Undergraduate prospectus


Engineering and Architectural Design MEng

This programme combines architectural knowledge and vision with a robust understanding of engineering for the built environment.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Hackney Wick (Here East) and London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
Please refer to 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. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

Contextual offer

ABB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects.

IB Diploma

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

34 (more about contextual offers)
A score 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 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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

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

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

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.

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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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

Degree benefits

  • 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.

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

  • We are also actively seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM, which include IStructE and ICE), the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Architecture Registration Board (RIBA/ARB) Part 1 exemption.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

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 seven compulsory modules, all carefully tailored to this programme.

From year two 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.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Building Physics and Energy

Building Physics and Environment

Design Make Information

Design Make Live

History and Theory of Engineering and Architecture 

Materials, Mechanics and Making

Mathematical Modelling and Analysis

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Environmentally Responsible Building Systems
Advanced Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Structural Analysis and Foundation Design
Urban Physics
Design Practice 1: Introduction to Building Design

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Mechanics of Buildings
Sense, Sensing and Controls
Practice and Project Management
Making Buildings
Design Practice 2: In-depth Building Design

Optional modules

All third year modules are compulsory

Core or compulsory module(s)

Design Practice 3: Advanced Building Design

Optional modules

You will select two optional modules from a range of available modules, depending on your interests and the skills you wish to develop. Modules developed specifically for this programme are anticipated to include:

Advanced Structural Design and Use of Parametric Modelling
BIM and GIS for Design and Retrofit
Tall Building Design
Organisational Learning and Dispute Resolution 
Technology and Integration

Your learning

The 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.


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.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering and Architectural Design MEng.


This MEng is designed so that you will actively acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to meet the educational and professional standards for a senior career in engineering and architecture design.

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 will uniquely equip you with the creative engineering and architectural design skills and critical faculties that are key to solving the complex challenges of the built environment, making you ideally placed to lead transformation in the construction industry.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£25,770 (2019/20)

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


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.

Departmental 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.

Bartlett Travel Scholarships

Deadline is usually in early May
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

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.

Application and 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019


Eligible applicants are invited to submit sample images from their 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: Selection of students.