Mechanical Engineering MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Mechanical Engineering MSc is designed to offer an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering that are in demand from industry. The degree is comprised of study in analysis and design of power machinery systems, engineering structures, vibration, control and the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£19,300
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£37,500
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with qualifications in other subjects will be considered. Candidates must have studied fluid dynamics while knowledge of thermodynamics and control is desirable. Applicants who are yet to complete their degree should include a list of subjects they are currently studying as well as those already completed.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will develop an advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering and associated disciplines, with an awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of sustainability, safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. Alongside this, you will gain a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary to develop careers in this field.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for students who wish to develop the skills necessary to become Chartered Professional Engineers or to pursue careers in higher levels of management, advanced engineering, manufacturing and power engineering.

Applicants require a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.

What this course will give you

UCL Mechanical Engineering is a dynamic and vibrant place to study and do research. Located in central London, it was the first mechanical engineering department in the UK. You will be taught by world leading academics in each subject area.

The department has a long reputation for internationally leading research, funded by numerous organisations and industry, and quality teaching.

The department benefits from state-of-the-art facilities, close links with industry, and access to expertise in other disciplines, including other branches of engineering and management sciences within UCL

The department has an international reputation for the excellence of its research and has been funded by numerous bodies including the UKRI, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, Cosworth Technology, Shell, BP, Lloyds Register Educational Trust, and many others.

Delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, you will have a range of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and industry leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover and Shell are key to our success. We encourage you to develop networks throughout your studies and via the department's employability activities which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

The foundation of your career

Engineering graduates with good analytical abilities are in high demand and our graduates have a range of opportunities to gain employment across many sectors and industries; from engineering and manufacturing to consultancy and finance. Recent graduates have gone on to work in firms such as:

  • Arrival
  • Rolls Royce
  • Mercedes AMG
  • Space X
  • EY
  • Royal Navy
  • Houlder
  • Williams Racing
     

Some recent UCL Mechanical Engineering graduates have also started their own enterprises, including environmental firm Greenr, custom-fit cycle helmet company Hexr, biomedical outfit Oxford Heartbeat and drone innovators Hybird.

Employability

Engineering graduates with good analytical abilities are in high demand and our graduates have a range of opportunities to gain employment across many industries. The programme aims to equip students with skills in analysis and design such that they can be employed as professional engineers in virtually any sector of the mechanical engineering industry.

Networking

All postgraduate students have access to rich ecosystem of opportunities to enrich their study and future career prospects by networking. These include a range of networking events, talks and training facilitated by UCL Careers, UCL Engineering Careers, the Office of Vice Provost Advancement (OVPA) and UCL Innovation and Enterprise, with tailored events at department level, including a Mechanical Engineering Careers Fair.  These are complemented by student-led events with guests from industry, often featuring UCL alumni, industry visits and a range of events from dedicated UCL student societies, focussed on specific industrial sectors, as well as entrepreneurship.

Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) [decision pending] and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) [confirmed] as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Teaching and learning

This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work (including group projects), workshops and problem classes, which frequently draw upon real-life industrial case studies.

Assessment for this MSc programme is through a combination of examinations, coursework, reports, presentations, the group design project and the individual research project.

Contact time takes a variety of forms, including lectures, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, student feedback and consultation hours (where staff are available for consultation), email, and situations where feedback on assessed work is given. This is supplemented by self-directed learning to build up knowledge and skills.

Each module has a credit value that indicates the average learning hours you will spend on the required content. One credit typically equates to 10 hours of learning, which includes all contact time, self-directed study and assessment.

The contact time for each of your 15 credit taught modules will typically include 20-30 hours of teaching activity over the term of its delivery, with the balance then comprised of self-directed learning and working on your assessments. You will have ongoing contact with teaching staff via each module’s online discussion forum, which is typically used for discussing and clarifying concepts or assessment matters, and will have the opportunity to access additional support via regular student feedback and consultation hours with module leaders and programme directors.

Your project module will include regular contact with your project supervisor(s), who will guide and support you throughout your project. You will dedicate most of your time on this module to carrying out research in connection with your project and writing up your final report.

Modules

The taught part of the programme is comprised of seven subject modules: four compulsory modules (one of which is the group project), and three optional, chosen from a list of modules. The taught modules consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials and example classes. Each module is assessed by coursework submission or examination, or a combination of both. Some include an oral presentation of project/assignment work. The first two academic terms consist of the taught modules, including the group project. The Individual Research Project comprises a large part of the programme running from March to September. This is carried out under the supervision of an academic member of staff and is assessed on the basis of a written report and a project presentation.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £19,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500

Students from participating countries are eligible for Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans.

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There may occasionally be small, incidental expenses which can be reimbursed by the department once claimed.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Mechanical Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Mechanical Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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