BEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-time

Mechanical Engineering BEng/BEng (Hons)



Work with the latest technology, learning to create engineering solutions and systems that have implications throughout modern society

Overview

Study mechanical engineering at Edinburgh Napier University and gain the opportunity to enter an exciting and varied field of engineering, allowing you to design and develop machinery we use every day including vehicles, building, healthcare and even space technology.

We will provide you with an introduction to engineering principles, ensuring you grasp the basic skills involved before progressing into more specialised areas such as thermodynamic systems and mechanics of materials.

As you advance through this course you’ll learn to apply and develop your skills to become proficient in the analysis and design of a range of engineering systems and applications, to prepare you for a professional role in the industry. You will also get the opportunity to undertake work placements that will give you essential industry experience and valuable contacts, helping to lead to future employment.

As a graduate mechanical engineer, you could develop exciting new technologies that are essential for modern living, alter the way we use energy for the better, and have a profound effect on how we travel. In fact, you could have a hand in almost every aspect of people’s lives.

Today, mechanical engineers play a key role in producing the most innovative of technologies, such as the electric car, 3D printing, nanotechnology and renewable energy.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

H300

Placement:

Yes


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Nicole's story

“I’ve always loved building and fixing things. Mechanical Engineering gave me the chance to make a career out of that.”

Course details

The course focuses on learning engineering principles and practices, as well as computing skills and principles of design, relating to a wide range of mechanical engineering systems.

You'll also cover control and instrumentation systems, engineering applications, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and dynamics and statics. You will gain skills in a wide range of up-to-date industry standard design software and applications.

In year 1 you will learn fundamental principles underpinning both mechanical and electrical engineering sciences, and hands-on practical skills.

You will then progress on to year 2, further developing these fundamental skills while beginning to specialise in thermodynamics and mechanical engineering, while considering control and automation systems, key elements of design and engineering management skills.

In year 3, you continue to specialise in your chosen field, gaining insight in to manufacturing systems, materials properties and selection, and detailed design and innovation practices and management.

In your final year you will work on your honours project as well as gaining enhanced skills in thermodynamics, dynamics and statics.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, and through practical hands on experience using up to date laboratory equipment.
  • note and pen Assessments Assessments will primarily be in the form of written coursework submissions and examinations.
  • briefcase Work placement You are encouraged to take an optional industrial placement in addition to taught modules. Though this is non-credited, our placements team will support you to find placement opportunities.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Engineering Skills
  • Foundation Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Practice
  • Mathematical Methods 1

Year 2

  • Engineering Design 1
  • Mechanics
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Thermofluids
  • Measurement and Instrumentation

Year 3

  • Engineering Applications (Mechanical)
  • Materials and Manufacture 2
  • Management for Engineers
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Energy Systems Design
  • Engineering Design 2 (Honours) or Individual Project (Ordinary Degree)

Year 4

  • Adv Engineering Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Advanced Energy Systems 1
  • Advanced Energy Systems 2
  • Honours Project

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Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*. Please note that grade B must be achieved in at least one of these required subjects.

National 5 Grade C in English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*. Please note that grade B must be achieved in at least one of these required subjects.

National 5 Grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

OL English at C2.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at HL including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

OL English at O4.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. BTEC must include Maths but if not we would accept A Level Maths at Grade C as an alternative.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

BTEC Diploma

MM (Merit, Merit) in a related subject plus A Level Grade C. BTEC must include Maths/A Level Grade C in Maths.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject* with minimum grade 5.

Grade 5 in SL Maths and grade 4 in SL English.

Technical subjects accepted

*Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or a Technical Subject*

National 5 Grade C in English.

A Level

BBB including Maths and a Science (excluding Biology) or Technical Subject*

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

HNC

Pass HNC in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Must include passes in the modules Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

Technical subjects accepted

*Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technological Studies/Engineering Science, Design & Manufacture, Chemistry.

Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Must include passes in the modules Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

DUT

Pass DUT in a relevant subject with overall grade 12 to include English at 11 in final year of studies.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% overall, with a minimum of 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £15,522 tba

Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fee status of EU nationals commencing their studies in 2021/2 has yet to be confirmed by the Scottish Government following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and will be published once known. For EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Mechanical engineering offers a rewarding salary for workers in the UK and beyond.

Mechanical engineers are in high demand and there are different fields of specialisation with this degree, so once graduated, you will have the freedom to choose from various career paths.

Ranging from:

• Manufacturing
• Automotive
• Robotics
• Aerospace
• Construction
• Energy sector

Our course also equips you with key transferable skills in computing, maths and project management which will allow you to pursue a career in software, finance and management roles.

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