Boost your study with a 12-month industrial placement and year abroad in this professionally accredited integrated Master’s degree.

Key information




5 years


Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A* A* A

Four A-level offer: A* A A A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

10 : 1

Based on 2019 entry data

  • UCAS course code: n/a*
  • ECTS: 300
  • Start date: October 2021

* Apply initially for MEng Mechanical Engineering (H301)


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.

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.

Year Abroad

You have the chance to spend your fourth year on an integrated year abroad, with the grades you achieve counting directly towards your Imperial degree.

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. Placements are also currently available 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.

Limited places mean competition for placements is strong and selection cannot be guaranteed. Normally only students who are achieving marks of 65% and above at the time of selection can apply to spend their fourth year at one of our partner universities.

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.


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 them.

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 in Industry

You spend this year on an industrial placement.

Year 4

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.

  • Manufacturing Technology and Management
  • Technology, Business and the Market

Year Abroad

You spend this year studying at a leading university in Australia, Singapore or the USA, or via the Erasmus scheme in France, Germany, Switzerland or the Netherlands.

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.

Limited places means competition for some placements is strong so only students who are on track for a mid-2:1 or higher (at least 65%) by the time of selection in year three will be eligible. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a year abroad placement you will continue on the standard course (H301).

This department is taking part in the Imperial College London–Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student exchange pilot. Find out more about the study abroad opportunities that will be created through this two-year pilot, which launched in 2018.

Please note the above is an illustrative list of countries in which the Department has partner universities. Partnerships with universities are subject to continuous review and individual partnerships may or may not be renewed.

There may be limitations placed upon your ability to live and study in these locations. If applicable you will need to successfully apply for the relevant visa. This applies to all students, including Home students, in light of the vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

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.


Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

Find out more about I-Explore

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.


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


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 4Year 5
Lectures, seminars and similar635 hours526 hoursIndustry218 hours
Independent study980 hours1,049 hoursIndustry1,282 hours
PlacementIndustry1,500 hours
Based on the typical pathway through the course


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 4Year 5
Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number

* Dependent on the syllabus at the partner university during your year abroad.

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

Discover Uni compares things like student satisfaction and what graduates do after they finish the course.

Because acceptance onto this course is via in-course transfer, it does not have its own Discover Uni page.

However, there is a high degree of overlap with the main course in this Department. You should look at the Discover Uni data for that course instead.

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.


Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2021 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 is useful but not essential)
Four A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in another two subjects (Further Mathematics is useful but not essential)

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made to at least 80% of A-level applicants for 2019 entry:

  • 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 useful, but not an essential 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 Mathematics, you may consider studying relevant topics independently.

Additional Mathematics support

Our new A-level Mathematics online course covers a range of key topic areas to help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to succeed in your A-level Mathematics exams.

This optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus with the aim of developing your thinking skills, fluency and confidence.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is available free of charge via the EdX website. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2021 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 to at least 80% of IB applicants for 2019 entry 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.

Additional Mathematics support

We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

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 thirds subject below)

Third subject:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Statistics

Year Abroad

You may also require a relevant language qualification for this year abroad degree.

Additional Mathematics support

We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.

Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.

Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.

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.

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.

Pilot admissions schemes (Home students)

From 2020 entry, we will be using information about our applicants in a number of new pilot admissions schemes, to consider the wider context of Home students from groups underrepresented at the College.

More about pilot admissions schemes

Foundation programmes

A foundation course is a one-year preparation course, designed for international students, which leads to undergraduate programmes in the UK. Foundation programmes are normally for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university.

Foundation programmes are offered by many UK universities, but only two would be considered for entry to Imperial: 

  1. UCL’s Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE), and 
  2. Warwick’s International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Science & Engineering


A year-long programme for international students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow them direct entry to UK universities. Students must complete four modules across the year – two compulsory and two elective modules:

Research and Academic Skills: Science and Society Compulsory
Academic English Compulsory
Biology Elective
Chemistry Elective
Mathematics Elective
Physics Elective
Information correct at time of publishing, but subject to change
Summary of the table's contents

To be considered for admission to Mechanical Engineering, international students studying UCL UPCSE must achieve:

  • 80% overall
  • 80% Mathematics + Physics

Warwick IFP Science and Engineering

A year-long programme for international students whose school leaving qualifications do not allow them direct entry to UK universities. 

To be considered for admission to Mechanical Engineering, international students studying Warwick IFP Science and Engineering must achieve:

  • 80% overall
  • 80% Mathematics + Physics

To meet these requirements, students should choose from the following IFP pathways:

  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences

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.

View our terms and conditions on visas.

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)

2021 entryYear abroadYear in industry

The fee for Home students is controlled by the UK government and has not been confirmed for the 2021-22 academic year.

As a guide, the Home rate of tuition for the 2020-21 academic year was £9,250.

For 2020-21, the year abroad fee was £1,385 for that year.

For 2020-21, the year in industry fee was £925 for that year.

Read more about funding for year abroad placements and funding for year in industry placements.

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.

EU/EEA students

The government has not confirmed whether the finance arrangements for EU students starting university in 2021 will remain the same following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. This includes whether they will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition and have access to the Tuition Fee Loan.

We will update these pages when the government has confirmed finance arrangements.

Find updates on the implications of ‘Brexit’ and Imperial and the European Union.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2021 entryYear abroadYear in industry

The fee for Overseas and Islands students is controlled by the College and has not been confirmed for the 2021–22 academic year.

As a guide, the Overseas and Islands rate of tuition for the 2020–21 academic year was £31,750.

For 2020-21, the year abroad fee was 100% of the relevant fee for that year.

For 2020-21, the year in industry fee was 10% of the relevant fee for that year.

Read more about funding for year abroad placements and funding for year in industry placements.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an amount in line with inflation. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPIX) value, taken from April in the calendar year in which the academic session starts. For example, the RPIX value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Additional course costs

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

Figures are approximated, usually based on costs in the most recent academic year. They are likely to change each year but it's useful for you to be aware of the things you may have to pay for. This can help you budget for life at Imperial.

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 can opt-out of these.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided
Camera Optional Varies
Laptop Mandatory £100 deposit
Stationary Mandatory £30
Travel and placement costs Mandatory Varies
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

Placements and year abroad

If you are undertaking a placement or year abroad, you may have to consider the costs involved. These will vary, depending on the location of your year abroad or placement.

Costs may include flights, transport, visas, travel insurance, health insurance and living expenses such as accommodation.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Most Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across different accommodation options.

Read our rough guide to university spending in London.


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: n/a*
  • 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).

* Apply initially for MEng Mechanical Engineering (H301)

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 2021 for entry in October 2021.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2021 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2020.

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:

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