BEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate, Part-time

An introduction to engineering principles, the course ensures you grasp the basic skills involved before progressing into areas like thermodynamic systems and mechanics of materials.

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  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

With its enormous range of applications, mechanical engineering can offer a highly satisfying career.

You’ll work with the latest technology, learning to create engineering solutions and systems that have implications in almost every area of modern society.

The course allows you to specialise in later years and offers the opportunity to undertake a work placement that will gain you both industry experience and valuable contacts that may lead to future employment.

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As you advance into the latter years of this course you’ll learn to apply and develop on your initial basic skills. This will allow you to become proficient in the analysis and design of a range of engineering systems and applications, ready for a professional role in the industry.

This course has Incorporated Engineer accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Honours degree has partial Chartered Engineer accreditation.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to University for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Computational thinking and practice
  • Foundation mathematics
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Engineering communication
  • Mathematical methods 1

Year 2

  • Engineering design and CAD
  • Management for engineers 1
  • Materials and manufacture
  • Mathematical methods 2
  • Mechanics and thermofluids
  • Control, measurement and instrumentation

Year 3

  • Engineering applications (mechanical)
  • Materials and manufacture 2
  • Management for engineers 2
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Energy systems design
  • Engineering design (Honours) or individual project (Degree)

Year 4

  • Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Advanced energy systems 1
  • Advanced energy systems 2
  • Honours project

Work placement

You are encouraged to take an optional industrial placement during the course. Though this is non-credited and our placements team will support you to find placement opportunities. The placement provides valuable experience and the opportunity to put theory into practice.

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.

With a definite shortage of mechanical engineers in the UK at the moment, your career prospects are highly promising. Companies all over the world are recruiting engineering graduates, particularly those from courses such as this.

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

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

National 5 grade B in English.

A Level

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

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.


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

Must include Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3, Thermofluids and Statics and Strength of Materials.

Minimum Year 3


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

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


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 minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

Technical subjects accepted

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

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.

Our entry requirements indicate the 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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 £305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,157
Overseas £2,317 tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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