Why Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle?

Why Mechanical Engineering?

Students in lab classTake a look around you. Engineers research, design, build and control your everyday environment by providing energy, transport and communication, structures and the products we use everyday. Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and involves taking a product, plant or system from conception through to commercial fruition and operation.

You will develop:

  • an awareness of design principles
  • an understanding of technical issues
  • a knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • an ability to interact with business
Mechanical Engineering — for you

Engineering can be defined as "the science of getting things done through people". Mechanical engineering is centred on improving the world though the provision of appropriate machines. Machines are essentially tools for making life better. Systems are essential for integrating the many engineering technologies to the benefit of mankind. Seeing the fruit of your efforts working is an amazing privilege, often reserved for engineers.

Changing the world — start with a great foundation

To really "get things done" requires considerable motivation, ability, skill and discipline. All our degree courses aim to bring these qualities out in you. One thing is certain, the future will not be like the past: therefore, we provide you with a solid basis of maths, science and engineering applications that is informed by current research. This will stretch you and prepare you to make a valuable contribution to the future engineering profession. Newcastle University has an enviable reputation for working with industry, in practice this means that real-world examples are constantly being used in teaching and that there are particularly useful links with local, national and international companies for project work and jobs.

We host a number of highly regarded research centres and the UK national gear metrology laboratory. All our degrees are 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).

Mechanical Engineering — your future

At Newcastle University, Mechanical Engineering is not just about conventional machines like cars, it covers a wide range of topics including:

  • robotics
  • railway systems
  • micro machines
  • novel materials
  • bio-engineering
  • nano-technology
  • huge multi-megawatt machines
  • computers
  • mathematical modelling
  • fluid flow
  • rapid manufacturing
  • engineering design

Mechanical Engineering holds a central place in the spectrum of engineering, meaning that graduates from our degrees are welcomed into a very wide range of engineering, financial and general management positions. Our blend of engineering science and application seems highly attractive to companies; our graduates seldom have difficulty finding appropriate posts, and many attract very high initial salaries.

Why Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle?

  • The School is highly rated in the UK-based Complete University Guide 2015.
  • The School has been highly rated by our own students in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS), with 90% of responding students reporting overall satisfaction with their course. See our news item on the NSS for more details.
  • The School's 2012 (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) statistics show that 100% of our Mechanical Engineering MEng graduates went into work or further study.
  • Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University has been ranked 8th in the country in the 2014 Guardian League Tables.
  • The School has been placed 16th in the country in the Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015.
  • In a recent survey of students at Newcastle University, 97% of first year students in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering said they would recommend Newcastle to a prospective student.
Newcastle experience rated highly by students
  • Newcastle University has been ranked 10th in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey of 2015. We ranked 3rd overall for high quality staff/lecturers.
  • Newcastle University has been ranked 4th in a poll looking at the quality of student life at universities across the UK.
  • Newcastle University is ranked consistently among the top institutions in the country for student experience.