Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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BEng/MEng Engineering

UCAS code: H100

Duration: 4 or 5 years, dependent on programme chosen

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BEng/MEng Engineering

If you are unsure about which engineering discipline you are most interested in, you can apply to this general engineering entry code: H100, which allows you to defer your choice of discipline to the start of the second semester.

This programme does not lead to a general engineering degree. Instead, at the start of Year 2, you will join one of the following degree programmes:

  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering*
  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Structural and Fire Safety Engineering

You cannot join the following programmes. You must join these directly at Year 1:

  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Electronics and Computer Science
  • BEng(Hons)/MEng(Hons) Structural Engineering with Architecture

*Only available if you have taken Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1B as outside course options in Year 1.

Accreditation

This entry route leads to programmes that are accredited either as:

  • fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

OR

  • fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

An accredited programme is needed to complete the educational base for CEng.

Your time will usually be divided between:

  • engineering
  • mathematics
  • option courses

You will learn about the principles of engineering, develop your skills and work on multi-disciplinary challenges that span different engineering areas.

For most of our programmes, you can choose an option course from the sciences, arts or humanities. However, chemical engineering students must take Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1B in Year 1.

Curriculum renewal

We are undertaking an ongoing curriculum renewal, which may result in changes to our degree programmes.

The renewal is being carried out in consultation with our industrial partners, accreditation bodies and students, to make sure we equip you for an exciting career in the ever-changing world of engineering.

Year 1

In Year 1, you will study two courses in each of Mathematics and Engineering.

You will develop your engineering skills in a general engineering course that spans all of the engineering disciplines covered at Edinburgh.

You will then apply these skills to address engineering challenges.

Year 2

You will study your chosen branch of engineering, supported by classes in mathematics.

You will continue to apply your scientific and mathematical skills to solve engineering problems, building on your experiences from Year 1.

Year 3

You will now focus on your chosen field of engineering.

Progression routes

At the end of Year 3, you will have the option to complete one more year for a BEng (Hons) or a further two years for an MEng (Hons), subject to you meeting the MEng progression requirements.

Year 4

Year 4 concentrates on specialist study and innovative assessment to prepare you for your professional career.

Increasingly, you will spend time on individual or group design projects.

Year 5

If you choose to pursue the MEng route, you will have further opportunities to broaden and deepen your understanding of fundamental engineering concepts. You will take several optional courses, and develop your skills by applying this knowledge in a range of specialist areas.

You will produce a substantial project that may involve working overseas or in industry in Year 4 or 5, depending on the discipline you choose.

You may also participate in our unique interdisciplinary design projects, initiated with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Our facilities

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering is currently operating a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching is a flexible blend of:

  • digital learning
  • in-person, on-campus teaching (subject to current physical distancing requirements)

You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories.

Placements

Opportunities will depend on the degree programme you choose at the beginning of Year 2.

Study abroad

In Year 3, you will have opportunities to study abroad through the University's international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering is currently operating a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching is not the same as 100% online teaching - it is a flexible blend of:

  • digital learning
  • in-person, on-campus teaching (subject to current physical distancing requirements)

Course content that would have been delivered through in-person lectures will be taught through other formats. This applies to the majority of our courses.

Depending on the course, this may include a mixture of:

  • specially created video content
  • written materials
  • additional content to support self-study
  • live-streamed lectures where appropriate (for example, guest lectures)

Group teaching

Social distancing means that we must work within strict building capacity limitations. Therefore, we now offer group teaching digitally and on-campus simultaneously.

You will be scheduled for in-person attendance at a proportion of the on-campus activities for your course. For the remaining activities, or if you are unable to come to campus, you will attend digitally.

How will I be assessed?

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of courses have introduced coursework in addition to, or to replace, end of semester assessments.

Where an end of semester assessment is required, this will be in the form of a take-home exam. You should complete this in the same amount of time allocated to the equivalent in-person exam (for example, 90 minutes) but you will be given 24 hours in which to submit your solutions.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2021/22)

Studying engineering at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad. All of our courses meet the requirements of the UK's professional engineering bodies.

On graduating from this programme, you will have:

  • a thorough, core knowledge
  • analytical skills
  • practical skills
  • design skills
  • communication skills

This enables you to join a design, production or research team - or move rapidly into management and leadership roles.

Alternatively, many of our graduates go on to work in other areas, including:

  • the civil service
  • education
  • the armed forces
  • the financial sector

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - AAAB (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 555 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 555 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Mathematics at A and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Engineering Science at B. Applicants with Physics are preferred. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: Physics or Engineering Science at B and English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science/Computing, Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology) or Engineering at B. GCSEs: Physics or Science at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) and one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science or Design & Technology at 5. SL: Physics at 5 (if not at HL) and English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

If you are unsure about which discipline you are most interested in, you can apply to this general engineering entry code: H100. This does not lead to a general engineering degree; however, it allows you to defer your choice of discipline to the start of the second semester of teaching.

If you enter through this route, you will make this decision in conjunction with your personal tutor.

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Discover Uni data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BEng/MEng Engineering

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

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How to apply

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering