"I secured a 10-week summer placement with BP at Grangemouth at the end of third year. As a result I was keen to work for the Diploma in Industrial Training and so continued my placement with BP for a full year. I was involved in a pump improvement project and in co-ordinating plant maintenance.
"I have since been working with BP as Commissioning Engineer on a GBP180M new polyethylene plant. I enjoyed the responsibility and superb training programmes.
"My degree gave me an excellent technical grounding, team skills and, along with the management courses, a handle on modern day industry."
SchoolTeesdale Comprehensive, Durham
Degree BEng in Mechanical Engineering
Present JobProduct Development Group Leader at FMC Kongsberg Subsea, Dunfermline
"I joined FMC after graduating in Mechanical Engineering. The company supplies subsea equipment for the oil industry and, in the Dunfermline design office where I work, 10 of the 30 engineering graduates are from Heriot-Watt.
"I think of designing new products as a creative art-form because the hardware has to be extremely reliable in a difficult environment. Work has taken me to Rio, Singapore, Europe and the USA."
The University offers as its normal entry routes:
entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).
There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.
Level 1 entry
Highers AABB or BBBBB
Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
Scottish Baccalaureate pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
Additional information The subjects studied must include Mathematics and either Physics or Technology Studies. A qualification in Chemistry is also an advantage. Applicants may be admitted with a range of alternative qualifications, including BTEC.
Level 2 entry
Advanced Highers BB
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics
Additional information The subjects studied must include Mathematics and either Physics or Technology Studies.
Tuition fees for 2014 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales
Paid by SAAS
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Expro Engineering Sponsorship Programme (EPS) Full-time second year students on the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree programmes. Third and fourth year students may be considered but priority is given to second year students.