BEng (Hons) Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering

Computer-aided mechanical engineering is a blend of mechanical engineering, computer-aided engineering and systems design engineering. A form of 'virtual engineering', it allows engineers to test new products or systems without having to build expensive prototypes.

This programme has been designed with industry input and uses standard industry software (such as PTC Creo for 3D modelling and manufacturing simulation and ANSYS for Finite Element Analysis) to give you an understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering - design, control, materials and manufacturing methods - as well as learning how to provide solutions to complex engineering problems. All of GCU's Engineering Programmes are accredited by UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and we have excellent links with industry, providing access to case studies, projects and work experience. All MEng pathways within the Engineering Suite satisfy the academic requirements required for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the programme meets/will contribute to the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Your career

Graduates have found success in a variety of local, national and international industries and consultancies, such as mechanical, aerospace, electronics, offshore, local authority, manufacturing and building services.

Year 1

Broad-based and solid coverage of the Fundamentals of Engineering.

Year 2

Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Design & Analysis, Mathematics, Integrated Engineering Studies, Control & Instrumentation Systems, Manufacture & Materials, Electrical Systems.

Year 3

Computer Aided Engineering, Energy Conversion Technologies, Manufacture & Materials, Engineering Design & Analysis, Integrated Engineering Studies and Engineering Operations Management.

Year 4

Honours Project, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Design & Analysis, Simulation for Manufacturing, Renewable Energy Equipment Design, Computer-Aided Design.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BEng (Hons)
Part Time
2 - 5 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
BEng (Hons)
Full Time
3 - 4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Part Time 2 - 5 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Full Time 3 - 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
This degree gives students the option to take a Masters route, adding one year onto their studies, find out more about the MEng entry requirements here

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Full-time entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at C

A level: CCD including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H5 including Maths and Physics, plus English at Ordinary Level O2

IB Diploma: 24 points including Maths and Physics

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM plus GCSE English at C

SWAP: Access to STEM programme at BBB

Foundation apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Year 2

College HNC: 15 credit HNC Mechanical Engineering with B in Graded Unit to include Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3 and 4. Attendance and pass GCU Maths Summer School is required for those without Engineering Mathematics 3 and 4.

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at DDM plus GCSE English at C

Year 3

College HND: HND Mechanical Engineering with B in Graded Unit/s to include Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Attendance and pass GCU Maths Summer School is required for those without Engineering Mathematics 5.

Part-time entry requirements

You have the option to study part time with this degree course.

Year 1

College HNC: Mechanical Engineering or other relevant Engineering subject with B in graded units 1 and include Engineering Maths 1 and 2.

Year 2

College HND: Mechanical Engineering with B in graded units and must include Engineering Maths 1, 2, 3 and 4

Additional requirements

Applicants to the part-time programme must be in suitable full-time employment.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Part-time and distance learning tuition fees

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

View part-time and distance learning fees for 2019/20.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The School’s industrial partnerships provide access to design-oriented case studies/projects, work experience and real world problems including the option of a year long placement.

This programme belongs to GCU's Department of Engineering which is a member of the National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards (NAFEMS).

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

This programme employs a number of methods of assessment:  traditional end of trimester examinations coursework throughout the trimester group work/peer assessment poster presentations. In the first year of the programme there are no end-of-trimester examinations.

A number of integrated approaches are employed to achieve the necessary aims, objectives and learning outcomes required at this advanced level. To this end, a variety of teaching and learning methods and strategies are applied on the programme appropriate to the module material and to the specific aims and objectives involved. For example, some of the modules are more theoretical in nature or heavily practical or software based, whilst others are more discursive and presentation based. These therefore require different teaching and learning approaches. Therefore in addition to the more traditional lectures and tutorial approach, a range of other suitable teaching and learning approaches will be adopted and examples of these will include: student and tutor led seminars Industrial guest seminars Research seminars Formative assessments Computer application activities Self-directed and independent learning Problem solving practical laboratories Simulation laboratories Managed Learning Environments (e.g GCU Learn) Student presentations Group projects Industrial case studies Discursive case studies  Problem-based learning scenarios Research based teaching materials and methods The tutorial and laboratory work will in essence be geared to design issues, application developments and problem solving to help solidify concepts and theories learned in lectures. You may also have the opportunity to undertake some of your studies abroad for a trimester or one year through ERASMUS projects.