MEng Mechanical Engineering


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The course

UCAS code
5 years
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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 options in the following years. 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 5-year MEng degree is the standard route towards Chartered Engineering professional qualification.


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 a Chartered Engineer.



Students on this degree can follow a specialist route combining the study of mechanical engineering and energy engineering through the choice of specific optional courses.

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


Mechanical Engineering with Energy Engineering
By choosing optional courses, you can gain the skills to tackle innovative and 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.


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.

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.

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Work and study

This is what our MEng Mechanical Engineering students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 85% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

In highly skilled work

  • 80% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £28000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £28000


These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Business and public service associate 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 2021 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland** International***
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £19,792

* 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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.