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Heriot-Watt University

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H301
MEng (Hons) 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Highers
BBBBB-AAAB

Mathematics and (Physics or Technological Studies).

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB

Mathematics and (Physics or Technological Studies).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
30

to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 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

87%

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

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 1st in Scotland for Mechanical Engineering (National Student Survey 2013). 97% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 90% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme, and of those in work, 90% were in a professional or managerial position. Engineers of the Future - a bespoke five-year company sponsored programme aimed at talented students interested in a career in Mechanical Engineering - offers an opportunity to combine vocational training and an MEng degree with hands on industrial experience. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Modules

Year 1: Design and manufacture; materials science; computer applications; mechanics; foundation mathematics; physics and chemistry; kit cars. Year 2: Strength of materials; machine dynamics; applied thermodynamics; fluid dynamics; mechanical engineering design and manufacture; electrical technology for mechanical engineering; mathematics; materials science. Year 3: Strength of materials; machine dynamics; applied thermodynamics; fluid dynamics; mechanical engineering design and manufacture; control engineering and instrumentation; mathematics; management; language option. Year 4: Engineering project; management; manufacturing and design assignments; options from: fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; strength of materials; machine dynamics. Year 5: Multi-disciplinary topics in engineering; group project.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
31%
69%

Year 1

31%
69%

Year 2

29%
71%

Year 3

26%
74%

Year 4

28%
72%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
69%
23%
8%

Year 1

58%
26%
16%

Year 2

49%
33%
18%

Year 3

40%
47%
13%

Year 4

28%
61%
11%

Year 5

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 92%
Student score 88% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

49%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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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
13% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
406 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
24% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals

62%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

4%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

1%

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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