Mechanical Engineering

BSc (Eng)
BSc Mechanical Engineering

The BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering degree is delivered on a part-time basis, via evening class delivery. It is aimed at students who have the potential and motivation to become competent, professional engineers, but who are unable to commit to full-time study.

If you have a relevant HND and wish to develop your career, this evening class course will provide you with the knowledge and skills that industry requires, enabling you to develop into a professional, qualified engineer capable of developing, managing, operating and maintaining complex engineering processes and systems.

2nd in Scotland for student satisfaction in Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023).

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years

The BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering course is a stage 3 only course. The course is divided into two sections (stage 3a and stage 3b) and delivered over two years, each stage normally taking two years to complete. 

Stage 3a (odd year entry)

Term 1

No module choices, take two core modules (C):

  • Environmental Engineering 1 (C)
  • Project Management, Teamworking and Leadership (C)

Term 2

Take two modules - one core module, plus one elective module (E) at either stage 3a (OR stage 3b) - or if entering the second year of study one core module plus EN3602:

  • Industrial Plant (C)
  • Offshore Engineering or EN3602 Integrative Engineering Project (E)
  • Integrative Engineering Project (second year of study only) 

Stage 3b (even year entry)

Term 1

Take one core module plus one elective module:

  • Signal Acquisition, Instrumentation and Control (C)
  • Energy Conversion and Storage (E)
  • Mathematics 3 (E)

Term 2

Take two modules - one core module plus one elective module at either stage 3b (or stage 3a) - or if entering the second year of study one core module plus EN3602:

  • Engineering Analysis 1 (C)
  • Renewable Energy Systems (E)
  • Integrative Engineering Project (second year of study only)


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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

Learning Methods

You will undertake a total of 8 modules (two modules per semester, four modules per academic year). Classes will normally be timetabled for two evenings per week from 18:00 until 21:00 and these classes will comprise of lectures and tutorials delivered online; either via live sessions or pre-recorded lectures and slides uploaded to CampusMoodle. Lecturers will be available for Q&As during the online timetabled slots. Drop-in evening classes for each module will be on campus (approximately 4 times per module). A third evening may occasionally be used for on campus laboratory sessions. Exams will be held on campus whilst coursework will be offered online. The project work consists of an individual project (often employment based). By prior arrangement with the School, you may undertake some modules or parts of modules with the daytime classes. Examinations are normally scheduled during the daytime.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures – 20 students per group, 3 hours
  • Tutorial – 20 students per group, 2 hours
  • Practical class or workshop – 20 students per group, 1 hour
  • Independent Study – 19 hours

How long is a BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering course?

A Mechanical Engineering degree can be completed successfully in 2 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

Staff delivering 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 students.


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


  • 6 written exams, typically 2.5-3 hours per exam
  • 5 reports such as written coursework
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 group critique

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. It could include, for example, reading lecture notes, reviewing lecture-captured videos, undertaking tutorial problems, writing up lab reports or other coursework, and practising specialist software skills.


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.


Job Prospects

Most BSc (Eng) students are already in full-time employment.  The course offers them the opportunity for career progression within their current employment.


What is needed for a BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering degree?

  • For stage 3 you should have an appropriate HND (or equivalent). Direct entry to Stage 3 is normally guaranteed for students with an HND in Mechanical Engineering from North East Scotland College (NESCol).

English Language Requirements

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

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


The BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering course has the following tuition fees:

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Scottish Students: £910 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £3,375 per academic year
  • EU Students: £3,375 per academic year

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Scottish Students: £910 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £3,375 per academic year
  • EU Students: £3,375 per academic year

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

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 2022 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:


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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