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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Engineering (Mechanical) BEng

Key Information

UCAS code
3 years

This page is an introduction to this degree programme

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer for the 2014 -2021 student cohort intake.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Introduction to the Engineering (Mechanical) BEng programme

The Engineering (Mechanical) BEng is a challenging three-year programme which will equip you with the analytical and design skills relevant to 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.

Integrated Engineering Programme

You will study mechanical engineering in the context of our Integrated Engineering Programme, giving you the opportunity to:

  • tackle practical engineering challenges throughout your programme
  • develop transferable professional skills
  • tailor your programme to your interests
  • study and collaborate with students in other engineering disciplines

Watch this IET video to learn more.

Career Options

On completing your mechanical engineering degree programme, career options can be in a wide variety of fields. These include:

  • aerospace
  • motor vehicle design
  • medical engineering
  • manufacturing
  • railways

The problem-solving and mathematical skills you develop will also make you an attractive candidate for employers in many other fields.  These include commerce, banking, and management consultancy.

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Modules in the Engineering (Mechanical) BEng programme

Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline requiring you to study a range of areas from mathematical modelling to material science. The module descriptions for this degree programme will give you a more detailed understanding of what you will study at UCL.

First Year


Second Year

You must select one minor. Information about the current minors is available on the Integrated Engineering Minors page.

Third Year

You will take two further modules, continuing your minor subject from year two.
Information about the current minors is available on the Integrated Engineering Programme Minors page.

Year in Industry

You may choose to take a year working in industry between the second and the third years of your BEng degree programme. Please note that:

  1. this posting needs UCL approval in advance, and
  2. you will be required to write a comprehensive report on your work and what you learn during the year.

Study Abroad

Please note while you can study abroad for an academic year in the equivalent MEng four-year programme, this option is not available to you in your BEng programme.

3rd Year Undergraduate Project Showcase: "Aysan's Heart Valve"

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