Ib Imperial Case Study Analysis Outline


Our Mechanical Engineering degrees emphasise the development of skills needed by the twenty-first century graduate engineer:

  • imagination
  • creativity
  • intellectual agility
  • the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams

All of our Mechanical Engineering students cover the same core study programme for the first two years, which includes computing, mechanics, materials and mathematics. It focuses on the fundamental knowledge that is required by all mechanical engineers, and gives you a thorough understanding of a wide range of engineering disciplines.

With this strong foundation you go on to largely elective study in the third year. You can focus on the areas you are most interested in and tap into cutting-edge research activities being undertaken by internationally recognised experts within the Department.

Your study reaches Master's level in your final year, with a wide selection of advanced optional modules available. A major individual project gives you the chance to put your project management skills to the test.

Design projects

‘Design, make and test’ projects, designed to develop core practical skills, run through years one and two.

You also undertake a major group design project in the third year.

Industry links

We intensively engage with industry to ensure that our courses are relevant to the profession.

You will also benefit from access to facilities and equipment that match those used in industry. These include Instron machines for testing the strength of engineering materials, and microcontroller kits for testing the performance of mechatronic systems.

Our teaching facilities are complemented by two exceptionally well-equipped student workshops, which contain both manual and CNC subtractive and additive manufacture machine tools. You will use these extensively in the manufacture and assembly of your project work, using a wide variety of materials.

Transfer between courses

All students should apply initially to MEng Mechanical Engineering.

Students interested in one of the other courses within the Department should then apply to transfer at the appropriate time during the course (selection criteria may apply).

Transfer during the second or third year

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry and a Year Abroad
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Engineering and a Year in Industry

Transfer at the end of the third year

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad

Transfer during the fourth year

  • MEng Mechanical with Nuclear Engineering

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.


Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Core modules

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Design and Manufacture 1
  • Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Materials 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanical Engineering Coursework 1
  • Mechanics 1
  • Mechatronics 1
  • Stress Analysis 1
  • Thermodynamics 1

Core modules

  • Design and Manufacture 2
  • Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics 2
  • Heat Transfer
  • Management and Business for Engineers
  • Materials 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Mechanical Engineering Coursework 2
  • Mechatronics 2
  • Stress Analysis 2
  • Thermodynamics 2

Core modules

  • Machine System Dynamics
  • Mechanical Engineering Coursework 3
  • Thermodynamics and Energy

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose five modules from the list below.

  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Mathematics 3
  • Statistics
  • Stress Analysis 3
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • System Design and Optimisation
  • Tribology
Group 2

You choose three modules from below.

  • Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists
  • Design-led Innovation and New Venture Creation
  • Manufacturing Technology and Management
  • Technology, Business and the Market

Imperial Horizons

You can substitute one choice from above for a module from Imperial Horizons, which offers a wide range of short courses – including languages, humanities and business skills – designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact.

Core module

Optional modules

You choose five modules in total from Groups 1 and 2, and at least two of those choices must be from Group 2.

Group 1
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Mathematics 3
  • Statistics
  • Stress Analysis 3
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • System Design and Optimisation
  • Tribology
Group 2
  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Advanced Vibration Engineering
  • Combustion
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Inter-Departmental Exchange (IDX)
  • Interfacing and Data Processing
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
Group 3

You choose one module from below.

  • Aircraft Engine Technology
  • Mechanical Transmissions
  • Metal Processing Technology
  • Vehicle Propulsion Technology

Professional accreditation

The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Achieving a professionally accredited integrated Master's degree (MEng) means that you have satisfied the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of professional registration. To gain Chartered status, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet additional graduate level competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC

A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects.

Professional registration also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers is renewed every five years.

The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2017–18 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.


As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.

The City and Guilds of London Institute is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.

Find out more about our Associateships.

Teaching and assessment


You can expect to be taught in lectures, by problem sheets, in tutorials, through workshop training and laboratory work.

You will complete group practical exercises, a literature research project, a group design project and research project.


You will experience a variety of assessment methods, and can expect to mostly sit written examinations and complete coursework assignments.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Minimum entry standards

Our minumum entry standard for 2019 entry is A*A*A or A*AAA overall, to include:

Three A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A* in Physics
  • A in another subject (Further Mathematics preferred but not essential)
Four A-levels
  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in another two subjects (Further Mathematics preferred but not essential)

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Typical offer range

As a guide, here are the typical offers made in 2017 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels:

Three A-level offer: A*A*A

Four A-level offer: A*AAA

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

Minimum entry standards

Our minumum entry standard for 2019 entry is 40 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level
  • 6 in another subject at higher level

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2017 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 40 pointsoverall.

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 in Physics C (Mechanics)
  • 5 in another subject (see third subject below)

Third subject

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Statistics

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2017 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.

Completing your UCAS application

Please tell us in your Personal Statement about the things you have done to find out about Mechanical Engineering. In particular, describe any work placements, industrial visits, or relevant projects or hobbies. We are also interested in your general motivation as evidenced by extracurricular activities and part-time work, as well as your wider contribution to your school or community life. 

Post-application admissions day and interview

If you are resident in the UK or EU you may be invited to an Admissions Day, which will include a tour of the department and an interview with a member of our academic staff.

You will have the chance to learn more about what it is like to study at Imperial, and about the structure and content of the courses we offer. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Over lunch, you and other applicants will meet some current students who will take you on a tour of the Department and the South Kensington Campus.

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH10-01-02mechanical engineering

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

2018 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2018–19 only as a guide.

The fee for Home students is controlled by the UK government and has not yet been confirmed for 2019 entry.

Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.

You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

EU students

The UK government has not yet confirmed the funding arrangements for EU students starting a course in 2019.

For the latest updates for EU students please see the Imperial and the European Union website.

2018 entry
£29,000 per year

The tuition fees for Overseas and Islands students are set by Imperial College London.

The fee above is listed as a guide and the fee for 2019 entry is yet to be confirmed by the College.

You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an inflationary amount. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Personal Protective Equipment (boiler suit)MandatoryProvided
Personal Protective Equipment (goggles)MandatoryProvided
Personal Protective Equipment (lab coat)MandatoryProvided

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge to ensure you can undertake lab work safely. This includes:

  • Boiler suit
  • Goggles
  • Lab coat

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


Our close industry links ensure that many graduates leave Imperial with jobs already lined up. Career opportunities include research and development, design, production and plant management. Several of our graduates work in Formula One or related industries, and the opportunity to specialise in nuclear engineering prepares students for employment in an industry now poised for expansion.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Mechanical Engineer, European Space Agency
  • Graduate Nuclear Engineer, EDF Energy
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation Engineer, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
  • Repair and Overhaul Engineer, Rolls-Royce
  • Vehicle Integration Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

How to apply

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Related departments

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

Further information

Teaching, independent study and placement hours

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures, seminars and similar610 (40%)505 (34%)218 (15%)206 (14%)
Independent study930 (60%)995 (66%)1,282 (85%)1,294 (86%)


Assessment types

 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4


Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats information below.

You can use the Unistats website to find out how this course compares in areas such as student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: H301
  • UCAS institution code: I50

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2019 for entry in September 2019.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2019 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2018.

A-level Selection

Many applicants ask us what A-levels we would recommend. In an effort to provide helpful advice, we have developed the following suggestions:

Category 1:
Compulsory A-levels
Category 2:
Highly-Recommended A-levels
Category 3:
Very useful A-levels*
 Maths Further MathsAncient Language
English Literature
Modern Language

We strongly encourage applicants to take Further Maths at A2 level. If your school offers Further Maths, we expect you to take it. If your school does not offer you the chance to take Further Maths, please make sure this is stated in your school reference. We will take this into account and will still welcome your application.

Some candidates choose to take Further Maths independently through a local Further Maths Network Centre. We also accept AEA or STEP Maths qualifications in place of Further Maths and may include these in your offer. If your school does not offer you Further Maths, our preferred A-level is a science subject, such as Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science.

*We do not accept ICT, Business Studies, General Studies and Critical Thinking.

We should emphasise that, with the exception of the required A-level Maths and the A-levels we do not accept, Category 3 is only a set of suggestions. If your A-level selection does not match this exact pattern, you should not worry unduly.

We do understand that some schools do not offer Computing for students wishing to study the subject for A-level. We will not hold this against an applicant as we do not require Computing as an A-level subject for any applicant, so if you would prefer to take another subject, then this would be fine.

For students looking for a good grounding in the principles of Computing pre A-level, we do recommend the new OCR GCSE in Computing. Again, however, this is not a requirement for admission to any of our degrees.

Relevant Subjects Selection

Many applicants ask us what relevant subjects we would recommend, for example at higher level for the IB. Below are our suggestions:

  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Biology

Computing Experience?

Each year, over half of our incoming students have no prior programming experience.

If you are in this category and are thinking of applying to our courses but are worried that a lack of computing experience will leave you at a disadvantage, don't be: we teach 5 programming languages from scratch in the first and second year, so this is not a problem. You do not need to have taken A-level Computer Science for our degrees.

We look for people who are good at Maths and are excited by computing and its many applications and are or have the potential to be great problem-solvers, lateral-thinkers or systematic thinkers. We welcome people with a wide variety of A-level subjects for our courses.

STEP Qualifications

All applicants (particularly those not taking an A-level in Further Maths) are encouraged, and may be asked, to take a STEP exam in Maths. These can often be sat at your local examination centre. Please note that regardless of whether an applicant is planning to take a STEP exam in maths or not, one or more may form part of a conditional offer that we make to an applicant.


The STEP Maths exam consists of 3 papers. Papers I and II are based on the A-level Maths syllabus. Paper III is based on the A-level Further Maths syllabus. Extra tuition is advisable; the style of question is markedly different to that of A-level. For applications to Computing courses, where requested, we will usually ask for a Grade 1 or Grade 2 in STEP I or STEP II or both.

International Programme of Study

Applicants for admission to the G402, MEng Computing in International Programme of Study, should normally hold a GCSE in a foreign language at grade B or above, or otherwise be able to demonstrate linguistic competence.

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