The BEng programme aims to equip you with the analytical and design skills relevant to a wide range of engineering employers. The teaching of computing and management skills is an important part of the programme.
- Degree Programme
- Engineering (Mechanical) BEng
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Mathematics and Physics at grade A, or Mathematics and Further Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade B.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics at grade 6, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* to include Maths for Technicians and Further Maths for Technicians.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3, D3, D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and Physics at grade D3, or Mathematics and Further Mathematics at grade D3 and Physics at grade M1.
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AA, including Mathematics and Physics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Our top-quality laboratory and testing facilities include, amongst others, materials testing equipment, wind tunnels, two large wave tanks and an array of engine test cells.
- You will benefit from our internationally renowned research expertise as this cutting-edge knowledge is passed on to you through our teaching.
- The flexible programme structure enables you to transfer between the BEng and MEng degree programmes up to the end of the second year.
- We offer you a degree that is highly respected both within the UK and abroad. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The BEng programme is similar to the MEng programme for the first two years and you may transfer between them at the end of the second year, depending on certain criteria. Applying for a MEng initially helps keep your options open. The BEng is suitable for students who might wish to undertake graduate studies in the future (e.g. an MSc or PhD) or who do not necessarily seek Chartered Engineer status after they graduate.
The programme offers you a wide choice of optional courses in the final year. Courses are grouped under the following subject areas: Applied mechanics and materials; Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and Management and production engineering. Other optional courses are also available to you, including a modern language.
You will undertake an individual project as a major component of the third year.
Design and Professional Skills
Fundamentals of Materials
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills
Modelling and Analysis
Control and Instrumentation
Design and Professional Practice
Engineering Materials: Failure and Design
Manufacturing and Design
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Mechanics of Solids
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
All second year courses are compulsory.
Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses, including at least 1.0 credits (two courses) from the following:
Mathematics for Engineers 3
Mechanics of Fluids
Production Engineering and Non-Metallic Materials
Thermal Power and the Environment
Students may opt to take a year working in industry between the second and third years of the programme. This posting needs UCL approval in advance, and students are required to write a comprehensive report on their work and what they have learnt during the year. The report is assessed, and the marks are given a weighting in the overall classification of the degree.
You will be taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, computer workshops and project work. Along with our computing facilities we have extensive equipment and apparatus, housed in our main laboratories, which are used for taught laboratory classes and for your project work.
Most subjects are examined through a combination of end-of-year examinations and coursework, but some are solely examined through coursework, for example, computing, design and projects. To transfer into an MEng programme you are required to maintain a standard equivalent to (at least) lower second-class Honours level throughout your studies.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Mechanical) BEng.
You will develop the fundamental analytical and design skills necessary to become a professional mechanical engineer in your chosen field of employment, whether in industry or in a consulting/research organisation.
Your career options can be in a variety of fields including aerospace, railways, motor vehicle design, manufacturing and medical engineering. The programme also equips you with the necessary skills to work in commerce, banking, and management consultancy.
Our policy is to provide you with the opportunity to develop relationships with relevant employers, through links with industry and internships. This puts you at a considerable advantage when seeking employment after your degree.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2011-2013) of this programme include:
- Full-time student, MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London (2013)
- Analyst, Barclays (2013)
- Product Cost Engineer, Dyson (2012)
- Full-time student, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield (2012)
- Graduate Project Manager, BAE Systems (2010)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- £9,000 towards fees
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.