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BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Course Overview

Mechanical engineers combine a thorough knowledge of scientific and engineering principles with a flexible approach towards new ideas and developments.

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree focuses on industry-relevant topics to reflect the needs of today’s employers, giving you the opportunity to build a career in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of the West of Scotland

    Professional recognition

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6 / SCQF Level 10)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    4 years or 5 years with industrial placement

    Tuition fees

    £11,000 per year (Scholarship available)



    Work placement


    Course location

    Paisley, Scotland

Academic entry requirements

• GCE A-Levels: BCC inc Maths & 1 science; OR

• International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; OR

SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Engineering Practice (+ Maths for Engineering 1); Mechanical Engineering (+ Maths for Engineering 1); Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (+ Maths for Engineering 1, Engineering and Mechanics, Engineering Science, or equivalents)

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations. You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.

Progression route

Further academic study of MEng or other engineering degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Careers include design, research and development, analysis, manufacture and project management. Graduates work for industry heavyweights including Rolls-Royce, ABB Alstom Power, Intel, Hoover, Candy and Biosil.


Year 1

Applied mechanics, materials and mathematics provide a foundation to engineering design. Professional and industrial studies are introduced alongside skills development in communications and IT technology.


Year 2

Topics include strength of materials, thermofluid mechanics, materials and manufacturing technology. The formal engineering design process and how it relates to engineering practice is introduced; as well as computer-aided technology, IT-related techniques and engineering management.


Industrial placement - Optional

You will hone your practical skills by using our new state-of-the-art equipment, making you attractive to prospective employers and enabling you to work effectively as a team member. Paid placement is possible at the end of years 1, 2 & 3*.

* During years 2 and 3, academic study may be supplemented by periods of paid work experience gained within industry. In order to achieve the BEng Honours Sandwich degree students must gain a minimum of thirty six weeks’ work experience. Such experience may provide exemption from some of the membership requirements of the relevant professional bodies. 


Year 3

Skills in design and applied mechanics are enhanced. Thermodynamics, rapid prototyping and experimental testing techniques; intelligent systems and control technologies; and advanced computer-based analysis and simulation techniques are introduced, along with project management skills.


Year 4

Applied mechanics in areas including plasticity, fracture and vibrations, build on previous studies. Composite structures and renewable energy systems and sustainability are introduced. Computer-aided engineering design is explored further and computational fluid dynamics introduced. You will undertake a major individual project.