Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

1. Overview

Mechanical Engineering encompasses the design, construction and operation of machines, structures and industrial plant used in a very wide range of industries.

Mechanical engineers are constantly striving to produce safer, durable, cheaper, useful and more efficient machines and mechanical systems to benefit us all.

These can range from small components to extremely large plant, machinery or vehicles. Mechanical engineers must have the ability to work methodically and logically to solve real-life problems in the face of conflicting requirements.

The different pathways that are available on this degree will allow you to choose the engineering subjects you are interested in, and customise the course to meet your own particular interests and career aspirations. The first two years are common to all three of our Mechanical Engineering courses. At the end of year 2, you can make an informed decision about which route you wish to follow.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Maths 1A
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Professional Skills
  • Maths 1B
  • Introduction to Design, Materials and Manufacture
  • Thermofluids 1
  • Product Development

Year 2

  • Introduction to Industrial Electronics 
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Thermofluids 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 1
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
  • Maths 2
  • Electrical Power

Year 3

  • Maths 3
  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Project Management, Team Working and Leadership
  • Engineering Analysis 1
  • Industrial Plant
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Group Project

Year 4

  • Engineering Analysis 2
  • Failure Analysis
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Plant Performance
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • BEng: Honours Project (double module)

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: ABBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or Technological Studies. English at National 5 grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BBC to include Maths and either Design and Technology, Engineering or Physics. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3 to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 29 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link

Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

4. Placements and accreditations


The ‘fast-track’ version of the MEng course involves summer industrial placements following years 3 and 4, enabling completion of an MEng in 48 months. Eligibility for this route will be confirmed at the end of year 2.

Placement positions are not guaranteed for any of the courses.

Professional Accreditation

The MEng and BEng courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The MEng provides you with the full academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status. The BEng (Hons) course requires further study at Masters level to satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


Locally-based companies recognise the value of an engineering education at Robert Gordon University and they have made available a number of different scholarships for the financial support of selected undergraduate students. 

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,300 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,850 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,300 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,500 per academic year


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at

International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

8. Prospects

Our graduates are highly sought after, and many gain employment in the global oil and gas engineering sector. However, opportunities also exist in many other areas of mechanical engineering such as aerospace, transport, marine technology, health and bioengineering. Our graduates are employed in roles such as: senior technical engineer, design engineer, commissioning engineer, project engineer, contracts manager and principal mechanical engineer.

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BEng (Hons)



Start date


Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
School of Engineering
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Accredited By
Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Laura Steedman - MEng Mechanical Engineering

Laura Steedman

Laura is a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student. She chose RGU because of its excellent graduate employment record. She hopes to become a chartered engineer and a leader within her field.

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    ICRGU - Engineering

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