Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Engineering (Mechanical) BEng

This is a challenging three-year programme which will equip you with the analytical and design skills sought by a wide range of engineering employers. You will learn how to apply a deeper understanding of engineering principles to a range of real world challenges.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics and Physics required. A* must be in one of the required subjects. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

A*AB (more about contextual offers)
Mathematics and Physics required. A* must be in one of the required subjects. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics, with no score lower than 5. Higher Level 7, 6 required in Mathematics and Physics in any order. Economics preferred as third higher level subject, but not essential.

Contextual offer

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A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics, with no score lower than 5. Higher Level 7 required in Mathematics or Physics. Economics preferred as third higher level subject, but not essential.

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) D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Maths for Technicians and Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems. Preference should be given to applicants who can demonstrate additional exposure to maths beyond BTEC level.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D2, D3, D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and Physics. D2 required in either Mathematics or Physics. Economics or Further Mathematics preferred as third subject, but not essential.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher. A1 much be in one of the required subjects. Economics at Advanced Higher preferred as third subject, but not essential.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. A* must be in one of the required subjects. Further Mathematics, Economics or Design and Technology preferred as third subject, but not essential.

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

  • You will benefit from our internationally renowned research expertise, as this cutting-edge knowledge is passed on to you through our teaching.

  • You will have access to MechSpace, a dedicated student facility for designing and building mechanical engineering prototypes. You will also have the opportunity to learn and conduct projects in our research laboratories, including nanoengineering, materials testing, engine cells and wave tanks.

  • On completing your degree programme, career options can be in a wide variety of engineering fields. The problem-solving and mathematical skills you develop will also make you an attractive candidate for employers in many other fields, including commerce, banking, and management consultancy.

  • We offer you a degree that is highly respected both within the UK and abroad.


The programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic base requirements, in part, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for the 2014-2021 student cohort intakes.

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).

This programme includes core mathematical, computing and mechanical engineering subjects, taken alongside a set of minor modules of your choice. You will undertake an individual project as a major component of the third year.

You will study in the context of our Integrated Engineering Programme. This gives you the chance to:

  • tackle practical engineering challenges
  • develop transferable professional skills
  • tailor your programme by choosing an IEP Minor
  • study and collaborate with students in other engineering disciplines

Visit our page How we teach to learn more about our award winning teaching framework the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP)  including information about some of the Minors available.

You may opt to take a year working in industry between the second and third years of your degree programme. This posting needs UCL approval in advance and you are required to write a comprehensive report on your work and what you have learnt during the year.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BEng (Hons) in Engineering (Mechanical).


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)

  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Fundamentals of Materials
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I
  • Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Design and Professional Skills II (for Mechanical Engineers)
  • Engineering Materials: Failure and Design
  • Intermediate Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing and Design
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
  • Mechanics of Solids and Structures

Optional modules

Students must take one module in their chosen minor subject from the Integrated Engineering Programme. See https://www.ucl.ac.uk/engineering/study/undergraduate/integrated-engineering-programme for further information.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Individual Project
  • Project Management

Optional modules

You will study two modules in the minor subject chosen in year two.

Your learning

You will be taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, example sessions, laboratory classes, computer workshops and project work. Along with MechSpace, a dedicated student facility for designing and building mechanical engineering prototypes, we offer extensive computing facilities. Our main research laboratories are also used for laboratory classes and for research-based project work. 


Throughout your degree programme your progress will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. You will be required to meet or exceed a range of academic criteria throughout your studies.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Mechanical) BEng.


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We place great emphasis on supporting you to develop transferable professional skills, alongside your engineering knowledge, from the word go. This gives you a significant advantage in forging the career of your choice. You can benefit from our dedicated engineering careers team, links with industry and internship opportunities.

Your career options can be in a variety of fields including aerospace, railways, motor vehicle design, manufacturing and medical engineering. The programme also equips you with the necessary skills to work in commerce, banking and management consultancy.

UCL supports the Year in Industry scheme, providing you with the opportunity to spend a year away from formal study, gaining key skills and experience.

UCL is committed 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 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
£31,200 (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

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.

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.

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

Your application

In addition to our essential academic requirements, we will expect your application to explain how you became interested in the subject, and what steps you have taken to discover more about studies and careers in engineering.

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


If you are offered a place to study you will have the chance to visit our department or to participate in a 'virtual open day' before accepting your offer.

It is possible to defer your entry. 

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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