The Mechanical Engineering MSc is designed to offer an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering that are in demand from industry. The degree comprises study in analysis and design of power machinery systems, engineering structures, vibration, control and the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £11,800 (FT)
- £24,610 (FT)
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. Students from participating countries are eligible for Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans (see www.erasmusplus.org.uk for more information).
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with qualifications in other subjects will be considered. Candidates must have studied fluid dynamics while knowledge of thermodynamics and control is desirable. Clear evidence must be provided in the application form.
Applicants who are yet to complete their degree must include a list of subjects they are currently studying as well as those already completed.
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.
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About this degree
You will develop an advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering and associated disciplines, alongside an awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. Alongside this you will gain a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary to develop careers in this field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), optional modules (15 credits), and a research project (75 credits).
- Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
- Group Project
- Materials and Fatigue
- Vibrations, Acoustics and Control
- Project Management
- Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems
One of the following subject to availability:
- Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
- Heat Transfer and Heat Systems
- New and Renewable Energy Systems
Culminating in a substantial dissertation, the research project, which often has industry input, focuses your research interests and develops high-level presentation and critical thinking skills.
Teaching and learning
This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and example classes all of which frequently draw upon real-life industrial case studies. Each module is assessed by coursework submission alone or a combination of examination and coursework. Some include an oral presentation of project or assignment work.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Engineering graduates with good analytical abilities are in high demand and our graduates have little difficulty gaining employment across many industries. The programme specifically aims to equip students with skills in analysis and design such that they can be employed as professional engineers in virtually any sector of the mechanical engineering industry.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Foreign Exchange Analyst, JP Morgan
- Mechanical Engineer, Lloyds Register
- PhD Mechanical Engineering, University College London (UCL)
- Graduate Trainee Engineer, Rolls-Royce
- Mechanical Engineer, Shanghai Electric
Delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the Ministry of Defence and industry leaders such as BAE Systems and Shell are key to our success and we will encourage you to develop networks through the programme itself and via the department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Mechanical Engineering scored highly in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework survey with research in such diverse areas as Formula 1, biomedical engineering and naval architecture. The department is located in the centre of one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
The department has an international reputation for the excellence of its research which is funded by numerous bodies including: the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Cosworth Technology, Shell, BP, Lloyds Register Educational Trust, and many others.
The Mechanical Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Student / staff numbers
› 54 staff
including 17 postdocs
› 167 taught students
› 132 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"The practicality of the course enabled me to apply my engineering knowledge to solve real life challenges."
Kelechi EkehMechanical Engineering MSc
"Very impressive. If I could choose my Master's degree university again, I would choose UCL again."
Dawei WangMechanical Engineering MSc
"The versatility of my field of study is interesting; the basic principles of mechanical engineering affect almost every part of our daily life and interactions. I am inspired by opportunities to effect lasting changes in my world to make life easier and enjoyable with scientific discoveries."
Chinonso EzenwajiakuMechanical Engineering MSc
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.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students with a second-class Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline who wish to develop the skills necessary to become Chartered Professional Engineers and to pursue careers in higher levels of management, in manufacturing and in power engineering.
- All applicants
- 1 March 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Mechanical Engineering at graduate level
- why you want to study Mechanical Engineering at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.