Our Mechanical Engineering degree is ideal for practically minded, creative individuals who relish problem-solving and have a strong desire to design and optimise advanced machines through the novel application of science and mathematics.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for individuals who relish problem-solving and have a strong desire to design and optimise advanced machines (be they driverless cars, high-speed trains, robotic manufacturing systems, tidal power stations or solar-powered generators) through the novel application of science and mathematics.
This MEng Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programme encourages critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent
study. The design exercises provide the opportunity for students to be engaged in cross-disciplinary challenges, preparing the way for tackling larger problems that span traditional engineering boundaries. The courses are led by academic staff from our active Research Centres, supported by specialist professionals from industry.
Our Mechanical engineering degree encompasses the remarkably successful disciplines of material sciences, thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics and robotics. This degree will train you in all aspects necessary for a successful career as a mechanical engineer.
Accredited regularly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), on behalf of the Engineering Council, as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Requirements and how to apply
- 'A' Level: AAA (including 'A' Level Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology).
- Tariff: 144 tariff points including 'A' Level Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology. See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff.
- BTEC: BTEC is not considered.
- IB: 35 points total including Higher Level Mathematics and Physics at grade 6.
The following is also required:
- GCSE: A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English
If you are an overseas applicant, you must apply for an ATAS Certificate as part of the acceptance process onto this course. See further details regarding the ATAS certificate.
Other suitable qualifications
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.
INTO City, University of London
Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experience teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics programme.
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
- IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or
- PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component
English Language Programmes
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
- Academic English
- Pre-sessional English
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than six months
- Students on courses of less than six months
- Students on a pre-sessional English language course.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.
When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
Teaching and learning
Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. The design exercises provide the opportunity for students to be engaged in cross-disciplinary challenges, preparing the way for tackling larger problems that span traditional engineering boundaries.
The course is led by academic staff from our active Research Centres, supported by specialist professionals from industry. The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes and engineering workshops. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
- Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
- Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
- Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:
50% written, 0% practical, 50% coursework
53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework
47% written, 0% practical, 53% coursework
41% written, 0% practical, 59% coursework.
Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Group learning and communication skills are addressed through design studies and presentations. Practical and technical skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.
Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.
Assessment weightings by year
Type%Year 110Year 220Year 330Year 440Year 4
- Year 1: 10%
- Year 2: 20%
- Year 3: 30%
- Year 4: 40%
The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes and engineering workshops. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study. We encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study.
In Part 4 MEng students will be involved in design project, which is a key part of the integrated Master's degree action as a transition from formal education to professional life. Project work embraces not only the technical aspects of design using advanced engineering tools but develops professional skills such as management, team building and business. The focus of all the projects is the delivery of a substantial machine or device in an international context, incorporating the latest thinking in technology as supported by our engineering research activities. Motivation levels in such projects are extremely high and the experience offers graduates opportunities to excel in job interviews with project achievements as exemplars of what they have delivered.
Year one is common to all of the engineering courses. Students study the science (largely physics) and mathematics that underpin engineering principles. They are also instructed in how to develop computer program, a skill that is evermore relevant and valuable. Group exercises provide students with the opportunities to undertake preliminary engineering designs.
- Mathematics I, EX1010 20 credits
- Engineering Science, ET1060 20 credits
- Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics I, ET1070 20 credits
- Solid Mechanics, ET1080 20 credits
- Electronics, ET1061 20 credits
- Design I, ET090 20 credits
Students begin to specialise in year two, advancing their knowledge of solid and fluid mechanics while also studying measurement, data analysis and mechatronics.
- Mathematics II, EX2010 20 credits
- Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics II, ET2070 20 credits
- Structural Mechanics, ET2080 20 credits
- Mechatronics, ET2063 20 credits
- Measurement and Data, ET2082 20 credits
- Design II: Mechanical, ME2400 20 credits
The third year places increasing emphasis on mechanical design. Modules include: fluid mechanics, mechatronics and control, structural analysis, thermodynamics and heat transfer and engineering management.
- Structural Analysis, ME3401 20 credits
- Thermodynamics and Heat, ME3402 20 credits
- Fluid Mechanics, ME3404 20 credits
- Mechatronics and Control, ME3405 20 credits
- Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Management, ME3403 20 credits
- Design III: Mechanical, ME3400 20 credits
The final year of the integrated Masters involves a major individual research project and group design exercises and modules covering variety of topics including advanced structural analysis and heat transfer, advanced computational fluid dynamics etc. Students can select one of the following options: European Global Product Design (EGPR), Formula Student, Aircraft Design Project or Gas Turbine project. Please note that project availability may vary year to year dependent on student cohort size, demand and resource constraints.
- Advanced Heat Transfer, MEM402 20 creduts
- Advanced Structural, MEM404 20 credits
- Design IV: Mechanical, MEM405 40 credits
- MEng ProjectL Mechanical, MEM405 20 credits
- Advanced CFD, MEM407 20 credits
- Combustion and Fuels, MEM401 20 credits
- IC Engines and Vehicles, MEM406 20 credits
- Gas Turbine Engineering, AEM403 20 credits
Download the relevant programme specification
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:
33% scheduled learning, 67% independent learning, 0% placement
35% scheduled learning, 65% independent learning, 0% placement
21% scheduled learning, 79% independent learning, 0% placement
28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning, 0% placement.
Mechanical Engineering graduates work in industries such as transport, power generation, manufacturing, automotive and oil and gas exploration. Our recent graduates have obtained posts within Ford,Howden, Delphi Diesel Systems, AVL, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Tube Line and Holroyd. These engineers are involved in areas as diverse as product development, advanced computer-based design, computational fluid dynamics simulations, robotics, energy conservation, maintenance, decommissioning and engineering management.
71.4% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment71.4Work and study0Further study0Unemployed28.6
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