Engineering Systems HND

UCAS code 056H

What is special about this course?

This multidisciplinary course, consisting of a range of mechanical, electrical and systems units, is designed for maximum flexibility and develops the knowledge and skills gained from the HNC Engineering Systems.

Special features

  • You will study project management and business awareness, and undertake an engineering project
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

For entry to year 1 (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
  • NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent
  • 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

For direct entry to year 2 (HND):

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: practical skills
  • Engineering communication
  • Engineering measurement and system monitoring
  • Engineering systems: graded unit 1
  • Mathematics for engineering 1: mechanical and manufacturing
  • Principles of engineering systems

Option units may include:

  • Engineering: practical skills
  • Computer aided draughting for engineers
  • Materials selection
  • Mathematics for engineering 2
  • Thermofluids
  • Analogue electronics: an introduction
  • Electronic construction skills
  • Engineering principles
  • Analogue electronic principles
  • Applications of programmable logic controllers
  • Combinational logic
  • Renewable energy systems: overview of energy use
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical engineering principles 1
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Statics and strengths of materials

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Business awareness and continuing professional development
  • Design for manufacture
  • Engineering systems analysis: system modelling and control
  • Engineering systems: graded unit 2
  • Engineering: practical skills
  • Mathematics for engineering 2
  • Principles of safe engineering systems
  • Project management: managing the implementation of a project

Option units may include:

  • Fundamentals of control systems and transducers
  • Quality management: an introduction
  • Sequential logic
  • Single phase AC circuits
  • Three phase systems
  • Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
  • Power electronics
  • Renewable energy store: hydrogen
  • Renewable energy systems: technology
  • Renewable energy systems: wind power
  • Renewable energy systems: wave and tidal energy
  • Mathematics for engineering 3

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months 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. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Opportunities for campus attendance will be planed from semester one if it is safe to do so, practical sessions will most likely be in semester two.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom
  • You will also undertake an individual engineering project

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

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

Start date

  • September
  • January (Lews Castle College UHI and North Highland College UHI only)


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

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

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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

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

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course prepares you for a variety of jobs at technical level in engineering, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Offshore engineering
  • the developing renewables sector
  • Engineering design

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the third year of the following degrees:




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What our students, graduates and staff say

I would definitely like to continue on to the degree course, as the theory you learn can be applied to your job situation. If you're willing to put in the work, it is really worth the effort and can lead to a successful career. Having support for my studies from my employer is also a great help.

Kirsty Robertson, HND Engineering Systems student, North Highland College UHI (Thurso) campus.

Apply for Engineering Systems HND

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2021 or Aug/Sep 2021 or Jan/Feb 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.