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Mechanical Engineering at University College London

Situated in the heart of London on the main campus of UCL (University College London), the department is one of the top research and teaching Mechanical Engineering departments in the UK, achieving world class standing. We educate aspiring engineers how to play an integral role in finding solutions to some of the grand challenges the world is currently facing; such as sustainability, energy, heath, transport, manufacturing and much more.   

What is it all about?

The goal of this Insight into University course is to provide students with an understanding of what a career in engineering might entail, which skills are required and how a typical mechanical engineering project may be approached and tackled. 

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is a challenging, exciting and broad discipline which opens up a very wide range of rewarding career paths for those who have studied it. While automotive and aerospace engineering are among the diverse applications of this subject, it certainly isn’t about fixing cars!  

Associate Professor and Admissions Tutor Dr Adam Wojcik says;  


“I like to think about Mechanical Engineering as the interface between our world and the world of science and theory and maths, and as such it’s the opportunity that we get to apply those things to make our environment a better place to live in.” 

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What will I be doing?

You will experience life as a first year student by staying in undergraduate halls of residence. You will participate in practical activities which enable you to meet fantastic engineering role models, engage in hands-on workshops and laboratory sessions, as well as receive information related to admissions and future career prospects. 

The range of activities will include: 

  • Lectures and presentations 

  • Practical workshops 

  • Laboratory sessions 

  • Team challenges 

  • Social events 

Will this course suit me? 

Are you creative? Can you think outside the box? Do you like challenges and figuring out how things work? Would you like to make a positive change in the world? Are you passionate about maths and physics - but do not necessarily see yourself as a mathematician or a scientist? Then this course would suit you. 

What do I need to be suitable?
To attend the course, you need an interest in engineering and a desire to solve problems. To study for a mechanical degree at UCL you need to be studying Mathematics and Physics ‘A’ levels, or an equivalent qualification.

Who will be on this course?

This is a mixed course for 30 students.  

Dates of course?

 Monday 24th – Thursday 27th June 2024 (3 nights residential) 

Price of course?

£440 (Bursaries are also available)


"It was AWESOME AND FANTASTIC!!!  I loved having loads of practical activities and getting to see the Engineering Labs. I also liked getting the opportunity to feel like I was actually a university student at UCL, as well as making incredible friends. "

"I really enjoyed it and met a lot of new people and now think I have much more experience and insight into engineering and university."

"Very enjoyable. 10/10 recommend. Excellent demonstration of what exactly happens in Mech Eng and also you get to know the university and talk to students which is really useful because you get to know about their experiences and you can ask them any questions 1 to 1. "

If you have any further questions, please enquire or visit our FAQ's page.

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