Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) BEng

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 for graduates likely to be given significant managerial responsibility at an early stage in their career.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) BEng
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Mechanical Engineering
Total intake (by subject area)
155 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
11 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics at grade A required, plus Physics preferred. Further Mathematics acceptable in lieu of Physics (see GCSE requirement).
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language, Mathematics at grade C, plus Physics grade C if not offered at A level. 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

IB Diploma

A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics, plus Physics preferred, 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:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and preferably Physics.

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 preferably Physics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA-AB, including Mathematics and preferably Physics. Furhter Mathematics acceptable in lieu of Physics (see GCSE requirements).

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 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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Degree structure

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 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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Accounting for Business
Design and Professional Skills
Engineering Dynamics
Integrated Engineering
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills
Modelling and Analysis

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Control and Instrumentation
Design and Professional Practice
Fundamentals of Materials
Managerial Accounting
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Mechanics of Solids
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Minor I

Optional courses

All second year courses are compulsory

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Engineering Design
Managerial Accounting

Plus either Applied Mechanics or Automatic Control

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Applied Mechanics
Automatic Control
Foreign Language
Mechanics of Fluids and Thermodynamics
Production Engineering and Non-Metallic Materials
Quality Technology

Extramural Year

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.

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.


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.

Further Information

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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Commercial Engineer, Wykes Engineering (2012)
  • Analyst in Mergers and Acquisitions, Citigroup (2012)
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Industrial Systems Manufacture at the University of Cambridge (2011)
  • Project Delivery Manager, Grapple (2010)
  • Graduate Business Operation Trainee, Tesco (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 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£22,380 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


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.

Pindelski-Barrack Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

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.

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 2016


If you are based in the UK and, from your application, appear likely to achieve our academic requirements it is our practice to interview you before deciding whether to offer you a place. Your visit will consist of a tour of UCL, a visit to the department's laboratories, and the interview. You may also be asked to take a short aptitude test.

If you are based outside the UK you may receive an offer without interview, but you are encouraged to visit us if you are able.

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