Mechanical Engineering Design BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H315
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The modern design engineer in the mechanical engineering sector needs more than just subject knowledge and problem-solving ability.  In today’s multi-disciplinary industry, with integrated project teams, it is necessary to appreciate how individual responsibilities blend into a systems approach to design. 

At the heart of this BEng (Hons)  is the engineering design process from conceptual design to deployment and disposal.  This starts in year one with a self-contained project (such as Engineers Without Borders) that introduces you to the full project lifecycle. From second year, your skills will be expanded through a vertically-integrated project where you will get experience of various roles and increasing responsibility as you progress through the years.  You will also be able to demonstrate your own engineering ability on complex individual projects, chosen to match your career aspirations or to demonstrate your adaptability.

Core to the philosophy of this course is its multi-disciplinary nature. By working on applications from deep sea to deep space you will be able to use your expertise and knowledge and your ability to manage system-level design to evaluate a problem and formulate a solution.

This course has been designed in conjunction with industry and is delivered by academics with extensive engineering experience so that you will graduate with the skills, both technical and personal, needed by the modern engineering sector.

Special features

  • Industrial design processes and practice
  • Multi-level, multi-disciplinary, vertically-integrated projects
  • Cross-disciplinary and dispersed team working
  • A variety of advanced project applications, from deep sea to deep space
  • An expectation to join and engage demonstrably with an engineering learned society (e.g. IEEE, IET)
  • An expectation to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador and to use your enthusiasm for engineering to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Entry requirements

  • 4 Highers at grade B or above, including Maths and Physics or Engineering Science Or
  • 3 A levels at grade B or above, including Maths and Physics And
  • English at National 5 (or equivalent) or GCSE at grade C

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules may include:

  • Engineering: Maths 1
  • Engineering Skills 1
  • Statics and Dynamics 1
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 1
  • Electrical/Electronics 1
  • Materials and Design 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Engineering: Maths 2
  • Engineering Skills 2
  • Statics and Dynamics 2
  • Concept Design 2
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 2
  • Electrical/Electronic 2

Year 3 - BEng

Modules may include:

  • Mathematical Methods and Modelling 3
  • Business and Professional Skills 3
  • Control and Instrumentation 3
  • Detail Design 3
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 3
  • Statics and Dynamics 3

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Mathematical Methods and Modelling 4
  • Design for Manufacture and Operations
  • Project and Project Management (individual project)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids 4
  • Statics and Dynamics 4

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, practical work in engineering and computing laboratories and workshops, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

Full Time: 4 years 

Part Time (structured): 8 years

Start date


How much will my course cost?

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:

  2016-17 2017-18*
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
*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

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:

  Level 2016-17 2017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a. £9,000 p.a.
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 (2016-17 and 2017-18).

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:

2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,000 £11,550
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,520 £5,775
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,840 £1,925

***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.

What funding can I apply for?

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?

At the heart of the philosophy of this course is its multi-disciplinary nature.  As such it will provide you with both the subject-matter knowledge and the broader transferable skills needed to function in your career of choice.  As a design engineer with an appreciation of industrial practice and demonstrated ability to work in a complex team, and on your own, you will be at home across the whole engineering sector, whether your interests lie in energy, transport, oil and gas, aerospace or wherever.  You will have the chance to explore opportunities that may reinforce your choice of career, but you will also experience a range of applications that may challenge your preconceptions, and open your eyes to different possibilities.

The course incorporates all of the content specified by the Engineering Council as required to comprise partial educational requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  As such it is the perfect start to your engineering career, which you will then complement with either an appropriate Masters degree or Engineering Doctorate (EngD) accredited by a professional engineering institution, or appropriate further learning to Masters level, and the necessary industrial experience and responsibility to achieve registration.

As a new course it is not yet accredited by the Engineering Council.  This requires the course to have run for its full duration before evidence can be submitted to gain accreditation.  However, once accredited, this is backdated to include all students who have taken the course prior to accreditation.

Can I progress into further study?

Students who perform well on the BEng - achieving required grades in specific modules - in any year of the course may be eligible to transfer to the MEng Engineering Design (5-year integrated Masters programme), including on successful completion of the BEng (Hons) with an upper second class honours.

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Apply for Mechanical Engineering Design BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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