Engineering at Lancaster University

Undergraduate Degrees

High-quality courses, accredited by the relevant professional engineering institutions taught in world-class facilities.

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All of our undergraduate degrees start with a common first year. This gives you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of engineering and is beneficial if you're unsure which area of engineering you would like to specialize in. If you're unsure of which area of specialisation you'd like to go into at first, you can use UCAS code H100: Engineering on your application form and leave your options open. All courses are available as a 3 year BEng or a 4 year MEng.


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The Institution of Engineering and Technology
The Institution of Chemical Engineers
The Institution of Mechancial Engineers
Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award
Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Your Course

Here at Lancaster, we like to think we're a bit different to other engineering departments. We are one of only a handful of general engineering departments in the country.

We find this reflects the multi-disciplined approach you will find in industry, where a growing demand for a new breed of engineer has emerged, and employers now require engineers who can integrate their knowledge within multidisciplinary project teams.

Accredited programmes

Lancaster Engineering MEng degrees are accredited by the IET, IMechE and IChemE to comply with the Engineering Council UK academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Friendly and collaborative

Our friendly, informal and collaborative atmosphere help those who work and study here achieve success. Class sizes are small, meaning you will always be a name and never a number here. You'll get to know your lecturers and support staff in person and our open door policy means you can call in for help and advice at any time. You'll have support from lab technicians to assist with your practical and project work.

Flexible learning

We offer our students real flexibility and choice during their degree. Our degree structure presents a common first year and allows students from all disciplines to gain a firm and diverse grounding in the modern principles of engineering.

From second year onwards, you may choose to specialise in one of a range of disciplines which will be your focus for the remainder of your degree.

Innovative teaching

We have world-leading academics, who are involved in state-of-the-art research which influences the material that we teach. We adopt innovative teaching methods including the pioneering use of creative project work and a design-build-test approach to learning, helping our students learn interactively and gain hands-on experience. We are an International Partner in the CDIO™ initiative, which seeks to revolutionise engineering education.

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Study Abroad

You can spend your second year studying at one of our partner universities. These partner universities span the globe: in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Where you choose to study at is up to you, although places are subject to availability.

Global Experiences


The Engineering Department houses a wide range of facilities covering many areas from renewable energy to high-frequency electromagnetics. Our state-of-the-art equipment is in active use for world-leading research, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.

3D Printing

We have a wide range of 3D printers and additive manufacturing technology, allowing you to easily create bespoke components for your projects.


Our robotics laboratory is specially catered for designing and making robots for use in hazardous locations, such as nuclear power plants.

Wave Energy Tank

Our wave tank is a valuable teaching aid. This allows us to observe the behaviour of surface waves and how they can affect large-scale engineering projects.

Chemical Labs

Our chemical laboratories allow us to engineer better materials for new technological developments. You will study corrosion, conductivity and electrochemical impedance.

Your First Year and Beyond

All of our undergraduate degrees begin with a common first year, regardless of which discipline you choose.

This learning method provides a fundamental understanding of many aspects of general engineering. You’ll learn about the specialised roles and the ways in which engineering teams collaborate; for example, how they combine their individual talents to achieve a mutual goal.

Your common first year also offers the opportunity to change specialisation if you wish, allowing you to develop an informed choice going into the next stages of your study.


Your weekly workload will typically consist of 12 hours of lectures, 6 hours of lab/project work, plus I hour small group tutorial and 2-hour maths workshop, a total of 21 hours contact time per week. You will also be expected to commit a similar number of hours to your own private studies, preparation of coursework, etc.

Specialised subjects

Before completing your first year, you will hopefully have developed a clearer picture of where you want to direct your engineering focus. You can select a programme from the list above to reveal its modules for year two and onwards. Our MEng degrees include a fourth year, in which you will gain experience of work in industrial settings.

Which specialisation?

If you're unsure of which area of specialisation you'd like to go into at first, you can use UCAS code H100: Engineering on your application form and this leaves your options open. Your common first year will allow you to change your specialisation, allowing a more informed choice at the end of year one.