The BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Offshore Engineering course is a well-recognised Engineering qualification that will provide you with the vital stepping-stone needed to operate within the challenging global offshore industry.

Aberdeen is the Energy Capital of Europe, and the School of Engineering is an international focus for the many technologies associated with Energy. Offshore Engineering involves the study of Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery, platform design, pipelines, down-hole instrumentation and Energy transformation.

Starting with the fundamentals, the later stages of the course progresses to more specialised subjects in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering as well as group and individual project work.

Award

BEng (Hons)

UCAS Code

H351

Course Dates

September
January (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

School of Engineering

Overview

Year 1

You will develop basic knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles in Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering as well as practical, organisational, study and IT skills in Year 1. You will begin to understand the integrative nature of the Engineering design process.

Year 2

Foundations laid down in Year 1 are built on by increasing your level of knowledge and understanding. You will develop your problem solving skills and enhance your ability to interpret and critically evaluate technical data and information and their relationship to wider society.

Year 3

This year enables you to further develop your analytical skills and competence. You will also learn about and implement Project Management through studying the key principles and undertaking group project work. Your overall grade from this year counts 20% towards your final Honours classification.

Year 4

In your final year you will engage in an individual research or industrial project to integrate technical, transferable and project management skills and increase your depth of knowledge and understanding by studying further specialist modules. All your module grades in this year will count towards your Honours classification.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

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

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Introduction To Electrical Engineering
  • Professional Skills
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Mathematics 1A
    Semester 2
  • Product Development
  • Introduction To Design, Materials And Manufacture
  • Thermofluids 1
  • Mathematics 1B
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Introduction To Industrial Electronics
  • Mechanics Of Solids
  • Thermofluids 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 1
    Semester 2
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Power
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
  • Mathematics 2
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
  • Environmental Engineering 1
  • Project Management, Team-working And Leadership
  • Mathematics 3
    Semester 2
  • Engineering Analysis 1
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Industrial Plant
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Group Project (Engineering Stage 3)
  • Integrative Engineering Project
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Engineering Analysis 2
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Oil And Gas Engineering A
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
    Semester 2
  • Oil And Gas Engineering B
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
  • Plant Performance
  • Safety, Risk And Reliability Management
  • Part-time

    Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Professional Skills
  • Mathematics 1A
    Semester 2
  • Product Development
  • Mathematics 1B
    Semester 3
  • Introduction To Electrical Engineering
  • Statics and Dynamics
    Semester 4
  • Introduction To Design, Materials And Manufacture
  • Thermofluids 1
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Introduction To Industrial Electronics
  • Mechanics Of Solids
    Semester 2
  • Dynamics
  • Mathematics 2
    Semester 3
  • Thermofluids 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 1
    Semester 4
  • Electrical Power
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Project Management, Team-working And Leadership
  • Mathematics 3
    Semester 2
  • Engineering Analysis 1
  • Offshore Engineering
    Semester 3
  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control
  • Environmental Engineering 1
    Semester 4
  • Industrial Plant
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Group Project (Engineering Stage 3)
  • Integrative Engineering Project
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Engineering Analysis 2
  • Control and Instrumentation
    Semester 2
  • Plant Performance
  • Safety, Risk And Reliability Management
    Semester 3
  • Oil And Gas Engineering A
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
    Semester 4
  • Oil And Gas Engineering B
  • Honours Project (Engineering)
  • You will study four modules each Semester with the modules varying in contact type. Typically you will have four hours per module per week in a mixture of lectures to the whole class (between 80 and 180 students), tutorials (usually to smaller groups), laboratories, workshops and computer laboratories to learn specialist software.

    Your course resources will be available on Campus Moodle, our virtual learning environment, where you will find course notes, tutorials, coursework assignments and much more.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 135 students per group
    • 10 hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • Individual or small group
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 40 - 80 students per group
    • Two hours per week

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • Two hours per week

    Independent study summary

    A total of 150 hours per 15 credit module is the norm. To get the most out of your course you are expected to spend an equivalent amount of time studying outside the timetabled classes. This could include, for example, reading lecture notes, undertaking tutorial problems, writing up lab reports or other coursework, practicing specialist software skills.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    All academic staff in the School of Engineering are Engineers or associated professionals, many with Chartered status. They are also encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship which is professional recognition of an individual’s practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning and currently half have achieved this. Almost all are research active or have industrial experience/links.

    You will also be taught by specialist staff from other areas of the University. Engineering Applications Supervisors will take you through the more practical aspects of Engineering in our Flexible Learning Labs and Technicians will provide support for projects and laboratory work. Other staff include Postgraduate Research students and Library staff.

    Facilities

    • Specialist Engineering Applications Labs
    • DART Simulator
    • Specialist Engineering Laboratories
    • Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratories

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Three Written exams, average time of exam: three hours

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Skills

    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.

    Professional Accreditation

    The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). On completion you will have met part of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and will be in a strong position to move on to achieve Professional Engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry.

    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:

    Scholarships

    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. 

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £15,760 per academic year

    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

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £5550 each summer placement
    • £11,100 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,750 per academic year
    • £5375 each summer placement

    Disclaimer

    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

     

    September Start

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    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.

    International applicants

    You have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    January Start (for international fee paying students only)

    If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

    Find out more

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Our graduates are highly sought after and many of them gain employment in the global oil and gas engineering sector. Our graduates are now employed in roles such as: marine engineer, senior well engineer, drilling manager, specialist drilling engineer, petroleum engineer, rig manager, subsea engineer and business analyst.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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