Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
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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 situated at the centre of that, our school has an international focus for the many evolving technologies associated with energy. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 Campus Moodle, our virtual learning environment, where you will find course notes, tutorials, coursework assignments and much more.
- 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 hour per week
- Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 2 hours per week
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.
Typically students are assessed each semester:
- 3 Written exams, average time of exam: three hours
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.
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
Although placements form part of our MEng programmes, they are not yet currently embedded in our BEng courses. However, the RGU Energy Transition 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £16,650 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £16,240 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- Other Fees and Charges
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:
Locally-based companies recognise the value of an engineering education at RGU and they have made a number of different scholarships available for the financial support of selected undergraduate students
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 and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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.
This course has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). This accredited degree will provide you with all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and most of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
UCAS Code: H350
We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
January Intake - International Applicants Only
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.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.