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Engineering is a broad subject, encompassing many different activities across various fields of human endeavour. While engineers work in many different industries, from aerospace and automotive to energy and medicine, all engineers use creativity to design solutions to the problems we face in the world today.

Engineering is one of the most satisfying professions. You get results and, at the end of the day, you get to see your work in action. As an Engineer, you need to be good at mathematics and to have a sound grasp of basic sciences, but you must also be creative and be able to sell your ideas to clients and colleagues.

The School of Engineering follows a general engineering model, which means all BEng Engineering (4 years) and MEng Engineering (5 years) students study the fundamentals of engineering during their first two years before transferring to one of our specialist degree programmes by the start of year 3:

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

The four year BEng Engineering honours and five year MEng Engineering honours programmes are therefore ideally suited to students who are not sure which branch of engineering they wish to specialise in at the time of applying.

If you already know what area you wish to study, you can apply directly to that programme.

You must transfer to one of the other specialist programmes, which will be dependent on the optional courses that you take, before or at the commencement of the third year of the programme.

The four year BEng Engineering Honours programme and the five year MEng Engineering Honours programme are both fully accredited by the Engineering Institutions (see Professional Accreditation section).

Women in Engineering Conference, 29 - 31 July 2019

The School of Engineering, in partnership with St Margaret’s School for Girls and BP, is hosting a residential conference for girls aged 15-17 from across the UK. 

Engineering is a broad subject, encompassing many different activities across various fields of human endeavour. While engineers work in many different industries, from aerospace and automotive to energy and medicine, all engineers use creativity to design solutions to the problems we face in the world today. Engineering is one of the most satisfying professions. You get results and,...

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Course Content

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year.

It is possible to move between MEng and BEng and this can be accomplished at any point until the second half session of fourth year. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng and there is no quota, meaning that if grade requirements are met that transfer is guaranteed.

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Principles of Electronics (EG1008) - 15 Credit Points

Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (EG1012) - 15 Credit Points

CAD and Communication in Engineering Practice (EG1010) - 15 Credit Points

Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (EG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Engineering Mathematics 1 (EG1504) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Engineering Mathematics 2 (EG2012) - 15 Credit Points

Process Engineering (EG2011) - 15 Credit Points

Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (EG2004) - 15 Credit Points

Design and Computing in Engineering Practice (EG2501) - 15 Credit Points

Electrical and Mechanical Systems (EG2503) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Please note: the BEng in Engineering is intended for candidates who are uncertain as to which branch of engineering they wish to specialise in. They must transfer to one of the other programmes, which will be dependant on the optional courses that they have taken, before or at the commencement of the third year of the programme.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Please note: the BEng in Engineering is intended for candidates who are uncertain as to which branch of engineering they wish to specialise in. They must transfer to one of the other programmes, which will be dependant on the optional courses that they have taken, before or at the commencement of the third year of the programme.

The first two years cover general Engineering, with elements of Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum and Electrical/Electronics, as well as Civil. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year. It is possible to move between MEng and BEng and this can be...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: ABBB (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*)
Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission.

Minimum: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics and Physics*)
Applicants who achieve our Minimum entry requirements over S4 and S5 are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers maybe required in order to receive an offer of admission.

Adjusted: BB (Good performance required in Mathematics*)
Applicants who meet one or more of our Widening Participation criteria and who achieve good performance in Maths and one other subject may be made an adjusted offer of entry. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers maybe required in order to receive an offer of admission.

* These subjects can be either held at the time of application or be achieved during the appropriate admissions cycle.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may be made an offer of admission.

Minimum: BBC (Good performance required in Mathematics, plus at least one from Physics, Design & Technology, Engineering or Chemistry). Applicants who are predicted to achieve the Minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered.

Adjusted: BB (Good performance required in Mathematics)
Applicants who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria and who are predicted to achieve a good performance in Mathematics and one other subject may be made an Adjusted offer of entry.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

FOR CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES

Please note: for entry to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering an SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry is required for entry to year 1, in addition to the general Engineering requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: ABBB (Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science required*) Applicants who achieve the Standard entry requirements over S4 and S5 will be made either an unconditional or conditional offer of admission. Minimum: BBB (Good performance required in Mathematics and Physics*)

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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