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Mechanical and Offshore Engineering

BEng (Hons)
BEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering

Robert Gordon University offers a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering. This course will provide you with the ability to work methodically and logically to solve real-word problems. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage challenges and conflicting requirements for a successful and rewarding career.

The course has an international focus where you will gain knowledge in oil and gas exploration and recovery, platform design, pipelines, down-hole instrumentation and energy transformation.

The first two years are common across our Mechanical Engineering courses. At the end of Year 2, you can make an informed decision about which route you wish to take.

2nd in Scotland for career prospects in Engineering: Mechanical (Guardian University Guide 2021).

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

January (Entry via International College)

Course Length

4 years

Year 1

You will develop basic knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles in Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering as well as practical, organisational, study and IT skills. You will begin to understand the integrated nature of the Engineering design process.

Year 2

Foundations laid down in Year 1 are built on by increasing your level of knowledge and understanding. You will develop your problem solving skills and enhance your ability to interpret and critically evaluate technical data and information and their relationship to wider society.

Year 3

This year enables you to further develop your analytical skills and competence. You will also learn about and implement Project Management through studying the key principles and undertaking group project work. Your overall grade from this year counts 20% towards your final Honours classification.

Year 4

In your final year you will engage in an individual research or industrial project to integrate technical, transferable and project management skills and increase your depth of knowledge and understanding by studying further specialist modules. All your module grades in this year will count towards your Honours classification.

 

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Activity Summary

You will study four modules each Term, each varying in contact type. Typically you will have four hours per-module per-week in a mixture of lectures to the whole class (between 80 and 180 students), tutorials (usually to smaller groups), laboratories, workshops and computer laboratories to learn specialist software.

Your course resources will be available on Campus Moodle, our virtual learning environment, where you will find course notes, tutorials, coursework assignments and much more.

Year 4

  • Lectures - 135 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 40 - 80 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 or small group, 1 hour per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 2 hours per week

How long is a BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Offshore Engineering course?

A Mechanical and Offshore Engineering degree can be completed successfully in 4 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

Independent Study

A total of 150 hours per 15-credit module is recommended to get the most out of your course. This includes time studying outside the timetabled classes. This could include, for example, reading lecture notes, undertaking tutorial problems, writing up lab reports or other coursework, and practicing specialist software skills.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff are experienced Engineers, many with Chartered status and industry links, who have achieved or are working towards Higher Education Academy Fellowship - a professional recognition of their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. Many are research-active and some feature in the annual STAR awards (Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition) voted for by the students.

Engineering Applications Supervisors will take you through the more practical aspects of Engineering in our Flexible Learning Labs and Technicians and postgraduate research students will provide support for projects and laboratory work.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each term:

  • 3 Written exams, average time of exam: three hours

Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.

 

Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

 

Placements

Although placements form part of our MEng programmes, they are not yet currently embedded in our BEng courses. However, the RGU Energy Transition Institute is in the process of establishing a Summer Work Experience Partnership for BEng students, which aims to provide paid employment to students over the summer vacation, typically for June, July and August.

Job Prospects

Our graduates are highly sought after and many of them gain employment in the global oil and gas engineering sector.

Is Mechanical and Offshore Engineering a good career choice?

Previous BEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Marine Engineer 
  • Senior Well Engineer
  • Drilling Manager
  • Specialist Drilling Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Rig Manager
  • Subsea Engineer 
  • Business Analyst
 

What is needed for a BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Offshore Engineering degree?

Standard Entry Requirements

  • SQA Higher: BBBC to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or Technological Studies. English at National 5 grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.
  • GCE A Level: BCC to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology, Electronics, or Engineering. GCSE English at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3   to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.
  • IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

  • SQA Higher: CCCC to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or Technological Studies. English at National 5 C is required if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Students entering Year 3 of the course will follow the class based taught route as an alternative to a placement in Year 3.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 

Tuition fees for this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Offshore Engineering course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Scottish Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • EU Students: £6,750 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £6,750 per academic year
  • International Students: £16,650 per academic year

For Academic Year 2020/2021

  • Scottish/EU Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £6,750 per academic year
  • International Students: £16,650 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

Locally-based companies recognise the value of an engineering education at RGU and they have made a number of different scholarships available for the financial support of selected undergraduate students

If you are a Scottish resident you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2021 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

 

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