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.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
This professionally accredited degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a career in the manufacturing industry.
You master the fundamentals of mechanical engineering before specialising later in your degree, with modules in:
- materials degradation
- advanced manufacturing technology
- mechanical power transmission
You'll learn how to create products that are functional, effective, innovative and user-friendly, and understand how to manufacture them appropriately and profitably.
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is accredited by the following organisations, providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification:
- the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
BEng or MEng?
Our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 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. 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
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website.
What you will studyWhat you will study
All of our Mechanical Engineering students study the same broad programme for the first two years covering:
- mechanical, electrical and materials engineering sciences (50%)
- engineering design and manufacturing (20%)
- engineering mathematics (18%)
- management and professional skills, such as computing and enterprise (12%)
In Stage 3 (BEng and MEng) and Stage 4 (MEng only) you balance general engineering topics with specific advanced topics relevant to your particular degree. See the Course Details section for more information.
You will complete a number of design projects throughout your degree, designed to enhance your practical experience and industry knowledge:
- small team projects based in local industry, working with leading engineering companies
- an extended piece of work to develop your professional project planning and data analysis skills
- a major industry-relevant project at Stage 3 (BEng and MEng) and Stage 4 (MEng only), to showcase your professional-level skills
Flexible degree structure
You can transfer between any of our mechanical engineering degrees up to the end of Stage 2. You must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree.
Industry linksIndustry links
We have strong links with local and national companies, leading to:
- guest lectures from industry experts
- opportunities for vacation work placements and an industrial placement year
- projects based on our industrial links, giving you industry-relevant experience
- regular industrial visits to local factories and businesses
A high percentage of our teaching staff have worked in industry and/or still have contact with industry and can bring your teaching to life with real-world examples.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Our research feeds directly into our teaching. This means you will learn about developments that are at the cutting edge of your subject area. The research grants that this work attracts help us to maintain state-of-the-art facilities which you will use in your studies.
We have research centres with internationally recognised expertise in:
- railway design (NewRail)
- gears and drive systems (Design Unit Gear Technology Centre)
- surface analysis (UK National X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Centre NEXUS)
Engineering degrees are amongst the most demanding – both in terms of contact hours and content. However, employers appreciate the range of skills and motivation that our graduates display.
Over the first two years you will have around 20 timetabled hours per week; 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.
You will be assessed by course work and examination.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
Study at Newcastle and you will join a vibrant community in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. We are based in the Stephenson Building, close to all the University facilities.
We have a wide range of state-of-the-art, specialist facilities to support your studies including:
- PC cluster with 120+ specialist workstations
- 3D motion capture
- artificial joint testing
- engine testing
- micro-electromechanical systems
- railway systems
- composite materials fire test
- gear manufacture and testing
- x-ray diffraction
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
There are a range of social activities to help you settle into our community of 600 students. For example, you can compete in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student competition to develop a high performance single-seat racing car, which is then put to the test at the famous Silverstone Circuit.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
Do you want to become a technical officer in the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF or Defence Engineering and Science Group when you graduate?
This degree is approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
DTUS is a sponsorship programme for students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.
Find out more on our Armed Forces page.
Singapore study option (international students)Singapore study option (international students)
Working with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Newcastle University offers a full-time BEng Honours degree in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering in Singapore. Find out more on the Singapore Campus' website.
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Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.
- EEE1006 Electrical Engineering I (for MECH)
- ENG1001 Engineering Mathematics I
- MEC1002 Materials Science I
- MEC1007 Fundamentals of Thermofluid Dynamics
- MEC1010 Design and Manufacturing I
- MEC1011 Mechanics I
- MEC1012 Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills I
- EEE2010 Electrical Engineering II
- ENG2001 Accounting, Finance and Law for Engineers
- ENG2012 Engineering Mathematics II and Statistical Data Analysis
- MEC2001 Materials Science II
- MEC2003 Applications of Thermofluid Dynamics
- MEC2007 Design and Manufacturing II
- MEC2008 Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills II
- MEC2009 Mechanics II
All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.
Information for All StudentsInformation for All Students
We welcome applications from all able and motivated students, regardless of your formal qualifications. We consider every aspect of your application and believe it important to talk face to face with every good applicant, wherever possible.
Advice on Maths and Science requirementsAdvice on Maths and Science requirements
If you don’t think you will have the exact Mathematics and Science qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do. We hope that the following will help.
- If you already have, or are taking, the A level (or equivalent) Maths and Science qualifications specified in our entry requirements, you should apply for stage 1 (First Year) entry of the engineering degree course in which you are interested
- If you have a Maths qualification but will not have it at A level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year. We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in First Year if we think that this will be the best route for you
- If you have A level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that our engineering courses are not the best options for you
- If you will not have the equivalent of an A level in the Science subject (if any) required, you should apply for the relevant degree with Foundation Year.
If you are still not sure, do not worry.
Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may therefore make you an offer for a different course (e.g. Foundation Year entry instead of First Year entry) from the one you apply for.
(*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the Engineering School to which you have applied. A fee of £150 is payable at the time of booking the exam or shortly before the date set for examination.)
A LevelsA Levels
AAB including Mathematics and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics, but excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element.
GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at A or AS level.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAB at Advanced Higher including Mathematics and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or another Mathematics.
Higher Physics or Chemistry required at grade B if not offered at Advanced Higher. Two Highers at the required grade (in different subjects to those offered at Advanced Higher) may replace a third Advanced Higher.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
35 points with Mathematics and at least one of Physics or Chemistry at Higher Level grade 5 or above. Physics required at Standard Level grade 5 or above if not offered at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
Candidates will normally only be considered for foundation year entry. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
In a relevant area of engineering or physical science. Must include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. At least 15 level 3 credits must be in mathematics (including differential and integral calculus). GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry only. Please see Engineering with Foundation Year for specific entrance requirements.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
Typically D3,D3,M2 in Principal Subjects including Mathematics, and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics.
GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at a higher level.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Mathematics and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics, but excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science (minimum grade B) required if Physics not offered at A or AS level.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
Candidates will be considered for Foundation Year entry. Please see Engineering with Foundation Year for specific entrance requirements.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
Foundation YearFoundation Year
If you don’t have the right mathematics and/or science qualifications for direct entry, you can take a Mechanical Engineering Foundation Year:
- Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng Honours (H304)
- Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year MEng Honours (H305)
This will provide you with the knowledge you need to progress to one of our three- or four-year Mechanical Engineering degrees.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 for Stages 0-2 Entry and 6.5 for Stage 3 Entry or equivalents.
If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition.
Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course.
INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Newcastle University Admissions Policy for 2016 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Mechanical design and manufacturing engineering careers
As well as the technical and practical expertise that you gain from studying mechanical engineering, all our degrees are designed to provide you with opportunities to learn and develop skills such as analytical and problem-solving, project-working both as part of a team and on your own, communicating with others, planning and time management, and of course computer literacy, all of which are vital for the employment market.
The majority of mechanical engineering graduates wish to enter engineering-related careers in order to become professionally qualified. Popular areas are research and development, design, production, manufacturing, consultancy, contracting, purchasing and quality assurance.
Opportunities exist in a wide range of sectors, including transport and logistics, health, defence, manufacturing, automobile, renewable energy, amongst others.
In particular, the excellent analytical and problem-solving skills gained through studying mechanical engineering also make graduates equally attractive to employers in finance, business consultancy and public services.
The School liaises closely with the University’s Careers Service to support you throughout your studies. Through the excellent links forged with regional and national employers, many companies visit the campus to give presentations, attend job fairs and carry out interviews. Some employers are also actively involved in work-related course projects and modules.
Find out more about the career options for Mechanical and Systems Engineering from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Our undergraduate tuition fees for UK/EU students for 2017-18 will be set and published when the government establishes limits for tuition fees.
£9,000 in 2016-17. Fees for 2017-18 and beyond are subject to review and government legislation.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2016 and 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£17,935 per year
£17,080 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle University Scholarships in addition to government financial support.
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Find more about the scholarships available in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.
Also, you may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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