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Dr Adam Wojcik

Email: ugadmissions@meng.ucl.ac.uk

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Subject area:

Mechanical Engineering

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Department website:

Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering (Mechanical) MEng

UCAS code: H301

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, using a single qualification.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-AAB
Subjects Mathematics and Physics grade A required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

Points 36-38
Subjects A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics at grade 6, with no score below 5.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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. It is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets the educational requirements to obtain Chartered Engineer status.

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 an MEng initially helps keep your options open, and it provides additional depth and breadth in design, engineering science, group project work and management.

The programme offers a wide choice of optional courses in the later years. Courses are grouped under the following headings: Applied mechanics and materials; Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and Management and production engineering.

You will choose one heading at the end of your second year and focus on courses in this selected area. Other optional courses are available, including a modern language. You will undertake a substantial individual project in year three, and participate in a group design project in the final year.

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.

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).

Year One

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

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

Year Two

Mechanical Engineering - Part II

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 1

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting

Optional courses

Route One preferred subjects:
Applied Mechanics or Production Engineering and Non-Metallic Materials
Automatic Control
Plus one other from a list of options

Route Two preferred subjects:
Mechanics of Fluids
Thermal Power and the Environment
Plus one other from a list of options

Route Three preferred subjects:
Applied Mechanics or Production Engineering and Non-Metallic Materials
Quality Technology
Plus one other from a list of options

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
Design Project
Group Project

Optional courses

Route One preferred subjects:
Materials and Fatigue/Fracture Analysis
Vibrations, Acoustics and Control
Plus one other from a list of options

Route Two preferred subjects:
Applied Thermodynamics and Turbodynamics
Heat Transfer and Heat Systems
Plus one other from a list of options

Route Three preferred subjects:
Mastering Entrepreneurship
Project Management
Plus one other from a list of options

Extramural Year

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. The report is assessed, and the marks are given some weighting in the overall classification of the degree.

Further details on 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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Graduate Engineer, Nissan (2011)
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer, GlaxoSmithKline (2011)
  • Project Development Engineer, Landrover (2011)
  • Analyst, Goldman Sachs (2010)
  • Analyst, JP Morgan (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.


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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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