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.

You will also undertake an engineering project, which will showcase your skills and knowledge in solving an industry-related problem to prospective employers.

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
  • 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. The honours year is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will provide you with the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 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

Subjects may include:

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

Year 3 - BEng

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 3 Or Work-based Initiative 3
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems Analysis 3 Or Conventional Energy Systems 3
  • Statics and Dynamics 3
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 3
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Business and Professional Skills 3

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

  • Management for Engineers
  • Industrial Project
  • Mechanical 1

Options include:

  • Engineering Design Applications
  • Energy Studies
  • Industrial Plant Applications
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Applied Maths for Engineers

Year 2 - DipHE

Subjects may include:

  • Practical Skills 2
  • Statics and Dynamics 2
  • Electrical 2 or Electronics 2
  • Maths for IEng 2
  • Project and Project Management 2
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 2

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Subjects may include:

  • Project and Project Management 4
  • Statics and Dynamics 4
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 4
  • Safety and Reliability Engineering 4

You will also complete an elective 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
  • Safety & Reliability Engineering
  • 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 face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, practical work, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

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

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time)

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
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £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:

  Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours 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).

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
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,520
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,840

***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
  • Supervisor
  • Inspector
  • Planner
  • Technical writer
  • Safety system manager
  • Quality assurance engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Supply chain management
  • Modification and repair designer

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 Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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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