Advanced Propulsion Lab


Graduate Open Event at the UCL APL

Take your career to the next level with our cutting-edge Master's programme at the UCL Advanced Propulsion Lab at our brand new campus in East London, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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The Advanced Propulsion Lab (APL) is significantly expanding on our existing enthusiasm and success to industrially relevant levels, focusing on pack, stack and vehicle engineering and innovation. Our new MSc in Advanced Propulsion, launching September 2023 at UCL East, will train the next generation of engineers and scientists to address the challenges of Net Zero in the areas of batteries, fuel cells and electric machines. This innovative and highly interdisciplinary programme in new state-of-the art facilities has been designed and will be delivered with industry partners, giving you the edge in a fast-paced and competitive sector.

Marshgate Building at UCL East

Why study an MSc at the Advanced Propulsion Lab

Be part of a multidisciplinary research hub

The Advanced Propulsion Lab (APL) at UCL East will be a global centre of excellence dedicated to the decarbonisation of the transport sector, specialising in battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Join a global top 10 university 

UCL is ranked 8th globally and 5th in Europe in the latest QS World University Rankings (2023), giving you an exciting opportunity to study at one of the world's best universities. You will also be taught by lecturers internationally recognised as leaders in their fields.

Research power

93 per cent of UCL's research was graded 4* ‘world leading’ and 3* ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Evaluation Framework (REF 2021)

Disruptive thinking

As a student with us, you will benefit from our approach to disruptive thinking and begin paving your way towards a more rewarding and fulfilling career after you graduate. 

About the Advanced Propulsion MSc programme

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    The programme consists of seven compulsory modules, of which one is the MSc research project in the third term, as well as three optional modules.

    Three routes are available for students wishing to specialise in Materials, Electrochemical Power Sources or Systems. To invoke a given route, 2 of 3 optional modules should be taken from that route.

    Compulsory Modules

    • Advanced Propulsion Design Project
    • Advanced Propulsion Engineering
    • Advanced Characterisation
    • Research Skills for Advanced Propulsion
    • Advanced Propulsion Research Project

    Optional Modules

    • Sustainability and Decision-Making
    • Sustainability Analysis of Engineering Systems
    • Electrochemical Materials (Materials route)
    • Structural Materials (Materials route)
    • Electrochemistry (Electrochemical Power Sources route)
    • Pack Engineering (Electrochemical Power Sources route)
    • East London Lab
    • Inclusive Design and Environments
    • Innovation for a Fairer World
    • Find your Future
    • Advanced Electrical Machines (Systems route)
    • Power Electronics, Drives and Hybridisation (Systems route)
    • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
    • Exploring Power, Inclusion and Exclusion with Local Communities
    • Foundations of Citizen Science
    • Community Wellbeing, Health Inequalities and the role of Social Prescribing

    Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Additionally, not all module combinations may be possible depending on timetabling in 2023/2024.

    Entry requirements

    • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
    • Our programme is ideal for a range of academic and professional backgrounds, with optional modules and degree routes to tailor your learning experience. You may be a new or recent graduate in an engineering, chemistry, or physics field or have relevant work experience you want to build on to further your career. This MSc has been designed with strong guidance from industry and will especially appeal to those who have an entrepreneurial mindset.


    • The MSc will prepare graduates for careers in sustainability around batteries, fuel cells and electric machines.
    • Recent university graduates will gain specific expertise in the materials, electrochemical and systems engineering involved in designing electric powertrains. 

    Career destinations

    • Mid-career professionals already employed will expand their range of knowledge and expertise. Graduates will also be equipped for further postgraduate research in relevant disciplines. 
    • The urgent need to transition to the clean economy and electrify transport have created skills shortages in this high-value design and manufacturing sector. This programme will address this shortage by developing multidisciplinary scientists and engineers with the required level of breadth and depth to address the manufacturing, scientific, engineering, and commercial challenges in the field. Moreover, given the industrially focused nature of this programme, it is expected that graduates of this MSc will be in high demand due to their breadth of expertise, numerical ability, and problem-solving skills.  
    • The APL places great emphasis on its ability to assist its graduates in taking up exciting careers in the sector. UCL alumni, together with the department’s links with industrial groups, provide an excellent source of leads for graduates.
    • You will also have had the opportunity to develop an extensive academic and industrial network which will aid you in your pursuit of a career in the field and will be supported by the translational skills developed throughout the course of the programme. Moreover, through the research-intensive nature of the department and close links with industry, you will have opportunities to access industrial networks and senior company representatives. 


    Alex Rettie
    For any questions related to the AP MSc content and structure reach out to the programme director Dr. Alex Rettie a.rettie@ucl.ac.uk

    For Admissions enquiries reach out to - Graduate & Teacher Training Admissions Enquiries – Contact Us


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      Discover more about UCL Advanced Propulsion Lab and our departments

      Our virtual graduate open events allow you to ask questions and learn more about our programmes and the UCL Advanced Propulsion Lab. Wherever you are in the world, this is a great opportunity for you to meet our team.

      Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering

      Graduate Open Events - MSc in Advanced Propulsion - 18 April 2023, 11AM - 12PM

      The session will be led by programme director Dr Alex Rettie.

      Register for a Virtual Graduate Open Event at the UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

      Learn more about this programme - join our Virtual Open Day on 18 April, 11AM - 12PM

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