- UCAS Code: H420
- Accreditation: Institution of Mechanical Engineers & the Royal Aeronautical Society
Ranked: 4th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021)
International experience: option to study abroad
Study with us
- ranked in the UK top 10 for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021)
- learn how to design aircraft engines, control systems, landing gear and the many parts which sustain flight
- participate in the Formula Student competition to design, build and race a racing car
- design and manufacture a remote-control scale aircraft
- opportunity for hands-on flight experience
Why this course?
Mechanical engineers are recognised for their knowledge and skills in conceiving, designing, implementing and operating devices, machines, engines and energy systems.
You'll learn how to design aircraft engines, control systems, landing gear and about the many complex parts which sustain flight.
Many of the aero-related topics, such as aerodynamics and lightweight structures, are of special interest and value to a wide variety of engineering activities outside the field of aeronautics.
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.
Study abroad is an option for all Mechanical Engineering courses.
What you'll study
All students experience the same learning pace in the first two years and BEng students can, and often do, transfer to the five-year MEng programme. The Aero-Mechanical courses diverge from the core earlier to develop specialist themes.
Studying BEng Aero-Mechanical Engineering you'll learn about:
- flight & spaceflight mechanics
- aero-propulsion systems
- gas dynamics
- computational fluid dynamics
- materials for aerospace applications
- lightweight structures
Many of our students participate in activities such as the Formula Student, the national competition to build a Formula Student racing car (at which Strathclyde is the top-performing Scottish university).
Other activities include Outdoor Management Skills course at Outward Bound Scotland, the British Model Flying Association’s University Challenge, and ‘Gala,’ the annual employers’ networking dinner.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Engineering Mechanics 1
Heat & Flow 1
Mechanical Engineering Design
Experimental & Laboratory Skills
Engineering Analysis & Numerical Methods
Flight & Spaceflight 1
Engineering Mechanics 2
Electrical Machines & Control
This class builds on the initial work carried out in Flight and Space Flight 1. The taught part of the class is reinforced by experimental investigation, flight experience and flight test. The class also introduces the mathematical modelling tools you will require in the third-year aero design class. Topics covered include: aircraft design; airworthiness and the flight envelope; static, longitudinal stability and control of aircraft is considered; and the standard atmosphere – variation of temperature, pressure and density with height is explained.
The calculation of the performance of aircraft is studied: indicated and true airspeed; steady level flight – minimum drag and minimum power flight speed; steady glide and climb; take-off and landing; steady turning flight; range and endurance; flight and gust envelopes.
Heat & Flow 2
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis
Materials Engineering & Design
Mechanical Engineering Design 2
Flight & Spaceflight 2
Dynamics & Control
Engineering Analysis III
Heat & Flow 3
Strategic Analysis of Engineering Business Case Studies
Case Studies in Engineering
Computer Aided Engineering Design
Engineering Materials Selection
Individual Project - Aerospace
Advanced Mechanics & Dynamics
Heat & Flow 4
Our assessment methods include:
- written exams
- coursework assignments
- individual/group projects
The final award classification is normally based on inputs from the 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.
Required subjects are shown in brackets.
Standard entry requirements*: AAAB
(Maths A, Physics A)
Minimum entry requirements**: AABB
(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)
Maths and Physics recommended
Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB
Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB
Year 1 entry: 34-32
(Maths HL5, Physics HL5)
Year 2 entry: 36-34
(Maths HL6, Physics HL6)
- deferred entry is not accepted
- applicants likely to be made an offer are normally invited to visit the department between January and March
Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.
Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.
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.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.Visit our international students' section
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
*Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
*Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2021-22, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
Course materials & costs
Textbooks and printed materials
|University preparation programme fees|
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
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
Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, 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.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:
You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships
If you're applying for an undergraduate programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 10% reduction of your tuition fees for each year of study. Your first year’s scholarship will typically be £2,185.
Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time undergraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2021-22).Find out more about the international scholarship
With skills including analytical, numeracy and problem solving, graduates are suited to a wide range of career opportunities.
While almost all Aero-Mechanical students continue to graduate with MEng (five-year) degree, those who graduate with BEng Honours often enter sectors including:
- engineering consulting
- armed forces
- energy & environmental engineering
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.
Where are they now?
80% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
- Graduate Mechanical Engineer
- Acoustics Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Officer Cadet
- Airline Pilot Trainee
Recent employers include:
- British Army
- GE Caledonian
- Renewables Unlimited LLP
- Sand Monitoring Services Ltd
*Information is intended only as a guide.
**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education.
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Aero-Mechanical Engineering (1 year entry)
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
Year of Entry: 1 year
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