This programme is designed to produce engineering graduates with a well-rounded understanding of economics, accounting and business practice. These skills are precisely those required by industry from graduates who are likely to be given significant managerial responsibility at an early stage in their career.
- UCAS code
- Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Bloomsbury
- Applications per place
- 10 (2016 entry)*
- Total intake
- 153 (2018 entry)*
- Mathematics required, plus Physics preferred. Further Mathematics acceptable in lieu of Physics (see GCSE requirements). Economics preferred as third subject, but not essential.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5, plus Physics at grade C or 5 if not offered at A level. 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
- A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics at grade 6, plus Physics at grade 6 preferred, with no score lower than 5. 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:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and Physics. Economics preferred as third subject, but not essential.
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Mathematics and preferably Physics at Advanced Higher. 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 AAA, including Mathematics, plus Physics preferred. Further Mathematics acceptable in lieu of Physics (see GCSE requirements).
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
The 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.
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 highly regarded research expertise as this cutting-edge knowledge is passed on to you through our teaching.
Although not the primary objective, our programmes are proving extremely successful in training graduates for employment in the fields of commerce, banking and management consultancy.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
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.
- 90% 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.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 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 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 can transfer between them at 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.
The programme includes core mathematical, computing and mechanical engineering subjects. You will also study economics and accountancy subjects.
Your individual project in the final year will include a business element, but will primarily be concerned with engineering.
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. The report is assessed, and the marks are given a weighting in the overall classification of the degree.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Accounting for Business
- Design and Professional Skills
- Engineering Dynamics
- Engineering Challenges
- 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)
- Business Economics for Engineers
- Control and Instrumentation
- Design and Professional Skills II (for Mechanical Engineers)
- Fundamentals of Materials
- Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
- Managerial Accounting for Engineers
- Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
- Mechanics of Solids and Structures
All second year modules are compulsory.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
- Corporate Financial Strategy
- Dynamics and Control
- Elasticity and Plasticity
- Engineering Materials: Failure and Design
- Individual Project
- Industrial Organisations
All final year modules are compulsory.
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 a 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 with Business Finance) BEng.
The programme aims to equip you with the fundamental analytical and design skills necessary to become a professional mechanical engineer in your chosen field of employment; together with a sound knowledge of management, finance, and business administration subjects which are necessary for management and the commercial departments of engineering companies.
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 skills to secure a job 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 (2013-2015) of this programme include:
- Full-time student, MSc in Mechanical Engineering at UCL
- Graduate Transport Planner, Transport for London (TfL)
- Trainee Oil Trader, OMV
- Corporate Researcher, KPMG
- Ship Broker, Clarksons
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
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. 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)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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.
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
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 2018
Successful UK-based applicants will be invited to a UCAS 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 prior to starting your degree, or part way through it.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.