Study with us - Frequently Asked Questions?

Undergraduate (B.Eng/M.Eng)

Taught Postgraduate (M.Sc.)

Research Postgraduate (Ph.D.)

Undergraduate (B.Eng/M.Eng)

What are the entry requirements?

Students who wish to do the BEng programme are asked to achieve AAB-ABB at A-Level (or equivalent) whilst MEng applicants are asked to achieve AAB at A-Level (or equivalent).
All candidates are considered on an individual basis. A full list of our entrance requirements, which includes examples of A level equivalent qualifications, is listed under each degree programme.

What is the difference between BEng/MEng?

Our Engineering degrees are offered at two levels. The Bachelor in Engineering degree is 3 years in length and does not include an industrial placement. The Masters in Engineering is 4 years in length and includes an industrial placement at a local or national engineering company. Both programmes are professionally accredited by the IET (Institute of Engineering Technology) and the Engineering Council and both provide a pathway for students to become a Chartered Engineer.

How do I apply?

See our How to Apply page.

Undergraduates: use UCAS online tracking system 'Track' to check whether you have been accepted. This shows your choices and the decisions made by each institution. You will then need to reply to offers via Track.

Do you have School Open Days I can attend?

We hold 3 School Post Application Open Days for Undergraduates each year in February and March. These open days offer an excellent opportunity for you to come and visit the school, meet academic staff and current students and see our facilities. Dates are posted on our website: University Visit Days & School Open Days

Will there be an interview?

We don't ask students to undergo an interview when they attend our open days but you are welcome to ask questions and talk to academic staff during the open day.

Do you have any scholarships I can apply for?

We offer several School Scholarships to students who select us as their first choice with UCAS and fulfil our entrance requirements.

For Home and EU students, we offer:

For International applicants we offer:

These scholarships will be available to students in subsequent years of study providing certain criteria are fulfilled.

Please note recipients of the Scholarship cannot be in the Foundation year but they may be eligible to receive the appropriate School Scholarship if they progress to Stage 1. Sponsored students are not eligible to receive a School Scholarship.

Can I get sponsored by a company during my studies?

Students within the School are encouraged to apply for sponsorship with engineering companies to support them financially during their academic studies and gain useful work experience. Examples of companies offering sponsorship opportunities are the E3 Academy, Tridonic and Sevcon.

What is the E3 Academy?

E3 Academy Information.

Can I get into University accommodation in my first year?

See our New Students' Guarantee.

How much will my fees be?

Information on undergraduate tuition fees for 2014

How many students are on the course?

Our first year cohort has approximately 70 students, which allows staff to dedicate time and attention to new students and small numbers for group work.

Do I have much optional choice of modules?

For the first 2 years of your degree, you will have little or no optional module choice but you will be taught the fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. By the time you reach Stage 3, you will then be able to tailor your module choices to your individual preference and career goals. A list of the modules we currently offer at undergraduate level can be found at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/eee/current-students/info/modules.htm

Is there much practical hands on work alongside the lectures?

Students are required to do approximately 6 hours of lab work per week alongside lectures and seminars, which allows for students to get hands on experience and put taught theory into practice.

Can I change between the BEng and MEng degrees if I want to?

Students are allowed to change from the BEng to the MEng degree programmes at the end of Stage 2, providing they have over 55% as their stage average and have the approval of the Degree Programme Director. This allows our students to have maximum flexibility while deciding which degree course is right for them.

Can I do a work placement as part of my degree?

Students who choose to study the MEng degree are required to do a 3-4 months industrial placement at the beginning of the fourth year. During this placement, students are required to work as a junior staff member in a local or national company to help them prepare for a career as an Engineer.

Where do your graduates get jobs?

Recent Newcastle graduates have gone on to work for Dyson developing new lightweight motors for portable appliances, head the electromagnetic compatibility team for BAE Systems Marine and lead the wide bandgap semiconductor research at Dynex Semiconductors. Many of our graduates have gained employment with Siemens, Sevcon, Tridonic, Converteam, Cummins, Control Techniques, Parker SSD and Edwards, all of whom offer great sponsorship arrangements for our students too.

Outside of engineering, our graduates have gone on to work in roles within the commercial, financial, industrial and public sectors, often in management roles. As well as the technical and practical expertise that you will gain from your studies, our degrees also incorporate opportunities to learn and develop transferable skills, such as analytical and problem-solving, project-working both as part of a team and on your own, communicating with others, planning and time management, and computer literacy, all of which are vital for the employment market.

What can I expect to earn when I graduate?

Electrical and electronic engineers are highly sought after with employers within the UK and abroad. Typically our employment rate is over 90 per cent and many employers are finding it hard to recruit graduates with electrical, electronic and computer engineering skills. Often, our graduates are earning between £30,000 and £40,000 per annum and graduates can expect this to increase significantly over the course of their career, earning from £60,000 to over £100,000.

Do you have a student society?

ShockSoc is the School's Student Society. All students are encouraged to join this society when they begin their studies with us to meet and interact with other students. ShockSoc organises social and sporting events.

Taught Postgraduate (M.Sc.)

What are the entrance requirements?

Normally a second-class BEng Honours degree, or equivalent, in electrical and electronic engineering, electronic communications, computer engineering or a related subject. Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 79 (Internet-based), or equivalent. Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

How do I apply?

See our How to Apply page.

Do you have School Open Days I can attend?

We don't have School Open Days, however, please go to http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit for information on University Open Days. There will be opportunities to visit the School and meet School staff during the University Open Days. If you feel you need to visit the School and meet with the Degree Programme Director, please contact eee.pgt@ncl.ac.uk.

Will there be an interview?

No, there isn't an interview as part of the admission procedure for our Postgraduate Taught programmes.

Do you have any scholarships I can apply for?

See our Scholarships and Prizes page.

Can I get into University accommodation?

Information on University accommodation can be found at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/accommodation/.

How much will my fees be?

Tuition fees are listed in the programme entries for each taught programme on the postgraduate course list at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/list/courses/taught/

How many Postgraduate Taught students does the School recruit per year?

We have approximately 270 Postgraduate Taught students.

Is there a cap on numbers per programme?

We currently don't cap numbers on our Postgraduate Taught Programmes.

Do I have much optional choice of modules?

Information regarding module options can be found in the degree specific handbooks which are available at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/eee/current-students/info/index.htm#handbooks. Please note handbooks/module options may change for your year of entry.

Where do your graduates get jobs and what can I expect to earn when I graduate?

See our What our Graduates do page.

Do you have a January intake?

No, we have one intake for our Taught Programmes which is September each year.

Research Postgraduate (Ph.D.)

How do I apply?

Please go to the following link http://www.ncl.ac.uk/eee/study-with-us/apply.htm

What are the English Language requirements?

Details of English Language requirements can be found at the following link http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/international/requirements/englishlanguage.htm

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

Two academic references from your previous educational institute, certified copy of your transcripts and a certified copy of your degree certificate together with your research proposal.

How do I get my CAS (Certificate for Acceptance for Studies) number?

When your offer is unconditional, Newcastle University's admissions department will send you a Confirmation of Place. Please check the details in this document carefully and advise admissions immediately if any of the details are incorrect. It is vital that your personal details, such as your date of birth and passport number are correct otherwise there may be delays in issuing your CAS. Your CAS will be issued soon after you have received your Confirmation of Place and any appropriate amendments have been made to your application record.

How will I receive my CAS?

Your CAS will be sent to you electronically. Please ensure that admissions have your correct email address.

Are there any School scholarships?

There are a number of Scholarships, please go to the following link http://www.ncl.ac.uk/eee/study-with-us/scholarships/

I have previously studied at Newcastle do I qualify for the Alumni discount?

Newcastle University is delighted to offer a 20% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees (for 2012 entry) for all alumni who are self-funding for their postgraduate study and meet the eligibility criteria. Please go to the following link to check eligibility criteria http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/search/list/atfd

How much does it cost to Study in Newcastle?

Please go to the following link http://www.ncl.ac.uk/international/finance/costs.htm