- UCAS Code: H300
Applicant visit days: these take place in March each year
Study abroad: exchange partnerships with overseas universities
Scholarships: access to an extensive portfolio of Faculty scholarships
Study with us
- opportunity to gain practical skills by engaging with our students societies, Formula Student and University of Strathclyde Eco Vehicle (USEV), to build racing cars and compete nationally
- choose from specialised options
- access to industry scholarships
- the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering is targeted annually for graduate recruitment by more than 60 companies, enhancing your career prospects
- professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Why this course?
Mechanical engineers conceive, design and put into operation devices, machines, engines and energy systems to solve a wide variety of society’s technological challenges.
Studying a BEng Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at an award-winning academic institution. We're the only University to have won the Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice (2012/2019) and our Department of Mechanical Engineering is targeted for graduate recruitment by more than 60 companies.
Study abroad is an option for all our mechanical engineering courses. The named degree (Mechanical Engineering with International Study) ensures that the international study experience is recognised in the title of the degree award.
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.
Students learn about the fundamental principles and concepts of the following topics:
- thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
- electrical engineering
Engineering science content is integrated through the Design and Application classes. You'll also choose elective classes.
You'll focus on the mainstream core of engineering subjects, together with Applied Mathematics and Information Technology. Elective modules also introduce elements of Aeronautical Engineering. 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.
Design is the central theme of studies in third-year. You'll undertake design exercises and supporting engineering science modules relevant to your degree. There's also the opportunity to spend some, or all, of Year 3 studying abroad on a compatible course.
In fourth year, BEng 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.
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.
Engineering Mechanics 1
Heat & Flow 1
Mechanical Engineering Design
Experimental & Laboratory Skills
Engineering Analysis & Numerical Methods
Engineering Mechanics 2
Electrical Machines & Control
Heat & Flow 2
Mathematical Modelling & Analysis
Materials Engineering & Design
Mechanical Engineering Design 2
Dynamics & Control
Engineering Analysis III
Heat & Flow 3
Strategic Analysis of Engineering Business Case Studies
Mechanical Engineering Design 3A
Mechanical Design 3B
Case Studies in Engineering
Computer Aided Engineering Design
Engineering Materials Selection
Individual Project - Mechanical
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**: ABBB
(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)
View the entry requirements for your country.
|English language requirements|
If English is not your first language, please visit our English language requirements page for full details of the requirements in place before making your application.
- deferred entry is not accepted
- applicants likely to be made an offer are normally invited to visit the department between January and March
- SQA Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted instead of Higher Mathematics
- both IB Higher Level Mathematics pathways are accepted
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.
Contextual Admissions for 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.
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'll 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 140 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 may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.
All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.
Annual revision of fees
Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.
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 fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2024/25, 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.
|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.
Course materials & costs: textbooks and printed materials maximum cost of around £400 for the duration of course.
Study abroad: study abroad is possible in Years 3 or 5 but is only compulsory for the "with International Study" degree. Students will bear some of the cost of this which will vary depending on country of study.
Visa & immigration: International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
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.
In addition to an excellent academic environment, I have felt constantly supported at every step of the way right from the time I set foot on campus.
With skills including analytical, numeracy and problem solving, mechanical engineering graduates are suited to a wide range of career opportunities. Recent graduates from our BEng Mechanical Engineering course have been recruited into areas such as:
- oil and gas
- building services
Some of the graduates’ job titles include:
- trainee field engineer
- mechanical design engineer
- technical assistant
- 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.*
Where are they now?
89% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
- Engineering Intern
- Graduate Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Sales Engineer
- Technical Engineer
- Trainee Driller
- Trainee Field Engineer
Recent employers include:
- GE Caledonian
- GE Oil and Gas
- Highland Wood Energy
- Jaguar Land Rover
* Information is intended only as a guide.
** Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education
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