Engineering and Science


An engineering qualification provides a sound basis for a number of careers, whether you’re interested in building and maintaining machines or want to work in the lucrative energy or oil and gas sectors. Other areas of employment could include on-shore and off-shore renewables, manufacturing, aerospace, transport and logistics.

New for 2022, the UHI Perth Science Department offers Foundation Apprenticeship Scientific Technologies (Subject to Approval). Our campus is fitted with excellent laboratories, fully equipped to help students learn in a comfortable and professional environment.

science and engineering students in class


Engineering Courses for school pupils

Course name SCQF Level
Skills for Work: Engineering Skills 4
NPA Engineering (Subject to Approval) 5

Engineering Industry Information

In Scotland alone, there are around 17,000 engineering companies, employing over 125,000 people, with a £30,000 average salary; and senior engineers making £56,000 – and upwards. It is expected that nearly 80,000 engineering jobs will arise each year. Major employers that are within an hour of Perth include SSE, Babcock and Ineos. With oil and gas production coming to an end with several North Sea rigs, Dundee is ideally placed to attract a large amount of work decommissioning the rigs.


Science Courses for school pupils

Course name SCQF Level
NPA Science and Health (Subject to Approval) 5
PDA Modern Biological Technologies 7

Science Industry Information

Science and biotechnology are major growth industries in Scotland, which should come as no surprise, given the global reputation this country has for innovation and technological leadership.

Life sciences has been identified by The Scottish Government as a key growth sector, in recognition of its potential to boost the economy.

From discovering penicillin to the first cloned mammal, Scots have helped to revolutionise modern life, and our programmes can give you the skills you need to excel in your field too.