Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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Subject area: Engineering

Why choose Engineering at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Our curriculum balances technical depth; practical learning and industrial engagement. This takes 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 equip you with:

    • the knowledge
    • team-working
    • critical thinking skills

    you 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, internships and placements.

    Or, by joining our student-led projects such as:

    • Engineering for Change (sustainability)
    • Formula Student (automotive technology)
    • HYPED (Hyperloop)
    • Endeavour (rocketry)
    • Asteria (space and satellites)
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The thing I like most about being a student here is the city. I was attracted to studying at Edinburgh by the beautiful city – there really is no better place to live for five years!

Katherine Dodds 3rd Year MEng Civil Engineering
Katherine Dodds 3rd Year MEng Civil Engineering

Introducing Engineering

Engineers create innovative solutions to real-world problems.

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. Engineers invent products, systems and processes that are:

  • faster
  • smaller
  • cleaner
  • safer
  • stronger
  • more efficient
  • more environmentally friendly
  • more economical
  • more sustainable
  • more marketable

Engineering at Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history plus a vibrant and successful present. Our graduates have a distinctive blend of technical skills, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. This opens the door to rewarding careers.


Modern engineering is a multidisciplinary field. Our programmes reflect this with cross-disciplinary design projects and teaching.

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

  • chemical engineering
  • civil and environmental engineering
  • electronics and electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering

You can keep your options open by applying for H100 Engineering. In Year 1 of this programme, you will study a general engineering course that covers all four teaching areas. This gives you an insight into engineering, as a whole, and helps you focus on areas of interest.

Second-year entry

Suitably qualified students can apply for direct entry into Year 2. This limits your flexibility but it means you can complete your degree in three years - comparable to the rest of the UK.

Please note that you cannot apply for direct entry into Year 2 for:

  • H100
  • Electronics and Computer Science
  • Structural Engineering with Architecture


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). You need an accredited programme to complete the CEng educational base.