• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Mechanical Engineering mixes traditional core engineering princples with emerging technologies to create truly innovative solutions to design and analyse problems.

Modern mechanical engineering requires people who are able to combine a very broad range of technical, scientific, creative and management skills to achieve goals in sectors ranging from space exploration to energy management to surgical innovation.

At the University of Dundee we pride ourselves in taking a modern systems based approach to developing mechanical engineering skills of our students. We have invested heavily in important new areas of engineering including rapid prototyping, renewable energy and embedded control technology.

A BEng (hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering, as with medicine or law, is regarded as a professional qualification. This means that an external body, in this case the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) regularly checks the quality and structure of our courses. Our graduates can ultimately become Chartered Engineers.

Each year, the University of Dundee DRIVE racing team design, build, market and race a single seat, rear engine racing car as part of the global iMechE Formula Student competition at Silverstone.

What is so good about this course?

  • You will study mechatronics (the integration of electronics and computer control with mechanical engineering), providing you with a broad range of skills for the development of modern, high performance products.
  • Formula Student allows students a unique opportunity to experience a 'real world' challenge, to design and build a prototype racing car. The University of Dundee team, DRIVE, have won prizes for safety (crash avoidance) and cost.

We believe that students learn best in an application-led teaching environment. You will have the opportunity to get involved in numerous practical and industrial led projects.

For example, every year members of the Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board present students with a real world industrial problem to solve by applying the knowledge gained through the course. Students will present their solution to the company in a 'Dragons' Den' type environment.

Key Facts


  • Top in the UK for satisfaction with course and teaching (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • Number one in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014)
  • Research top in Scotland and third in the UK (REF 2014)

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred), plus AB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The staff are extremely research active, allowing students to work with them and external industrial partners at the forefront of developing new technologies.

How you will be assessed

  • formal end-of-semester examinations
  • coursework
  • assignments

How you will be taught

You will be are taught via a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • design assignments
  • laboratory-based experimentation

We give you the opportunity to design, manufacture and analyse engineering products using our extensive facilities.

Undertake projects individually and as a team

Our Mechanical Engineering (BEng) course has an emphasis on team-work supported by brainstorming sessions and group discussions, which lead to the formation of new ideas and concepts to solve real industrial problems.

Furthermore, our students participate in Formula Student, Europe's biggest student motorsport event, testing their car every year at Silverstone.

Degree Structure

BEng Honours Degree

A BEng honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Degree without Honours

If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3 below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 for the BEng.

There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (ME) and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Renewables (MER).

Level 1

Level 1 is designed to give you an understanding of many of the scientific principles which underpin Mechanical Engineering and help you develop the study skills required to make a success of your degree.

  • Electromagnetism & Circuits
  • Mechanics
  • Engineering Mathematics 1A
  • Engineering Project 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 1B
  • Engineering Project 2
  • Thermodynamics
  • Waves and Mechanics
Level 2

In Level 2 you will be introduced to the key traditional and emerging engineering science technologies and start to incorporate the knowledge and the skills gained into your own designs.

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Software Applications for Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Manufacturing project
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Solid Mechanics
Level 3

The aim of Level 3 is for students to develop their understanding of the techniques and knowledge expected of a modern professional engineer.

  • Mathematics for Engineers II
  • Control and Dynamical Systems
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Thermofluids (ME)
  • Business Framework (ME)
  • Power Engineering (MER)
  • Solid Mechanics (MER)
Level 4

At Level 4, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of all the main mechanical engineering disciplines and will have the opportunity to demonstrate these within the framework of a major project.

  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering Honours Project
  • Robotics and Mechatronics (ME)
  • Control and Dynamical Systems II (ME)
  • Wind and Marine Energy (MER)
  • Power Station and Grid (MER)

Creating ways to generate enough clean new energy to meet the demands of the world as it moves well into the 21st century is a major challenge for mechanical engineers. With increasing populations placing new and massive demands on existing resources and climate issues impacting traditional fossil based energy, the demand for novel thinking in this area has never been greater.

As a mechanical engineer you may find yourself working on projects to improve the effectiveness of traditional energy systems; increasing the efficiency of energy generated by oil or gas while at the same time working towards near zero emissions generation. Alternatively the need for long term, clean, renewable sources of energy is growing rapidly. Wind, wave, solar, tidal, geothermal and vegetable all require talented engineers to develop them to a stage where they can seriously compete with traditional methods and so offer a genuine clean alternative.

Our accredited BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Renewables degrees represent an ideal foundation for this career, giving a large number of core engineering, technology and transferable skills essential in underpinning a career in energy.

Demand for graduates in this area is immense with many of the multinational energy companies, including; BP, Shell and Exxon, recruiting significant numbers of new engineers annually to work in both traditional and emerging energy technologies.

Graduates can expect good salaries and in-house training schemes leading to Chartered (CEng) status, while the multinational nature of the energy business means that overseas travel is a major bonus for many new starts. The challenges, opportunities and rewards for energy engineers into this century are almost unrivalled.

A number of our graduates go on to study our MSc Biomedical Engineering, MSc Medical Imaging or MSc Design for Medical Technologies courses at Dundee whilst others decide to continue their studies at PhD level in the exciting area of biomedical engineering and biotechnology which is a main research strength of the department.

Adam Engelbrecht

"When I finished my first degree (BSc Economics with Marketing), the decision to come to Dundee for my second degree was an easy one. I found that the University of Dundee was by far the most welcoming, with plenty of guidance and support in terms of settling in and getting acquainted with my peers."

Adam Engelbrecht

Graeme Allison

"I studied Engineering and Mechatronics and, as team leader of the DRIVE Team – the University of Dundee Formula Student Team - I was given the chance to put my ideas and designs into real-life, practical situations in the extremely competitive car-racing environment. In addition, I undertook two intensive courses in Germany with the DRIVE Team which gave me a unique perspective of engineering in an international context. The knowledge I gained from these experiences was invaluable when I was working on my Honours project."

Graeme Allison

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

  • You will need to be enthusiastic about engineering, and show evidence of your enthusiasm in the personal statement. Explain why you are interested in mechanical engineering, and whether there are aspects of the subject that you would like to focus on. Have you done any relevant reading about the subject? We'll also be very interested to know about any previous engineering experience, for example, work experience in industry.
  • You'll need to have a real grasp of some sort of activity that requires technical understanding. Do you own a car or bicycle and do you do your own maintenance. Do you make models, or do any art or craft activities?
  • You should show evidence of clear thinking and understanding. You should be able to extract the essential elements of a problem and analyse possible solutions.
  • You should show that you could work as part of a team. For example, maybe you have worked as part of a group in a project at school, or maybe you have collaborated with others for part of a Duke of Edinburgh award?
  • You should have good written and oral communication skills. Your written skills could be shown by the clarity of your personal statement.
  • You should give an account of your participation and achievement in non-academic or extracurricular activities and interests. Assessors will be interested to see that you can balance your academic and non-academic work, as you will need to be self-organised and motivated at university. What skills have you learnt? Why do you enjoy these activities?
  • Is the programme appropriate to your declared interests and ambitions? Assessors will be looking to see that your choice of degree course complements your future aims.
  • In the first year of study it is usually easy to transfer from one engineering programme to another; therefore, you should apply for only one course. If you are unsure about which programme you would like to follow, then you are advised to apply in the first instance for the BEng in Mechanical Engineering (H300).
  • We'll be looking to see that your personal statement explains your interest in the subject, how you possess the desirable skills and how the course is appropriate to your future plans.
  • Referees should note that the reference would be used as a basis for the assessment of academic performance and as support for the personal statement. Assessors will want to consider the accuracy and consistency of the predicted grades in the light of previous level achievement (or reasons why this is not the case), evidence of effort and a positive attitude towards studies, and if there are any educational or special circumstances.

  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
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