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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Including Maths and Physics or Chemistry

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2

Including Maths and Physics.

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry to Year 1 with HNC with C in the Graded Unit in one of the following: Engineering Practice (Maths for Engineering 1); Mechanical Engineering (Maths for Engineering 1); Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Maths for Engineering 1; Engineering and Mechanics; Engineering Science Entry to Year 2 with HNC with B in the Graded Unit in one of the following: Mechanical Engineering.

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry to Year 2 with HND with C in the Graded Unit in one of the following: Mechanical Engineering (including Maths for Engineering 3). Entry to Year 3 with HND with B in the Graded Unit in one of the following: Mechanical Engineering (including Maths for Engineering 3).

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

Including Maths and Nat5 Physics at Grade B.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

114

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Engineering design

**OVERVIEW**
This degree focuses on industry-relevant topics to reflect the needs of today’s employers, giving you the opportunity to build a career in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Mechanical engineers combine a thorough knowledge of scientific and engineering principles with a flexible approach towards new ideas and developments.

Throughout the course, you will hone your practical skills by using our new state-of-the-art equipment and software modelling platforms, making you attractive to prospective employers and enabling you to work effectively as an engineering team member.

See also the entry for our related integrated master's degree MEng (Hons) Mechnical Engineering (H301).

**PRACTICAL FOCUS**
There is the possibility of undertaking periods of paid industrial training as part of your studies. These placements are obtained competitively. If you are successful in completing this period of employment, for a total of 36 weeks, you will graduate with a 'Sandwich' degree which demonstrates to employers that you are ready to make an immediate contribution to their teams. This thin sandwich placement is undertaken out-with term time/on a part-time basis meaning it does not affect the duration of the degree. You are responsible for applying for engineering jobs/placements yourself. As these positions are competitive, they cannot be guaranteed.

Placements in this course would be possible at the end of your Year 2 studies but before your Year 3 studies commence and at the end of your Year 3 studies but before your Year 4 studies commence. In recent years students have undertaken placements with organisations such as Spirit AeroSystems, Doosan Babcock and Rolls Royce.

In addition, guest speakers from industry are also invited to talk to you during your studies and these help to further deepen your understanding of the specific engineering subjects.

**PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION**
The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. See our website for full details.

**CAREER PROSPECTS**
Mechanical Engineering graduates are highly sought-after and find emnployment in a wide range of industries and in a variety of roles.

**Jobs**
Careers in the automotive, aerospace, offshore, energy, railways and shipbuilding sectors are possible for Mechanical Engineers in roles within stress, vibration, performance, service, design and development engineering and project management.

**Further Study**
Completing the BEng (Hons) will allow progression to a specialist taught master's degree or a research degree (MPhil/PhD). Some of our graduates have even progressed to undertake a one-year teaching qualification (PGDE/QTS).

Tuition fees

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International
£13,325
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Engineering

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
98%
Male students
2%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


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Engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,808
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
65%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Engineering professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians

Very few students study this subject, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at the stats above. Most graduates get jobs in engineering or management, but if you would like to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen course, it might be a good idea to go on an open day and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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