Mechanical Engineering

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

This degree programme provides a thorough grounding in mechanical engineering principles and their applications, together with the skills needed to solve real mechanical engineering problems.

You will benefit from our strong links with industry, with practising engineers contributing to lectures and providing employment opportunities.

Programme structure

You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. 

Year 1

In your first year, you will take a wide-ranging curriculum which includes courses in mechanical engineering, mathematics, dynamics, electronics, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills. These courses are supported by individual and group project work and laboratory work. This interdisciplinary approach, favoured by industry, also makes it easy to switch to another engineering discipline at the end of year 1 should you wish to do so.

Year 2

You will study further basic engineering subjects including applicable mathematics, applied mechanics, fluid mechanics, microeconomics, engineering computing, materials, power electronics, thermodynamics, design and manufacture. 

Year 3

You will visit a number of industries in the UK and study more advanced engineering subjects including dynamics and control; fluid power; engineering design; fluid mechanics; thermodynamics of engines; heat transfer; instrumentation and data systems; materials and manufacture; mathematical modelling and simulation; and mechanics of materials and structures.

Years 4 and 5

In year 4 you will study a range of compulsory and optional courses from a list which includes advanced thermal engineering, control, lasers and electro-optic systems, materials engineering, mechanics of solids, robotics, vibration, renewable energy and design projects.

In year 5 individual project work forms a major component of the MEng programme, which has a strong industrial bias. Further courses are chosen from advanced control systems engineering, dynamics, desalination, energy from waste materials engineering, and mechanics of solids and structures. You will also undertake a management course.

Our international links

You can apply to spend one year of your academic studies abroad at an accredited partner university. In year 5 MEng students can work on their project at overseas institutions.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

BEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Mathematics and Physics.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2017 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Entry from S5 requires Mathematics and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A. Entry from S6 will require applicants to have Mathematics in S5 and Physics at Grades A/B or B/A by the end of S6.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,5 including Physics and Maths. SL6 may be considered for one of either Physics or Mathematics. 

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Engineering BEng European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MEng

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAA would be considered for the BEng.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve a minimum of AAAA or AAABB including Maths in S5 WILL receive a conditional offer for the MEng based on S6 results. Applicants receiving these offers may be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Maths and Physics at Grade A.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include three HL subjects at 6,6,6 including Mathematics and Physics. SL6 may be considered for ONE of either Physics or Mathematics.

European qualifications

Typical entry requiremetns for European qualifications: Engineering MEng European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Advanced Entry or Faster Route

Applicants who attain exceptional grades may be considered for Advanced Entry (commence their degree at year 2) or Faster Route (additional classes enabling them to condense a 4 year Honours degree into three years). The availability of Advanced Entry or Faster Route will vary by science subject and thus reduce the flexibility that a student has in selecting optional subjects.

Applicants who are interested in Advanced Entry or Faster Route should apply for year 2 (Y2) on their UCAS application. In the event that the specific subject is unavailable or their application is unsuccessful they will automatically be considered for year 1 entry without having to submit a separate UCAS application.

Indicative Grades for an applicant to be considered for Advanced Entry or Faster Route are:

BEng

  • A-levels: AAA at one sitting.
  • Advanced Highers: AAB at one sitting.
  • International Baccalaureate: 38 Points.

Most Engineering applicants who attain these grades would wish to study the MEng degree. Some excellent applicants, however, may choose to apply for the BEng as a three year degree instead.

MEng

  • A-levels: A*A*A at one sitting.
  • Advanced Highers: AAA at one sitting.
  • International Baccalaureate: 40 Points.

Advanced Entry / Faster Route would facilitate completion of the five year MEng degree in four years.

In all cases the mandatory requirements specified must also be met. All applicants should use the standard UCAS code but apply for Y2 entry.

Applicants may be invited for interview.

Advanced entry

If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

Our graduates are well represented in manufacturing companies and a wide range of industries in this country and abroad. Recent graduates have been employed by Babcock (Marine Division), Chevron, Wood Group, Spooner, Green Co. Mineral Water, Extreme Well Solution, Scottish Power Renewables, Aker Solutions, ABS Consulting Ltd, Nuclear, Jee Ltd, OyI Manufacturing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Score Europe.

Accreditation

Our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BEng

  • KIS
    Mechanical Engineering: H300

MEng

  • KIS
    Mechanical Engineering: H302

BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme on completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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