XClose

Undergraduate prospectus

Home
Menu
  • Start date: September 2019

Engineering (Mechanical) BEng

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
H300
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Accreditation
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Mathematics and Physics required. A* must be in one of the required subjects. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.
Grades
(contextual offer)
A*AB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
A* A from Mathematics and Physics required. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

IB Diploma

Points
39
Subjects
A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics, with no score lower than 5. Higher Level 7 required in Mathematics or Physics. Economics preferred as third higher level subject, but not essential.
Points
(contextual offer)
38 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics, with no score lower than 5. Higher Level 7 required in Mathematics or Physics. Economics preferred as third higher level subject, but not essential.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians and Distinction in Further Mathematics for Technicians or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems. Preference should be given to applicants who can demonstrate addi

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D2, D3, D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and Physics. D2 required in either Mathematics or Physics. Economics or Further Mathematics preferred as third subject, but not essential.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher. A1 much be in one of the required subjects. Economics at Advanced Higher preferred as third subject, but not essential.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. A* must be in one of the required subjects. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.

International applications

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 Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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.

Degree benefits

  • Our top-quality laboratory and testing facilities include 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.

Accreditation

The programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic base requirements, in part, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for the 2014-2021 student cohort intakes.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module 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 can transfer between them up to the end of the second year if you satisfy certain performance criteria. 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. Applying for a MEng initially helps keep your options open.

You will undertake an individual project as a major component of the third year.

This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary engineering activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Students register for a core discipline, but also engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.

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.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Fundamentals of Materials
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I
  • Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Design and Professional Skills II (for Mechanical Engineers)
  • Engineering Materials: Failure and Design
  • Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing and Design
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
  • Mechanics of Solids and Structures

Optional modules

Students must take one module in their chosen minor subject from the Integrated Engineering Programme. See www.engineering.ucl.ac.uk/integrated-engineering/minors/ for the available subjects.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Individual Project
  • Project Management

Optional modules

You will study two modules in the minor subject chosen in year two.


Your learning

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.

Assessment

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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Mechanical) BEng.

Careers

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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent Mechanical Engineering BEng graduates (2013-2015) include:

  • Engineering Lecturer, Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Engineering & Manufacturing Graduate, Rolls Royce Motors
  • DPhil in Material Science, University of Oxford
  • MSc Advanced Aeronautical Engeenering, Imperial College London
  • MSc Nanotechnology,UCL

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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£25,960 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

In addition to our essential academic requirements, we will expect your application to explain how you became interested in the subject, and what steps you have taken to discover more about studies and careers in engineering.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019



Selection

Successful UK-based applicants will be invited to an offer holder day where they can tour the department and meet with academic staff and students. Successful applicants not based in the UK will be able to access a virtual open day.

The department is happy to defer your entry, provided you are doing something constructive in your gap year. UCL supports the Year in Industry scheme, providing you with the opportunity to spend a year working in industry part way through your degree.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

engineering-mechanical-beng