Engineering Systems HND

UCAS code 056H
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This multidisciplinary course consists of a range of mechanical, electrical and systems units and is designed for maximum flexibility and develops the knowledge and skills gained from the HNC Engineering Systems.

Special features

  • You will study project management and business awareness, and undertake an engineering project
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

For entry to year 1 (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
  • NC/NQ Engineering at level 6 or equivalent
  • 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

For direct entry to year 2 (HND):

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Measurement and System Monitoring
  • Engineering Systems: Graded Unit 1
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1: Mechanical and Manufacturing
  • Principles of Engineering Systems

Option units may include:

  • Engineering: Practical Skills
  • Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers
  • Materials Selection
  • Mathematics for Engineering 2
  • Thermofluids
  • Analogue Electronics: An Introduction
  • Electronic Construction Skills
  • Engineering Principles
  • Analogue Electronic Principles
  • Applications of Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Combinational Logic
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Overview of Energy Use
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Engineering Principles 1
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Statics and Strengths of Materials

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Engineering Systems Analysis: System Modelling and Control
  • Engineering Systems: Graded Unit 2
  • Engineering: Practical Skills
  • Mathematics for Engineering 2
  • Principles of Safe Engineering Systems
  • Project Management: Managing the Implementation of a Project

Option units may include:

  • Fundamentals of Control Systems and Transducers
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Sequential Logic
  • Single Phase AC Circuits
  • Three Phase Systems
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Power Electronics
  • Renewable Energy Store: Hydrogen
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Technology
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Wind Power
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Wave and Tidal Energy
  • Mathematics for Engineering 3

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom
  • You will also undertake an individual engineering project

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Start date

  • September
  • January (Lews Castle College UHI and North Highland College UHI only)

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time per year
£1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

*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, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £434

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:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £434

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

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course prepares you for a variety of jobs at technical level in engineering, including manufacturing, offshore engineering, the developing renewables sector and engineering design

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Engineering Systems HND

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

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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