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General Engineering BEng

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Our General Engineering degree builds a strong foundation in the fundamentals of engineering, and focuses on addressing real world, 21st century challenges. You'll develop experimental and practical skills, as well as mathematical and analytical approaches. From the start of the course, you'll carry out project based design work, which will give you teamwork, communication and negotiation skills which are vital for your future career. 

Core scientific and engineering principles in electrical, mechanical, thermal and fluidic domains are covered. Module themes include sustainability, systems thinking, modelling and simulation, software and programming, and engineering design, management and entrepreneurship. In your final year, you'll complete a substantial individual project.

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Key benefits

  • A unique blend of leading-edge engineering specialisms that provide a holistic perspective on engineering, directly applicable to a whole range of future focused careers.
  • Our course connects engineering expertise with that of King’s wider disciplines, such as business, entrepreneurship, sustainability and law, to unlock a better understanding of the commercial and social context of engineering.
  • Builds critical thinking and future workplace skills with collaborative project work from the first term.
  • Study in inspiring teaching spaces with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • In the third year of your degree, build knowledge of an Engineering specialism following from a two year study of the core of Engineering.

Key information

UCAS code H100

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Engineering



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The problems facing today’s engineers are increasingly complex issues such as energy, transportation and sustainability. They draw upon a range of engineering disciplines as well as topics such as policy and human behaviour. To solve these problems, engineers need both sound technical knowledge and a multi-disciplinary perspective.

This multi-disciplinary outlook forms the basis of General Engineering study at King’s. General Engineering students will benefit from a course that builds strong engineering science principles, combined with design and entrepreneurial insight, on an analytical foundation of mathematics and computing.
You will study topics that include design for engineers, programming, robotics, systems engineering, electronics, signal and information processing, mechanics, materials and manufacturing, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. The study of these specialist subjects is underpinned by a design-and-build approach that can be applied to create and improve technology, products and services.

Our course will encourage innovative approaches to problem-solving. This will include individual and collaborative project work with industry and your fellow students, giving you well-rounded team work, communication and negotiation skills that matter in your future workplace.


You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.


You will be assessed through written examinations, project reports, and coursework. For the practical and design elements, you will be assessed through laboratory write-ups, design projects, presentations, research project reports and oral examinations.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Mathematics for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Mechanics for Engineers (15 credits)
  • Design: Keys to Engineering (15 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering I (15 credits)
  • Design: Making a Connection (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Modelling (15 credits)
  • Energy and Sustainability (15 credits)
  • Physical Computing (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Design: Empowerment (15 credits)
  • Engineering Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Signal and Systems (15 credits)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering II (15 credits)
  • Materials (15 credits)
  • Thermofluids (15 credits)
  • Design: Engagement (15 credits)
  • Mechatronics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Real Time Systems and Control (15 credits)
  • Engineering Algorithms (15 credits)
  • Design: Individual Project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take four modules from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Robotics (15 credits)
  • Communication Systems (15 credits)
  • Sensors and Actuators (15 credits)
  • Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
  • Robotic Systems (15 credits)
  • Optimisation Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Mechanics (15 credits)



Entry requirements


Required subjects

Mathematics or Further Mathematics

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-level AAB

Including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Engineering, Mathematics, Science) will be considered with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including a substantial amount of Maths or Further Maths), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Physics is also a preferred subject at level 3, but not compulsory.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Must include grade D3 in Mathematics or Further Mathematics (full course).

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and one A-level at grade A, including grade A in A-level Mathematics or Further Mathermatics. 

Physics topics are preferred within the BTEC, but not compulsory. 

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and one A-level at grade A, including grade A in A-level Mathematics or Further Mathermatics. 

Physics topics are preferred within the BTEC, but not compulsory. 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades AB


M and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics. 

Physics is a preferred subject, but not compulsory.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers


AB at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Syllabus must contain pure mathematics.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. 

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including three Higher Level subjects at 665 (including 6HL in either Maths or Further Maths). The total IB point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme


Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable)The following are not required for entry, but you may find these useful further preparation for this degree: 

Performance in STEP or AEA will be taken into account should you narrowly fail to meet your A-level offer.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-21 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU: 

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International: 

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.



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Career prospects

Our course will provide you with a broad, versatile, flexible skill base, in high demand from employers, which will allow you to deliver real impact in a broad array of careers, including the tech sector, healthcare, business and government.

The Careers Service and the Department of Engineering run a careers programme for Engineering students, which includes skills sessions and visits from leading employers.


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