Flexible courses

When you first come to UCL Engineering, you choose a home department which will allow you to study a discipline in detail and, if you choose, enter that profession. But you’ll also work with engineers and scientists from other disciplines throughout your time here, particularly in courses shared across our integrated engineering programme.

Within your subject, you’ll encounter unique activities and tailored examples that will develop professional skills such as ethics, communications and design skills in the context of your own specialism, developing transferrable skills. You’ll also have the chance to follow your interests by taking a minor in either an interdisciplinary topic, such as robotics or aerospace engineering, or a complementary discipline such as management or modern languages. If you find you like interdisciplinary learning, there’s also the option to do other projects like this in your final years.

Whether part of the integrated engineering programme or not (exceptions are listed below), all Engineering courses contain elements of professional practice, communications, teamwork and other transferrable skills relevant across engineering and beyond, recognised as increasingly important by both professional bodies and employers.[1]

Who should study at UCL Engineering?

3 Year (BEng/BSc) vs. 4 Year (MEng/MSci) Courses

Most programmes we offer can be taken in either 3 year or 4 year varieties. They typically share much of the same material in the first 2 years, allowing students on an integrated masters’ programme (MEng/MSci) to move to a Bachelor’s programme (BEng/BSc) if desired. The extra year of the integrated Master’s allows students to specialise, perhaps through taking one of the routes offered (see below) or spending a year abroad. It also fulfils all of the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, through a single qualification. Attaining chartered status with a Bachelor’s qualification requires further study or significant experience. If you’re unsure, we suggest applying to the MEng programme initially. This offers more flexibility and the ability to switch to a Bachelor’s at the end of the second year if you decide on a 3 year programme.

International Programmes and Routes

Integrated Master’s programmes offer the opportunity to choose a specialist route within the degree once you are enrolled. These could include some experience of a related discipline (i.e. Chemical Engineering with Biochemical Engineering), a specialist focus on an area within the subject (i.e. Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology) or a year studying abroad. The International Programme enables students to spend a year in a selected university in Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy), the USA, Hong Kong, Japan or Australia. If you follow any of these routes, the degree you receive will include the route in the title (e.g., Management Science with Study Abroad).

Programmes Offered
Bioprocessing of New Medicines - BSc

Giving a good grounding in both the science of bioprocessing and the management of new emerging technologies in healthcare, students develop and understanding of how life science discoveries are translated into new commercial medicines.

Routes available:
(Business and Management)
(Science and Engineering)

Home Department:
Biochemical Engineering

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Computer Science - BSc (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

Develop the engineering expertise to creating cutting-edge software systems, with the skills needed for innovation and research. A strong focus on solving real-world problems is combined with building a deep understanding of computer science theory and conveyed through world-class teaching.

Routes Available:
Computer Science (International Programme)

Home department:
UCL Computer Science

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Engineering (Biochemical) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

Developing innovation to create new medicines, biofuels and environmental management tools is essential to meet the global challenges of tomorrow. Biochemical Engineering gives the skills life science discoveries . This broad-based, flexible programme provides opportunities to follow a wide range of careers in this rapidly developing sector.

Routes Available:
MEng Engineering (Biochemical with Bioprocess Management)
MEng Engineering (Biochemical with Chemical)
MEng Engineering (Biochemical – International Programme)

Home Department:
Biochemical Engineering

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Engineering (Biomedical) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

This exciting new programme provides a grounding in how engineering principles and design concepts are applied to healthcare technologies. The programme links with the research strengths of UCL and the excellent links to locals hospitals. It prepares graduates to work in a wide range of technology areas from imaging and diagnosing to monitoring and treatment.

Home Department:
UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering

You can find more information in the Engineering (Biomedical) pages on the departmental website, and the UCL Prospectus.

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Engineering (Chemical) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

This broad-based, multidisciplinary programme provides flexible training and a unique opportunity to follow the widest possible range of careers, from design, construction and installation of processes, plants and equipment to manufacturing and marketing of products, and from research and development to administration and management of people and resources.

Routes Available:
MEng Engineering (Chemical with Biochemical)
MEng Engineering (Chemical – International Programme)

Home Department:
UCL Chemical Engineering

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Engineering (Civil) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

This programme covers all the major fields of civil engineering (structures, soils, fluids, design, transport studies, surveying and materials) and includes a broad range of options such as GIS, finance, law, entrepreneurship and management.

Routes Available:
MEng Engineering (Civil – International Programme)

Home Department:
UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

This programme provides a thorough coverage of the theory, devices and systems underpinning much modern technology, including: semiconductor devices and nano-electronics, control theory and communications, alongside business-related subjects.

Routes Available:
MEng Engineering (Electronic with Nanotechnology)
MEng Engineering (Electronic with Communications)
MEng Engineering (Electronic with Computer Science)
MEng Engineering (Electronic – International Programme)

Home Department:
UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Engineering (Mechanical) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

The programme aims to equip you with the analytical and design skills relevant to a wide range of industry and commerce. The teaching of computing and management skills is an important part of the programme.

Home Department:
UCL Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering (Mechanical with Business Finance) - BEng (3 year) / MEng (4 Year)

This programme is designed to produce engineering graduates with a well-rounded understanding of economics, accounting and business practice. These skills are precisely those required by industry for graduates likely to be given significant managerial responsibility at an early stage in their career.

Home Department:
UCL Mechanical Engineering

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Information Management for Business - BSc (3 year) / MSci (4 Year)

In close collaboration with some of the biggest employers in the IT industry, this exciting and pioneering programme offers a unique balance of IT, management and business that is designed to ensure that our graduates have the tools they need to excel in, and lead, the industries of the future.

Home Department:
UCL Management Science & Innovation

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Management Science - BSc (3 year) / MSci (4 Year)

The Management Science programme develops students the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in management with world-class multinationals. The course combines essential skills in analysis with an understanding of modern business practice and applications.

Home Department:
UCL Management Science & Innovation

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Mathematical Computation MEng (4 year)

This MEng is aimed at a small cohort of students with strong mathematical ability. The programme focuses on theoretical computer science and will equip you with the ability to model complex systems, and represent, manipulate, and analyse the vast amounts of data and knowledge required to solve massively complex problems.

Home Department:
UCL Computer Science

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Physics with Medical Physics - BSc (3 year) / Medical Physics - MSci (4 year)

This programme offers an excellent education in a thriving field of science and engineering. The foundation in core physics together with the major areas of physics applied to medicine prepare you for a wide variety of careers inside and outside medical physics, including those in scientific research and industry.

Home Department:
UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering

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Most undergraduate degrees within the UCL Engineering faculty form part of the Integrated Engineering Programme, and will be fully involved in the interdisciplinary activities it involves. The exceptions are those that already have significant crossover with other departments, or a strong employer connection:

  • Information Management for Business: A course developed with Government to meet the complex needs of a new generation of hi-tech businesses.
  • Medical Physics: Sharing many elements with Physics, this course draws on the resources of UCL Physics & Astronomy as well as the local hospitals.
  • Mathematical Computation: Focusing on the mathematical aspects of computer science, this shares teaching with UCL’s highly rated Mathematics department.

You may prefer to browse by department rather than course. Click the links below to visit the undergraduate study sections of each department

Biochemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil, Environment & Geomatic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Medical Physics & Bioengineering
Computer Science
Management Science & Innovation

For enquiries about application and admissions processes, see our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

[1]  As reported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, among others, in their 2010 study Engineering Graduates for Industry: ”Skills such as critical thinking, multi-disciplinarity, teamworking, working across cultures and contexts and systems thinking, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills, need to be embedded across [the engineering curriculum].”