The course

UCAS code
H301
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Mechanical Engineering offers an exciting environment where many skills are brought together to create innovative products and the infrastructure and technology for manufacture. The first two Levels provide a grounding in the core disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, which allows students to make an informed choice of the subsequent options. An individual project forms part of Year 4.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Emphasis is on developing basic mathematical, scientific and communication skills. Topics include Mechanical Engineering Science, Physics, Introduction to Electrical Engineering, Programming and Foundation Mathematics.

Year 2

Subjects include Strength of Materials; Machine Dynamics; Applied Thermodynamics; Fluid Dynamics; Materials Engineering; Design and Manufacture; Control Engineering; and Instrumentation.

Year 3

Subjects include Strength of Materials; Machine Dynamics; Applied Thermodynamics; Fluid Dynamics; Materials Engineering; Design and Manufacture; Control Engineering; and Instrumentation.

Year 4

Students choose specialist subjects from Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Strength of Materials and Machine Dynamics. Mandatory courses include a year-long individual project plus Engineering Design and Manufacture that includes an industrial project. Other options such as Petroleum Engineering and Automotive Technologies are available.

Year 5

Students may register from Level 1. Entry is offered to those whose performance at the end of Level 3 places them in the upper part of the class. Students study multi-disciplinary topics in Engineering and undertake a group project.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MEng Mechanical Engineering students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 95% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £26000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Architects, town planners and surveyors
  • Media professionals
  • Protective service occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
  • Additional information The subjects studied must include Mathematics and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science. A qualification in Chemistry is also an advantage.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers ABB
  • A-Levels AAB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BBB in Adv. Higher Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.
  • Additional information The subjects studied must include Mathematics and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.