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MEngMechanical Engineering with International Study

Why this course?

Mechanical engineers are recognised for their knowledge and skills in conceiving, designing, implementing and operating devices, machines, engines and energy systems.

Graduates from the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering - which is consistently rated in the top 10 such departments in the UK - are part of a new breed of engineer who can take on challenges ranging from traditional industries to areas such as new materials, sustainable development and aerospace.

In Year 3 or Year 5, you'll spend a full academic session at a partner university abroad. The study abroad programme is highly relevant to the increasingly global context of engineering and is valued by prospective employers.

Our department has more than 20 years’ experience of student-exchange programmes.

What you’ll study

The majority of our students follow five-year MEng courses. All students experience the same learning pace in the first two years and BEng students can, and often do, transfer to the MEng programme.

Year 1

Students learn about the fundamental principles and concepts of the following topics:

  • maths
  • mechanics
  • dynamics
  • thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • electrical engineering

Engineering science content is integrated through the Design and Application classes. You'll also choose elective classes, which may include a modern language to help prepare you for studying abroad.

Year 2

You'll focus on the mainstream core of engineering subjects, together with Applied Mathematics and Information Technology. The Engineering Science element includes:

  • thermodynamics and fluid dynamics
  • dynamics and control
  • structural mechanics and materials

You may also choose elective modules, developing areas such as language skills or business management.

Year 3

You can choose to either spend third-year at a partner institution abroad or defer the foreign study programme until Year 5. The home curriculum at this stage of study focuses on design and supporting engineering science modules.

Year 4

In fourth-year, students begin operating as professional engineers, working closely with academic staff as mentors. You'll also complete an individual and group project, which are mandatory for professional accreditation. In addition to the projects, you'll take classes in relevant core areas.

Year 5

Should you choose to spend Year 5 abroad you'll study an agreed curriculum in line with the requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Studying your final-year abroad means you'll usually have the chance to take advanced engineering subjects that may not be available at home. There may also be the chance to take local engineering elective modules. The curriculum at home and abroad for Year 5 includes a group project.

Other activities

A high proportion of our students participate in activities such as the Outdoor Management Skills course at Outward Bound Scotland, Formula Student, the national competition to build a formula student racing car, (at which Strathclyde is the top-performing Scottish university), the British Model Flying Association’s University Challenge, and ‘Gala,’ the annual employers’ networking dinner.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer.

Course content

Assessment

Our assessment methods include:

  • written exams
  • coursework assignments
  • presentations
  • individual/group projects

The final award classification is normally based on inputs from first assessed attempt at compulsory and specified optional classes across all years, except Year 1, plus, if appropriate, an oral exam.

Learning & teaching

In the early stages, learning skills are developed through interactive teaching, problem solving and problem-based learning. In later years, students will take part in lectures, tutorials, web-based interactive learning, practical work and computer based learning. The emphasis on individual and group projects increases as our students’ skills develop.

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

AAAAB (Maths A, Physics A) 

Advanced Highers

Maths and Physics recommended 

A Levels

Year 1 entry

BBB

Typical entry requirements: AAB

Year 2 entry

AAB (Maths, Physics) 

Typical entry requirements: A*AA

International Baccalaureate

36 (Maths HL6, Physics HL6) 

Additional information

  • deferred entry is not accepted
  • applicants likely to be made an offer are normally invited to visit the Department between December and March

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2016/17 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2016/17 - £9,000

International

  • 2016/17 - £17,500

Additional fees 

Course materials & costs

Textbooks and printed materials

  • circa £400 cost for duration of course

Study abroad

Studying abroad is possible in third or fifth years - but compulsory for International Study.

Students will require to pay costs for studying abroad, which will vary dependent on country of study.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

If you’re from England, Wales or Northern Ireland you may be able to apply for help to pay your tuition fees and living costs from your local funding body.

We also have a few bursaries on offer for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Careers

With skills including analytical, numeracy and problem solving, Mechanical Engineering graduates are suited to a wide range of career opportunities.

The international study programme further strengthens graduates’ job prospects.

Recent graduates from MEng Mechanical Engineering have been recruited into areas such as oil and gas, subsea, energy, building services, aviation and automotive. Some of the graduates’ job titles include trainee field engineer, mechanical design engineer, technical assistant and project engineer.

Some of our students have also continued to postgraduate study or research.

How much will I earn?

£27,000 is the average salary of our graduates six months after completing the course. The typical salary range is £25,000 to £30,000.*

*information is intended only as a guide.

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How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of offer
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
    • conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

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