Engineers of the Future is a bespoke five-year company-sponsored programme aimed at talented students interested in a career in Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

It offers the unique opportunity to combine vocational training and an MEng degree with hands on industrial experience. Throughout the programme students are sponsored by one of the companies involved in the programme. This arrangement ensures that all tuition fees are paid and that the students receive a salary while studying.

Initially, students complete a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering and a Higher National Diploma at one of the college partners with the correct  material for progression to University study. In the third year of the programme students progress to study at Heriot-Watt University until the completion of the MEng after the fifth year. The vacation periods contain work placements at the sponsoring company and the integrated projects within the MEng are specific to the sponsoring company and may be undertaken either on-site or on-campus.

Number of places

Dependent on the requirement of the sponsoring companies.

Entrance requirements

The entrance requirements for this programme are the same as those for the relevant standard MEng (AABB at Highers, or equivalent). The following specialist subjects apply:

  • Mechanical Engineering: Mathematics and Physics (UCAS CODE: H302)
  • Chemical Engineering: Mathematics and Chemistry (UCAS CODE: H810)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Mathematics and Physics (UCAS CODE: H601)

Application process

Apply through UCAS to the relevant programme eg H302 / H810 / H601 and also contact the Heriot-Watt Engineers of the Future Programme Director to indicate that you wish to be considered for the programme.

No advanced entry is permitted on this programme. Selection Process: all applications for these programmes that meet, or are likely to meet, the academic requirements will be forwarded to the sponsoring companies. The sponsoring companies will shortlist and interview.

Those applications that are unsuccessful will be considered for a place on the relevant mainstream MEng programme.