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Undergraduate FAQs

Can I visit the department?

Given the volume of applications, we are unable to accommodate every request for a personal meeting/tour of the labs, although we do try.

The University has open days which you are recommended to attend [http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/access-ucl/open-days]

Once you have applied, if you are a UK-based applicant, the department may invite you to a departmental open day. The open-day programme currently includes: a student-guided tour of the department and UCL; a chance to informally current students in the department whilst doing an exercise; a presentation from a year in industry student; a one-to-one meeting with an academic in the department.

We are in the process of creating video content including interviews with current students and staff.

I am an offer holder who is due to start this September, what are my next steps?

Please visit the new students' website.

I’ve successfully completed 1 year’s undergraduate study at another university. Will I be able to transfer to Engineering Sciences at UCL to complete my bachelor’s degree?

A small number of applicants have successfully applied for direct entry into our second year. Your application for such a transfer will be considered with the following provisos:

1.You must meet our usual A-level/IB or international equivalent requirements for first year entry. Applicants who have been rejected previously must have re-sat their IB or A-level exams to meet Engineering Sciences’ normal requirements (and not just the UCL benchmark). Good performance in the first year of another university does *not* compensate for underperformance at A-Level/IB or the international equivalent.
2.You must have at least a 2(i) performance in your current studies
3.You must provide a supportive academic reference
4.In order to be sure that you are adequately prepared to continue your studies at UCL, the admitting Department will ascertain that the course you are currently studying is sufficiently similar to the course offered here at UCL.
5.The Department will submit your request for second year entry to the Academic Dean of Students for his approval.
6.All applications are considered individually on their merits and all are subject to the proviso that there is sufficient capacity within the Department applied for.

If you wish to be considered for direct entry to the second year, you should complete the UCAS application form specifying ‘point of entry 2’ rather than 1. For more information on the application process please visit the prospective students' website.

NB: UCL will not consider transfers into the third year under any circumstances.

I’ve confirmed UCL as my first choice, what happens next, and how shall I let you know when I get my exam results?

Firm offer holders will be emailed in June and asked to log in to the UCL Portal, where information on their status and tuition fees will be provided. The majority of applicants’ results will be provided directly to UCL through UCAS from the examination boards (e.g. A-levels). However, for some qualifications the applicant will be asked to upload copies of their certificate(s) via the Portal. Holders of unconditional offers will be asked to upload evidence of their completed qualifications.

I’ve been unable to get a visa appointment and may not be able to arrive by the start of Term – will I still be able to enrol and commence my studies if I arrive late?

The latest acceptance for studies and enrolment date is 11th October 2013. Your entry to the UK will be refused if you arrive after the latest acceptance date. Even though exceptional cases will be granted this leeway, it is expected that students start their studies at the beginning of Term on 23rd September 2013.

What standard of English proficiency do I need to study Engineering Sciences at UCL?

Please see the English language requirements website for full details.

The standard English language qualification UCL requires may take one of the following forms:

Substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English in a majority English speaking country and undertaken no more than two years prior to your proposed date of enrolment, or -An acceptable English language qualification or test result, which must have been awarded no more than two years prior to your proposed date of enrolment.We reserve the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant if it is felt to be necessary, or to require a higher level than that indicated in the table.


UCL’s preferred English language qualifications are GCSE in English language and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic version). Please refer to the complete list of the English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL and the level (standard, good or advanced) required to satisfy UCL’s English language requirement across our range of degree programmes. It should be noted that the levels required are the minimum that are acceptable and UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to require a higher level. The complete list of qualification acceptable to UCL can be found here.

The result obtained in any English language qualification should be provided, if possible, on the UCAS application form. If no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided, admission will be conditional on the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.

Specifically for courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, with the exception of Information for Business Management (IMB), we require the standard level of achievement in IELTS, which is an overall grade of 6.5 with 6.0 in each subtest. For our IMB courses we require the good level of achievement.

The UCL Language Centre offers programmes that are recognised for the purpose of satisfying UCL’s English language proficiency requirement. There is a one-year Diploma in English for Academic Purposes with Academic Research Skills and a range of pre-sessional programmes.

Further information may be obtained from: UCL Language Centre, 26 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AP, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 5454; email: languagecentre@ucl.ac.uk; website: www.ucl.ac.uk/language-centre

Orientation/Start of Term

The start and finish dates of UCL Terms (including Reading Weeks, Public Holidays and days when UCL is closed) can be found on the term dates page - please add the relevant academic year after ‘dates/’ (eg 2014-15)

International Students: to help you when you first arrive at UCL, the Student Centre organises an orientation programme for new students prior to the start of the academic year in September and also in January for those joining UCL for the Spring/Summer Terms, for more information click here.

A timetable of orientation events will be posted here a few weeks prior to the start of studies. As well as academic, welfare and health sessions, there are also social events. The orientation programme also provides you with an opportunity to enrol formally as a UCL student and start the process of signing up for courses.

Are there scholarships available for studying Engineering Sciences at UCL?

Information regarding the scholarships offered by UCL can be found here.

Student Funding, UCL Registry and Academic Services, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0004; email: studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk. For US/Canadian loans email: us-cdn-loans@ucl.ac.uk

The UCL Student Funding office is located on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, on the ground floor of the South Wing, Room G19. Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm for telephone and email enquiries; Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm for personal callers

Does UCL Mechanical Engineering take part in Formula Student?

Yes, please see the Formula Student website.

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