About the School

Welcome to the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering - highly rated in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 81% of our research rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally-excellent'.

Our multi-disciplinary school offers a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, covering topics from many facets of mechanical engineering. Research within the school is far-ranging and encompasses the fields of: bio-engineering * engineering mathematics * MEMS * manufacturing * power and transmission systems * railway research * robotics * smart materials * fluid dynamics * multiphase flows.

The School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering is part of the Faculty of Science Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE). The Head of School is Dr JC Appleby and there are currently about 140 academic, research and support staff and about 850 students. We deliver degree programmes in Newcastle and also in Singapore.

Within the School are the main academic group, delivering taught and research degrees and undertaking research, the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, the University Railway Research Centre NewRail, and the Design Unit Gear Technology Centre, who provide services relating to gears and transmissions to industry worldwide.

The School can trace its origins back to 1871 when Engineering was first taught at the then Armstrong College. In this early period pioneers such as Stephenson, Armstrong and Parsons had put Tyneside at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Now, at the start of the 21st century, the School relies on all the subsequent developments in electronics, IT, new materials and business processes to further its core activities in Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

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