Find a Degree Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering

Our philosophy is one of world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research. Staff in the School have won national awards, and strong links with industry ensure teaching is in line with today's requirements. There is no better place to study Engineering than in the Energy Capital of Europe.

Why Aberdeen?

Engineering is one of the most satisfying professions. You get results. You make things happen. You generate new solutions to other people's problems and at the end of the day, you have the job satisfaction of being able to see your work in action. Engineering is an intellectually demanding profession, mainly because of the wide range of skills you need to deploy. You are expected to be good at mathematics, to have a sound grasp of basic sciences, to be inventive and creative, to be able to sell your ideas to clients and colleagues and, in due course, to organise and lead fellow professionals.

  • Integrated Engineering School, containing award-winning staff and modern, well-equipped laboratories
  • Common core in years 1 and 2 for all engineering students
  • Programmes reflect 'systems engineering' approach in modern industry
  • Final choice of specialisation can be made at start of year 3
  • Philosophy of world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research



Most engineers achieve professional status in the UK through membership of one of the Engineering Institutions and register as Chartered Engineers. Chartered Engineers can practice in Europe and our Honours degrees are recognised by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations.

The Engineering Institutions regularly review degree programmes and accredit those they find suitable on behalf of the Engineering Council (UK) and Engineering and Technology Board.

According to your choice of curriculum, our MEng Honours degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology or by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The BEng Honours degree is also accredited, but to complete the academic requirements for professional membership, you would need to follow your degree studies with advanced study equivalent to the final year of an MEng programme.

The Petroleum Engineering programmes will be accredited as part of the portfolio of programmes offered by the School of Engineering to the Engineering Council.

Our degrees are also recognised world-wide as an accredited route to professional engineering status. 


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The Aberdeen Difference

The opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. See for more information.

Honours Degrees of MEng & BEng

The MEng is a five-year Honours programme and the BEng is a four-year Honours programme both of which are fully accredited by the Engineering Institutions (see Professional Accreditation section). For the first two years you study a common core covering the basic principles of all branches of engineering. In these two years you will follow courses which will give you choice of at least three of the School's main disciplines to specialise in. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth, including design applications.  

Pre-Honours Years

In the first year you can study topics such as Engineering Mathematics, Electronics, Engineering Chemistry, Mechanics, Fundamentals of Engineering Materials and Computer Aided Design & Communication.

Following this, in the second year, the topics covered can include, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Chemistry, Transport Processes, Fluids and Thermodynamics, Solids and Structures, Electronic Systems, Geology, Electrical and Mechanical Systems and Design & Computing. The first and second year courses are complement4ed by hands on practical exercises and case studies from real–life engineering projects.

Honours Years

You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year. This is also the point at which a final decision between MEng and BEng must be made. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng programme. A wide range of both MEng and BEng programmes are available across the entire engineering spectrum, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the School.

In your third year, you have the opportunity to study from a range of courses leading to specialisation in your chosen discipline. The major feature of the fourth year is the undertaking of an individual project in the area of your specialisation. The project occupies half of your study time and can be undertaken in Aberdeen or abroad. The opportunity exists to study a European language to support this study. Formal courses continue to develop your specialist interests.

If you are studying for the MEng degree then in fifth year you undertake a group design project in addition to courses in Engineering Analysis & Methods and Engineering & Project Management. The study of Advanced Special Topics further deepens your specialist knowledge.

The specialisations come under five main disciplines. More information on Mechanical Engineering is detailed below:

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is concerned with creative and imaginative use of engineering principles and science to shape the world around us, through the development of new materials, technologies, processes and products. Mechanical engineers design and develop everything that moves or has moving parts, ranging from spacecrafts and aeroplanes to racing cars, from household goods like refrigerators to the small motors that turn a CD in a CD player, from robotic control of machinery to nanotechnologies, from mechanical hearts and artificial limbs to fitness machines, and from oil and gas exploration and production technologies to wind turbines.

Virtually every product in modern life has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer.  It is not surprising therefore that mechanical engineering is regarded as one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines.

If you are interested in the mechanics and dynamics of movement, have aptitude and fascination in how things work, and want to contribute positively to making the life of the human race better and to the development of a sustainable environment, then you should consider mechanical engineering as a career choice.

Following specialisation in third year, honours studies will include: Engineering Analysis & Methods, Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics; Stress Analysis; Mechanics of Structures; Engineering Materials; Engineering Design; Dynamics; Thermodynamics; Electrical Power Engineering; Project & Safety Management; Safety & Reliability Engineering; Control Systems; Advanced Engineering Materials; Electrical Machines and Drives; Reservoir Engineering; Petroleum Production Engineering and Economics; Offshore Oil and Gas Production Technology; Managing People and Organisations; Group Design; Engineering Project & Manufacturing Management. 

MEng only- Applied Numerical Methods; Solid Mechanics & Materials Modelling; Engineering Management; Mathematical Optimisation; Optical Systems and Sensing.

Further Information

For more detailed information on all of our programmes please refer to the Engineering Brochure, available from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Service. Alternatively, from our Web site at you can follow the 'Course Information' link to find full details of the syllabus and a book list for all of the courses we offer. 

Teaching and Assessment

The main methods of teaching are lectures, tutorials, laboratory and design classes. You can expect an average of 20 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials per week, which you are expected to supplement with private study. Self-study is vital as it develops the confidence to enable you to tackle unfamiliar problems, an essential skill for the professional engineer.

Laboratories and design classes are used to develop practical and communication skills. They are also valuable for giving practical demonstrations of the concepts covered in the lecture courses.

A number of coursework exercises are carried out each year, aimed at developing and improving communication skills. These include written laboratory reports, dissertations, and presentations. The main method of assessment is examinations in January and May. Presentations, laboratory reports and other coursework are submitted and marked individually throughout the year. 


Highly skilled and qualified engineers are currently in very high demand across a number of industries around the world. A good degree in Engineering will set you up for a wide range of career opportunities, working on solving some of the world’s great engineering challenges. Many of today’s Managing Directors and CEO’s in high powered industries also started their careers as engineers. The School of Engineering at Aberdeen is justifiably proud of its students and graduates, believing them to be the best advert for the work of the School. With their excellent reputation, our graduates are in high demand from employers. 

An Engineering degree at the University of Aberdeen can also lead to the opportunity of further study. Every year many of our students come back for postgraduate study either on one of our taught programmes or to gain higher degrees by research. The University’s Careers Service helps undergraduates find employment by providing a range of training opportunities and information on prospective employers

Finding your direction

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success.  The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us – from first to final year – and beyond.

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