MEng 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 1 & 2 – Falkirk Campus
Year 3, 4 & 5 – Heriot-Watt University

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

Year 1

  • 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 2

  • 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 2, Forth Valley College students participate in a design project at Heriot-Watt.

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

  • Successful completion of the first two years at Forth Valley College allows progression to a place on the third year of the MEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree. 
  • Associate Students have access to Heriot-Watt University facilities and attend a programme of activities and visits to the University. Students may be eligible to apply to the University’s Access Bursary from their third year at the University, subject to conditions.

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.

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

29 August 2022

End date

09 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 8