Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H301

What is special about this course?

Mechanical Engineering is a highly relevant field involving products that affect our lives in countless ways, from the systems that maintain a flow of water to the faucet in your kitchen sink, to the spacecrafts that launch astronauts and satellites to far-flung parts of the solar system.

This program of study is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge required to build a career as an engineer in a wide range of fields, including automotive, energy and aerospace, among others.

The degree is application-based, using industry-related software, and includes laboratory-based investigations as well as examining industry-based case studies that will provide you with the specialist mechanical knowledge and broad engineering education to turn your qualification into a lifelong career. You will also undertake an engineering project, which will showcase your skills and knowledge to prospective employers by solving an industry-related problem.

Special features

  • You will use applications-based software to solve challenges
  • You will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems
  • You will develop relevant key employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal or professional circumstances
  • You can exit at each level with a valuable qualification
     

Entry requirements

Entry to year one, HNC Engineering Systems:

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths or Physics OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in Maths or Physics OR
  • Alternatively, NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate industry related experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HNC (such as the HNC Engineering Systems, or HNC Mechanical Engineering) with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2, may allow advanced entry to year two. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year two entry on your application

 Advanced entry to year three:

  • Successful completion of a relevant HND (such as the HND Engineering Systems, or HND Mechanical Engineering) may allow advanced entry to year three. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year three entry on your application

Advanced entry to year four:

  • Successful completion of the BEng Mechanical Engineering or BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, or other equivalent ordinary degrees may allow advanced entry to year four. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year four entry on your application

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

  • Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is HNC Engineering Systems.

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Core maths 2
  • Electrical 2 or electronics 2
  • Engineering business skills
  • Practical skills 2
  • Statics and dynamics 2
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 2

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

  • Control and instrumentation 3
  • Engineering project 3, or work-based initiative 3
  • Mechanical engineering systems analysis 3, or conventional energy systems
  • Statics and dynamics 3
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 3

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Design for quality and reliability
  • Engineering project 4
  • Statics and dynamics 4
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 4

You will also choose an option module which may include:

  • Control and instrumentation 4
  • Future energy systems
  • Wind energy 4

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will primarily be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • This programme will be delivered through a unique blend of learning and teaching. A variety of media will be used to give an enriched and varied student experience, such as short video learning clips available to be played on computers and mobile devices at a time that suits you. These can be replayed as many times as needed. You will also access specialist staff learning sessions, using integrated e-learning software similar to Skype, and will have local staff face-to-face learning sessions for remedial, tutorial, practical and lab work

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years 

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship for 2nd and 3rd year, with the 4th year of study free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

YearLevel2021-22 Full-timeWith scholarship
Year 1 HNC £7,230  
Year 2 DipHE £13,620 £9,620
Year 3 Degree £13,620 £9,620
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £13,620 £2,270 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £13,620 £2,270 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £13,620 £2,270 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £13,200 £2,200 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £13,200 £2,200 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £13,200 £2,200 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK. Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award, including where students are following a recognised ‘top-up’ degree structure where the first year is made up of an HNC award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, you will be ready to compete effectively for jobs within the broad engineering industries such as transport engineering; offshore engineering; renewable energy; energy; manufacturing; and oil and gas. Roles may include:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Project manager - mechanical systems/renewable energy
  • Project development - mechanical systems/renewable energy

Can I progress into further study?

Upon successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, you may wish to progress onto:

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What our students, graduates and staff say

A key advantage of my studies is that the majority of lecturers and tutors come from an industry background giving meaning and substance to the teaching, and making it more interesting. My aim is to continue on to a masters and progress within the company I currently work for to achieve the role of senior engineer, and ultimately, a chartered engineer.

Mark Graham, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student (having progressed through both the HNC and HND Engineering Systems), North Highland College UHI (Thurso) campus.

Go for it! It's a great opportunity to study and you are never too old to change careers. I really enjoyed the relaxed environment and feeling able to approach and talk to the lecturers at any time. My local campus was perfect for me, and a cheaper option than moving away to study. Now that I've had such a great experience, I'm considering pursuing a masters course as a stepping stone to an engineering career.

Alick John Maclean is studying in his fourth year of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at our Lews Castle College UHI campus.

Natasha Tew and her two friends were the only team from Scotland to make it through to the penultimate round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition.

Following graduation I began a postgraduate MSc and have been applying for as many graduate roles as I can. I've now secured a job as graduate mechanical engineer for Cavendish Nuclear. I would like to work in industry for a while and then possibly go into research afterwards. Studying has helped open up more opportunities for me so I would definitely recommend it. ”

Natasha graduated from the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering from our Lews Castle College UHI campus.

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