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Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons)

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

Dundee Mechanical Engineering students participate in Formula Student, Europe's biggest student motorsport event, testing their car each year at Silverstone.

Why study Mechanical Engineering at Dundee?

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 Dundee we pride ourselves in taking a modern systems based approach to developing these mechanical engineering skills within our students. We also 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 of these courses can then ultimately become Chartered Engineers.

What's so good about Mechanical Engineering at Dundee?

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

Application-led teaching

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

For example, every year the members of the Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board present you with a real world industrial problem which you have to solve by applying the knowledge you have gained through the course. You will then make a presentation of your solution back to the company in a 'Dragons Den' type environment.

Paul O'Mahoney is from Dunfermline, studying BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, he says,
"It is a very dynamic and relevant course which is constantly moving ahead with the industries. The division invests in its students' futures, and always strives to offer state of the art facilities and resources."

More Mechanical Engineering student & graduate profiles »

Degree Combinations

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering with Renewables

Teaching & Assessment

The Mechanical Engineering course is taught by staff from the Division of Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics within the School of Engineering, Physics & Mathematics.

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

How you will be taught

You will be are taught via a combination of:

  • lectures,
  • tutorials,
  • design assignments and
  • laboratory-based experimentation.

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

Students undertake projects both individually and as members of a team. There is a special feature in which teams of students each work to solve some real industrial problem posed by a company. There is also considerable emphasis on team-work supported by brainstorming sessions and group discussions, all leading to the formation of new ideas and concepts.

What you will study

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)

How you will be assessed

Assessment is by a combination of formal end-of-semester examinations, coursework and assignments.

Careers

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.

Mike O'Sullivan graduated in 2003, and works for Mechserv Ltd, a company that specialises in the manufacture and refurbishment of well service equipment. Under the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme he gets industry experience and management training.

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.

Aneel Gill is now undertaking a PhD in our Medical Engineering Research Institute, developing a smart glove to ease the pain of Raynaud's sufferers. His research has currently produced two possible products which will be patented and possible marketed under spin off companies.

Entry Requirements

The following are the typical requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Courses starting September 2014

Level 1 entry

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher BBBB AABB
IB Diploma 32 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject (at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) and AB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level BBC ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level)

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA

A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points (Level 2 entry)
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics Engineering 2 (Level 2 entry)

Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Programme Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL

A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)

Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
Irish Ordinary Degree Overall Merit at 60% (Level 3 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 entry

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject (at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level)
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Minimum Grades Typical Grades
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) and AB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level BBC ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level)

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA

A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1 (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points (Level 2 entry)
A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics Engineering 2 (Level 2 entry)

Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
SWAP Access Programme Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL

A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM (Level 1 entry)
A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules (Level 2 entry)
A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD (Level 2 entry)

Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)
Irish Ordinary Degree Overall Merit at 60% (Level 3 entry)
European Baccalaureate

70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 1 entry)
75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject (Level 2 entry)

Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

 

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,250 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BEng Mechanical Engineering H300 View KIS data for this course
BEng Mechanical Engineering with Renewables H301  

UCAS Application Process


What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

  • 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.

Tips for your application

  • 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.

International Applicants

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