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.
We will be seeking accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purpose of fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineering (Year 3, BEng) and also partly meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (Year 4, BEng (Hons)).
- 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 to year one, 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
- Alternatively, NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering
- 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
Advanced entry to year two:
- Successful completion of a relevant HNC (such as the HNC Engineering Systems, or HNC Mechanical Engineering) with a pass in Engineering Mathematics 2, may allow advanced entry to year two. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year two entry on your application
Advanced entry to year three:
- Successful completion of a relevant HND (such as the HND Engineering Systems, or HND Mechanical Engineering) may allow advanced entry to year three. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year three entry on your application
Advanced entry to year four:
- Successful completion of the BEng Mechanical Engineering or BEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, or other equivalent ordinary degrees may allow advanced entry to year four. To make an application please use the 'Apply' tab and indicate year four entry on your application
- Other relevant National Certificates (SCQF level 6) and Higher National Certificates (SCQF level 7) will be considered on an individual basis
Year 1 - CertHE
Year 1 of this course is HNC Engineering Systems.
Year 2 - DipHE
Modules may include:
- Core maths 2
- Electrical 2 or electronics 2
- Engineering business skills
- Practical skills 2
- Statics and dynamics 2
- Thermodynamics and fluids 2
Year 3 - BEng
Modules may include:
- Control and instrumentation 3
- 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
Year 4 - BEng (Hons)
Modules may include:
- Design for quality and reliability
- Engineering project 4
- Statics and dynamics 4
- Thermodynamics and fluids 4
You will also choose an option module which may include:
- Control and instrumentation 4
- Future energy systems
- Wind energy 4
How will I study my course?
- 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 2, 3 and 4 only)
- North Highland College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- January (part-time only)
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, 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|
Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.
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 full time, the following fees apply:
|Year||Level||2020-21 Full-time||2021-22 Full-time|
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.
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.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £4,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
|Year||Level||2021-22 Full-time||With scholarship|
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
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||£13,200||£13,620|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£6,600||£6,810|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£2,200||£2,270|
Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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
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.
Go for it! It's a great opportunity to study and you are never too old to change careers. I really enjoyed the relaxed environment and feeling able to approach and talk to the lecturers at any time. My local campus was perfect for me, and a cheaper option than moving away to study. Now that I've had such a great experience, I'm considering pursuing a masters course as a stepping stone to an engineering career.
Alick John Maclean is studying in his fourth year of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at our Lews Castle College UHI campus.
Natasha Tew and her two friends were the only team from Scotland to make it through to the penultimate round of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition.
Following graduation I began a postgraduate MSc and have been applying for as many graduate roles as I can. I've now secured a job as graduate mechanical engineer for Cavendish Nuclear. I would like to work in industry for a while and then possibly go into research afterwards. Studying has helped open up more opportunities for me so I would definitely recommend it. ”
Natasha graduated from the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Energy Engineering from our Lews Castle College UHI campus.
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