Mechanical and Offshore Engineering BEng (Hons)

1. Overview

This course includes the core aspects of the Mechanical Engineering course and combines it with a specialism in Offshore Engineering.

Offshore Engineering involves the study of oil and gas exploration and recovery, platform design, pipelines, down-hole instrumentation and energy transformation. Aberdeen is the Energy Capital of Europe, and the School of Engineering is an international focus for the many technologies associated with energy.

Mechanical and offshore engineers must have the ability to work methodically and logically to solve real-life problems in the face of conflicting requirements. This course will equip you with the skills needed to face these challenges and prepare you for your future career.

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
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Group Project

Year 4

  • Engineering Analysis 2
  • Oil and Gas Engineering A
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability Management
  • Oil and Gas Engineering B
  • 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: BBBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or Technological Studies. English at National 5 Level Grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include Maths and Physics or Engineering or Design and Technology plus GCSE English at Grade C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2B2B2 to include Maths and Physics or Technological Studies  plus Ordinary Level English at Grade C1 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 28 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics at Grade 5 plus English at a minimum of Standard Level Grade 4.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent qualifications, e.g. SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs, overseas qualifications and Access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience are welcomed.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges may be considered for year 3 entry.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated. 

English language requirements

4. Placements and accreditations

Professional Accreditation

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


Placement positions are not guaranteed for any of the courses.

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 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


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. 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

All applicants must apply online at Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

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.

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BEng (Hons)



Start date

September 2015

Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
School of Engineering
More information:
Undergraduate Admissions (01224) 262728
Accredited By
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

University pathways at ICRGU - first year entry


The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers first year degree entry into the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Offshore Engineering degree at Robert Gordon University for International Students.


Victoria Allen - MEng Mechanical & Offshore Engineering

Victoria Allen

Victoria is a 2nd year Mechanical & Offshore Engineering student. She chose RGU because of its industrial links within her field and hopes to find employment within the oil sector after her studies.

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