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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

Typical offer

Three A-level offer: A*A*A

Four A-level offer: A*AAA

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

11 : 1

Based on 2015 application data

Professionally accredited

Read about this course's accreditation

  • UCAS course code: H301
  • ECTS: 240
  • Start date: October 2018

Summer School

Applications now open for 2017 Global Summer School.

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

All of our Mechanical Engineering students cover the same core study programme for the first two years, which includes computing, mechanics, materials and mathematics. It focuses on the fundamental knowledge that is required by all mechanical engineers, and gives you a thorough understanding of a wide range of engineering disciplines.

With this strong foundation you go on to largely elective study in the third year. You can focus on the areas you are most interested in and tap into cutting-edge research activities being undertaken by internationally recognised experts within the Department.

Your study reaches Master's level in your final year, with a wide selection of advanced optional modules available. A major individual project gives you the chance to put your project management skills to the test.

Design projects

‘Design, make and test’ projects, designed to develop core practical skills, run through years one and two.

You also undertake a major group design project in the third year.

Industry links

Mechanical Engineering studentWe 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.

Our teaching facilities are complemented by two exceptionally well-equipped student workshops, which contain 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).

Transfer during the second or third year

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

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

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Design and Manufacture 1
  • Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Materials 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanical Engineering Coursework 1
  • Mechanics 1
  • Mechatronics 1
  • Stress Analysis 1
  • Thermodynamics 1

Year 2

Core modules

  • Design and Manufacture 2
  • Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Heat Transfer
  • Management and Business for Engineers
  • Materials 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Coursework 2
  • Mechatronics 2
  • Stress Analysis 2
  • Thermodynamics 2

Year 3

Core modules

  • Machine System Dynamics
  • Mechanical Engineering Coursework 3
  • Thermodynamics and Energy

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose five modules from the list below.

  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Mathematics 3
  • Statistics
  • Stress Analysis 3
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • System Design and Optimisation
  • Tribology
Group 2

You choose three modules from below.

  • Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists
  • Design-led Innovation and New Venture Creation
  • Manufacturing Technology and Management
  • Technology, Business and the Market

Imperial Horizons

You can substitute one choice from above for 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

You choose five modules in total from Groups 1 and 2, and at least two of those choices must be from Group 2.

Group 1
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Mathematics 3
  • Statistics
  • Stress Analysis 3
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • System Design and Optimisation
  • Tribology
Group 2
  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Advanced Vibration Engineering
  • Combustion
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Inter-Departmental Exchange (IDX)
  • Interfacing and Data Processing
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
Group 3

You choose one module from below.

  • Aircraft Engine Technology
  • Mechanical Transmissions
  • Metal Processing Technology
  • Vehicle Propulsion Technology

Professional accreditation

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

Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency.

It also provides you with a faster route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of this professional qualification. This means you won’t need to undertake any further academic study on your route to gaining Chartered status, though you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet 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.

It 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.

Assessment

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

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 Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, 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

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels:

Three A-level offer: A*A*A

Four A-level offer: A*AAA

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A*/A in Physics (A* is required if applying with three A-levels and A if applying with four relevant A-levels)
  • A in one or two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology, Economics, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Art and Design (4th A-level only)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 40 points overall.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

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

Advanced Placements

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 (Physics C)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Environmental Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • 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 2016 (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. 

Post-application admissions day and interview

If you are resident in the UK or EU you may be invited to an Admissions Day, which will include a tour of the department and 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.

Over lunch, you and other applicants will meet some current students who will take you on a tour of the Department and the South Kensington Campus.

English language qualifications (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 overseas students applying for this course.

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)

2017 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. This is the maximum rate of tuition chargeable by institutions that achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award under the first year of the UK government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

In its TEF: Year Two specification guidance document, the government confirmed that all institutions achieving a Bronze rating or higher in Year Two will be able to charge the maximum capped amount. These ratings will be announced in spring 2017.

You should expect the fee to increase for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

We expect EU students will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition as long as the UK remains in the EU, and for the duration of their course, provided this remains lawful.

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.

EU students entering university in the UK in 2017 also have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course. The government has not yet confirmed arrangements for EU students starting university in 2018.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£27,750 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. The fee for the 2018–19 academic fee has not yet been set by the College. We will update this page as soon as this fee information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Additional course costs

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change 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 cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment (boiler suit) Mandatory Provided
Personal Protective Equipment (goggles) Mandatory Provided
Personal Protective Equipment (lab coat) Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more information on the costs listed in the table.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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. Career opportunities include research and development, design, production and plant management. Several of our graduates work in Formula One or related industries, and the opportunity to specialise in nuclear engineering prepares students for employment in an industry now poised for expansion.

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
  • Repair and Overhaul Engineer, Rolls-Royce
  • Vehicle Integration Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: H301
  • UCAS institution code: I50

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).

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 2018 for entry in October 2018.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2018 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2017.

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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