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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Engineering (Mechanical) MEng

A four-year degree programme

Learn to apply engineering principles to real world challenges

Key Information

UCAS code
4 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 a Chartered Engineer for the 2014 -2021 student cohort intake.

Introduction to the Engineering (Mechanical) MEng programme

The Engineering (Mechanical) MEng is a challenging four-year programme which will equip you with the analytical and design skills relevant to a wide range of careers. You will learn how to apply a deeper understanding of engineering principles to a range of real world challenges.  During your time at UCL Mechanical Engineering, you will be taught by world leading researchers.

Applying for the MEng rather than the three-year BEng allows you to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status with a single qualification. The programme concludes with a major group project, including the opportunity to design and building vehicles for international competitions like IMechE Formula Student and the Shell Eco-Marathon.

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

Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline which can lead you to pursue many different career paths. On completing your degree programme, you can choose from a variety of fields including:

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

The problem-solving, analytical skills you develop at UCL Mechanical Engineering will 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) MEng 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 more modules, continuing your minor subject from year two.
Information about the current minors is available on the Integrated Engineering Programme Minors page.

One Level 7 module is taken in the third year to provide a greater choice of options in the fourth year.

Fourth Year

Fourth Year Options
You must choose 45 credits of optional modules. All modules are worth 15 credits unless stated otherwise. No more than one module (15 credits) may be at Level 6.

Engineering in Extreme Environments (MECH0074) Health Assessment of Engineered Structures (MECH0075)
Materials and Fatigue (MECH0055) Heat Transfer and Heat Systems (MECH0060)
Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives (MECH0062) New and Renewable Energy Systems (MECH0032)
Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery (MECH0051) Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion (MECH0071)
Applications of Biomedical Engineering (MECH0040) Medical Imaging (Ionising and Non-ionising) (MECH0047)
Marketing Communications (Level 6 module) (MSIN0027) Organisational Change (not running in 2018/19) (MSIN0050)
Ship Dynamics (MECH0066)(worth 30 credits) Ship Hydrodynamics (MECH0068) (worth 30 credits)
An elective module worth 15 credits at Level 6 or 7

You must take at least one of the MEng-only optional modules MECH0074 Engineering in Extreme Environments and MECH0075 Health Assessment of Engineered Structures.

Due to timetabling limitations the following restrictions apply to certain combinations of modules:

  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0055, MECH0047, MSIN0027
  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0060, MECH0062
  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0055, MECH0071
  • You may only take ONE module from: MECH0051, MECH0040

Please note: The choice of modules may be constrained by availability and timetabling.

Study Abroad

One feature of our four-year MEng programmes is the option for you to study abroad  for one academic year before rejoining UCL Mechanical Engineering. Visit our Study Abroad website to find out more.

Please note that there is no option for studying abroad on our BEng programmes.

Year in Industry

You may choose to take a year working in industry between the third and the fourth years of your MEng 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.


Mechanical Engineering 4th Year Group Projects

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