Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)
Normally a UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate work experience may also be taken into consideration.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- Biomechanical engineering: biomaterials, encapsulation; tissue engineering; biofluidics and CFD; biophysics; cardiovascular engineering; medical devices and mechatronics; ultrasonics and non-destructive evaluation
- Energy and environment: IC engines and fuel systems; fluid mechanics and microfluidics; refrigeration and air-conditioning; turbomachinery, CFD, and environmental and pollution modelling
- Marine: naval architecture; marine vehicle applications and design methods; renewable energy; electric propulsion and power systems; electric ship/submarine; computer-aided design; novel ship types and low carbon shipping.
Industrially funded studentships may be available for suitably qualified research applicants. There are also departmental bursaries to cover tuition fees partially or in full for UK/EU research applicants. Please visit our department webpage for funded vacancies.
Self-funded candidates are advised to contact staff in the department to discuss possible research topics.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
A research degree in Mechanical Engineering opens the door to many rewarding careers, not just in engineering. You are likely to find employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, both at home and abroad.
Recent graduates have entered professional occupations in the UK and overseas with leading industrial and shipping companies (e.g. Technip UK Ltd, DNV, Mahle Powertrain Ltd), the automotive industry (e.g. Ford, Jaguar, Delphi Diesel Systems), technical consultancies and government agencies. Others have pursued postdoctoral research and lectureships at UK and overseas institutions (e.g. UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Bristol).
Top career destinations for this degree
- Metallurgist, Metrode Products Ltd
- Actuary, Towers Watson
- Officer, Greek Army
- Postdoctoral Researcher, UCL
- Lead Engineer, GE Jenbacher
Our research projects are often industry sponsored and have direct practical relevance, which means many students will secure employment before graduating. Because we collaborate with other departments and universities and engage in a wild range of multi-disciplinary research activities you will often be jointly trained by a range of experts, making you highly attractive to an employer.
Research graduates in engineering with a good analytical ability are in high demand and our graduates have little difficulty in gaining employment across many industrial sectors.
There are ample networking opportunities both within and beyond the UCL research community. For example, the department frequently organises seminars, inviting prominent speakers from industry and other academic institutes, that provide opportunities for students to consult directly with industry.
Our annual PhD Student Conference offers another excellent opportunity for developing contacts. Research students present their work to a panel which include alumni and members of the department’s industrial advisory panel; the after-event reception and poster session allows students to discuss their ideas for research development and gain valuable insight into career planning.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The oldest mechanical engineering department in the country, based in the centre of London and part of an institution listed amongst the world’s best, UCL Mechanical Engineering has a long, proud history of providing a vibrant and stimulating environment for PhD students from around the world.
Currently over 100 doctoral candidates are engaged in challenging and innovative engineering research, supervised by world-leading academics, in close collaboration with major industrial partners. Candidates receive an extensive range of skills development training programmes and develop unique scientific and engineering competencies that prepare them for careers in academia, industrial research and development, management and many others.
Student / staff ratios › 54 staff including 17 postdocs › 167 taught students › 132 research students
Department: Mechanical Engineering
"Studying at UCL provided me with the opportunity to pursue world-class research. I made numerous contacts via UCL; its reputation helped me getting first interviews and the access I had to facilities allowed me to generate research to lead to employment."
Ketan PancholiMechanical Engineering PhD (2009)
Lecturer, Newcastle University
"London is a very multicultural world city that everyone wants to come to, and UCL consistently features in the top five of the world university rankings. Both these factors are extremely beneficial in attracting high-quality research students, research assistants and postdoctoral staff."
Professor Mohan EdirisingheResearch Degree: Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now