Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Engineering (Mechanical) MEng

This MEng equips you with the fundamental skills necessary for employment as a professional engineer in many sectors of industry and commerce. Applying for the MEng rather than the BEng allows students to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status, with a single qualification.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
10 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
153 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Mechanical Engineering subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Mathematics and Physics grade A 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

IB Diploma

A total of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Mathematics and Physics, 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.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and Physics at D3.

A1,A,A - A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA, including Mathematics and Physics.

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

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.

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.
  • The flexible programme structure enables you to transfer between the BEng and MEng degree programmes up to the end of the second year.
  • The programme is highly respected both within the UK and abroad.

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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Degree structure

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 MEng programme is similar to the BEng programme for the first two years and you can transfer between them at the end of the second year, depending on certain criteria. Applying for a MEng initially helps keep your options open, and it provides additional depth and breadth in design, engineering science, group project work and management.

You will undertake a substantial individual project in year three, and participate in a group design project in the final 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.


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

Compulsory modules

Design and Professional Skills
Engineering Dynamics
Fundamentals of Materials
Integrated Engineering
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills
Modelling and Analysis

Compulsory modules

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
Minor I

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

You will select two minor courses from the Engineering Sciences Minor Programme, details of which can be found at www.engineering.ucl.ac.uk/integrated-engineering/minors/

Compulsory modules

Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
Group Design Project
A multi-disciplinary option where you will work with students across the faculty.

Optional modules

You will have a choice of two optional modules. These may include:

Acoustics and Control
Applied Thermodynamics and Turbodynamics
Mastering Entrepreneurship
Materials and Fatigue/Fracture Analysis
Project Management
Vibrations, Heat Transfer and Heat Systems

We are still in the process of confirming our fourth year modules, so the options available may vary.

Students may opt to take a year working in industry between the third and the fourth years of the programme. This posting needs College 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 some 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 remain on the 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) MEng.


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, 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 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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Noise and Vibrations Engineer, Dyson
  • Naval Officer, Royal Navy
  • Graduate Engineer, Transport for London
  • Drilling Engineer, BP

*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Student view

I like that my degree offers within it many different subjects. We cover the extensive material that makes up mechanical engineering, and along the way we discover loads of interesting facts about the objects surrounding us. It makes for good party tricks! The MakeSpace is a fantastic facility, and being able to 3D print the ideas you’ve designed is really great. Gabrielle Bourret-Sicotte - Engineering (Mechanical) MEng (Fourth Year)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£23,710 (2017/18)

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current 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.

Departmental scholarships

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 2017


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

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