Mechanical Engineering student

Specialise in nuclear engineering and complete a 12-month industrial placement in this professionally accredited integrated Master’s degree.

Key information

Award

MEng

Duration

5 years

full-time

Minimum entry

Three A-level offer: A* A* A

Four A-level offer: A* A A A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

10.5 : 1

Based on 2020 entry data

  • UCAS course code: n/a*
  • ECTS: 300
  • Start date: October 2022

* Apply initially for MEng Mechanical Engineering (H301)

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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.

Specialist modules in nuclear engineering

Specialist teaching delivered by the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering in years three and four cover topics such as an introduction to nuclear energy, nuclear chemical engineering, nuclear materials, thermodynamics and energy, and nuclear reactor physics. This course provides a foundation for employment in nuclear or related industries.

Industrial placement

You complete a paid industrial placement after your second year. This is not only a great way to put the skills you have learned into practice, it may also contribute to the professional development requirement of gaining Chartered Engineer status (see Professional Accreditation below).

You will be expected to help the Department organise your placement, however, you will have the support of the Year in Industry Coordinator. Securing a placement is competitive, so you may need to apply to multiple employers and take part in recruitment activities such as interviews.

Students from the Department have previously completed placements with:

  • Red Bull Technology Limited
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes

The employer can often be in a location of your choice – including outside the UK – as long as you are successful in obtaining a position there and the placement is approved by the Department.

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 student visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

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 1
  • Mechanics
  • 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
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Skills 3
  • I-Explore

Your I-Explore module offers you choices from a range of subjects hosted outside of the department. You will be taught alongside students from other courses with options including business, management and many more.

Optional modules

You will take three optional modules from below.

  • Stress Analysis 3A
  • Fracture Mechanics A
  • Thermodynamics 3A
  • Fluid Mechanics 3A
  • Mechatronics 3A
  • Machine Dynamics and Vibrations A
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers A
  • Design, Art and Creativity A
  • System Design and Optimisation A
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers A
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics A
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications A 
  • Manufacturing Technology and Management A
  • Tribology A
  • Mathematics A
  • Statistics A

This is an indicative list of the optional modules available. You will be given notice of which options are available ahead of making your choices. If you have taken a level six version of a module (variant A) you cannot take the level 7 version (variant B) for credit.

Year 5

Core modules

  • Individual Project
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
  • Nuclear Materials

Optional modules

You will study one module from Group A and two modules in total from Group B and Group C. 

Group A

You choose one module from the list below.

  • Aircraft Engine Technology
  • Metal Processing Technology
  • Future Clean Transport Technology
  • Mechanical Transmissions Technology
Group B
  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Applied Vibration Engineering
  • Combustion Science
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Composite Materials
  • Interfacing and Data Processing
  • Design, Art and Creativity B
  • Stress Analysis 3B
  • Fracture Mechanics 3B
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers B
  • System Design and Optimisation B
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics B
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications B
Group C (Inter Departmental Exchange)

There are multiple modules available through Inter Departmental Exchange (IDX). These modules allow you to take a module from another discipline, preparing you for inter-disciplinary work.

Find out more about IDX

This is an indicative list of the optional modules available. You will be given notice of which options are available ahead of making your choices. If you have taken a level six version of a module (variant A) you cannot take the level 7 version (variant B) for credit.


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.


I-Explore

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 is valid for students starting their studies in 2021. This accreditation is due to be renewed in 2022-23.

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.

Overall workload

The expected total study time is normally 1500 hours per year.

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
Lectures, seminars and similar 300 hours 300 hours Industry 60 hours 60 hours
Independent study 1,200 hours 1,200 hours Industry 600 hours 600 hours
Project work Industry 600 hours 600 hours
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. Methods include:

  • Written assessments
    • Examinations
    • Progress tests
    • Online assignments, quizzes and tests
    • Report writing
    • Peer assessment
  • Practical assessment
    • Laboratory/workshop practicals
    • Programming tests
    • CAD & simulation tool tests
  • Oral assessment
    • Oral presentations
    • Poster presentations
    • Group presentations
    • Design exhibitions

Assessment types

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
Coursework 20% 20% Industry 40% 45%
Practical 5% 5% Industry 5% 5%
Written 75% 75% Industry 55% 50%
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

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.

A-levels

Minimum entry standards

Our minimum entry standard for 2022 entry is A*A*A or A*AAA overall, to include:

Three A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A* in Physics
  • A in another subject
Four A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in two other subjects

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made to at least 80% of A-level applicants for 2020 entry:

  • Three A-level offer: A*A*A
  • Four A-level offer: A*AAA-A*A*AA

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.


Additional Mathematics support

Our 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 2022 entry is 40 points overall, to include:

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

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made to at least 80% of IB applicants for 2020 entry was 40 points overall.


Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2022

For entry in 2022, 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 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, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 in Physics C (Mechanics)
  • 5 in two other subjects

Additional Mathematics support

We have 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.


Admissions test

There may be an admissions test that forms part of the selection process. More details will be provided here later.


Interview

As part of the selection process, you may be invited to an interview. More details will be provided here later.


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

UCL UPCSE

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:

ModuleStatus
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

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all visa-nationals, with the exception of EEA/Swiss nationals and nationals of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme’s Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’, as well as your university supervisor name. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptorSupervisor name
CAH10-01-02 mechanical engineering Professor Mike Lowe

Your student 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.

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.

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.

Home rate of tuition

2022 entry

The fee for Home students is controlled by the UK government. It has not been confirmed for the 2022-23 academic year.

As a guide, the Home rate of tuition for the 2021-22 academic year was £9,250.

Year in industry

For the 2021-22 year in industry, the fee was £925 for that year.

Read more about funding for year in industry placements.

For each subsequent year, you should expect and budget for your tuition fee to increase 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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

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.

 

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

The fee for Overseas students is controlled by the College. It has not been confirmed for the 2022–23 academic year.

As a guide, the Overseas rate of tuition for the 2021–22 academic year was £33,750.

Year in industry

For the 2021-22 year in industry, the fee was 10% of the relevant fee for that year.

Read more about funding for year in industry placements.

For each subsequent year, you should expect and budget for your tuition fee to increase 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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

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.


Summary
DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided
Laptop Optional (but recommended) Varies
Travel and placement costs Mandatory (if taking Year Abroad or Year in Industry course)  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

Laptop 

Although College machines will be available for you to use on campus, you may wish to have a laptop of your own. As a guide, our recommended laptop specification is listed below.

  • Windows 10 operating system 
  • Intel I7 3.6 GHz CPU 
  • 16 GB RAM 
  • 512 GB SSD drive 

A laptop with I5 processors and SSD drives of 256GB will work almost as well. 

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.

Find out more about the types of placement costs

Student status with the Year Abroad

If you spend an academic year abroad, you will retain your student status at Imperial so that you will normally remain eligible for the same loans and grants that you would receive in the UK. As an exchange student, you will not pay tuition fees to the host institution abroad.

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.

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
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation Engineer, Formula One
  • Offshore Structures Wind Engineer, Engineering and design company
  • CEO, medical prosthetics startup

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 2022 for entry in October 2022.

The deadline for applications including medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2022 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2021.

Track your application

Once you’ve submitted your application you can use UCAS Track to follow its progress and manage your choices.

Read more about how to apply

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

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E: me.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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