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Mechanical Engineering

Analyse and solve mechanical engineering problems with traditional engineering principles and emerging technologies

Key Facts



BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering


Degree Duration

4 years


Pathways Available

International Stage One
4 years :1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

September 2023

Degree Overview

Mechanical engineering combines a range of technical, creative, and management skills. It plays an important role in a range of sectors including aerospace, energy management, and surgical innovation.

This degree focuses on mechatronics – the integration of electrical and mechanical components. This means you’ll learn to design and manufacture modern, high-performance products across a range of industries.

You’ll also learn about microcontroller programming, software for computer-aided design (CAD), and how to implement engineering solutions with economic constraints. For example, you’ll take part in an engineering design project where you’ll design and manufacture a prototype.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in practical and industrial-led projects. You’ll use the knowledge and skills gained throughout your studies to present solutions to industry experts.

We are the only Scottish university taking part in the CMS Collaboration, a major experiment at the Large Hadron Collider CERN. Our students have had the opportunity to visit the site during their studies.

You could also join our DRIVE racing team. Each year, they design, build, seek sponsorship for and race a single-seat, rear-engine racing car as part of the global iMechE Formula Student competition at Silverstone.

  • If you do not meet our academic grade requirements for your chosen course, we can offer you an alternative route to begin your studies. Our international incorporated degrees will develop your subject knowledge, academic English and university level study skills.

Why Study this Degree

As a mechanical engineer you may find yourself working on projects to improve the effectiveness of traditional energy systems, increasing the efficiency of energy generated by oil or gas while at the same time working towards near zero emissions generation.

Alternatively the need for long term, clean, renewable sources of energy is growing rapidly. Wind, wave, solar, tidal, geothermal, and vegetable all require talented engineers to develop them to a stage where they can seriously compete with traditional methods and so offer a genuine clean alternative.

Demand for graduates in this area is immense with many of the multinational energy companies, including BP, Shell, and Exxon, recruiting significant numbers of new engineers annually to work in both traditional and emerging energy technologies.

Your Pathways

International Year One

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian’s Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the
University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful
research, an excellent student experience and a community
campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.

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