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B.Eng. Polymer Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative, Edinburgh Napier University

From cars to computers, medicine to music: plastics are present in practically every facet of life, and play a large part in shaping the look and feel of today's world. In this - one of only two of its kind in Scotland, and the only one with industry accreditation - you'll learn all aspects of plastics production, from design and materials to electronics and computer systems. You'll also learn the engineering principles involved, giving you a broad base from which to develop your career.

Over 40 years, we've produced numerous graduates who have gone on to leading roles in the plastics industry. As you can imagine, our industry links are impressive. This isn't a course that will leave you out in the cold on graduation - we'll involve you in the industry, and prepare you for a bright career.

Because we know that many students prefer to keep their options open in their first years of study, we offer a programme of general engineering modules in the first year of your degree, before you begin to specialise

The field of polymer production changes rapidly. We'll give you the skills you need to both keep up with changing trends and processes, and create your own innovations. Materials selection, design and computer-aided engineering will set you on the path to your new career, while transferable skills such as CAD, business management, information technology and health and safety awareness can help you direct your expertise towards a related area.

Based over four years, the course will involve lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

Year 1

Computers in Engineering, Engineering Principles (Elec), Engineering Principles (Mech), Engineering Laboratory, Foundation Mathematics/Foundation Mathematics A, Option 1.

Year 2

Management for Engineers 1, Engineering Design & CAD, Intermediate Mathematics/Intermediate Mathematics A, Materials & Manufacture, Mechanics & Thermofluids, Option 2.

Year 3

Plastic Product Design, Materials & Manufacture 2, Management for Engineers 2, Engineering Applications (Mechanical), Energy Systems Design, Industrial Placement/Engineering Placement (Honours), Individual Project (Degree).

Year 4

Mechanics, Polymer Engineering, Polymer Process Simulation, Professional Engineering, Honours Project (Honours).
Option 1: Any level 7 module from School of Engineering and the Built Environment modules or the University co-curricular module pool for which you have the appropriate prerequisite.
Option 2: Any Level 7 or 8 module from School of Engineering and the Built Environment modules or the University co-curricular module pool for which you have the appropriate prerequisite.
For detailed information on individual modules, visit the Module Description page

Professional accreditation

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Typical year 1

SQA Higher


A / AS Level


Irish Leaving Certificate

B2, B2, B2, C1 at higher level

Subjects required

2 technical / science subjects at Higher (preferably Maths and Physics).
Maths and English (or other literate) at Standard Grade (2 or above) or GCSE (B or above).

Typical year 2

SQA Advanced Higher
A Level



B in Graded Unit in related subject (must include Maths for Engineering 2 and Thermofluids).

Typical year 3


B in Graded Unit in related subject.

Typical year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

50% or above at first sitting in all subjects in the final year.

Typical Entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which students are normally accepted. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical entry requirements does not always guarantee a place.

Other qualifications or experience may be considered including European and International qualifications.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL internet-based test score: 75
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Degree Level: Bachelor
Tuition Fee: € 2,130 / Year (EEA) , € 13,700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:4 Years
Start Date:September  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Full-time
Disciplines: Engineering & Business, Engineering Physics, Materials Engineering
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