Engineering and Architectural Design MEng

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)
Engineering and Architectural Design MEng (2025)

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
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£31,100
Programme starts
September 2024
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code
KH11

Entry requirements

Grades
AAA
Subjects
No specific subjects, please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not offered at A level and a Comprehensive Portfolio of Creative Work required upon invitation, at application stage. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
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

Grades
ABB more about contextual offers
Subjects
No specific subjects, please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not offered at A level and a Comprehensive Portfolio of Creative Work required upon invitation, at application stage. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language at grade C or 5. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A or 7 if not offered at A level.
Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5. Physics must be offered at either higher or standard level. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.

Contextual offer

Points
34 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. Physics must be offered at either higher or standard level. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not achieved we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the Physics subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. Please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not achieved we may review your BTEC syllabus to ensure you meet the Physics subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not offered at A level. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not offered at A level. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Please note the GCSE Mathematics and Physics requirements below, if not offered at A level. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.

International applications

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

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

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

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


This fully accredited programme (ARB/RIBA Part 1, JBM and CIBSE) places creativity, design and architecture at the centre of a robust engineering education. This omni-disciplinary degree gives you the chance to understand and develop architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) with advanced design methodologies whilst learning how cutting-edge, sustainable proposals are augmented, calculated and resolved through civil (JBM) and building services (CIBSE) engineering. 

As a student on this programme, you’ll enjoy access to spaces of exceptional quality to work in, including new facilities at Here East, UCL East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as centrally located departments in Bloomsbury.

What this course will give you

Your learning will combine the innovative design-studio model of The Bartlett School of Architecture with project-based learning in structural, civil and environmental, building services engineering – drawing on expertise of leading academics from across three departments, including The Bartlett; The Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering; and Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering.  

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

Modules

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. 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.

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

In year one you will develop core mathematics and engineering knowledge and skills by taking eight compulsory modules, all carefully tailored to this programme.

From year two onwards, half of your time will be spent on design labs, 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.

Your learning

Your learning is predominantly design studio-based, and incorporates extensive use of fabrication workshops, engineering laboratories and London as a living lab, with a strong focus on engineering and architectural design and research-based learning. Methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, individual and group work, site visits, field trips, workshops, laboratories, crits, and e-learning.

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

Students on the MEng in Engineering and Architectural Design programme will spend a varying amount of time in classes across the length of the degree. This equates to an average of 27 hours per week in year 1. This decreases to approximately 21 hours per week in the second and third years of the programme. In the final year of the programme, taught classes drop to around 15 hours per week, with students spending their remaining time working on their dissertations and finalist design work.

Assessment

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.

Accessibility

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

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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.

Employability

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 civil, structural, building service engineering, interdisciplinary design and/or architecture.

Accreditation

The MEng Engineering & Architectural Design is fully accredited by Architects Registration Board (ARB - Part1), the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineering (CIBSE), Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) and validation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA - Part 1). It is one of the first programmes of its kind in the world to hold accreditation from all 3 major industry bodies responsible for the design of the built environment.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 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 2024/25 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

Funding may be available from The Bartlett School of Architecture or from The Bartlett Faculty Office.

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.

Scholarships

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 and 2024/25 entry.

Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: 5 July 2024
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.

Selection

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

Once we have established that you meet (or are likely to meet) our entry requirements, we will contact you to request a digital portfolio of your design or creative work, giving you instructions on how to prepare this. Please do not send this unless requested to do so. This need not be included in your initial application. You may then be invited to interview. If so, this will be conducted online using Zoom.

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