Integrated Engineering (also referred to as The Challenges) lets first year students put engineering knowledge into practice through interdisciplinary and design-centered project-based learning experience. We want to give students an awareness of an engineer’s influential role in the 21st century and an understanding of the impact associated with engineering decisions.

At UCL Engineering, we give our students the opportunity, right from their first day, to participate in all aspects of teamworking, professional practice and design. This course consists of two major five-week design challenges, intrinsically linked to authentic Global Challenges, rich in social awareness and ethical context. Design workshops replace lectures, allowing all students to participate in modelling, testing and making prototypes of their engineering solutions. Design reviews, meetings, presentations, portfolio management and technical writing are all part of this project course, intended to give students insight into the regular practices found in industry.



The brief for the first five-week challenge is very simple;

“Define ‘sustainable energy’ appropriate to your assigned country. Design a suitable 21st century Sustainable Energy Solution for the benefit of those who live in that country.”

You will be supported in this process to put your learning into practice by working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, community based and human-centred design focused learning environment. At its core, is the deliberate attempt to make use of and explore the creative and stimulating aspects of design as practiced by ‘real’ engineers and computer scientists in industry.


Thank you for participating in the online voting competition showcasing the top 10 videos created by UCL Engineering students enrolled in the IEP Integrated Engineering Challenges year 1 module.

During their first 5 weeks, students from across the faculty have been working together to understand the energy needs of people living in 10 countries across the planet. They have also been investing an incredible amount of time and effort into researching what is ‘Sustainable Energy’ , investigating the latest developments in renewable energy technology and coming up with integrated design solutions that would meet the needs of those living and governing in those countries.

Prizes will be given to award a winning student team video in the following three categories:

Best Sustainable Energy Design Solution

Best Technical Argument with Social, Environmental and Economic Consideration

Most Engaging Video

Please note: The student team number and country associated with each video in the playlist is provided at the top of the video screen.

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For the second five-week challenge the brief is:

“In a multi-disciplinary team, come together to design technical aspects for a new vaccine production facility in a remote part of Sub Saharan Africa.”

Presented by the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this Challenge will have you working in interdisciplinary technical teams to fulfill a brief that will assist in innovative efforts of de-centralised vaccine manufacturing and help to build capacity in some of the worst hit nations. Based on your choice of engineering discipline, you may be working to design, model/prototype, simulate and test the power and clean water systems for the facility or the reactor and instrumentation for the production of the vaccine strain or the reactor control systems to ensure the consistency of production.



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