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.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- 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.
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- A* A from Mathematics and Physics required. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.
- 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-requirements
- 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.
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- 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:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
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.
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.
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.
The programme is highly respected both within the UK and abroad.
The programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic base requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for the 2014-2021 student cohort intakes.
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 MEng programme is similar to the BEng programme for the first two years and you can transfer between them up to 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.
Students may opt to take a year working in industry between the third and the fourth 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.
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
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
You will study two modules in the minor subject chosen in year two.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
- Group Design Project
You will choose three optional modules from a list which may include:
- Engineering in Extreme Environments
- Health Assessment of Engineered Structures
- Materials and Fatigue/Fracture Analysis
- Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
- Heat Transfer and Heat Systems
- Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Systems
- Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion
- New and Renewable Energy Systems
- Applications of Biomedical Engineering
- Medical Imaging
- Ship Dynamics
- Marketing Communications
- Organisational Change
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.
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 Mechanical Engineering MEng graduates (2013-2015) at UCL include:
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.
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“London is probably one of the best cities to come to study in. The amount of opportunities the city offers and the number of driven people you find in this city makes it perfect if you're young and ambitious. After three years here, I still find something new and exciting about it every day.”André Stuhldreher - Engineering (Mechanical) MEng Third Year
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2019/20)
- Overseas students
- £26,740 (2019/20)
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.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
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.