MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Heriot-Watt)

There are many exciting career opportunities available in the mechanical, manufacture, process, oil and gas and alternative energy industries. This programme provides students with a wide range of knowledge and skills related to mechanical engineering technologies.

Students will spend the first two years at Forth Valley College’s new state-of-the-art Falkirk Campus before progressing to Heriot-Watt University to complete their Master’s degree.

Year one and two – Falkirk Campus
Year three, four and five – Heriot-Watt University

This programme is accredited by IMechE. 

Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer, and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry.
For more details, please refer to this webpage: IMechE Accreditation

"The college partnership programmes are a fantastic opportunity which open many doors. You'll receive extensive support throughout your studies from Academic and Professional staff, enabling you to make the most of your time at Heriot-Watt. I worked with the careers service on my CV, and with their help I secured an internship last summer. If you are thinking of applying to Heriot-Watt through the college partnership opportunities, I highly recommend it."

- Lukasz Szmulkiewicz, College Partnership Student

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact Forth Valley College’s University Partnership Engagement Officer, Sarah McCormick:

Year One (Forth Valley College)

  • Communication: Practical Skills
  • Thermofluids
  • Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of Control Systems and Transducers
  • Statics & Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Skills
  • Computer Aided Draughting for Engineers
  • Engineering Principles
  • Materials Selection
  • Quality Management: An Introduction
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Engineering Mathematics 4
  • Engineering Mathematics 5
  • Mechanical Engineering: Graded Unit 1

Year Two (Forth Valley College)

  • Manufacturing: Process and Equipment Selection
  • Mechanical Engineering: Graded Unit 2
  • Plant Systems
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Practice and Design
  • Applied Industrial Plant Maintenance
  • Strength of Materials: Advanced
  • Project Management
  • Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  • Business Awareness and Continuing Professional Development
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematics

In the second semester of Year two, Forth Valley College students participate in a design project at Heriot-Watt.

Year Three (Heriot-Watt University)

Students transfer into the third year of the degree programme. Subjects include:

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Control Engineering
  • Instrumentation

Year Four (Heriot-Watt University)

Students choose specialist subjects from:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Machine Dynamics

Mandatory courses include a year-long individual project plus Engineering Design and Manufacture that includes an industrial project. Other options such as Petroleum Engineering and Automotive Technologies are available.

  • Mechanical Engineer in the Mechanical, Manufacture, Process, Oil and Gas and alternative Energy industries

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at grade B and one at grade C or equivalent (to include Maths and a science or technology subject)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering plus two further Highers at BB or BC to include Physics and Maths.

    Additional Requirements:

  • Please note that selection will be made via successful interview and group task.
  • The selection session will also include a tour of the College and an opportunity to ask questions about the course.

For further information, please visit the Heriot-Watt webpage here.

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as: the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


Falkirk Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

End date

06 June 2025

SCQF Level

Level 8