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.
We are known for taking bright, thoughtful, creative people and giving them the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to engineer a better world. We teach them to think, make, model, design, analyse, challenge, and innovate, and then let them practice what they’ve learned by tackling engaging projects that address real-world problems. Most importantly, we give our students the chance to develop as individuals and follow their own intellectual interests, while providing the structure they need to develop a coherent body of expertise.
You will learn in a variety of ways. Some will be lecture-based, while some will provide you with the materials and support to self-study through video and written material, problem sheets, exercise classes and tutorials. For example, we use flipped lectures to make the most of UCL’s already excellent staff student ratio, preserving class time for interaction by doing the ‘lecturing’ through recordings beforehand. You will also spend time in experimental or computer labs learning key technical skills.
We know, as do employers, that it takes more than just technical knowledge to make a productive engineer. Interdisciplinary team working, project management, communication, critical thinking and design skills are all vital. So is the ability to balance market opportunity with considerations of ethics, sustainability, and the law.
None of these skills can be taught properly by just having students sit passively in a lecture or ponder a thought experiment. They need to discuss and reflect, make decisions, and do real work in an engineering context. Our students get this opportunity: in the first two years alone, students in our integrated programmes participate in at least eight intensive team-based projects that are relevant to their courses. That’s above and beyond what they do in labs.
Whatever field they choose to go into, most of our graduates take up work at a graduate level (2005-2011 figures from the independently-conducted HESA survey suggest that 92% of graduates started work at a graduate level), and are well compensated for their effort, with a median starting salary of £29,483.
UCL routinely ranks as one of the top twenty universities in the world: achieved through its international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research.