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BEng (Hons) General Engineering

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

The BEng in Engineering Management will enable you to deepen your knowledge and understanding in core engineering related disciplines. Students will also acquire research and business skills demanded by industry and the professional accrediting bodies, such as IMechE, IET, iED (Institution of Engineering Designers) and CSD (Chartered Society of Designers). 

Alongside traditional engineering modules, the course makes use of the expertise the University has in delivering management related modules. This ensures students are prepared for the increasing demands in the industry for engineers with management skills. On completion of the course students will be qualified to take leading roles in technical and project management positions.  

This is a unique course that will give you the opportunity to develop specialised skills, knowledge and the intellectual ability to work as an engineer, designer or researcher in your preferred field. The BEng in Engineering enables students to identify the route they would like to follow and gain the appropriate qualification to pursue it. The can continue their studies go to MEng in Engineering Design, Engineering Management or General Engineering.

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Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Strong industry links

We have strong links with world leading organisations and international businesses. We work with respected names like Atkins, Careys, SRK Consulting, Thames Water, Vinci, Waterman and WSP, plus the London Boroughs of Newham and Waltham Forest, on real-life projects.

Extensive skills range

We’ll give you a solid grounding in engineering principles, analysis and design as well as skills including research and project management.

Chartered engineer status

If you’re doing really well at the end of your second year, you can switch to the MEng (Master's) course, adding a fourth year of study and putting yourself on course to becoming a Chartered Engineer – as well as gaining funding throughout


Dr Lee

Mechanical Engineering, MEng, Course Leader

UEL is committed to help you to reach your full potential. A degree in Engineering at UEL will give you the skills and abilities as a professional engineer to face the challenge of tomorrow.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

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Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

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Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:


Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444


Tuition fees

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include Maths and Physics or Electronics
Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject.
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 29 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level, must include Maths and Physics at Higher Level


(Including European Union)


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) in a Relevant Engineering Subject (Access to HE Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Construction and Civil Engineering) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction and level 3 Maths (Calculus, Differentiation and Integration) – all with Grade Merit.

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Found – all core
  • Year 1 – all core
  • Year 2 – all core

  • Year 3 – all core

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is undertaken in various modes such as written assignments, laboratory reports, project reports and examinations. Assessment tasks are spread across the year to make the workload manageable.
Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

What you'll learn

You will benefit from UEL’s superb links with major engineering firms in the area including Ford Motor Company, Crossrail and Canary Wharf Contractors. These employers host visits and offer work placements to students studying this course.

Studying on the BEng/MEng Engineering programme you will gain real-world experience working on industrially relevant projects. You will also have the option to add a year-long placement to your course.

We regularly enter a range of national and international competitions designed for undergraduates, such as IMechE Design Challenge, Formula Students and Shell Eco- Marathon. This builds teamwork skills and also gives you an appreciation of the real-life technical, financial and time constraints encountered by engineers.

We also run regular trips to exhibitions such as the Engineering Design Show and Advanced Engineering UK to help students keep up with the latest industry developments.

How you'll learn

You’ll be guided by teaching staff with many years’ experience of working in or being closely connected to directly relevant industry. 

These links are vital in organising student visits and guest speakers at the University of East London. They're also hugely helpful when it comes to organising industry placement years – an option you can take up between your second and third years.

Placement students, who will be aided by an employment liaison officer, gain a greater understanding of the industry and this may count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification. But some prefer to complete the three-year course and move on.

Regular contact with our industrial liaison advisory board maintains the currency of our course and thereby the employment and career paths of our graduates.

You’ll have access to excellent laboratory facilities and computer suites which will allow you, among many other things, to use simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing.

Teamwork is actively encouraged throughout the course. In your first year, for instance, you will do a Skills for Mechanical Engineers module which will involve group activity.

Your studies are based on a three-year full-time (or five-year part-time) course. If you go for the placement option, your degree will take four years. We teach you primarily through formal lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions.

Guided independent study

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

Academic support

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.
Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).


Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

Year 1: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

Who will teach on this course

Ka Lok Lee

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

The programme provides three streams of study that prepares students for careers in a wide range of industries closely related to mechanical engineering.

As engineers eligible for registration with the IMechE, IET or iED at CEng level, the career opportunities available include aerospace, automotive, production, process engineering, product design and design engineering. The anticipated roles for graduates range from design and development professionals through to management roles. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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