Engineering is a broad subject, encompassing many different activities across various fields of human endeavour. While engineers work in many different industries, from aerospace and automotive to energy and medicine, all engineers use creativity to design solutions to the problems we face in the world today.
- General Engineering at Aberdeen is ranked 12th in the UK and 1st in Scotland by The Guardian’s Best UK Universities, 2021.
We offer a range of Engineering degrees which you can read more about below.View available degree programmes
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Our Undergraduate programmes run on a principle of General Engineering for the first two years. In these years, all students take some common courses in subjects which underpin all of engineering, as well as giving you a taste of all the disciplines. This allows you to gain a broad understanding of all of the disciplines, and makes you a more rounded engineer, before deciding to specialise from the third year onward.
You are able to register for our General Engineering degrees, or our discipline-specific degrees, and use subject choices to keep discipline options open as you progress through Levels 1 and 2.
Many students know their desired area of specialism in advance, however if you've not yet made your mind up you can apply for either the four-year BEng Engineering (H100) or five-year MEng Engineering (H104) programme and choose your specialism at a later date.
- View information on our Chemical Engineering programmes
- View information on our Civil Engineering programmes
- View information on our Electrical and Electronic Engineering programmes
- View information on our Mechanical Engineering programmes
- View information on our Petroleum Engineering programmes
Engineering Work Experience is a new 15 credit 2nd year course designed by the School of Engineering in partnership with the University’s Careers and Employability Service to develop students’ work readiness. The course embeds careers education in the academic curriculum and provides students with a work-related learning experience through employer-hosted consultancy-style projects.
Engineering students also benefit from the University’s location in Energy Capital of Europe through numerous field trips to local companies. Field trips are especially valuable as they allow students to observe how the theory learned in lectures is applied in industry and also because you can learn more about different engineering careers from the industry professionals that you meet.
Why Study Engineering at Aberdeen?
- 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 later in your career.
- The School of Engineering is strongly interdisciplinary with staff and students working together across Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering.
- At the heart of each of our disciplines lies a passion for using creativity to design solutions to the complex technological, economic, environmental, and medical challenges we face today.
- Our programmes are delivered by leading researchers in their fields and students are encouraged to follow their own curiosity in their final-year research projects.
- We place a strong emphasis on employability. We offer a work placement course in the second year and have regular industry engagement events throughout our students' time here.
- Accreditation by the relevant professional engineering institutions provides the first steps to becoming a chartered engineer. UG Engineers intending to follow an engineering career should consider student membership of the relevant institution.
- 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.
- Other exciting student societies include the Aerospace Engineering Society, Energy Transition Society, TAU Racing Society and PrototAU.
- Our teaching and research is supported by world-class facilities and lab such as satellite communications, computer-aided design, electrical machines, materials testing, laser welding, hydraulics, fluids, concrete, large structures and geotechnics.
- Aberdeen is a hot spot for engineering with over 8,000 engineering businesses across the city and surrounding region. The School of Engineering has strong links with industry, who support our teaching through guest lectures and placements.
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