Undergraduate prospectus 2022


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.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

Entry requirements

A Levels

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.

Contextual offer

ABB (more about contextual offers)
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.

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. 

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 very recently been awarded provisional accreditation for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

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.

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

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 field trip (optional) annually as part of this programme. 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.

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


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.


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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£25,800 (2021/22)

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).


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.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Undergraduate

Deadline: 2 July 2021
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr
Based on financial need

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: 29 January 2021


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.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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