2
  • Electrical 2 or Electronics 2
  • Maths for IEng engineers 2
  • Project and project management
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 2

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Project and project management 4
  • Statics and Dynamics 4
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 4
  • Safety and reliability  4engineering

You will also choose an option module which may include:

  • Wind Energy 4
  • Marine Energy 4
  • Control and Instrumentation 4

For 2017 direct entry to year four and for the award of BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering, the modules are:

  • Engineering Project and Project Management
  • Design for Quality and Reliability
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Marine Energy
  • Wind Energy

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, practical work, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors from across the university network.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 4 years 
  • Part Time (structured): 8 years 

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2016-17 and 2017-18).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,000 £11,550
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,520 £5,775
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,840 £1,925

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, you will be ready to compete effectively within the employment market in a range the engineering industries such as transport engineering; offshore engineering; renewable energy; energy; manufacturing; and oil and gas in jobs such as:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Project manager - mechanical systems/renewable energy
  • Project development - mechanical systems/renewable energy

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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