- UCAS Code: H304
- Accreditation: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
International experience: students spend Year 3 or 5 studying abroad
Scholarships: access to an extensive portfolio of Faculty scholarships
Applicant visit days: these take place in March each year
Study with us
- ranked in the UK top 10 for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2022)
- opportunity to participate in Formula Student, the national competition to build a racing car
- access to industry scholarships
- our department is targeted annually for graduate recruitment by more than 60 companies, enhancing your career prospects
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 students studying a Mechanical Engineering degree 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. 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.
Years 4 & 5
In your final years of study, you'll begin operating as a professional engineer, working closely with academic staff as mentors. You'll also complete an individual and group project, which are mandatory for professional accreditation.
MEng study broadens your horizons and deepens your understanding of specialist areas, such as aerodynamics, aero-propulsion systems and finance. Those who haven’t spent a year abroad in Year 3 may do so in Year 5, following a Masters equivalent course.
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.
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*: AAAAB
(Maths A, Physics A)
Minimum entry requirements**: AAAB
(Maths and Physics or Engineering Science)
Maths and Physics recommended
Year 1 entry: AAB-BBB
Year 2 entry: A*AA-AAB
Year 1 entry: 36-32
(Maths HL5, Physics HL5)
Year 2 entry: 38-34
(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.
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 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 2022-23, 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 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.
Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships
If you're an international applicant 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 £2,240.
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 (2022-23).Find out more about the international scholarship
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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Start date: Sep 2022
Mechanical Engineering with International Study (1 year entry)
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