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Glasgow Caledonian University

Mechanical and Power Plant Systems

UCAS Code: HH32
BEng (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
BEng (Hons) 5 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

54%

Subjects
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
80% MED
75% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20k LOW
£22k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

54%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This programme has no intake to 1st or 2nd year in 2016 and is available only at 3rd year for those working towards a relevant HND qualification.

Modules

Year 1: Core modules; engineering computing 1; fundamentals of electrical engineering; professional orientation practice 1; mechanical principles A; engineering materials; mathematics 1; mechanical principles B; engineering applications (with PDP). Year 2: Core modules; analogue electronics; digital electronics; engineering design and analysis 2; mathematics 2; professional orientation practice 2; control and instrumentation systems; energy resources generation and utilisation; electrical systems. Year 3: Core modules; control engineering 3; engineering design and analysis 3; plant and electrical distribution; energy conversion technologies; professional orientation and practice 3; optional industrial practice. Year 4: Core modules; project; power systems technology; electrical machines; renewable energy technology; control engineering 4.

Glasgow Caledonian University

City campus

As an innovative and international institution we thrive on our diverse and inclusive values, which provide our students with an outstanding experience, in a city centre location, providing you with everything on your doorstep to be a forward thinking, engaging student. We have a 100% overall student satisfaction for Optometry according to the 2011 National Student Survey.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

33%
67%

Year 3

22%
78%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
35%
63%
2%

Year 1

63%
34%
3%

Year 2

63%
34%
3%

Year 3

52%
43%
5%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

58%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

67%

Feedback on work has been prompt

55%

Staff are good at explaining things

74%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
23% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
17% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
38% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
376 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £20k LOW
Graduates who are production managers and directors

8%

Graduates who are conservation and environment professionals

8%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

54%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The recession probably hit construction the hardest of all industries, which meant that civil engineering, which had one of the lowest unemployment rates before the downturn, was one of the worst affected subjects. Things have got better since then, and appear to be rapidly improving, but normally we'd expect to see unemployment rates at about half of what they are currently. We're still officially short of civil engineers, especially in areas to do with mining, tunnelling and safety, and salaries are well above the graduate average. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees – it’s the most common way for civil engineers to secure their first position.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 83%
Student score 75% MED
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

55%

Feedback on work has been prompt

57%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
5% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
33% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
363 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
42% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £22k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

9%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

53%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject has been affected by the recession and so you would normally expect some more encouraging stats – although things have improved this year. Nevertheless, engineers are in demand across multiple industries, but most stay in engineering, particularly in the oil industry, and in the car industry, in design and manufacturing. Jobs are all around the country, with Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment – starting salaries for mechanical engineers in Scotland are actually higher there than in London, thanks to the oil industry, and only bettered by a handful of courses. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification – this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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