Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Engineering

Why choose Engineering at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Our curriculum balances technical depth, practical learning and industrial engagement, taking you on a journey from studying engineering theory to becoming a creative, adaptable and resilient engineer ready for tomorrow's workplace.

  • Shaped by industrial employers, our programmes will equip you with the knowledge, team working and critical thinking skills you will need to tackle the complexities and compromises of real-world engineering problems.

  • You will have opportunities to gain practical experience through design projects run with our industrial partners, through internships and placements, or by joining our student-led projects such as Engineering for Change, Formula Student and HypedED (Hyperloop).

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 4th year MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Maisie Edwards-Mowforth 4th 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. The route provides an insight into engineering as a whole, and helps you focus in on areas of particular interest.

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, Electronics and Computer Science, 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.