The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type



Heriot-Watt Mechanical Engineering degrees are ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020. An industrial panel are involved to ensure the course content reflects the changing needs of industry and that our graduates have the knowledge and practical skills required to successfully gain employment.

Student teaching benefits from our strong industrial links, in particular the involvement of the industrial panel in the assessment of 4th year design projects, providing a realistic client scenario.

Programme Structure

The first two years of the degree provide a grounding in the core disciplines of mechanical engineering, which allows students to make an informed choice of the subsequent options in years 3 and 4. An individual project forms part of Year 4. Students can graduate at the end of year 4 with a BEng Mechanical Engineering, or progress to the MEng programme, if academic grades are suitable.


The University has invested £19m in the development of The Global Research Innovation and Discovery Centre (GRID). Students will benefit from the opportunities offered to teaching and learning by this new facility and the opportunities for working across disciplines. 


Mechanical Engineering offers an exciting environment where many skills are brought together to create innovative products and the infrastructure and technology for manufacture.

Mechanical Engineers play key roles in many sectors and are equipped for a variety of career paths including technical, managerial, financial and research roles. Graduates are employed in many industries ranging from aerospace to food and transport, manufacturing, energy and technology. Heriot-Watt graduates have progressed to working for organisations such as Mercedes, Babcock Marine, Mclaren, Shell UK, Halliburton and QinetiQ.


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 an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Student profile

Fiona Cervoni

I really enjoyed being able to apply the theoretical knowledge to the practical assignments in the labs. The lecturers are so supportive and their knowledge in their own fields is really inspiring.

Fiona Cervoni, Alumni, MEng Mechanical Engineering

Course content

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.


Managerial/professional position

  • 87% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


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


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

  • Engineering professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 
  • Highers AAAB (including Mathematics and Physics AB)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics and Physics BB)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM in Engineering
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Eng Mathematics 1 and Eng Mathematics 2)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics and Physics BB)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics and Physics BC)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers ABB (including Mathematics and Physics plus excellent Highers)
  • A-Levels AAB (including Mathematics and Physics)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 36 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 6)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Eng Mathematics 2 and Eng Mathematics 3)

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (in relevant HND, Eng Mathematics 3 and Eng Mathematics 4)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £19,400

* 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).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.