Mechanical Engineering and Energy Engineering

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


Modern challenges require new and advanced technical solutions, and mechanical engineers are vital to achieving those solutions. It is the technical development of the world that drives us forward.

By studying this four-year degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Engineering you can gain the skills to tackle challenging professional tasks associated with energy provision and utilisation.

You will learn to take responsibility for decision-making in areas related to energy and the environment. Building on a sound engineering foundation, you will be introduced to specialist energy topics as well as environmental impact assessment and management.

Mechanical Engineers will help us to progress towards a more sustainable future with solutions for cleaner energy sources and improved efficiency.

For example, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, which are key to mechanical engineering, underpin the turbines used in generating electricity from geothermal or nuclear sources as well as the heat pumps which could replace gas boilers in homes across the UK as a more efficient alternative. Other developments gained through mechanical engineering will increase the efficiency and performance of aircraft and transport, and improve medical engineering and nanotechnology.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: 4 Highers at AABB including Maths and Physics (1 at A) plus English at National 5.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC including Maths and Physics or Engineering Science at BB plus English at National 5.

For entry to Level 2 you would require Advanced Higher Maths and Physics at AB or BA plus 4 Highers at AABB.

Start Date





BEng Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Mechanical Engineering

SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy