Engineering Systems HND

Course code 056H

What is special about this course?

This multidisciplinary course, consisting of a range of mechanical, electrical and systems units, is designed for maximum flexibility and develops the knowledge and skills gained from the HNC Engineering Systems.

Special features

  • You will study project management and business awareness, and undertake an engineering project
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

For entry to year 1 (HNC Engineering Systems):

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above in Maths or Physics OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above in Maths or Physics OR
  • NC/NQ Engineering at SCQF level 6 or equivalent
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate industry related experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may be required to attend an interview

For direct entry to year 2 (HND):

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is the HNC Engineering Systems.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Business awareness and continuing professional development
  • Design for manufacture
  • Engineering systems analysis: system modelling and control
  • Engineering systems: graded unit 2
  • Engineering: practical skills
  • Mathematics for engineering 2
  • Principles of safe engineering systems
  • Project management: managing the implementation of a project

Option units may include:

  • Fundamentals of control systems and transducers
  • Quality management: an introduction
  • Sequential logic
  • Single phase AC circuits
  • Three phase systems
  • Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
  • Power electronics
  • Renewable energy store: hydrogen
  • Renewable energy systems: technology
  • Renewable energy systems: wind power
  • Renewable energy systems: wave and tidal energy
  • Mathematics for engineering 3

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom
  • You will also undertake an individual engineering project

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Perth

Start date

  • September
  • January (UHI North, West and Hebrides only)


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course prepares you for a variety of jobs at technical level in engineering, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Offshore engineering
  • the developing renewables sector
  • Engineering design

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress to the third year of the following degrees:




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I would definitely like to continue on to the degree course, as the theory you learn can be applied to your job situation. If you're willing to put in the work, it is really worth the effort and can lead to a successful career. Having support for my studies from my employer is also a great help.

Kirsty Robertson, HND Engineering Systems student, UHI North Highland (Thurso) campus.

Apply for Engineering Systems HND

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2024

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