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

For September 2019, entry to this course is only available into year 2, via an HNC Engineering Systems or HNC Mechanical Engineering, with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2.

 Direct entry to year three:

  • Completion of a relevant HND (such as the HND Engineering Systems or HND Mechanical Engineering) may allow advanced entry to year three of the degree. For 2019 entry, you will study the modules from our ordinary degree, the BEng Mechanical Engineering: see the course 'Content' tab for details. To make an application please use the ‘Apply’ tab and indicate year three entry on your application

 Direct entry to year four:

  • Completion of the BEng Mechanical Engineering, BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent ordinary engineering degree: see the 'Content' tab for details. The honours year is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will provide you with the full academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng): see the course ‘Content’ tab for details. On successful completion, you will exit with the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering. To make an application please use the ‘Apply’ tab and indicate year four entry on your application

Access routes

Successful completion of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) Access to engineering or Access to physical science from Edinburgh College, including Maths Unit 2 D332 12 and Maths Unit 3 D323 12 Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Science for engineers 1
  • Electrical and electronics 1
  • Practical skills 1
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1
  • Statics and dynamics 1
  • Core maths 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

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

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

  • 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
  • Control and instrumentation 3

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

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

You will also choose an option module which may include:

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

For 2019 direct entry to year four and for the award of BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering, the modules are:

  • Engineering project and project management
  • Design for quality and reliability
  • Advanced mechanical engineering principles
  • Future energy systems
  • Wind energy

How will I study my course?

  • 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
  • Moray College UHI - Years two, three and four only
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time 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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

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

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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 whilst 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:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,200 £12,800
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,100 £6,420
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,034 £2,140

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


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?

MSc Sustainable Energy Solutions

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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.

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