• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

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

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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.

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.

Real-world challenges

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.

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.


Our course meets, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the IMechE. It also meets in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

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

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
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)
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD.
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).
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level including mathematics and a science or engineering subject (physics is preferred) Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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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 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 Healthcare & Assistive 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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 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) £20,950 per year of study

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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
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