Mechanical Engineering

Our Mechanical Engineering courses are ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and 2nd in Scotland by the 2018 National Student Survey.

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Modern society has a high demand for Mechanical Engineers as they play key roles in all industrial sectors ranging from aerospace, oil and gas, through food and transport to manufacturing, chemical and the entertainment industries. The field of energy production, where the long-term supply of energy continues to be an issue of major technical and political importance, is also a key area requiring graduates with the necessary skills and expertise.

This demand means high quality graduates have excellent career prospects and at Heriot-Watt we have a very good track record of graduate employment.

Skills gained:

  • technical expertise and practical experience
  • technical design
  • problem formulation and analysis
  • computer skills through the use of generic and specialised IT packages
  • communication and information reporting
  • team working through group projects.

Our flexible approach means transfers are usually possible in Years 1 and 2.

Teaching and assessment

Learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • tutorial classes and mentor sessions
  • workshop and laboratory activities
  • group and individual projects.

Assessment is by examination, coursework and presentations, the balance being appropriate to the different teaching methods used in the courses.

Professional recognition and exemptions

Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Energy, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Industrial placements/work experience

Students wishing to obtain a Diploma in Industrial Training (DIT) linked to their degree will be assisted to find suitable 10-month placement, possibly abroad, which will take place before the final year of their course.

Heriot-Watt Formula Student Team

Formula Student is a competition involving the design and construction of a racing car to strict specifications which is raced against other university teams' cars. The Heriot-Watt Formula Student Team has been involved in this competition for a number of years, competing against universities from all over the world. Taking part enables undergraduate engineers to gain relevant practical experience and many employers hold participation in the competition in high regard.

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