Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Engineering

Why choose Engineering at the University of Edinburgh?

  • All our programmes are accredited by their relevant professional institution.

  • All our engineering disciplines have an Industrial Advisory Board. which ensures that those programmes meet the current needs of industry.

  • MEng students take part in multidisciplinary group design projects developed in collaboration with industry. Recent student successes include our team winning top prize at the 2017 Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) student design competition; and HypED was the only UK team to participate at the Hyperloop 2017 finals.

  • We have strong industry links in the development and delivery of courses across all our engineering disciplines. For example, our Oil and Gas Systems Engineering course was developed in collaboration with Atkins. Guest speakers from industry address many lecture courses and make a contribution to design projects.

  • MEng students in chemical, electronics and electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering have the opportunity to carry out a six month, credit-awarding placement as part of their programme. You will also be supported to secure a summer internship, which can lead to a recognised award from the University.

Study abroad

My impression from the open day chimed with the reasons I chose to study engineering, emphasising the social and environmental consequences of sustainable engineering. Strong industry links in the renewables sector were also presented.

Maisie Edwards-Mowforth 3rd year MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Maisie Edwards-Mowforth 3rd year MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Introducing Engineering

Engineers create innovative solutions to real-world problems. We invent products, systems and processes that are faster, smaller, cleaner, safer, stronger, more efficient, more environmentally friendly, more economical, more sustainable and more marketable.

Engineering is all around us, making up much of what we take for granted - telecommunications, transport, energy generation and distribution, buildings, bridges, water supply, materials, fuels and much more.

Engineering at Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history and enjoys a vibrant and successful present. Our graduates have a distinctive blend of technical skills, ingenuity and entrepreneurship, that can open the door to a rewarding career.


Your programme will draw material from one, or more, of our four disciplines:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Electronics and electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

Our programmes cross the traditional engineering boundaries through cross-disciplinary design projects and teaching, in recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering projects.

You can keep your options open between these disciplines by applying for H100 Engineering.

In Year 1 you will study a general engineering course that covers all four teaching areas. You must follow at least two of these, but can elect to study three or four if you wish. The route provides an insight into engineering as a whole, and helps you focus in on areas of particular interest. On completion of semester 1, you will discuss your options with your Personal Tutor, and transfer to one of the programmes offered by the School of Engineering. All programmes, with the exception of Structural Engineering with Architecture, are available through this route.

Suitably qualified students may opt to apply for direct entry to Year 2, in which case flexibility is reduced, but the length of study is the same as a comparable degree in the rest of the UK. Note that H100 and Structural Engineering with Architecture are not available to students applying for direct entry to Year 2.


All our MEng programmes are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

All of our BEng programmes are accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). An accredited programme is needed to complete the CEng educational base.