School of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering: Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering

We'll equip you with knowledge and skills across a wide range of mechanical engineering disciplines.

Mechanical engineering students build a prototype wind power generator

Our Degrees

Get a broad-ranging knowledge of Mechanical Engineering. Gain in-depth expertise in one of our specialist areas. Develop the skills to collaborate with engineers from other disciplines.

Mechanical Engineering is a diverse subject. It is derived from the need to design and manufacture everything:

  • from small individual parts and devices, such as microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles
  • to large systems, such as spacecraft and machine tools

Mechanical engineers are involved at every stage of taking a product from an idea through to the marketplace.

Our degrees will equip you with knowledge and skills across a wide range of mechanical engineering disciplines.

Undergraduate Courses in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering: Bachelor and Master of Engineering

Gain knowledge and skills across a wide range of mechanical engineering topics. Learn about the legal, industrial and managerial aspects of operations.

Mechanical Engineering: with Foundation Year

Don't meet the entry requirements? Our foundation degrees provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress to one of our Bachelor's or Master's degrees.

Mechanical Engineering: Master of Engineering with Specialisms

Specialise and graduate with the appropriate Honours option. Our Masters' degrees share the same early curriculum, giving you the flexibility to transfer between them if your interests change.

Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics

Mechatronics is a mixture of precision engineering, automatic control and real-time computing. It combines electrical, electronic, mechanical, and software engineering. It plays a key role in the development of many innovative products.

Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering helps humans and animals stay mobile. It covers a wide range of engineering and medical techniques. Topics include biomechanics, biotribology, biomaterials and biosensors.

Mechanical Engineering with Energy: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Mechanical Engineering with Energy

Get a deep understanding of sustainable energy. You'll focus on themes such as resource assessment, energy management and renewable energy technologies.

Sustainable Transport Engineering: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Sustainable Transport Engineering

Develop efficient transport systems. Respond to transport challenges such as the increasing demand for cars and public transport and the decline of fossil fuels.

Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering: Master of Engineering MEng Honours

Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering

Enhance your employability by spending a paid year in industry. Work with professional engineers and scientists on an industrial problem defined by your host company.

Scholarships and Funding

A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students.



Why Choose Us?

Students are partners in our education model. You'll work alongside academics and industry partners who are leaders in their field. You'll learn how to design innovative and sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Be part of a long tradition of engineering excellence. Here in Newcastle is where great innovators such as Armstrong, Stephenson, Merz and Swan developed ideas that changed the world.

Our Global Community

Our diverse community includes students from over 100 nationalities. We unite people and cultures, providing you with a truly global student experience.

Equality and diversity are essential components of our day-to-day operations. Our policies ensure that all protected characteristics are made welcome in our School. We encourage women in engineering, and are nearing our goal of 25% of our female student cohort.

Integrated Engineering and Our Impact

Our integrated approach to teaching and research gives you the ability to collaborate across subject disciplines.

The School's research groups contribute to three research themes:

Our teaching is informed by our ground-breaking research. Research groups in Mechanical Engineering include:

Teaching Excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.

Teaching Excellence Framework TEF Gold

Quality and Ranking

  • top 25The Complete University Guide 2018
  • top 150Mechanical Engineering category; QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Join the Transformational World of Engineering


Your Learning Experience

Here at Newcastle you are a Student Engineer, not an Engineering Student. Right from day one, you’re on course to becoming a professional engineer with a world of opportunities.


of our UK-domiciled graduates

have gone on to employment or further study within six months of graduating


Your learning will include both the theory and practical application of mechanical engineering. This mixture of learning provides you with a real-world experience.

Supporting You

You'll flourish as a part of our inspiring, supportive and challenging environment.

You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors, and student buddies within our School.

The University also provide student support and wellbeing services, and our Students’ Union has a range of resources.

Engage with Industry

You will engage with industry in a number of ways including guest lectures, projects, placements, and in-school support. You'll also have support from our award-winning Careers Service.

You can compete in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student competition. You'll develop a high performance single-seat racing car, which is then put to the test at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

Study Abroad

In your final year, you complete an individual design project and a substantial research project.

With the agreement of the Degree Programme Director, you can carry out a research project at one of our partner universities in Europe or worldwide. Locations include Australia and Singapore.

World-class Facilities and Living Laboratories

We have a wide range of Mechanical Engineering facilities for teaching and research. The Design Unit, housed in the Stephenson Building, is one of the world leaders in gear engineering.


Our Students

What do our students think of our Mechanical Engineering degrees?



Our graduates are sought after by leading industry employers from across the globe.


Average starting salary

Typical range £25k-£30k


Student Engineers

We see our students as ‘Student Engineers’, meaning right from day one, you will be on the pathway to becoming a professional engineer. 

A Chartered Engineer (CEng) is one of the most recognised international engineering qualifications.

  • Our Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are a direct route to becoming chartered. You don’t need to study any further qualifications to work toward chartered status.
  • Our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, such as an approved Master's degree.

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council’s website

From Student to Graduate to Professional Chartered Engineer

Our undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degrees are professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Industrial Contact

Our professionally accredited degrees provide you with industry exposure in a number of ways:

  • placements
  • projects
  • industry prizes
  • competitions
  • guest lectures
  • site visits
  • careers support
  • careers fairs

We will support your engagement with industry through our:

  • Professional Bodies
  • Industrial Advisory Boards
  • Academic Leads
  • Industrial Liaison Managers
  • Careers Service Marketing Professionals
  • Business Development Managers
  • Alumni

Engineers without Borders

A degree from the School of Engineering will open up a world of opportunities in careers ranging from groundbreaking research and consultancy to business and management, in the UK and Europe.

Our Graduates

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates are employed by leading industry organisations from across the globe.

Siemens: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
British Engines: One of our industrial partners
Ministry of Defence: A top graduate destination
BAE Systems: A top graduate destination
DePuy Synthes
WSP: A top graduate destination

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

All our undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The Scheme sponsors students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.