This degree programme combines the breadth and wide appeal of mechanical engineering with the opportunities offered by advanced study of mechanical, aeronautics and aerospace subjects.
You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. Your selection for BEng or MEng depends on your progress record in your first three years.
In your first year you will take courses in mathematics and study engineering fundamentals including aerospace engineering, dynamics, electronics, manufacturing, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills.
In your second year you will study further basic engineering subjects all of which are compulsory – applicable mathematics, applied mechanics, design and manufacture, electrical power engineering, elements of thermodynamics for aerospace propulsion, engineering computing, introduction to aerodynamics, materials and power electronics.
In your third year you will visit a number of industries in the UK and study more advanced engineering subjects – aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, aircraft performance, dynamics, control and fluid power, flight mechanics, materials and manufacture, mathematical modelling and simulation, mechanics of materials and structures, propulsion and turbomachinery, and software engineering.
Years 4 and 5
The main route to becoming a fully chartered engineer is through the MEng degree, which usually takes five years. The BEng degree remains popular and can normally be completed in four years. To become a fully chartered engineer with a BEng degree requires further study after graduation, which can be done part-time from work.
In fourth year you will study a range of core mechanical engineering subjects and core aeronautics subjects, plus a choice of advanced options. You will also undertake a team aerospace design project.
In fifth year (MEng only) an aerospace-focused individual project forms a major component of the programme.
A feature of the fifth year of the MEng programme is a flight-testing course in a Jetstream aircraft.
In addition to the aerospace design project you will also take part in a multidisciplinary integrated system design project, working in teams with students of other engineering disciplines.
You will benefit from the close ties with industry developed by staff involved in the programme, with industrial case studies focused on the aerospace industries.
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.
The degree aims to allow students who wish to pursue a professional engineering career in mechanical engineering but who have a particular interest in aeronautical and aerospace engineering, to keep their career options open. Graduates will have all the engineering and transferable skills of mechanical engineers with a strong additional speciality in aeronautics. Mechanical engineering graduates are well represented in aerospace industries and this degree provides enhanced employment opportunities in this sector.
These degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAA by the end of S5 including Mathematics and Physics. Applicants who achieved a minimum of AAAA or AAABB including Mathematics in S5, WILL receive a conditional offer for the MEng. Applicants receiving these offers may be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
A-levels: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics.
IB: 36 points including Mathematics HL6 and Physics HL6.
Highers: AAAA or AAABB by the end of S5, including Mathematics and Physics at grades A/B or B/A.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including Mathematics) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer will normally be conditional (on second sitting results) including, where necessary, Physics.
Additional conditional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
A-levels: AAB including Mathematics and Physics. Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: 34 points including Mathematics HL5 and Physics HL5.
BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme upon completion of years 1, 2 or 3.
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: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre 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 contact the Language Centre.