WhyMechEngatNewcastle

Why Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle?

Why Mechanical Engineering?

Take 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 and 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 of 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, so stretching you and preparing 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 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).

Mechanical Engineering - your future

At Newcastle University, Mechanical Engineering is not just about conventional machines like cars, but 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 and 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 was highly rated by our own students in the 2013 National Student Survey, with 89% of responding students reporting overall satisfaction with their course. See our news item for more details.
  • The School's 2012 DLHE (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education) statistics show that 100% of our Mechanical Engineering MEng graduates went into work or further study.
  • Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle has been ranked 9th out of 65 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2013 rankings: see the news item for more details.
  • Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University has been ranked 8th in the country in the 2014 Guardian League Tables.
  • The University has been placed 12th in the country by the Sunday Times University Guide 2012: see the news item for more details.
  • HEFCE Employability Performance Indicator figures published in July 2011 show that Newcastle University now has the best employment and further study destination figures in the region. Our "employment indicator" of 94.3% (the percentage of our graduates who are in work or further study six months after graduation) is well above the national average, and for this measure we rank 2nd out of all the Russell Group universities.
  • 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 is ranked among the top institutions in the country for student experience. The 2011 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey has named Newcastle as top in the North East for student experience and thirteenth nationally, up seven places from last year. See the following link for more details: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/quality/teaching/topexperience.htm.