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Our MEng Mechanical Engineering course extends your technical understanding of engineering while developing the knowledge of business processes to become a professional engineering manager.

You'll learn the core skills offered by the BEng qualification and add a deeper level of technical knowledge for what is the highest award for undergraduate study in engineering.

This course teaches you to use your initiative and take active responsibility in a series of case studies, practical and laboratory work and problem-solving projects.

You'll have the option to extend your study to five years by adding a one-year industrial placement between your second and third years. 

During your third year of study you'll undertake a Team Project, and in your final year you'll complete a dissertation on an industrially relevant topic.

Throughout the course you'll have regular contact with blue-chip companies and industry leaders in the sector who'll host visits and work placements and provide regular guest speakers to UEL.

What makes this course different

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Optional placement year available

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Industry focused

This new, challenging four-year course is carefully tailored to provide you with up-to-date, in-depth knowledge and skills for the engineering industry.

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You'll benefit from our excellent, long-established links with major engineering firms in the local area, including Ford Motor Company, Crossrail and Canary Wharf Contractors. You will gain real-world experience by working on industrially relevant projects.

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Employment prospects

The course offers graduates a huge range of potential employment within areas that include manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and marine engineering. High achievers can pursue their academic careers by studying for a doctorate.

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Design Challenge

As a part of our employability integrated curriculum, you will be competing at national level (e.g. IMechE Design Challenge) whilst fulfilling learning objectives of your degree programme. The design challenge gives first and second year undergraduates a taste of the 'real world' of engineering, challenging them to design, create, present and run a device to a strict technical specification.


Mechanical engineers design, create and build mechanical devices that use mechanical motion. You’ll learn to apply the fundamentals of science and maths to create practical, useful solutions to relevant problems.

This course is built on a strong foundation of theory, reinforced by practical experience and innovation. It also features modules in new and emerging technologies.

Throughout your studies, you'll acquire not only an understanding of general engineering principles but also a range of transferable skills, including the ability to contribute to team projects.

You'll gain a knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering principles, dynamics, solid mechanics, fluids, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermodynamics, heat transfer, control systems, computing techniques, mechatronics, manufacturing processes, material, energy technologies and sustainability.

You'll also have the chance to undertake an advanced treatment of core mechanical engineering disciplines such as design analysis, dynamic systems, CFD, advanced materials, control systems and sustainable energy technologies.



  • Core Modules

    Design Investigation 1

    The module aims to introduce you to the skills, processes and practices involved in a spatial design project. It engages you in a range of processes by means of which you can understand, think about and engage with the academic and practical design discipline of architectural design.

    The module enables you to develop an understanding of space and materials. It familiarises you with methods for fabricating models, prototypes, 2D and 3D drawings, sketches, diagrams, collage, photographs and mixed media representations, and to practice their use in generating and communicating ideas.

    The module supports experiment, trial and error through short projects and exercises that build confidence and competence. It introduces you to the role of representation in design and links with art practice as well as an understanding of the materials, processes and techniques that apply specifically to spatial design.


    Engineering Materials

    The main aim of this module is to provide you with a basic understanding of the properties and behaviour of wide range of engineering materials and to enable you to appreciate essential facts and principles required to make good choices in selection of materials.


    Engineering Principles

    • To provide you with the fundamental principles and concepts involved with dynamics, machine elements and electrical and electronic engineering.
    • To enable you to select appropriate electromechanical systems to solve real-life engineering problems.

    Applied Mathematics & Computing

    The main aims of this module are to prepare you for level 5 study by developing the mathematical abilities required for understanding engineering and be able to apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems; to develop both the knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline.



    The main aim of this module is to introduce the basic theories of thermo fluid mechanics. You will learn about the fundamentals of fluid behaviour, the interaction of fluids with solid bodies and fluid flow in pipes.


    Engineering Mechanics

    This module aims to develop your understanding of the fundamental structural characteristics governing the properties of engineering materials; and to introduce you to the fundamental concepts and principles of engineering mechanics.

    The module would provide you with an appreciation of the relationship between conceptual models and real engineering systems; and enable you to develop an analytical and practical approach to the solution of basic engineering problems based on the use of the fundamental principles of mechanics.

  • Core Modules

    Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)

    The module provides a forum for the student to develop a creative, inventive and productive design process in relation to a design project or projects. In particular to raise student awareness and understanding of the occupants and users and their physical, social and psychological needs through the design of both objects and environments at appropriate scales, as well as exploring key characteristics of design projects.

    There is a particular focus on investigations of site and context that may involve the gathering of empirical data, making analytical studies and conducting observations of people, place, context and materials that are appropriate to the project.

    By setting one design project, the module aims to engage with the practices, protocols and conventions that apply to the design and delivery of projects within the design and construction industry. The module fosters the development of a personal position and working methods as part of the attributes required by a professional architect.


    Advanced Mathematics and Modelling

    The main aims of this module are to prepare students for level 6 study by developing the mathematical abilities required for understanding engineering and be able to apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems; to develop both the knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline.


    Engineering Design and Analysis

    This module provides the students with the knowledge of the main modes of failure that occur under various loading conditions, to enable the students to develop their understanding of the fundamental principles of the mechanics of materials and their application. The students’ skill in solving analytical and practical design problems relating to complex stress system will be extended through project work using various commercial and/or non-proprietary engineering analysis software tools.


    Dynamics and Control

    This module covers dynamics and classical control theory, to enable the students to extend their treatment of dynamics from point masses to rigid bodies and cover a broad range of application of the principles of mechanics. The students will apply a variety of mathematical and modelling techniques to the study of dynamics and feedback control problems.


    Applied Mechanics

    This module provides new concepts in the deformation of materials under various loading conditions and extend the application of fundamental principles of mechanics of static systems to more advanced systems.This module introduces basic concepts and the principles of the finite element analysis (FEA) techniques and the application of FEA in structural and stress analysis.


    Thermofluids Dynamics

    This module covers heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics exploring more theory so as to allow the students to perform industrial level analysis of processes. The scope includes an appreciation of fuels/combustion, power-producing cycles, internal/external fluid flows and further heat transfer. To extend the study of thermodynamic and fluid mechanics principles in order to provide the tools required for design and analysis of energy systems, and to provide a foundation for subsequent modules in these areas.

  • Core Modules

    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    The aim of this module is to develop students' awareness of the importance of linking Project management with professional life practice. It will prepare students to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution by further developing the skills and knowledge. The key areas are as digital environment, ethics, and sustainability; preparing them to become world-class professional managers who are able to support their practice with theoretical understanding, so that they can be innovative and push the barriers of technical excellence safely and sustainably.

    The module is designed around the construction and surveying knowldege and skills and professional practice modules at L4 and L5 by integrating theory with practice through industry-relevant live projects. 

    This will be accomplished by placing students in a multi-disciplinary project group (to reflect the range of disciplines.

    It will explore the feasibility and design development of practical scheme(s) in terms of technical, ethical, legal, financial and quality matters. The module will build upon the core mental wealth/professional practice-based modules offered at L4 and L5 that introduce students to among others, digital proficiency, industry connections and intelligent development (emotional, social & physical) and in doing so helps equip them with the fundamental techniques necessary to work in inter-disciplinary teams. 


    Capstone Project

    The main aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skills to carry out and report research in order to consolidate the knowledge gained in other modules in a chosen field of study, combine it with the published knowledge of others, investigate it practically and report your findings.


    Advanced Mechanics

    This module provides an advanced study on stress analysis including elasticity theory, inelastic deformations, fracture of materials and their application to practical engineering problems. It also introduces the concept of materials and process selection. The module provides an understanding of the scope of the materials mechanics/manufacturing technologies, the integrative role of materials selection in engineering and design and an appreciation of technological change, innovation and sustainable in an engineering context


    Advanced Manufacturing Technology

    This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of flexible manufacturing technology used in a variety of industrial sectors; aims to help the student in gaining knowledge of advanced machining processes and technologies and the principles and practices of green manufacturing and manufacturing sustainability.


    Turbomachinery and Energy Systems

    This module introduces the students to the latest renewable energy technologies and provides an advanced study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics exploring in-depth internal combustion engines, fluid-mechanics governing equations, performance of various types of pumps and turbines, and application of heat transfer to extended surfaces and heat exchangers.

  • Core Modules

    Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Engineering Management)

    To module assess the role of the engineer / construction manager in industry and the community. It investigates advances in engineering / construction technology and analyse its effect on the production process. The module will involve studying current management skills and the appropriate numerical techniques, contract procedures and financial controls.


    Applied Research and Engineering Practice II

    To enable you to demonstrate and apply a suitable research methods and techniques for a chosen topic in engineering field (e.g. civil, mechanical and general engineering) and analyse gathered data, display creativity and analytical skills, interpret in engineering context and critical discussion, and compose a research report.


    Advanced Fluids

    This module provides you with the opportunity to study higher level applied fluid mechanics, with emphasis on power-producing and energy systems.


    Automation and Robotics

    This module develops your knowledge and understanding of industrial and mobile robots, including other key components and software which make up robotic systems; and provides you with knowledge of a wide range of topics in the field of robotics, including the development of robots in the context of industrial applications and mobile robots.


    Smart Industries and Digital Manufacturing

    This module will introduce you to the principles of Industry 4.0 (fourth industrial revolution) including the current trends in smart sensing, automation and data exchange in manufacturing. You will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how industry 4.0 integrates smart sensors, communication networks and cloud storage to optimise production and enhance manufacturing yield.


    Intelligent Transport Systems

    This module aims to provide an introduction to the key concepts of transportation policy, transportation modelling and safety, along with an understanding of the technological and legal aspects of transportation as well as an awareness of environmental issues. The objective is to provide you with the knowledge that will enable you to become competent practitioners in transport systems and transport infrastructure areas.


You'll be guided by an academic team 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 placement year options. 

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

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

During the final year of the course you'll be required to complete independent research and study of a technical subject in the form of a dissertation.

This dissertation will be supervised by a member of the academic staff with an interest in the subject and must have an industrial dimension. It will include laboratory work or the analysis of a specific engineering problem. And it often requires students to take an idea through to a working model.

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.


The way we assess you varies from module to module and meets UEL assessment criteria. It may include time-constrained assessments such as end-of-module exams or online tests, coursework, individual and group project work, laboratory reports and tests in theoretical and practical sessions.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.


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Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


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.

Kalok Lee

Dr Lee is Programme Leader of the Mechanical Engineering course, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Member of IMechE.

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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.

Dr Lee

Mechanical Engineering, MEng, Course Leader


Some of your work will be done individually, some within groups. All of it will boost your prospects of securing a rewarding career.

There is a strong management theme throughout this course that will prepare you for a career as someone who directs the process of mechanical engineering. It will enable you to interact with a broad range of clients and employers from small business to large multinationals and government authorities.

One of the many advantages of UEL's links with local industry is that a number of visits from professionals in the field can also turn into informal interviews for full and part-time employment opportunities, as well as work placements.

The list of prime industry links includes Atkins, Vinci, Crossrail, Thames Water, WSP and Canary Wharf Contractors.

Key local engineering employers judge an annual showcase event involving student projects - offering what could be a crucial opportunity to impress.

Mechanical engineering is widely held to be one of the most diverse engineering disciplines as it deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of any machinery. More disciplines - more jobs.

As well as having a huge choice of employment within manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and marine engineering, graduates also have opportunities in areas such as the aircraft industry and the energy sector.

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