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Engineering and Architectural Design MEng

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
KH11
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
No specific subjects.
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. 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-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades
ABB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
No specific 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. 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-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
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

Points
34 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
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.

Accreditation

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 includes IStructE and ICE), the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Architects Registration Board (RIBA/ARB) Part 1 exemption.

Degree structure

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).

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.

Modules

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

Core or 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

Core or 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)

Core or 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)

Core or 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. 


Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

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.

Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

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

Careers

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.

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.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£26,540 (2020/21)

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

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Programme Administrator, Mr Dan Carter, by e-mailing dan.carter@ucl.ac.uk@ucl.ac.uk or telephoning +44 (0)20 3108 6666.

Funding

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

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.

Interdepartmental Engineering and Architectural Design scholarship

Value
£9,250 per year for fees
Eligibility
UK
Criteria
Based on both academic merit and financial need

The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Deadline
Deadline: Friday, 3 July 2020
Value
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance per annum
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria

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 2020



Selection

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: Selection of students.


Page last modified on 12 March 2020