This degree is jointly delivered by the University and The Glasgow School of Art and integrates the science of engineering with the activity of designing.
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.
Years 1 and 2
You will take courses in mathematics and product design engineering and study engineering fundamentals including dynamics, electronics, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills.
These courses are complemented by design studies at The Glasgow School of Art which aim to develop creativity, exploration and expressions of ideas, and to build confidence in the design process.
The third year develops and integrates the application of theory through structured projects, with an increased amount of studio work at The Glasgow School of Art. You will study more advanced engineering subjects at the University – materials and manufacture, dynamics, control and fluid power, heat transfer, mathematical modelling and simulation, and mechanics of materials and structures.
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 the final year of the BEng, you will propose your own programme of individual product development and prototyping leading to concept and detailed design proposals. You will also study advanced subjects in engineering, management and design. These include advanced materials, mechanics of solids, microelectronics and design studies.
In fourth year of the MEng degree you will study the same taught courses as for the BEng, and undertake a group design project, with mechanical engineering and mechanical design engineering students. Studio activities at The Glasgow School of Art will continue and you will study advanced subjects in engineering, management and design. In year 5 you will work on a programme of product development and prototyping proposed by you, leading to concept and detailed design proposals.
Before your final-year project you will go on a fieldtrip to a number of industrial locations throughout the UK. You will take part in a multidisciplinary integrated system design project, working in teams alongside students of other engineering disciplines.
This degree programme has strong links with industry and we try to maximise these opportunities. As our students work closely with industry in their final years, they have an excellent record of employment in industry.
As part of the MEng programme there is the possibility that you spend the fourth year in Trondheim, Norway. We are establishing links with universities in the Netherlands and in Australia to provide similar possibilities.
Career prospects range from leading international companies to design studios. Our recent product design engineering graduates have been employed by Core PD, Red Button Design, Selex Galileo, Space Right Europe Ltd, and ULMA Packaging Industry, among others.
These degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
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.
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.
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.