Engineers design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. There are many diverse opportunities from aerospace and pharmaceuticals to food and fast-moving consumer goods production. According to Skills Development Scotland there are 150,400 people currently working in engineering and 30,000 people in other manufacturing roles.


Energy is one of Scotland's fastest growing industries. With reliance on renewable energy increasing, there are even more exciting new opportunities coming on track. The Scottish Space industry is growing rapidly and will need more than 3,000 engineers in the next 10 years as Scotland prepares for the first European space launch from home soil.


  • UHI’s  BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering is IEng accredited with the Royal Aeronautical Society. Students also benefit from AST RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society) corporate membership
  • Study on our BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Management and you will benefit from the expertise of the AST, the longest-established aviation training organisation of its type in the world
  • UHI’s innovative BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course prepares you to work within a modern architectural practice and offers the opportunity to work on 'live' projects during your studies, which is unique for this degree subject
  • Study on our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering and you will undertake major industry-related projects to showcase your expertise in solving engineering problems: previous students have completed projects such as the design of a remote percolation tester for the construction industry, specification of a new high voltage AC heating system for an oil rig, design of a prosthetic finger for a hospital, automatic test equipment for a subsea camera, and instrumentation design for a gin distillery
Nurina Sharmin, BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering content Nurina Sharmin

Nurina Sharmin, BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering

“ I chose this course as I have a passion for aviation and I want to become a commercial pilot. What I like most about my course is the range of subjects and the content within them. My qualification will provide me with a stepping stone for my future ambitions – expanding my knowledge to enter the aviation industry. After university, I plan to do a masters and then work for a year gaining industrial experience before I commence pilot training. If you have an ambition, and passion for the aviation industry, then I would definitely recommend that people study here.”

Charlotte Bailey, Energy Engineering BEng (Hons) content Charlotte Bailey

Charlotte Bailey, Energy Engineering BEng (Hons)

“ I considered other universities but knew UHI through doing a previous course at UHI and not having to move out of the highlands made it very attractive. My studies have helped me get into engineering- I have already achieved a position with SSE for after I graduate! The staff at the UHI are incredibly supportive and are always happy to make time for you, my PAT has taken time to ensure that I have been supported. "

Liam Elder, BEngH Electrical and Engineering content Liam Elder

Liam Elder, BEngH Electrical and Engineering

“ I have a lot to thank the University of the Highlands and Islands for having first started my engineering journey here completing a college link engineering course when still at school. This ultimately gave me experience to help gain an apprenticeship and study for my National Certificate all the way through to now graduating with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. "