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Study the design, development, operation and manufacture of new machines, devices and mechanical processes in this professionally accredited, integrated Master’s degree.

Key information

Award

MEng

Duration

4 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A*A*A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

10 : 1

Based on 2017 entry data

Professionally accredited

Read about this course's accreditation

  • UCAS course code: H301
  • ECTS: 240
  • Start date: September 2019
Apply on the UCAS website

Overview

Our Mechanical Engineering degrees emphasise the development of skills needed by the twenty-first century graduate engineer:

  • imagination
  • creativity
  • intellectual agility
  • the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams

Study programme

All of our Mechanical Engineering courses start with the same two core years of intensive engineering science. You attend lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in areas including:

  • thermofluids
  • materials
  • mechanics
  • mechatronics
  • stress analysis
  • design

You practise sketching by hand, use computeraided design (CAD) to produce solid models and industry-standard technical drawings, and create the blueprints for your own designs.

You also develop your manufacturing skills in hands-on workshop sessions, and bring your designs to life through a ‘design, make and test’ group project.

Years three and four mostly comprise elective study and project work. The elective technical modules cover some of our key research areas such as tribology and combustion, as well as solid mechanics, thermofluids, robotics and nuclear energy. The non-technical modules can be as diverse as design, art and creativity, or business economics (delivered online by Imperial College Business School).

In the fourth year, you can also choose modules taught in other engineering departments, such as:

  • fluid dynamics (Aeronautics)
  • advanced biomaterials (Materials)
  • computer assistive and rehabilitative devices (Bioengineering)
  • sustainable electrical systems (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

The last two years of the course involve substantial group and individual project work, with freedom to choose topics proposed by staff based on their cutting edge research or even pitch your own ideas. You can also study a language or a humanities subject through Imperial Horizons.

WorkshopIndustry links

We intensively engage with industry to ensure that our courses are relevant to the profession.

You will also benefit from access to facilities and equipment that match those used in industry. These include Instron machines for testing the strength of engineering materials, and microcontroller kits for testing the performance of mechatronic systems.

Student teaching workshop

Our teaching facilities are complemented by our exceptionally well-equipped student workshop, which contains both manual and CNC subtractive and additive manufacture machine tools. You will use these extensively in the manufacture and assembly of your project work, using a wide variety of materials.

Transfer between courses

All students should apply initially to MEng Mechanical Engineering.

Students interested in one of the other courses within the Department should then apply to transfer at the appropriate time during the course (selection criteria may apply).Mechanical Engineering student

Transfer during the second or third year

  • MEng Mechanical with Nuclear Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Engineering and a Year in Industry

Transfer at the end of the third year

  • • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad

Transfer during the fourth year

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry and a Year Abroad

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Design and Manufacture 1
  • Fluid Dynamics 1
  • Materials 1
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Mechanics 1
  • Mechatronics 1
  • Professional Engineering Skills 1
  • Stress Analysis 1
  • Thermodynamics 1

Year 2

Core modules

  • Design and Manufacture 2
  • Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Heat Transfer
  • Materials 2
  • Mathematics and Computing 2
  • Mechatronics 2
  • Professional Engineering Skills 2
  • Stress Analysis 2
  • Thermodynamics 2

Year 3

Core modules

  • Design, Make and Test Project
  • Fluid Mechanics 3 or Thermodynamics 3
  • Professional Engineering Skills 3
  • Stress Analysis 3 or Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose four modules from the list below.

  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Machine Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Mathematics 3
  • Mechatronics 3
  • Statistics
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • System Design and Optimisation
  • Tribology

You also have the option of choosing from the modules below (if not taken as core modules):

  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Stress Analysis 3
  • Thermodynamics 3
Group 2

You choose one optional module from below.

  • Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists
  • Manufacturing Technology and Management
  • Technology, Business and the Market

Imperial Horizons

You have the option of choosing a module from Imperial Horizons, which offers a wide range of short courses – including languages, humanities and business skills – designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact.

Year 4

Core module

  • Individual Project

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose one optional module from below.

  • Aircraft Engine Technology
  • Future Clean Transport Technology
  • Mechanical Transmissions
  • Metal Processing Technology
Group 2

You choose five optional modules from below.

  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Applied Vibration Engineering
  • Combustion
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Interfacing and Data Processing
  • Machine Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Mathematics 3
  • Mechatronics 3
  • Statistics
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • System Design and Optimisation
  • Tribology

You also have the option of choosing from the modules below (if not taken as core modules in year three):

  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Stress Analysis 3
  • Thermodynamics 3

Imperial Horizons

You have the option of choosing a module from Imperial Horizons, which offers a wide range of short courses – including languages, humanities and business skills – designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact.


Download the programme specification‌ [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.

Professional accreditation

The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Achieving a professionally accredited integrated Master's degree (MEng) means that you have satisfied the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of professional registration. To gain Chartered status, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet additional graduate level competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC

A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects.

Professional registration also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers is renewed every five years.

The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2017–18 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.

Associateship

As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.

The City and Guilds of London Institute is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.

Find out more about our Associateships.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You can expect to be taught in lectures, by problem sheets, in tutorials, through workshop training and laboratory work.

You will complete group practical exercises, a literature research project, a group design project and research project.

Teaching, independent study and placement hours

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures, seminars and similar635 hours526 hours218 hours206 hours
Independent study980 hours1,024 hours1,282 hours1,294 hours
Placement
Based on the typical pathway through the course

Assessment

You will experience a variety of assessment methods, and can expect to mostly sit written examinations and complete coursework assignments.

Assessment types

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Coursework28%24%48%37%
Practical2%1%3%
Written70%75%49%63%
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number

Staff expertise

At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.

You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats information below.

You can use the Unistats website to find out how this course compares in areas such as student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

A-levels

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2019 entry is A*A*A or A*AAA overall, to include:

Three A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A* in Physics
  • A in another subject (Further Mathematics preferred but not essential)
Four A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in another two subjects (Further Mathematics preferred but not essential)

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made in 2017 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels:

Three A-level offer: A*A*A

Four A-level offer: A*AAA

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

The practical endorsement is part of the reformed English linear A-levels.


Subject choice

Mathematics and Physics are required subjects for entry. For your third (and fourth if applicable) A-level we consider most other subjects, although some are unlikely to form part of your offer, such as a foreign language if you are a native speaker of that language. General Studies and Critical Thinking are also not accepted.

We suggest that you make your choices based on your interests and strengths, rather than specifically aiming at entry to our course.

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics A-level is recommended, but not a requirement for entry.

As Mathematics is the largest module in our first and second year, students who have taken Further Mathematics have less new material to study. 

In recent years, about ten percent of our cohort have taken a combination of A-levels which does not include Further Mathematics.

If you are not taking Further Mathmatics, you may consider studying relevant topics independently.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2019 entry is 40 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level
  • 6 in another subject at higher level

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2017 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 40 points overall.

Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2021

For entry in 2021, the Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi will be accepted at higher level, but Analysis and Approaches is preferred.

Advanced Placements

The grades detailed below are the minimum requirements for students offering only Advanced Placements as their exams for entry to Imperial.

If you are studying a High School Diploma that is accepted by Imperial alongside Advanced Placements, requirements may apply to both your Diploma and Advanced Placements.

Please consult our country index to check whether we accept your High School Diploma programme for admission.

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 in Physics C (Mechanics)
  • 5 in another subject (see third subject below)
Third subject
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Statistics

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2017 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.


Completing your UCAS application

Please tell us in your personal statement about the things you have done to find out about mechanical engineering.

In particular, describe any work placements, industrial visits, or relevant projects or hobbies.

We are also interested in your general motivation as evidenced by extracurricular activities and part-time work, as well as your wider contribution to your school or community life.


Departmental tours

Applicants who are invited to a post-application admissions day (see below) will have the chance to tour the Department with current students.

Unfortunately, we are not able to arrange individual departmental tours/meetings outside of this, unless you are an offer holder who has not had a chance to see the Department at an admissions day.

Other applicants can take a departmental tour and meet staff members at one of our Undergraduate Open Days.

If you can’t attend an Open Day, student-led tours of the campus are available for you to book on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year.


Post-application admissions day and interview

If you are resident in the UK or EU, we may invite you to an Admissions Day, which will include an interview with a member of our academic staff.

You will have the chance to learn more about what it is like to study at Imperial, and about the structure and content of the courses we offer. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

You will also have the chance to meet some current students who will take you on a tour of the Department and the South Kensington Campus.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH10-01-02 mechanical engineering

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that EU students entering the university in 2019 will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition for the duration of their course.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

The UK government has confirmed that access to government funding will remain unchanged for EU students entering the university in 2019 throughout the duration of their course. This includes access to the Tuition Fee Loan for EU students who have resided in the European Economic Area for at least three years prior to study, and access to the Maintenance Loan for EU students have been resident in the UK for at least five years.

For the latest updates on the implications of ‘Brexit’, please see the Imperial and the European Union webpages.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£30,250 per year

The tuition fees for Overseas and Islands students are set by Imperial College London.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Additional course costs

This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Personal Protective Equipment

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge to ensure you can undertake lab work safely. This includes:

  • Boiler suit
  • Goggles
  • Lab coat

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Careers

Our close industry links ensure that many graduates leave Imperial with jobs already lined up.

Formula One and related industries are popular destinations for our graduates.Prosthetics project

The chance to specialise in nuclear engineering is also good preparation for an industry poised for future expansion.

The technical and management skills of the discipline are equally valued in consultancy, finance and project management.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Mechanical Engineer, European Space Agency
  • Graduate Nuclear Engineer, EDF Energy
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation Engineer, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
  • Well Engineer, Shell UK
  • Actuarial Analyst, Deloitte

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: H301
  • UCAS institution code: I50
Apply on the UCAS website

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can view this course on the UCAS website.

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2019 for entry in September 2019.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2019 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2018.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

Mechanical Engineering students

Got a question?

Dominika Pocsova
T: +44 (0)20 7594 7005
E: me.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

Read more on the Department of Mechanical Engineering website.

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