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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences

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About UCL Mechanical Engineering

The department has been pioneering in the development of engineering education, having taught the core discipline for 170 years.

UCL was home to the UK’s first-ever Professor of the Mechanical Principles of Engineering, Eaton Hodgkinson, in 1847. It was also where Sir Alexander Blackie William Kennedy introduced organised laboratory practicals in university engineering training; a world-leading educational innovation at the time.

Diverse, world-leading research

Today our students are taught core engineering disciplines and supervised in individual and group research projects by academics that are recognised research world-leaders in their fields. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) over 90% of the department’s research was judged “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

We develop and apply core competencies to produce world class research into a wider range of engineering challenges than most would imagine.

Amongst many other avenues, we are:

  • leading research into low carbon shipping
  • designing the greenest engines and novel sustainable fuels
  • studying the flow of red blood cells in channels thinner than a human hair
  • using ‘lighter than air’ building materials to develop the power stations of the future
  • developing the most advanced brain models for Dementia
  • designing propulsion systems for advanced multihull ships

Visit our research pages to see more about our work in

The department in numbers

  • 11 – The department is one of 11 departments of UCLs Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
  • 4 – we offer four degree programmes for undergraduate students
  • 7 – we offer seven postgraduate degree programmes
  • 679 – UCL Mechanical engineering is home to 679 taught students, these include 508 undergraduate students and 171 students pursuing MSc degrees
  • 70 – our students come from over 70 countries around the world – our faculty is home to students from 124 countries
  • 170 – there are some 170 researchers in the department 136 PhD students and 35 Post doctorate researchers
  • 42 – the department is home to 42 academics including 18 full Professors
  • 4 – UCL Racing, a vital part of the department, has four teams of undergraduates taking part in international competitions in 2017
  • 170 – UCL Mechanical Engineering has been researching and teaching Mechanical Engineering since 1847 – 170 years
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