BEng (Hons) Mechanical Systems Engineering

Engineers are involved in a number of design and development activities. Mechanical Systems Engineering is a blend of mechanical engineering, computer-aided engineering, control engineering, systems design engineering and electronic engineering in order to design and manufacture useful products.

This programme, developed in partnership with industry, will produce well-rounded engineers able to exercise leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. You will have access to cutting edge laboratories and equipment including CAD, CAM and FEA software, as well as to electrical, control systems and instrumentation and electronic laboratories. There is also the opportunity for a 48-week industry placement. The BEng (Hons) degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as fulfilling the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng), with the addition of the MEng year or an accredited Masters degree. Successful completion of the BEng (Hons) degree allows transfer to the MEng.

Your career

Graduates work in mechanical engineering, aerospace, electronic, offshore, local authority, manufacturing, and building services. GCU has many links with blue chip companies in the UK and Europe including Thales, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and many others.

Year 1

Provides a broad-based and solid coverage of the Fundamentals of Engineering.

Year 2

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

Year 3

Control Engineering, Manufacture & Materials 3, Engineering Design & Analysis, Industrial Placement, Energy Conversion Technologies.

Year 4

Honours Project, Engineering Design & Analysis , Computer Aided Engineering, Renewable Energy Technology, Control Engineering.

Year 5

Project, Strategy & Innovation, Applied Thermo-fluid & CFD, Advanced Engineering Mechanics-Structures, Advanced Engineering Mechanics -Dynamics, Control Systems.

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

Study Options

  • 2019/20

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BEng (Hons)
Part Time
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
 
BEng (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
H360
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Part Time 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BEng (Hons)
Part Time
3 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
 
BEng (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
H360
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BEng (Hons) Part Time 3 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BEng (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 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

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

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.

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 within industry

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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Scholarships

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.

Students have the possibility to undertake an industrial placement on completion of Year 3. This can be a year long placement or there is also an option of a 12-week placement in the second semester of Year 3. These placements are not compulsory or guaranteed.

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.

Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports. Our aim is to build our students’ abilities in the areas demanded by employers in a global knowledge economy, through linking with employers to provide students with an authentic learning experience that blends with relevant studies. Our students find that one of the underlying strengths of this programme of study is the other students as many currently enrolled are conducting their studies part-time, whilst holding down full-time jobs, or are sponsored by international companies. The valuable experience of these students is fed back into the classroom and informally shared to the benefit of fellow students.

The pastoral care of our students is an important element of our remit and all of our students are allocated a personal tutor as well as being encouraged to follow a Personal Development Planning scheme to underpin their self-reflection and development. Our Peer Assisted Study Sessions forms a link between students from the later years of the programme to assist new students and student counsellors develop bonds between our students and the profession. Visiting lecturers are invited from industry and commerce to contribute to programme delivery, ensuring that it is relevant and up to date and our students have the option to undertake a one year placement in industry during their third year and fourth year of studies. This placement will be recognised on the award the student receives upon leaving university. This year out of the classroom will not affect their studies as a couple of modules have been designed to allow students to undertake the learning outcomes by distance learning during this time.