Mechanical Engineering

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


You’ll receive a grounding in the core disciplines of mechanical engineering in the first two years of your MEng Mechanical Engineering degree. When you get to the point of taking optional degrees, this will help you make informed decisions.

In Year 1, students work alongside peers from other science and engineering disciplines and have access to mechanical labs, electrical engineering labs, chemical labs, and physics labs. This provides fundamental lab skills as well as multidisciplinary teamworking skills which will be crucial as the degree progresses and becomes increasingly specialised.

You’ll progress into practical workshop sessions in the lab in your second and third year. Here, you’ll learn about fluids, design and manufacturing, dynamics, and thermodynamics – all core principles of mechanical engineering.

Your fourth and fifth year in your MEng Mechanical Engineering course will include staff-supported individual and group projects, which will help you step into a career as a mechanical engineer. You’ll follow your own path through a wide range of optional courses designed to develop knowledge and skills in specialist engineering subjects.

This five-year MEng Mechanical Engineering degree is the standard route towards a Chartered Engineering professional qualification, so you can progress towards that with this degree.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry: 4 Highers at AAAB including Maths and Physics at AB or BA plus English at National 5.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC including Maths and Engineering Science or Physics 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 AAAB.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 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