BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Energy Engineering

The course

UCAS code
HH3V
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Four-year Mechanical Engineering degree with specialist focus on energy engineering. Heriot-Watt is ranked top 10 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering by The Times and Sunday Times, The Guardian and the Complete University Guide League Tables 2021.

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Overview

Modern challenges require new and advanced technical solutions, and mechanical engineers are vital to achieving those solutions. It is the technical development of the world that drives us forward.  

By studying our four-year degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Engineering you can gain the skills to tackle challenging professional tasks associated with energy provision and utilisation.

You will learn to take responsibility for decision-making in areas related to energy and the environment. Building on a sound engineering foundation, you will be introduced to specialist energy topics as well as environmental impact assessment and management.

Rankings

Heriot-Watt University was ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering by the Guardian University Guide 2020.  

We have also been ranked top 10 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering by the Complete University Guide 2021, the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, and the Guardian University League Tables 2021.

Mechanical Engineering and sustainability

Mechanical Engineers will help us to progress towards a more sustainable future with solutions for cleaner energy sources and improved efficiency.  

For example, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, which are key to mechanical engineering, underpin the turbines used in generating electricity from geothermal or nuclear sources as well as the heat pumps which could replace gas boilers in homes across the UK as a more efficient alternative. Other developments gained through mechanical engineering will increase the efficiency and performance of aircraft and transport, and improve medical engineering and nanotechnology.

Industrial links

Our industrial connections form the backbone of our degree. We work closely with an Industrial Advisory Board, a panel of engineers and business leaders, to ensure that our course content reflects the needs of industry and employers to provide graduates with the right blend of knowledge, practical skills, and soft skills.

This collaboration allows the curriculum to be regularly updated to include emerging technological needs. A recent example being the inclusion of the optional biomedical engineering course offered in Years 4 and 5.

The Industrial Advisory Board also plays a direct role in Year 4 when they challenge our students to come up with practical engineering solution for a problem impacting their organisation. Students present their design project to the industrial panel who asses the work as clients would, providing professional feedback and advice.  

Facilities

The University has recently invested £19m in the development of The Global Research Innovation and Discovery Centre (GRID) on our Edinburgh campus. The mechanical engineering discipline is one of the major stakeholders in this new building, utilising it to provide students with lab-based practical activities. Students have the chance to use the ‘Makers space’ with 3D printers and a laser cutter to rapidly prototype their own designs. In addition, our extensive teaching and research labs facilitate work in areas such as dynamics, materials engineering, and fluid mechanics.  

Careers

Mechanical Engineering offers an exciting environment where many skills are brought together to create innovative products and the infrastructure and technology for manufacture. Recent Heriot-Watt graduates have progressed to working for organisations such as Mercedes, Babcock Marine, Mclaren, Shell UK, Halliburton and QinetiQ.

As a mechanical engineer, you will deal with the design, development, optimisation, and operation of mechanical parts and systems. All industrial sectors value mechanical engineers, including manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace, and automotive, as well as emerging areas such as energy and renewable energy, medical engineering, and nanotechnology.

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.

Accredited by the Energy Institute

Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Mechanics, Fields and Forces
  • Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering in Context 1
  • Mathematics for Engineering and Scientists 1

Semester 2

  • Waves and Matter
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering in Context 2
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Design and Manufacture 2
  • Fluid Mechanics A
  • Mechanics of Materials A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3

Semester 2

  • Electrical Power and Machines
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 4

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Business Awareness, Safety and Sustainability 
  • Design and Manufacture 3
  • Fluid Mechanics B
  • Mechanics of Materials B

Semester 2

  • Design and Manufacture 4
  • Energy Studies
  • Vibration Analysis & Control Engineering
  • Thermodynamics B

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Engineering Design
  • Project 1
  • Heat Exchangers and Heat Transfer
  • Introduction to Petroleum Engineering

Semester 2

  • Engineering Manufacture
  • Project 2
  • Advanced Thermodynamic Applications
  • Option: Fluids 2 or Dynamics 2

 

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Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 

  • Highers AABB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at A and other at least B)
  • A-Levels BBC - ABB (including Mathematics and Physics BB)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DMM in Engineering
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Eng Mathematics 1 and Eng Mathematics 2)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including B in Mathematics and B in either Physics or Engineering Science)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics and Physics with one at B)

* 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 AB (including Mathematics and Physics plus Highers at AABB)
  • A-Levels AAB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at A)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 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.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland** International***
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £20,584

* 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.

** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland 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).

*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

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 2021

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:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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