Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design and manufacture of the majority of products around us, from cars and televisions to chairs and hypodermic needles. Mechanical engineering also provides us with the tools, machines and new materials used to produce these products.
The ability to manufacture and control machines so small that they can be injected into your bloodstream, or invisibly built into a wide range of materials, presents amazing opportunities. These ‘micro-systems’ include a range of micro- and nanoscale devices with applications to sensing and control, including gyroscopes and medical sensors for diagnosis and analysis. This area of study also includes MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) or micro-machines.
Our four-year Microsystems MEng Honours degree will equip you to work in a range of jobs in this sector.
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This provides industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
Newcastle is ranked in the top 10 UK universities for mechanical engineering in The Complete University Guide 2014.
Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle also ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Our research feeds directly into our teaching, particularly in MEMS and sensors. This means that you will have the chance to learn about developments that are at the cutting edge of your subject area.
A number of your modules will also be delivered by the University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, drawing on their research expertise in areas including semiconductor devices and nano materials science.
Engineering degrees are amongst the most demanding – both in terms of contact hours and content – but employers appreciate the range of skills and motivation that our graduates display.
Over the first two years your contact hours are typically half lectures, one quarter seminars and tutorials, and one quarter practical and hands-on classes. There are also industrial visits, interviews, business games, management, and a variety of projects. In Stages 3 and 4, your timetable will allow more time for your major project work.
Assessment is by course work and examination. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
All of our Mechanical Engineering students study the same broad programme for the first two years covering:
At the end of this shared period, you have the option to transfer between our degrees should you find your interests have changed, though transfer from a BEng degree to a MEng degree is subject to you achieving the appropriate academic standard.
In Stage 3 and Stage 4 (MEng only) you balance general engineering topics with specific advanced topics relevant to your particular degree as well as undertaking a number of design projects.
We have particularly strong links with local and national companies, resulting in guest lecturers from industry and interview training.
A high percentage of our teaching staff have worked in industry and/or still have contacts within the mechanical engineering industry and can bring your teaching to life with examples of real-world engineering problems, which you will have the chance to work on.
Our contacts with industry often also lead to opportunities for vacation work placements or an industrial placement year.
During Stage 3, you work in small teams on projects in local industry, working with some of the North East’s leading engineering companies.
You will also undertake a project in your final year and a significant number of these projects are based on our industrial links.
Our base in the Stephenson Building houses a wide range of state-of-the-art, specialist facilities to support your studies including:
Study at Newcastle and you will join a vibrant community in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.
Each year, a team of our students enters the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student competition. This annual event challenges university teams across the globe to develop a high performance single-seat racing car, which is then put to the test at the famous Silverstone Circuit.
Places in our Formula Student team, Newcastle Racing, are available each year on a competitive basis.
Find out more about the benefits of studying Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle on the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering's website.
We offer mechanical engineering degrees at two levels:
All of our mechanical engineering degrees are professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechnical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Both the BEng and MEng provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) as they completely satisfy the academic requirements required to achieve this professional qualification. This means you will not have to undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career, though you will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master’s degree, or appropriate further learning to Master’s level.
A BEng is also suitable for international students who don’t need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website.
Newcastle University has strong links with all branches of the armed services and is currently one of only eight institutions that are partners in the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS), supporting students interested in pursuing careers as technical officers.
Please contact your local recruitment office or visit the DTUS website for further information.