Mechanical Engineering studentUCAS code: n/a*
ECTS: 300 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 5 years full-time

LocationSouth Kensington
*Apply initially for MEng Mechanical Engineering (H301)

Mechanical engineering is the study of the design, development, operation and manufacture of new machines, devices and mechanical processes.

This five-year Master of Engineering course provides you with the opportunity to both study at a leading institution abroad and complete an industrial placement.

About the course


Our five-year MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course begins with two years of intensive core study, giving you a thorough understanding of a wide range of engineering disciplines.

You can expect a course with a balance between theory and practice, and to spend time in the laboratory looking at thermofluids, materials, mechanics, dynamics, stress analysis and design.

Where traditional undergraduate courses are lecture-based, ours emphasise the development of skills required by a modern engineer: imagination, creativity, intellectual agility and the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is strongly engaged with industry and home to specialist equipment, ensuring you complete your studies well equipped to begin your career.

Industrial placement

You spend the third year of this course on an industrial placement, ensuring you can put your extensive subject knowledge into practice and increasing your employability.

Having built a strong foundation in engineering, your fourth year of study will be largely made up of optional modules. This allows you to develop a specialism, focus on areas of interest and engage with cutting edge research activities.

Year abroad

The fifth and final year gives you the opportunity to spend a year abroad at a leading partner institution. 

We currently have exchange arrangements with universities in Australia, Singapore or the USA. Competition for these places is very high as there is usually only one place available in each country. Alternatively, you can choose a placement in France, Germany, Switzerland or the Netherlands, via the Erasmus scheme.

Teaching at our European partners is in the host language (except the Netherlands where teaching is in English) so an acceptable proficiency in the language of your chosen host country is a requirement of selection – we will provide access to the learning resources you need to develop your language skills during the course.

To be eligible to undertake the year abroad at any of our partner institutions, you must be on track for a 2:1 or higher by the time of selection.

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a year abroad placement you will continue on the standard course (H301).


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

You will spend your third year completing an industrial placement in a relevant industry.

Year 4

In this year you study a combination of core and optional modules.

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
Imperial Horizons

You can substitute one choice from above for a module from Imperial Horizons.

Group 2

You choose three modules from the list below.

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

Year 5

You spend this year studying at a leading university abroad. While abroad, you will undertake a combination of classes and a project – in France this may be undertaken in industry.

The grades you achieve during this year will count directly towards your Imperial degree.

See 'Overview' above for information on the places available and eligibility for selection.

Teaching and assessment


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.


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

Year in industry

You will spend a year working in industry, enabling you to receive first-hand experience of a relevant industry.

Year abroad

As well as the teaching and learning methods above, year abroad students spend a year at a leading partner institution.

You can expect similar teaching and learning methods to that of Imperial College, though the structure of the year abroad will vary by institution.

Marking scheme

In order to pass the first year you must achieve a mark of at least 40% in each module, in the part 1 examination, and in combined coursework assessments.

To pass year 2 you must acheive a mark of at least 40% in each module, at least 50% in the part 2 examination, and at least 40% in combined coursework assessments.

Your third year is spent working in industry. To pass year 4 you must achieve at least 40% in the core modules, an average mark of at least 40% in the part 3 examination, coursework assessments, and design and make test project.

In order to pass the fifth year you must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the individual project, and a mark of at least 40% in the part 4 examinations.

To achieve an MEng degree and satisfy the academic requirements for Corporate Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, marks for at least four part 4 modules must equal or exceed 40%

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.


The normal entry requirements for all our courses are at least three suitable subjects at A-level, at A*A*A overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A* in Physics
  • A in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology, Economics, Electronics, Further Mathematics. French or German is also acceptable (H304 Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad only) 

Or A*AAA overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology, Economics, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Art and Design. French or German is also acceptable (H304 Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad only)
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

An overall score of 40 points, normally to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level
  • 6 in a third relevant subject at higher level, taken from Chemistry, Design Technology, Biology, Computer Science and Economics

Other qualifications

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications. Popular examples include: Scottish Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Cambridge Pre-U, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Arbitur, Spanish Titulo de Bachiller, Advanced Placement Tests and Singapore Integrated Programme.

For information on the entry requirements for these qualifications, or for the suitability of qualifications not listed here, please contact the Department using the contact details in the green 'Find out more' box on the left of this page.

Please note: we do not accept applicants from Foundation or Access Courses, or applicants with BTEC National CertificateBTEC Higher National Diploma, or GNVQ qualifications.

English language requirements (all applicants)

All applicants 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.

Year abroad requirements

Eligibility criteria apply for year abroad selection once you have started the course. See the 'Overview' section above for details.

Completing your UCAS application

Please tell us in your UCAS application why you want to study mechanical engineering and what you have done to find out about the subject. We are also interested in any activities such as sport, music and drama; and in any evidence of your ability to organise yourself and others, e.g. in clubs or societies.

If you have not decided exactly which of our courses you want to take, don’t worry: what you put on your UCAS application is not binding. You can use the interview day to discuss or amend your choice. You should therefore only apply for one of our courses on your application form.

Admissions day for applicants

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 are 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. After the tour and interview, you can leave whenever you want to.

Direct entry to later years

We do not accept direct entrants to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of our courses. 

Tuition fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£9,250 per year

Year Abroad:

15% of the relevant fee for that year

Year in Industry:

10% of the relevant fee for that year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time. 

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£27,750 per year

Year Abroad:

100% of the relevant fee for that year

Year in Industry:

10% of the relevant fee for that year

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

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

Bursaries and scholarships

Imperial Bursary

The Imperial Bursary is available to any Imperial Home undergraduate student (except Graduate Medicine students) whose household income falls below £60,000 per year.

It is designed to ease the cost of London living by providing support on a sliding scale, from £2,000 up to £5,000 per year.

As long as your household income remains below £60,000 you will automatically qualify for a bursary for every year of undergraduate study.

The bursary is paid on top of any government loans to which you are entitled and does not need to be paid back. Find out more about the Imperial Bursary.


Our President’s Undergraduate scholarships are available to all undergraduate applicants studying an undergraduate degree for the first time who have applied to the College by 15 October.

They’re worth £1,000 for each undergraduate year of study. There are up to 112 awards available for students starting their studies in 2017–18.

A wide range of other scholarships is also available. Find out which scholarships you may be eligible for by using our scholarships search tool.

To find out more about the range of financial support available please see our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

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).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017. 

The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

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 team website.

Tracking your application

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

Professional accreditation and associateship


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


It leads to the award of a Master’s level qualification and the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

What our graduates do

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:

  • Graduate Engineer, Aston Martin
  • Graduate Design Engineer, Dyson Ltd
  • Flight Operations Engineer, AirAsia
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Arup
  • Graduate Engineer, GKN Aerospace

Information for offer holders for 2017

This section lists the changes that have been made to information about this course on this page since the UCAS application process opened on 1 September 2016.

All core modules are displayed on this page; the optional modules represent an indicative list of those that are likely to be available rather than all optional modules that will be offered every year. As a result, the changes recorded here only apply to the modules displayed on this page rather than all available on this course.

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.

There are currently no changes to record for this course. Keep checking back for future updates.