Research course

Mechanical Engineering

UCL - University College London · Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Normally a UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate work experience may also be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

The department specialises in applying advanced principles of engineering science – experimental, computational and theoretical – to generate new knowledge and introduce innovative solutions to a diverse range of challenges. From biomedical systems to the marine environment, from clean and low carbon power systems to pioneering materials and manufacturing, and in many other fields, we propose ground-breaking technologies that change the world.

The oldest mechanical engineering department in the country, based in the centre of London and part of an institution listed amongst the world’s best, UCL Mechanical Engineering has a long, proud history of providing a vibrant and stimulating environment for PhD students from around the world. Currently over 100 doctoral candidates are engaged in challenging and innovative engineering research, supervised by world-leading academics, in close collaboration with major industrial partners. Candidates receive an extensive range of skills development training programmes and develop unique scientific and engineering competencies that prepare them for careers in academia, industrial research and development, management and many others.

Department specialisms

Biomechanical engineering: biomaterials, encapsulation; tissue engineering; biofluidics and CFD; biophysics; cardiovascular engineering; medical devices and mechatronics; ultrasonics and non-destructive evaluation Energy and environment: IC engines and fuel systems; fluid mechanics and microfluidics; refrigeration and air-conditioning; turbomachinery, CFD, and environmental and pollution modelling Marine: naval architecture; marine vehicle applications and design methods; renewable energy; electric propulsion and power systems; electric ship/submarine; computer-aided design; novel ship types and low carbon shipping.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Industrially funded studentships may be available for suitably qualified research applicants. There are also departmental bursaries to cover tuition fees partially or in full for UK/EU research applicants. Please visit our department webpage for funded vacancies. Self-funded candidates are advised to contact staff in the department to discuss possible research topics.

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mr Jamie Maher
+44 (0)20 3108 4082
020 7679 3001