Engineering (Mechanical) MEng

4 Year MEng Honours Degree

UCAS Codes
Institution: U80
Course: H301
Short title: MEng/MechE


We aim to take students who are qualified to a high A-level standard or equivalent and to equip them with skills of analysis and design such that they can be employed as professional engineers in virtually any sector of the mechanical engineering industry. 

Interwoven with the engineering teaching are subjects such as 'Management and Mastering Entrepreneurship' which will give students the broader skills required to progress rapidly to positions of technical and managerial responsibility once they leave university.

Obtaining Chartered Status


This degree programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). The MEng Engineering (Mechanical) degree fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Features of the Degree Programme

Mechanical Engineering courses at different universities have many subjects in common, and so we think that it is helpful if we point out some of the distinctive features of our degree programme.

  • Design is taught in all four years to give students plenty of experience in applying engineering knowledge, but while it occupies a relatively small proportion of the first year, design becomes a major part, one quarter in fact, of third and fourth-year studies.
  • The optional subjects of the third and fourth years have been arranged into the following three groupings:

    • Applied Mechanics and Control
    • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    • Management and Production Engineering

We chose the approach to forming subjects and subject groupings in terms of their academic content (e.g. materials or thermodynamics or mechanics) rather than in terms of applications (e.g. automotive, aeronautical or marine engineering) as we believe that it offers broader job opportunities because it does not focus on one particular industry.

First and second-year Mathematics subjects concentrate on the applications of mathematical techniques, just as much as on the techniques themselves. This makes the subject more interesting and relevant, but it is no less demanding. The subject has been renamed 'Modelling and Analysis' to reflect this change of emphasis.

Our degree classification is made on the basis of marks obtained from all four years of the course, with more weight given to marks in the later years.

Further information

Please see our FAQs page.

If you require further information please contact our Undergraduate Administrator:

Jonathan Howard
UCL Mechanical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7178
Fax: +44 (0)20 7388 0180

This shows the degree structure confirmed for 2014-15. We are continually updating and improving our programmes so the content for 2015 onwards may differ. The degree programmes are organised on a course-unit basis, with 4 units taken in each year. These 4 units are achieved by a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, design studies, practical computer work and laboratory experiments.

All first and second year subjects are compulsory

* Preferred options - all other third and fourth year subjects are compulsory

At the end of the second year, students on the MEng programmes are required to select one of the three routes below to follow through their 3rd and 4th years.

Click on the subject links to view Module Descriptors.

First Year
ENGS101P Engineering Challenges MECH102P Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills
ENGS102P Design and Professional Skills
MECH103P Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
ENGS103P Modelling and Analysis
MECH104P Engineering Dynamics
MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
MECH105P Fundamentals of Materials 
Second Year
ENGS203P Engineering Modelling and Analysis II MECH204P Mechanics of Solids and Structures
MECH201P Manufacturing and Design
MECH205P Engineering Materials: Failure and Design
MECH202P Control and Instrumentation
MECH206P Design and Professional Skills II (for Mechanical Engineers)
MECH203P Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Second Year Options
Students must select one minor.

For more information about minors available to students please visit the Engineering Sciences website:

- Link to Engineering Sciences website
Third Year
MECH304P Elasticity and Plasticity MECH302P Vibrations and Control
MECH303P Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics MSIN3001 Project Management
MECH3002 Individual Project Please note that MSIN3001 Project Management will be taking place in Term 2.
Third Year Options
Students must select two minors.

For more information about minors available to students please visit the Engineering Sciences website:

- Link to Engineering Sciences website

Fourth Year Engineering (Mechanical)

MECHM013 Group Design Project CEGEM013 Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
Fourth Year Options
Students must choose 1.5 course units’ worth of optional modules. All modules are worth 0.5 course units unless stated otherwise. No more than one module (0.5 course units) may be at Level 6.
MECHM01P Engineering in Extreme Environments MECHM02P Health Assessment of Engineered Structures
MECHM004 Materials and Fatigue/Fracture Analysis MECHM007 Heat Transfer and Heat Systems
MECHM009 Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Systems MECHM020 New and Renewable Energy Systems
MECHGB04 Applications of Biomedical Engineering MECHGB08 Medical Imaging
MSIN3002 Marketing Communications (Level 6 module) MSINM703 Organisational Change
MECHGN01 Ship Dynamics (worth 1.0 course units) An elective module worth 0.5 course units at Level 6 or 7

Students must take at least one of the MEng-only optional modules, MECHM01P and MECH02P.

Due to timetabling limitations the following restrictions apply on particular combinations of modules:

· Students may only take ONE module out of: MECHM004, MECHGB08, MSIN3002

· Students may only take ONE module out of: MECHM007, MECHM009

Please note: The choice of modules maybe constrained by availability and timetabling.

Programme Summary

A key feature of the fourth year is the Group Design Project in which you undertake a single major design assignment under the guidance of a member of academic staff. This course has been arranged to develop your skills in working as part of a team. This is necessary because most projects in industry are so complex that they involve teams of engineers working together to achieve an overall objective. The task that you will be undertaking is one set by an industrial company as this makes it as near as possible to the kind of work you will be undertaking in industry. For the fourth year the examination period is moved forward to the end of the second term, leaving you free to concentrate on your assignment during the final term. It allows you to draw on knowledge gained in earlier years in order to tackle a really challenging assignment. The second core subject is Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering in which you learn about some of the latest computer software applications in such fields as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. These topics are introduced in earlier years but only studied in some depth during this fourth-year subject. As with the third year, the remaining subjects will not be discussed in detail as they are mainly areas of study that were started earlier in the course.

For comprehensive details on UCL's application procedures and sources of funding  please click here - How to apply

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