School of Engineering

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering will develop the future of engineering skills within the North West. Our new award-winning £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to the highest quality standard, on the Preston Campus. UCLan is at the centre of one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK. The EIC provides an integrated space for teaching, research and direct links with industry, ready to establish the University as one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering innovation by driving new discoveries and developments in emerging fields such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, drone technology and The Internet of Things.

About the School

UCLan has a strong reputation for the quality of its engineering degrees. We offer accredited courses, supported by excellent industry links including the option for industrial work placements. As a student you will be provided with exciting, hands-on experiences to ensure you develop the practical engineering skills needed to get noticed by employers.

Our graduates are successful; working across the engineering sector. You can find them working in Formula One to the Ministry of Defence and from Airbus to BAE Systems. Our new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) - a collaboration of engineering teaching, research and innovation expertise at the University with industry - is set to help shape the future of engineering skills development within the North West, further enhancing your graduate prospects.

As a student you will have opportunities to carry out research, hands-on projects and collaborative activities with commercial partners in a world-class £35 million facility, with access to cutting-edge technologies within a vibrant, innovative engineering community.

Our close links with industry means that what you’ll learn reflects current best practice. We also work with a number of professional bodies and learned societies to ensure that you benefit from teaching support, research and commercial activities.



Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) Facility

Shaping the future of engineering skills development within the North West. The Engineering Innovation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to the highest quality standard, on the Preston Campus.

Strong Industry Network

Our close links with industry means that what you’ll learn reflects current best practice - especially as you’ll be taught by staff with successful careers in the engineering sector


The School of Engineering boasts a wide range of subject areas to choose from and whichever course you choose, you’ll enjoy access to world-class facilities and resources.

You’ll graduate with practical, hands-on experience of core engineering skills and the ability to design, manufacture and service complex systems - opening doors in a wide range of sectors. We also work with a number of professional bodies and learned societies to ensure that you benefit from teaching, support, research and commercial activities.



You will get involved with unmanned air vehicles for civil applications and benefit from pioneering research in the innovative use of graphene in aerospace engineering. Plus access to a wide range of facilities are available for engineering and computing with new state of the art facilities including subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, flight simulators


Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is a new course to UCLan but builds on our expertise in the Construction discipline over the last 150 years founded on strong industry links and taught by experienced, professionally qualified staff. You'll enjoy speakers from Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and related institutions for workshops from regional and national contributors.


Fire Engineering

You’ll have access to excellent facilities including new, purpose-built fire laboratories, supported by state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics facilities, analytical and material characterisation facilities for fire chemistry and fire safety engineering, as well as small and intermediate scale experiments and facilities at Washington Hall, the UK’s international fire, training and development centre.


Construction and Surveying

You will work on real-life projects and case studies alongside tutors who have close links with industry and can ensure that you get the skills and current knowledge that employers are looking for. The quality of our Building Surveying and Construction Project Management courses has been recognised with dual accreditation by both Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), ensuring the content and delivery is designed to maximise your career potential.


Electronic and Robotics

You’ll work on a wide range of projects, including group work that could involve our professional partners and collaborators - BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, the NHS and the North West Aerospace Alliance among others. Have access to world-class resources through the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) facility. An opportunity to experience state-of-the-art manufacturing hardware and software, including CISCO industrial networks, manufacturing execution systems and industrial robots.



Top in the UK for mechanical and motor sports engineering courses with 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS2016). You’ll have access to extensive manufacturing facilities, which means you’ll gain the practical engineering expertise you need to get noticed by employers. The course is linked with the Jost Institute of Tribotechnology, meaning there is a collaborative working environment and a close link with a vibrant, research-active community.


Motor Sports

You’ll learn from lecturers who’ve had successful careers in aerospace, automotive and rail industries, which currently includes a vehicle design expert with experience in a variety of vehicle types - for example the BAC Mono, and an expert in engine design and performance and former Technical Director at Mountune. Enjoy the opportunity for extra-curricular activities including a motor sports club, a professionally run Formula Ford race team, and Shell Eco-marathon car challenge.


School of Engineering Research


Research is at the heart of UCLan’s mission to work in partnership with businesses, the wider community and other educators. We actively promote research innovation, creativity and a research culture based on quality and excellence. Engineering research expertise at UCLan is spread across a distinct set of specialist subjects, ranging from nuclear to tribology. Our research collaborations touch every continent, and projects have attracted funding from several research councils, the EU and a range of charities and businesses.

UCLan has a growing community of researchers who are respected by their academic peers, tackling real-world issues and challenges.

Visit our page dedicated to Research in the School of Engineering