School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering


Undergraduate Study

Our teaching aim is to provide some of the very best mechanical engineering education. We enable our graduates to become the most effective chartered mechanical engineers for the future.

Our Undergraduate Degrees

We offer the following degree programmes, which cover the related areas of mechanical, materials and manufacturing engineering.

The main emphasis is on the technical core of engineering and you will therefore need to have an enthusiastic attitude towards subjects such as mathematics and science.

All our degrees have been CEng (Chartered Engineer) accredited by the appropriate professional bodies the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers).

We also have Foundation Years for all of our degree programmes. These Foundation Years are for students who have good qualifications, but who do not have the specific requirements needed to enter straight on to a degree programme (ie not having sufficient maths or physical science background).

Check out our Undergraduate Admissions Policy (PDF: 87KB) for more information on how we select our students. You may also want to look at our Summary Degree Structure for an overview of your 3 or 4 years of study.

Key features

Our courses

We offer a blend of Engineering Science and Engineering Applications taught by active research staff and Chartered Engineers, all in a real industrial context.

We've a wide variety of fully IMechE accredited courses:

  • 2 BEng (hons) and 6 MEng (hons) degrees, with flexible choice after two years
  • 9 MSc courses
  • MPhil & PhD

Our links with industry

We have a very high level of involvement with the engineering industry, offering all students:

  • many projects working with and in industry
  • a 3 month industrial project
  • industrial visits
  • practice interviews with local companies

2 UK National CentresGear Metrology, and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

Our University and School

  • Newcastle University is in the top 1% universities in world (QS 2015). We're second in UK with 5 stars from QS (5* in all categories).
  • Recent HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) figures show Newcastle as having the 12th lowest drop-out rate in the country for new starters. 
  • THE (Times Higher Education) Student Experience Survey 2017 ranked us 8th in the UK for student experience; this is the third year in a row we have featured in the top 10.
  • Newcastle is frequently voted the UK’s 'Best University Town', with a beautiful location, open and friendly reputation, and a low cost of living.  

Our School offers:

  • State-of-the-art CAD / CAE facilities 
  • Formula Student & Design-Make-Test projects in 1st, 2nd & 3rd year
  • a system of Personal Tutors and high quality support for students
  • very high levels of employability, well above the national average (often 100%)
  • a long tradition with an eye on the future (Bio, Nano, Transport, etc)