About the Faculty of Engineering

In 1827, UCL founded the first laboratory in the world devoted to engineering education.

Over 180 years later, we are still at the cutting edge of the discipline, home to some of the most successful engineering departments in the UK.

Many essential technologies originated from studies and work at UCL, including the rapid production of vaccines, fibre-optic communications (for which a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded) and the Internet infrastructure. The complexity of today’s societies means that engineers deal with an incredible range of challenges, ideas and techniques.

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The Engineering Faculty is uniquely international, reflecting UCL’s global outlook.  Our students and staff join us from over 120 nations across Europe, the Americas, Africa, India, China, the Middle and Far East, and Australasia – as do our academic and business partners. We have a campus in Adelaide, the home of UCL Australia, specialising in energy and resources, and a partnership with Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. But we also recognise our home in London, one of the world’s great cities, and believe in contributing to our local communities and young people.

Engineers create new ideas, blend them with existing ones, and turn them into products and services. They meet the needs of the world.

They change the world.


Our teaching programmes are designed to engage students and give them the skills to address the world’s challenges. We have pioneered new teaching methods for our undergraduates, and involve our postgraduates with our cutting-edge, highly-rated academic research. The graduates we educate progress to a wide range of roles, within engineering and technology sectors and beyond.

Formally organised within and across academic departments, our work and impact also transcends the boundaries between academic subjects and departments. We work with ten other diverse faculties at UCL, from the Slade School of Fine Art to the School of Life and Medical Sciences, to produce innovative, multidisciplinary work.

UCL’s excellent academic reputation, and expertise across the breadth of engineering – from traditional subjects such as naval architecture, to new interdisciplinary explorations in crime science and digital humanities – is reflected in our rankings and in our funding portfolio.



Follow the links below to find out more about the eleven departments that make up UCL Engineering:

Though diverse, all our departments, institutes and centres specialise in combining the analysis and rigour of science with a spark of innovation and practicality, to change the world.



We are institutional members of SEFI and EPC and have a strong commitment to innovative engineering education.


Keep in touch

You can keep up to date with the latest UCL Engineering research and discussions through our LinkedIn group: UCL Engineering SciencesYou will need a LinkedIn profile and to sign in and request to ‘join’ the group.

We also have a mailing list, where every few months we send our subscribers examples of our world-changing work. Simply enter your name and email in the box to register for this service.

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