Build a career in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors
The MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degrees focus on industry-relevant topics to reflect the needs of today’s employers, giving you the opportunity to build a successful career in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors.
You will gain knowledge of scientific and engineering principles and take a flexible approach towards new ideas and developments. You will hone your practical skills by using our industry-standard equipment, making you attractive to prospective employers and enabling you to work effectively as part of a team.
The BEng (Hons) course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under license from the UK regulator, The Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the high standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC). The IMechE will be looking to extend accreditation up to and including the 2021 intake. Accreditation is being sought for the MEng (Hons) from the IMechE.
Paid placement is possible at the end of years 1, 2 and 3. In recent years students have undertaken placements with organisations such as Spirit AeroSystems, Doosan Babcock and Rolls Royce.
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.
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Engineering at UWS
UWS has over 100 years’ experience in training engineers. Our courses are professionally accredited and designed to anticipate industry demand. Their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities.
Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to succeed in engineering.
in Scotland for teaching in BEng Mechanical Engineering - National Student Survey 2019
of all UWS students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2016/17
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
Advanced entry is only possible to BEng (Hons) Years 2 and 3 of this course for suitably qualified applicants (see below). There are no advanced entry opportunities on the MEng (Hons) course.
Transferring to the MEng (Hons)
If you are initially registered and enrolled on the BEng (Hons) course, and meet the performance requirements in years 1, 2 and 3 you may be eligible to transfer onto the MEng (Hons) in Year 4.
Scottish Highers: ABBB (114 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths & Physics, plus SQA National 5 English
A levels: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H3 including Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 32 points
Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths (Grade B), plus SQA National 5 Physics (Grade B)
A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
SQA HNC/BTEC Level 4 HNC: Engineering Practice or Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or Engineering and Mechanics or Engineering Science or other relevant discipline (for SQA HNCs, including pass in the Engineering Mathematics 1 unit, or equivalent)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB
BEng (Hons) only - advanced entry to Year 2 MEng (Hons) is not possible
Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and Physics
A levels: BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC:Mechanical Engineering (for SQA HNC, with a Grade A in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Mechanical Engineering (for SQA HND, with a Grade C in the Graded Unit)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
BEng (Hons) only - advanced entry to Year 3 MEng (Hons) is not possible
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Mechanical Engineering (for SQA HND, with a pass in the Engineering Mathematics 3, or equivalent unit, plus a Grade B in the Graded Unit)
Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT): Students from France may apply for Year 3 entry and applications will be considered on an individual basis
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
BEng Course Structure
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
The first two years of the BEng / MEng Mechanical Engineering will give you an overview of all the main branches of the subject. In the third and fourth years, you will have the chance to study a selection of topics in more depth, with the option to tailor your programme of study to suit your own aptitudes and interests.
Guest speakers from industry also form part of the course to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Babcock International have recently delivered lectures to students.
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.
Topics include strength of materials,thermofluidmechanics, 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.
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 (BEng Hons)
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.
Year 5 (MEng Hons)
The fifth / MEng (Hons) year builds on the first four years and adds advanced fluid mechanics and CFD and advanced heat transfer topics as well as applied finite element analysis and structural integrity modules. You will also undertake a major group project.
Careers in the automotive, aerospace, offshore, energy, railways and shipbuilding sectors are possible for Mechanical Engineers in roles within stress, vibration, performance, service, design and development engineering and project management. Graduates work for industry heavyweights including Rolls-Royce, ABB Alstom Power, Intel, Hoover, Candy andBiosil.
Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification. See list of courses available.
Undergraduate Tuition Fees
Scottish campuses lab-based 2019/20
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
English, Northern Irish & Welsh
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Channel Islands & Isle of Man
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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