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Mechanical Engineering

The department is known for its informal style of teaching. We aim to take students of a high standard and equip them with skills for analysis and design such that they can be employed as professional engineers in virtually any sector of the mechanical engineering industry such as aerospace, automotive, and even biomedical.

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Why study Mechanical Engineering at UCL?

The first professor of engineering in the UK was appointed at UCL in 1827 with the Department of Mechanical Engineering being the first to be established in England in 1847. Since this time the department has made many contributions to engineering science, continuing to this day through diverse collaborations with industry and research establishments.

What you will gain from study at UCL

The expertise and range of modules on offer is very diverse, with major themes in mechanical engineering, naval architecture, marine engineering, engineering with business finance and bioengineering. With an international reputation for research you can be certain our modules are relevant to current and future needs.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules consist of lectures and tutorials each week, in the Fall and Spring Terms, as well as two or three laboratory practical sessions during lab week. A three-hour written examination is scheduled in the Summer Term for most modules. Alternative assessment is offered for Fall Term-only students. We cannot offer Fall or Full Year modules as Spring Term.

Modules in Mechanical Engineering

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Affiliate students are also able to take ‘Minor’ modules at Level 2. These modules are normally taken over years 2 and 3 (i.e. of two-year duration) but they are distinct modules in each year, so an Affiliate does not have to sit both years. The availability of these Minor modules may change, so Affiliate students should check the department website here to see if their favoured module is running.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH102P Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH103P Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH104P Engineering Dynamics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH105P Fundamentals of Materials 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
MECH201P Manufacturing and Design 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH202P Control and Instrumentation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH203P Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH204P Mechanics of Solids and Structures 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH205P Engineering Materials: Failure and Design 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH206P Design and Professional Skills II 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH210P Fundamentals of Biomechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
MECH3002 Individual Project 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH302P Dynamics and Control 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH303P Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH304P Elasticity and Plasticity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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