Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering MEng

This is a challenging four-year programme which will equip you with the analytical and design skills relevant to a wide range of careers.

Two students smiling and working on a practical project

You will learn how to apply a deeper understanding of engineering principles to a range of real world challenges.  During your time at UCL Mechanical Engineering, you will be taught by world leading researchers.

Applying for the MEng rather than the three-year BEng allows you to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status with a single qualification. The programme concludes with a major group project, including the opportunity to design and building vehicles for international competitions like IMechE Formula Student and the Shell Eco-Marathon.

This page is an introduction to this degree programme. To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, please visit our Undergraduate Prospectus page for further details and to apply.

Key Information 








4 Years 

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Engineering Council and IMechE Logo Accreditation



Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline requiring you to study a range of areas from mathematical modelling to material science. The module descriptions for this degree programme will give you a more detailed understanding of what you will study at UCL. 

First Year Modules
Second Year Modules

You must also select one minor.

Third Year Modules

One Level 7 module is taken in the third year to provide a greater choice of options in the fourth year.

You will take two more modules, continuing your minor subject from year two.

Fourth Year Modules

Fourth Year Options

You must choose 45 credits of optional modules. All modules are worth 15 credits unless stated otherwise. No more than one module (15 credits) may be at Level 6.

Engineering in Extreme Environments (MECH0074)Health Assessment of Engineered Structures (MECH0075)
Materials and Fatigue (MECH0055)Heat Transfer and Heat Systems (MECH0060)
Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives (MECH0062)New and Renewable Energy Systems (MECH0032)
Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery (MECH0051)Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion (MECH0071)
Applications of Biomedical Engineering (MECH0040)Medical Imaging (Ionising and Non-ionising) (MECH0047)
Marketing Communications (Level 6 module) (MSIN0027)Ship Hydrodynamics (MECH0068) (worth 30 credits)
Ship Dynamics (MECH0066)(worth 30 credits)An elective module worth 15 credits at Level 6 or 7

You must take at least one of the MEng-only optional modules MECH0074 Engineering in Extreme Environments and MECH0075 Health Assessment of Engineered Structures.

Due to timetabling limitations the following restrictions apply to certain combinations of modules:

  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0055, MECH0047, MSIN0027
  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0060, MECH0062
  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0055, MECH0071
  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0051, MECH0040

Please note: The choice of modules may be constrained by availability and timetabling.

Career Options

Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline which can lead you to pursue many different career paths. On completing your degree programme, you can choose from a variety of fields including:

  • aerospace
  • motor vehicle design
  • marine engineering
  • medical engineering
  • manufacturing
  • railways

The problem-solving, analytical skills you develop at UCL Mechanical Engineering will make you an attractive candidate for employers in many other fields. These include commerce, banking, and management consultancy.