Engineering and Architectural Design MEng

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)
Engineering and Architectural Design MEng (2023)

This four-year programme has been designed in close collaboration with industry leaders to combine the major disciplines of architecture and engineering of the built environment and prepare graduates to be future industry leaders.

UK students International students
Study mode
4 years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
26,600 (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2022
Application deadline
26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade C or 5. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A or 7 if not offered at A level.

Contextual offer information

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No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade C or 5. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A or 7 if not offered at A level.
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. Physics must be offered at either higher or standard level.

Contextual offer

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A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher).

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

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

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

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:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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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.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

The first three years will provide an integrated programme of teaching and learning across engineering and architecture.

In Year 1, you will develop core mathematics and engineering knowledge and skills by taking seven compulsory modules, all carefully tailored to this programme.

From Year 2 onwards, half of your time will be spent in the design studio, where you will develop skills in design and engineering synthesis, enhancing your ability to address design challenges and the built environment.

In your final year you will select two optional modules from a range depending on your particular areas of interest and the specialist skills and knowledge you wish to develop.

What this course will give you

Your learning will combine the design-studio model of UCL’s renowned Bartlett School of Architecture with project-based learning in structural, civil and environmental engineering and design, drawing on expertise from the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) and UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE).

The programme is based both in central London and the new UCL Here East facilities at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a state-of-the-art 4,000m² fabrication, experimentation, testing and study resource with cutting-edge labs fully equipped with digital and analogue fabrication facilities.

Teaching and learning

The programme is based in The Bartlett School of Architecture, with elements of the programme being delivered by the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering and by UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MEng (Hons) in Engineering and Architectural Design.


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.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Building Physics and Energy  (15 credits)
  • Building Physics and Environment (15 credits)
  • Design Make Information (15 credits)
  • Design Make Live (15 credits)
  • History and Theory of Engineering and Architecture (15 credits)
  • Materials, Mechanics and Making (30 credits)
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis 1 (15 credits)

Optional modules

Compulsory module(s)

  • Environmentally Responsible Building Systems (15 credits)
  • Advanced Mathematical Modelling and Analysis (15 credits)
  • Structural and Foundation Analysis (15 credits)
  • Urban Physics (15 credits)
  • Design Practice I (60 credits)

Compulsory module(s)

  • Mechanics of Buildings (15 credits)
  • Sense, Sensing and Controls (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice and Management (15 credits)
  • Making Buildings (15 credits)
  • Design Practice 2 (60 credits)

Compulsory module(s)

  • Design Practice 3 (60 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Optional modules

For Year 4, you will select two optional modules from a range of available modules, depending on your interests and the skills you wish to develop. 

Your learning

There is one optional, annual European field trip as part of this programme. The maximum cost to the student is £500.


Assessment is focused on coursework submissions, including engineering and architectural design portfolios, built prototypes and written submissions. This is supplemented by a range of further methods including formal examination, crits, studio and laboratory assessments, and e-assessments.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

You will learn to develop, articulate and advocate your own position and will also develop expertise in areas of particular interest via self-directed engineering design and research projects.

The programme teaches the creative engineering and architectural design skills and critical faculties that are key to solving the complex challenges of the built environment, empowering graduates to lead transformation in the construction industry.


Students have the opportunity to acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to meet the educational and professional standards for a successful career in engineering and architecture design.

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The programme is designed to meet Engineering Council MEng and Architecture degree-level requirements. 

This programme is actively seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineering (CIBSE), the Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 1 and validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).   

This programme has been awarded provisional accreditation for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) 9,250 (2022/23)
Tuition fees (2022/23) 26,600 (2022/23)

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK 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 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

The estimated average cost for materials and study-related items, including end of year portfolios, is £600 in the first year and £900 in the subsequent three years of study.

All students work differently, so costs incurred depend on the approach they take to the brief given and can be significantly higher or lower than the above averages. The school encourages students to use recycled materials in their models and presentations – not only is it sustainable, but also cost effective and potentially innovative. The school also offers subsidies for exhibition costs. 


A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

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.


Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Undergraduate

Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

Next steps

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.


Once we have received your application and established that you are likely to meet our entry requirements, we will then invite you to submit sample images from your portfolio of creative work. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with the portfolio. We will be looking for evidence of independent and innovative thinking, ability to draw and/or make, ability to challenge methods and norms, and to solve problems. 

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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