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.

Our Degrees

We offer a range of Engineering degrees which you can read more about below.

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Pathway Programmes

The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre offers preparation programmes for progression to undergraduate degree study at the university.

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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're still able to apply for the MEng or BEng Engineering programme and choose your specialism at a later date.

Work Experience

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.

Field Trips

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.

Available Programmes of Study

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 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 a wide range of engineering industries.
  • 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.
  • Opportunities for studying abroad exist in all our degree programmes - where the second year of study can be carried out in one of a range of partner Universities across the globe.
  • 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.

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