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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


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 following engineering research areas:

The department in numbers

  • 10 – The department is one of 10 departments of UCLs Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
  • 4 – we offer four degree programmes for undergraduate students
  • 7 – we offer seven postgraduate degree programmes
  • 812 – UCL Mechanical engineering is home to 812 taught students, these include 580 undergraduate students and 232 students pursuing MSc degrees
  • 70 – our students come from over 70 countries around the world – our faculty is home to students from 127 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 19 full Professors
  • 173 – UCL Mechanical Engineering has been researching and teaching Mechanical Engineering since 1847 – 173 years
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