internationalThis School engages enthusiastically with the University's Internationalisation policy through our study programmes, staff (Academic Support) and students. We actively seek international partners with similar reputation and standing linking directly to our expertise and core business activities in research and higher education.

Study programmes

We offer our own, or participate in the delivery of others’, degree-level programmes and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses.

Degree-level programmes

Our degree programmes (both undergraduate and postgraduate taught) can be:

  • Our own degree programmes delivered in Singapore
    Newcastle University is in partnership with SIT (Singapore Institute of Technology) to deliver a range of degree programmes through our own staff in Singapore, accelerated through APL for successful Singaporean Polytechnic Diploma graduates. Our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering (as taught at Newcastle) is one of those programmes. We demand exactly the same standards of English language competence as we would if those students were studying the same programme in Newcastle.
  • Partnership degree programmes delivered in association with other institutions
    Currently we do not operate any of these, though in the past we have done and other Schools at Newcastle do. We are actively involved with discussions about future possibilities and we welcome approaches from reputable organisations about these.
CPD short courses

We disseminate our expertise through CPD courses for degree graduates or equivalent, principally through our two industry-facing units – the Design Unit (gearing short courses delivered for the British Gear Association) and NewRail.

Staff (Academic Support)

Developing our research reputation through external collaboration is a key driver for our staff, whether through us hosting guest researchers here in Newcastle or by our staff engaging in visits to other organisations. These may arise from our involvement with major projects or be more ad hoc and exploratory in nature. We welcome involvement either way, to express interest contact Peter Cumpson.

In suitable circumstances (ie those that match our core business objectives as well as building their careers and reputations) our academic and research staff engage in a wide range of external reciprocal activities. This can be for professional and governmental bodies as well as academic and research institutions or major international conferences, including academic advice, sabbaticals for joint research activity, short courses and invited lectures. Our academic staff act as External Examiners for degree programmes and postgraduate doctoral awards for universities across the UK, EU and internationally (and reciprocally we benefit from the independent scrutiny of our programmes and awards from prestigious academics across the world).


We seek to provide opportunities for our own as well as others’ students in terms of taught courses, xxchange and internships:

Taught courses

We are open to agreements with international universities similar to the one we have just launched with Kasetsart University, Thailand (with whom we also have a research association through NewRail). Students on their four-year International Bachelor programme in Mechanical Engineering have the option to take our Newcastle Bachelor Final Year (instead of their normal one) for their Kasetsart degree and then to progress to a taught Masters degree at Newcastle.


While Newcastle University is a partner in a number of international student exchange agreements, including the EU Socrates/Erasmus programme, this School no longer enters into any programme-specific arrangements itself, except for postgraduate research students with institutions where we have established joint research links. Where we accept undergraduate exchange students (eg we are currently involved with Brasil in their Science without Borders scheme) then those students need to be able to follow one of our established programmes (for practical operational reasons).


We welcome student interns providing that:

  • they have made themselves aware of our research expertise and have established an area in which they are both keen and able to make a contribution
  • they meet our requirements for English language competence (essentially IELTS 6.5 or recognised) equivalent
  • they are able to pay the required study fees as Occasional Students (ie they are not studying for an award from Newcastle University, though the study may count towards their home institution award) as well as meet their travel and living costs

We have been participating in the IAESTE exchange programme for a number of years, providing a very limited number of placements here in exchange for opportunities abroad for our own Newcastle undergraduate students.

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