Outstanding science, strong industrial engagement, and tangible impact are all hallmarks of our PhD programme and of our research culture. Our students work and learn both in UCL’s world-class laboratories but also in partnership with a wide range of collaborating institutions & companies worldwide, enhancing knowledge, networking and employment opportunities.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £4,915 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
- £23,050 (FT) £11,800 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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).
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.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Student / staff numbers › 54 staff including 17 postdocs › 167 taught students › 132 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mechanical Engineering
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
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