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 engineering disciplines.

This programme offers up a learning experience specifically aimed at enhancing skills for the oil and gas industry.

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 space craft 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 nano technologies, from mechanical hearts and artificial limbs to fitness machines, and from oil and gas exploration and production technologies to wind turbines.

The oil and gas industry in the UK has grown and strived over the last 40 years because of the engineering skills and developments in technology that have been brought to the market. As the industry continues to adapt for the next 40 years, the need for experienced, forward-thinking engineers has never been greater.

This programme follows the same structure as our BEng Mechanical Engineering degree but with the introduction of a range of courses in years 3 and 4 which focus on the needs of the Oil and Gas industry.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
4 Years
Study Mode
Full Time
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What You'll Study

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. 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.

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Electronics (EG1008) - Credits: 15

The aim of the course is to introduce basic concepts of electrical & electronics within a context of general engineering. The topics covered are kept at an elementary level with the aim of providing the foundational material for subsequent courses at levels 1 and 2. The course adopts the philosophy of application oriented teaching. During each topic the students will be provided with examples of day-to-day devices. Topics covered include dc circuit analysis, electronic amplifiers, digital circuits, optoelectronics, and ac theory.

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CAD and Communication in Engineering Practice (EG1010) - Credits: 15

The course is designed to introduce the students to different methods of communication in the process of interchanging ideas and information. Oral presentation and writing of technical reports are introduced. The importing data from web-based and library-based sources will be integrated through information retrieval and investigative skills training. Professional ethics are covered on plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property. Engineering drawing skills and knowledge of relevant British and International Standards will be developed through intensive training in the use of computer aided design and modelling package, SolidWorks. Standard drawing formats including 3D depiction of stand alone parts and assemblies are covered.

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Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (EG1012) - Credits: 15

Engineering design depends on materials being shaped, finished and joined together. Design requirements define the performance required of the materials. What do engineers need to know about materials to choose and use them successfully? They need a perspective of the world of materials. They need understanding of material properties. They need methods and tools to select the right material for the job. This course will help you develop knowledge and skills required for the successful selection and use of engineering materials.

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Electronics Design (EE1501) - Credits: 15

This course provides an introduction to the design and analysis techniques used within electronic engineering, and to the major active components (diodes and transistors). The course opens with a description of charges, the forces between charges and the concept of electric fields. The second part of the course deals with semiconductor devices, opening with fundamental properties of doped semiconductors.

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Engineering Mathematics 1 (EG1504) - Credits: 15

The course presents fundamental mathematical ideas useful in the study of Engineering. A major focus of the course is on differential and integral calculus. Applications to Engineering problems involving rates of change and averaging processes are emphasized. Complex numbers are introduced and developed. The course provides the necessary mathematical background for other engineering courses in level 2.

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Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (EG1510) - Credits: 15

Engineering Mechanics is concerned with the state of rest or motion of objects subject to the action of forces. The topic is divided into two parts: STATICS which considers the equilibrium of objects which are either at rest or move at a constant velocity, and DYNAMICS which deals with the motion and associated forces of accelerating bodies. The former is particularly applied to beams and truss structures. The latter includes a range of applications, such as car suspension systems, motion of a racing car, missiles, vibration isolation systems, and so on.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

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Optional Courses

  • Plus 30 further credit points from Sustained Study, Disciplinary Breadth or Sixth Century courses.
Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (EG2004) - Credits: 15

The fluid mechanics section of the course begins with the material properties of fluids. This is followed by studying fluid statics and principles of fluid motion. Bernoulli’s equation is used to explain the relationship between pressure and velocity. The final fluids section introduces the students to incompressible flow in pipelines.

The thermodynamics section presents: the gas laws, including Van Der Waals’ equation; the first law of thermodynamics with work done, heat supply, and the definitions of internal energy and enthalpy. The second law is introduced including entropy through the Carnot cycle.

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Process Engineering (EG2011) - Credits: 15

A general engineering course that provides an insight into the two main conservation principles, mass and energy. Processes are usually described through block diagrams. This language, common to many disciplines in engineering, helps the engineering to look at their processes with an analytical view. Degree of freedom analysis is addressed, emphasising its importance to solve a set of linear equations that model fundamental balances of mass. Practical examples of Energy balances are displayed, bringing Thermodynamics to a practical level. Process control is also introduced, explaining basic control techniques and concepts, i.e sensors, feedback, control loops and PID controllers.

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Engineering Mathematics 2 (EG2012) - Credits: 15

This course follows Engineering Mathematics 1 in introducing all the mathematical objects and techniques needed by engineers. It has three parts:

  • Matrices: definitions, operations, inverse and determinant; application to systems of linear equations.
  • Ordinary differential equations: 1st order (linear and separable), 2nd order with constant coefficients, forced osciallations and resonance.
  • Functions of two variables: partial derivatives and extrema, the chain rule, the heat equation and the wave equation.

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Solids and Structures (EA2502) - Credits: 15

This course provides students with the opportunity to refresh and extend their knowledge to analyse the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials and structures. In particular, mechanical properties of materials, and 2D and 3D stresses and strains are examined, the effects of internal imperfections on the performance of materials under loading, brittle fracture, fatigue and non-destructive testing are discussed. The structural analysis of beams and columns, deflection and buckling, as well as design applications are also considered in the course.

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Design and Computing (EG2501) - Credits: 15

The use of computing (MATLAB) as an aid to practical design and as computational analysis tool will be developed. The course covers engineering design process. Exercises will be undertaken to gain an appreciation of the development of existing designs. Material selection is included from a viewpoint of quality, impact on environment and sustainability. Practical aspects of the manufacturing process is covered through lectures and hands-on experience of workshop practice. Advanced use of SolidWorks and milling simulation software will be covered culminating in the production. Issues such as design protection, copyright and patents will be explained as part of this process.

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Electrical and Mechanical Systems (EG2503) - Credits: 15

This course provides students with an integrated development of methods for modelling, analysing and designing systems comprising electrical and mechanical components. In doing so it intends to emphasise to the students the similarity in behaviour between electrical and mechanical systems. The course aims to give an introduction to both electrical machines, circuit and systems, transformers, and similar mechanical systems like gearbox, vibrating system and principles of dynamics, and thus provide the foundation material for several courses at level 3 .

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Optional Courses

  • Plus 30 further credit points from Sustained Study, Disciplinary Breadth or Sixth Century courses.
Year 3

Compulsory Courses

This programme follows the same as the standard Mechanical degree with the inclusion of one different course.

Engineering Analysis and Methods 1 (EG3007) - Credits: 15

Modern engineering analysis relies on a wide range of analytical mathematical methods and computational techniques in order to solve a wide range of problems. The aim of this course is to equip students with the necessary skills to quantitatively investigate engineering problems. Examples applying the methods taught to practical situations from across the full range of engineering disciplines will feature heavily in the course.

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Stress Analysis A (EM3015) - Credits: 15

One of the roles of an engineer is to ensure that engineering components perform in service as intended and do not fracture or break into pieces. However, we know that sometimes engineering components do fail in service. Course examines how we determine the magnitude of stresses and level of deformation in engineering components and how these are used to appropriately select the material and dimensions for such component in order to avoid failure. Focus is on using stress analysis to design against failure, and therefore enable students to acquire some of the fundamental knowledge and skills required for engineering design.

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Fluid Mechanics A (EM3018) - Credits: 15

The course begins with the concept of dynamic similarity and the application of dimensional analysis to model-testing. This is followed by sections on steady and unsteady flow in pressure conduits; rotodynamic fluid machines including cavitation and pump-pipeline matching; open channel flow, mainly focused on steady uniform and steady rapidly varied flows; and porous media flow with applications in civil, mechanical, chemical and petroleum engineering.

The laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce concepts covered in lectures and include experiments on the performance characteristics of hydraulic machines and measurements of the essential features of flow in an open channel.

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Engineering Materials (EM3028) - Credits: 15

The course focuses, initially, on the major groups of solid materials – metals, ceramics, polymers, and provides an introduction to materials selection. Strengthening mechanisms in these systems and the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties are highlighted. The main failure and degradation processes of materials in service, fracture, fatigue, creep and corrosion, are considered. The major welding and adhesive bonding processes are introduced, and structural integrity of welded joints is examined. Finally, the course gives a comprehensive introduction to composite materials and motivation for their use in current structural applications. Manufacturing of different types of composites is reviewed.

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Dynamics 1 (EM3511) - Credits: 15

This course introduces the theory of dynamics and the vibration of single and multi-degree of freedom systems, and dynamics of rotating and reciprocating machinery.

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Engineering Thermodynamics (EM3521) - Credits: 10

The course begins introducing thermodynamic properties and reviewing first and second laws. The material is then taken forward into application in a focused module on production of power from heat which includes: steam power plants; internal-combustion and gas-turbine engines. This is followed by a module on refrigeration and liquefaction. The course continues with a detailed discussion of the applications of thermodynamics to flow processes including: duct flow of compressible fluids in pipes and nozzles; turbines; compression processes. The course concludes with a module on psychrometry which includes: humidity data for air-water systems; humidification & dehumidification systems.

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Design of Mechanical Elements (EM3522) - Credits: 10

Aimed at students interested in mechanical engineering and aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to take a design requirement/concept to a fully implemented product. It will provide an overview of a multi-stage design methodology followed by procedures for the detailed design of various mechanical elements including gears, shaft and bearings. These procedures will include design to resist fatigue failure and will be taught using an example product. The course will include aspects of sustainability and choice of method for manufacture. Assessed through a series of group design exercises.

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Drilling and Well Engineering (EP3595) - Credits: 15

The process of drilling an oil and gas well will be outlined. We will look at the surface equipment, downhole technologies and associated safety issues. Drilling fluids, casing and cementing the well, directional drilling etc. will be investigated

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Project and Safety Management (EG3599) - Credits: 10

To course aims to provide students with an awareness of purpose, principals, fundamental concepts and strategies of safety and project management.

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Year 4


There are two options of study in year 4. Three compulsory courses are studied and students can then choose between a range of different project options.

Compulsory Courses

Fluid Dynamics (EM40JJ) - Credits: 10

The course begins with consideration of boundary layer development over a flat plate and curved surfaces, leading to boundary layer separation and forces on immersed bodies. This is followed by study of water wave theory with particular application to coastal and offshore engineering. These topics are also part of the EG40JF Civil Engineering Hydraulics course. The second part of the course concentrates on compressible flow. Using the fundamental conservation equations, the characteristics of converging-diverging nozzles and accelerating supersonic flows are examined. Plane and oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer flow and Navier-Stokes equations are then introduced.

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Petroleum Production Engineering and Technology (EP4018) - Credits: 10

This course provides detailed understanding of the methodologies and relevant engineering science and technology for efficient and safe production of oil and gas.

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Optional Courses

Plus one of the following options:

Option 1:

  • BEng Individual Project (EG4014)
  • Nonlinear Mechanics (EM4529)
  • Group Design Project (BEng) (EG4578)
  • Plus 30 further credit points from Sustained Study, Disciplinary Breadth or Sixth Century courses.

Option 2:

  • Engineering Project Abroad (BEng) (EG4011)
  • Plus 30 further credit points from Sustained Study, Disciplinary Breadth or Sixth Century courses in the first half-session.
BEng Individual Project (EG4014) - Credits: 30

To provide the student with the opportunity of pursuing a substantial and realistic exercise in the practice of engineering at or near a professional level, and to further enhance the student's critical and communication skills. The project will usually be carried out at the University of Aberdeen but may be carried out at industry or other research location.

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Engineering Project Abroad (BEng) (EG4011) - Credits: 60

The course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out a project in an approved European institution by pursuing a substantial and realistic exercise in the practice of engineering at or near a professional level, and to further enhance the student's critical and communication skills.

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Group Design Project (BEng) (EG4578) - Credits: 15

This course is a concentrated design and reporting exercise which requires application of project management and team liaison skills in addition to technical design ability. Specific exercises will include interdisciplinary aspects and will relate to design requirements arising from the professional activities of the School of Engineering or its industrial contacts. Written and oral presentations form part of the course.

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Nonlinear Mechanics (EM4529) - Credits: 15

This course provides students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the concept of nonlinearity and nonlinear behaviour of engineering systems, structures and materials. In particular, fundamental principles of analytical and computational methods used in nonlinear mechanics are examined, simple nonlinear engineering systems and nonlinear fluid flows (e.g., Newtonian and non−Newtonian flows for various Reynolds numbers) are modelled and analysed using Computational Fluid Dynamics package and Finite Elements software.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencieslearnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Engineering (Mechanical with Oil and Gas Studies)?

Why Engineering

  • The first two years you study general engineering, with elements of Chemical, Civil, Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical and Petroleum. This means you have vital knowledge of all areas – making you far more adaptable in employment.
  • Programmes reflect ‘systems engineering’ approach in modern industry.
  • World-class facilities, including laboratories dedicated to areas of work such as satellite communications, computer aided design, electrical machines, materials testing, laser welding, hydraulics, fluids, concrete, large structures and geotechnics.
  • 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.
  • The School has produced thousands of career-ready graduates over the decades, many who have progressed into Managing Director and Chief Executive roles in the oil and gas and wider energy industries.
  • We work closely with colleagues across geology, chemistry and business disciplines to ensure the teaching is fit-for purpose.
  • We are well connected with local, national and international industry, particularly in the oil/gas/energy industry where students get the chance to experience real-life industry challenges and projects, through guest lectures, visits and networking.
  • Accreditation by the relevant professional engineering institutions, providing first steps into becoming a chartered engineer. UG Engineers intending to follow an engineering career should consider student membership of the relevant institution.
  • Our award winning Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter is one of the 230 student chapters around the world. We build strong relationships with members and non-members alike, and help you gain insight into the oil and gas industry.
  • TAU Racing was established in 2007 by a group of undergraduate engineers of various disciplines. Each year the team's goal is to design and build a single seat racing car to compete at Silverstone in the Formula Student competition.
  • We have a number of student-run Societies, including our Engineering Society. These are great social groups to get involved with and deliver a number of benefits and opportunities for industry engagement.
  • Our General Engineering School was ranked 1st in the Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the Guardian League Tables for graduate employment.

Entry Requirements


  • 4H at ABBB
  • AB required in Mathematics and Physics/Technological Studies. If applicant presents with H in Technological Studies instead of Physics, Mathematics must be A grade.
  • S at grades 1, 2, or 3, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English

You can find further information under the Engineering tab on the Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

Further detailed entry requirements for Engineering degrees.

English Language Requirements

To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,000
All Students
International Students £17,200
Students admitted in 2016/17
International Students £18,000
Students admitted in 2017/18

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

  • We offer around 40 Entrance Scholarships of £1,000- £3,000 per annum, unless otherwise stated, to students with good academic potential while they study for an undergraduate degree at the University.
  • 2 Talisman-Sinopec (£2000), and 2 CNR International (£1000) Engineering Scholarships available for students starting an undergraduate Engineering degree in September.

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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.


Most engineers achieve professional status in the UK through membership of one of the Engineering institutions and register as Chartered Engineers. Chartered Engineers can practise in Europe and our Honours degrees are recognised by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations. Engineering institutions may regularly review degree programmes and accredit those they find suitable on behalf of the Engineering Council and Engineering Technology Board. According to your choice of curriculum your MEng Honours degree is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Engineers, the 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 of professional membership, you would need to follow your degree studies with advanced study equivalent to the final year of an MEng programme.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.


Engineering Society

Engineering Society

Student led social and employability events and networking.

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TAU Formula Racing

TAU Formula Racing

TAU (Team Aberdeen University) Racing was established by a group of undergraduate engineers at the University. The goal each year is to design and build a single seat racing car to compete at Silverstone in the Formula Student competition.

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Industry Visits

Industry Visits

Our close connections with the UK Subsea Industry means you get the chance to visit a number of different organisations and learn about their area of expertise. One good example is the National Hyperbaric Centre.

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Key Information Set (KIS)

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