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BEng/MEng in Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Codes MEng-H303 and BEng-H300

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will use a toolbox of the core topics (e.g. Dynamics, Materials, Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Electronics, Maths) to solve problems and to place these solutions firmly in a business context.


Snowboarding - final year student project - testing phase The main applications of Mechanical Engineering are usually thought of as planes, trains and automobiles. Yes - these industries have Mechanical Engineering principles and Mechanical Engineering people at the very core of their businesses, but the subject opens doors over a much wider range of topics than you might think. A glance at the subject matter of recent final year projects gives a hint of what can be in store;

  • automotive
  • sports engineering
  • aeronautical
  • medical engineering
  • renewable energy
  • manufacturing
  • biomechanics
  • management & business

And what is more, a Mechanical Engineering degree does not restrict you to a Mechanical Engineering career: it’s regarded by many other employers, notably in the financial sector, as a highly-desirable qualification. Some accounting firms express a preference for Engineering graduates above those with degrees in Accounting! Read on to find out how we can equip you with these skills.

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Why Edinburgh?

Jaguar Formula 1 car (courtesy Jaguar Racing Edinburgh, the city, almost sells itself. Cosmopolitan and strikingly beautiful, it is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations so, whatever your interest, there is always lots going on. And for a big city, most people find it surprisingly manageable and compact– getting around is easy.

Edinburgh, the University, reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the city. There is a unique mix of students from all over the UK, increasing numbers from mainland Europe, and many from much further afield. As a large University by UK standards, Edinburgh offers a staggering range of possibilities beyond the lecture theatre; 170 registered student Societies and 51 sports clubs (try thinking of 51 sports!).

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What will I study?

Student work - finite element analysis As a Mechanical Engineer, you will use a toolbox comprising in-depth knowledge of the core subjects (Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Maths…) to design solutions to problems, and place these solutions firmly in a business context. These, therefore, are the subjects and the over-arching themes that will be developed as you progress through your studies – the basics at first, but culminating in a major, individual project and industrial placement in your honours years.

In your first year, you will spend roughly equal amounts of time studying Engineering, Maths and an outside subject of your choice. The first half of the year will reinforce your basic Mechanics, while in the second half of the year, we’ll give you your first taste of Dynamics (moving objects), Thermodynamics (energy systems), Materials and Solid Mechanics (stresses, strains…)

Second year sees your first major courses in Fluids, Solids, Dynamics and Thermodynamics, building the foundations of each of these subjects. You’ll also have your first “Design” classes, in which you’ll begin to learn ways of pulling together material from all your lecture topics into solving problems. You’ll also learn the basics of Computer Aided Design with the aid of a state-of-the-art CAD package (SolidEdge). The management / business aspects of the subject becomes a focus too, with about one third of your year spent studying this.

The third year moves your study of the 2nd year topics forward to the point at which we consider you to have the “core” Mechanical Engineering knowledge. Up until the end 3rd year, you need to know it all; after 3rd year, you start to have a choice! The 3rd year curriculum includes a little variety too – we introduce a series of “Industrial Visits” and a short course in “Law for Engineers”.

Rolls-Royce engines (courtesy Rolls-Royce plc) For the MEng degrees, the fourth year splits into two very different halves. The first half year is spent in an intensive series of advanced lecture courses; the second is spent The Rolls-Royce portfolio of power. Courtesy Rolls-Royce plc Student work - finite element analysis on Industrial Placement. Placements in recent years have included Rolls-Royce, NASA, Ford, Lotus, Jaguar, BAE SYSTEMS and JCB. Although usually UK-based, the geographical spread has extended from Alaska (small-scale wind energy) to Thailand (windsurfer boards)!

The MEng fifth year comprises a major individual project, advanced study modules and a Group Design Exercise.

The BEng fourth year stream spends the first half of the year doing intensive lecture courses (as the MEng stream) but, after these are over, the BEng class proceeds to a major individual project for the second half of the year.


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Printable versions of the Degrees

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering with Management

Mechanical Engineering with Renewable Energy

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

"Studying Engineering at the University of Edinburgh has been a very good decision. The course is challenging, but is definitely also enjoyable. In particular, the laboratory and tutorial sessions develop your knowledge, but also help you make friends and get to know members of staff better. My final year project is allowing me to join a research team using some of the best facilities to do ground-breaking work. Beyond the classroom and lab, the wide choice of pubs, clubs, cinemas and endless societies that you can join keep your social life buzzing."

Ahmed Nasr
Electrical & Mechanical Engineering 4th year
Mechanical Engineering working on a kit car