Mechanical Engineering

BEng

mechanical engineering courses
As a Mechanical Engineer you could be involved in the design, construction and operation of machines, structures and industrial plant for a very wide-range of industries, across the world. You’ll constantly strive to produce safer, durable, cheaper, useful and more efficient machines and systems to benefit society and change tomorrow.

You’ll work on a variety of items from small components to extremely large plant, machinery or vehicles. You’ll apply method and logic to solve real-life problems in the face of conflicting requirements. The first two years of this course are shared amongst our Mechanical Engineering courses (read more about these by following the links in the ‘related courses section’). During year 2, you can make an informed decision about which route you wish to follow.

This course has a 94% student satisfaction rate, and 90% of students are in work or study six months after finishing the course
Unistats, 2018

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Mode of Study
Start Date
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January (International Fee-Paying Students Only)
Course Length
4 years
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. You will begin to understand the integrated nature of the Engineering design process.

Year 2

You will increase the level of knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills developed in year 1. You will enhance your ability to interpret and critically evaluate technical data and information and their relationship to wider society.

YEAR 3

You will further-develop your analytical skills and competence. You will also learn about and implement Project Management skills 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

You will engage in an individual research or industrial project to integrate technical, project management and transferable skills. You will increase your depth of knowledge and understanding by studying further specialist modules. All your module grades 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. 

Detailed module information
Activity Summary

You will study four modules each Semester, each 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 Moodle, our virtual learning environment, where you will find course notes, tutorials, coursework assignments and much more.

Year 4

  • Lectures - 135 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 40 - 80 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 or small group, 1 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 2 hours per week
Independent Study

A total of 150 hours per 15-credit module is recommended to get the most out of your course. This includes time studying outside the timetabled classes. This could include, for example, reading lecture notes, undertaking tutorial problems, writing up lab reports or other coursework, and practicing specialist software skills.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff are experienced Engineers, many with Chartered status and industry links, who have achieved or are working towards Higher Education Academy Fellowship - a professional recognition of their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. Many are research-active and some feature in the annual STAR awards (Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition) voted for by the students.

Engineering Applications Supervisors will take you through the more practical aspects of Engineering in our Flexible Learning Labs and Technicians and postgraduate research students will provide support for projects and laboratory work.

aSSESSMENT

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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

Although placements form part of our MEng programmes, they are not yet currently embedded in our BEng courses. However, RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute is in the process of establishing a Summer Work Experience Partnership for BEng students, which aims to provide paid employment to students over the summer vacation, typically for June, July and August.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

 
Job 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.

CAREERS

Entry to Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB - BBBC 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: BCC to include to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology, Electronics, or Engineering. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 - H2H3H3H3   to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 28-27 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.

Entry to Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher: CCC to include Maths and either Engineering Science or Physics.

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

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. 

International Students

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 Requirements

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:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
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 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,240 per academic year
Additional Costs

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

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

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.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

By employing placement students, we can hopefully encourage students into the oil and gas industry and prevent the skills shortages we have experienced in the past.
JIM MACRAE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY PLACEMENT PROVIDER

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 and further study at Master’s level.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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International fee-paying students applying to start in January should apply via International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU)

 


Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.


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RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.