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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.9k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 34.3k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 303pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    Our undergraduate courses offer a unique blend of rigour, creativity and practicality. The underlying science is taught by experts at the leading edge of international research.  Our partnership with the Royal College of Art inspires design teaching oriented towards innovation to serve society's needs.

    Excellent workshop facilities provide the facilities and training you need to transform science and imagination into success.

    Knowledge and Understanding of:
    • Scientific principles and methodologies which underpin mechanical and other engineering
    disciplines, enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context, and support the
    understanding of future developments and technologies. [US1, US1m]
    • Mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in mechanical and related
    engineering disciplines and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and
    notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems [US2]
    • Mathematical models relevant to the mechanical and related engineering disciplines, and an
    appreciation of their limitations [US2m]
    • Concepts from a range of areas, including some outside engineering, and the ability to apply
    them effectively in engineering projects [US3m]
    • The role and limitations of ICT, and an awareness of developing technologies in ICT [US4m]
    • Engineering principles, and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes
    [E1]
    • The capabilities of computer based models for solving problems in engineering, and the ability
    to assess the limitations of particular cases [E3m]
    • Design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar
    situations [D1m].
    • The commercial and economic context of engineering processes [S1]
    • Management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives within that
    context [S2]
    • Management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied
    appropriately to strategic and tactical issues [S2m]
    • The requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development [S3]
    • The framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including
    personnel, health, safety and risk (incl. environmental risk) issues [S4]
    • The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct [S5]
    • Characteristics of particular equipment, processes, or products [P1]
    • Current practice and its limitations, and some appreciation of likely new developments [P1m]
    • Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations and management,
    technology development, etc.) [P3]
    • The use of technical literature and other information sources [P4]
    • The nature of intellectual property and contractual issues [P5]
    • Appropriate codes of practice and industry standards [P6]
    • Quality issues [P7]
     …by the following teaching, learning and assessment methods and strategies:
    • Core lecture courses in basic mechanical engineering science subjects [US1]
    • Diagnostic assessment, at registration, of abilities in Applied Mathematics, followed by
    lectures and tutorials to establish mastery of mathematics at benchmark level [US2]
    • Optional lecture courses on advanced engineering subjects and methodologies [US1m,
    US2m]
    • Problem Sheets designed to reinforce understanding, and promote self-assessment, of
    concepts introduced in lectures.
    • Study group tutorial guidance towards solution of Problem Sheets.
    • Core course assessment by progress tests and by unseen written examinations.
    • Emphasis on the mathematical concepts as a unifying feature of engineering by crossreferencing
    from engineering science courses.
    Core programming (MatLab) courses in Years 1 and 2, integrated with tutored exercises
    based on other core engineering courses; assessed by code-writing to an unseen
    specification [US4m]. 

    Year one
    Every student must take all modules.
    Most modules run through all three terms, with examinations in Term 3.
    Modules:
    • Mathematics (coursework and examination) 12 ECTS
    • Fluid Mechanics (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Thermodynamics (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Mechanics (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Stress Analysis (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Materials (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Mechatronics (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Design and Manufacture (coursework only) 10 ECTS
    • Experimental Reporting Skills (term 1 only, coursework only) 2 ECTS
    • Computing (term 2 only, coursework only) 3 ECTS
    Progression to Year two:
    • The Examination Total Pass mark is 40% and the Coursework Total Pass mark is 40% (there
    is a minimum Examination Pass mark for each subject).
    • Candidates must satisfy the examiners in coursework and in examinations separately before
    proceeding to Part II.
    • Supplementary Qualifying Tests, normally in not more than one subject, may be offered to
    candidates whose examination performance is marginally unsatisfactory.
    • The Examiners will exercise discretion in individual cases.
    • The marks gained in Part I will be noted on the final degree transcript and used to determine
    the Dean’s List, but will not be counted towards the final degree classification. 

    Year two
    Every student must take all modules.
    Most modules run through all three terms, with examinations in Term 3.
    Modules:
    • Mathematics (coursework and examination) 9 ECTS
    • Fluid Mechanics (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Thermodynamics (coursework and examination) 5 ECTS
    • Heat Transfer (coursework and examination) 4.5 ECTS
    • Dynamics (coursework and examination) 4.5 ECTS
    • Stress Analysis (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Materials (coursework and examination) 5 ECTS
    • Mechatronics (coursework and examination) 5.5 ECTS
    • Management and Business for Engineers (examination only) 2 ECTS
    • Design and Manufacture (coursework only) 10.5 ECTS
    • Technical Presentation Skills (term 1 only, coursework only) 1 ECTS
    • Computing (term 2 only, coursework only) 2 ECTS
    Progression to Year Three:
    • The Examination Total Pass mark is 40% and the Coursework Total Pass mark is 40% (there
    is a minimum Examination Pass mark for each subject)
    • Candidates must satisfy the examiners in coursework and in examinations separately before
    proceeding to Part III
    • Supplementary Qualifying Tests, normally in not more than one subject, may be offered to
    candidates whose examination performance is marginally unsatisfactory
    • A student who fails to achieve 50% on Part II Examination Total will be required to transfer to
    BEng degree registration
    • The Examiners will exercise discretion in individual cases
    • Part II marks contribute one-quarter of the total for the MEng degree, and two-fifths of that for
    the BEng degree

    Year three
    Most modules run through all three terms, with examinations in Term 3.
    Each student must take:
    • All four core modules PLUS
    • Five H-level electives, with the constraint that students can count towards their degree no
    more than:
    o One Co-curricular elective
    o Three Design and Management electives.
    Core modules:
    • Machine System Dynamics (coursework and examination) 6 ECTS
    • Thermodynamics and Energy (examination only) 6 ECTS
    • Design Make and Test Project (coursework only) 14 ECTS
    • Literature Research Project (coursework only) 4 ECTS
    H-level Technical electives:
    • Computational Continuum Mechanics
    • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
    • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
    • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Stress Analysis
    • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
    • Tribology 
    H-level Design and Management electives:
    • Design-Led Innovation and New Venture Creation
    • Manufacturing Technology and Management
    • System Design and Optimisation
    • Technology, Business and the Market
    • Business Economics
    • Finance and Financial Management
    Progression to Year four:
    • The Examination Total Pass mark is 40% and the Coursework Total Pass mark is 40%. In
    addition, there is a Pass mark of 40% in the aggregate of the two core courses (Machine
    System Dynamics and Thermodynamics and Energy) and in the Design, Make and Test
    project.
    • A student who achieves an examination total exceeding 35% while satisfying all other criteria
    for progression to Part IV may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be permitted to graduate
    with the award of a BEng Pass Degree.
    • The Examiners will exercise discretion in individual cases.
    • Part III marks contribute three-eighths of the total for the MEng degree, and three-fifths of that
    for the BEng degree.

    Year four
    This year is completed, within the framework of College procedures for Collaborative Arrangements
    and Placements, at one of our approved partner institutions abroad. These include European
    placements via Erasmus Mundi at:
    • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen (‘RWTH Aachen’, Germany)
    • Ecole Centrale Lyon (France)
    • Ecole Centrale Paris (France)
    • Technische Universiteit Delft (‘TU Delft’, Netherlands)
    • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (‘ETH Zurich’, Switzerland)
    and placements outside Europe under Institutional agreements:
    • University of Melbourne (Australia)
    • University of California (US)
    • National University of Singapore
    The partner institutions have been chosen so that although the year structure and choice of modules
    will generally be different, learning outcomes, academic standards and student load match our own
    Year 4 programme in all significant respects.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of Imperial College London for
    Mechanical Engineering courses.
    Minimum qualifications are normally three full GCE ‘A’ levels with grades A*, A, A (GCE A/ASub
    level points: 340 (28)) including Maths and Physics. French and German A-Levels will be
    considered relevant as a third ‘A’ level , but General Studies will not. Scottish qualifications are
    considered on the basis of their equivalence under the UCAS Tariff. Eligible overseas
    qualifications include the International Baccalaureate, the European Baccalaureate and the
    French Baccalaureate. Other qualifications are considered on an individual basis.
    Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English.

    All UCAS applications are carefully considered by the Admissions Tutor and are ranked according
    to suitability to undertake the course. Suitable applicants who are resident in England or Wales
    are then invited to attend an Admissions Day, which includes a selection interview with a member
    of the academic staff. The interview objectives are:
    • To assess how articulate and motivated the candidate is towards engineering
    • To assess ‘engineering aptitude’ by discussion on an engineering artifact
    • To discuss the candidate’s preferred programme options and
    • To answer his or her own questions.
    An interviewer satisfied with the candidate’s potential may make an immediate informal offer,
    subject to the prevailing requirements. 10
    The interviewer then completes a report form, indicating whether they believe the candidate to be
    suitable and, if so, whether an informal offer was made. The Admissions Tutor writes to the
    candidate within a few days making, where appropriate, a conditional — or unconditional — offer. 

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