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Mechanical Engineering MSc

Develop your knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering with the opportunity to specialise in mechanical engineering, mechatronics or material streams.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
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Newcastle University is home to world-leading and innovative mechanical engineering research. You'll be taught by leaders in their field, giving you an enhanced learning experience.

You'll experience research-led teaching and access to state-of-the-art research facilities. You'll learn from researchers solving problems of global importance. They're engaged with industry and working across disciplines.

Our Mechanical Engineering MSc programme is for graduates in:

  • mechanical or mechanical-related engineering (eg automotive, aeronautical or design)
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • a related discipline

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of three streams:

  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical
  • Material

This technical course integrates advanced theory and practice that is shaped by industry. Core elements of the MSc will enable you to research:

  • model engineering structures
  • mechanical systems

The flexible nature of this programme allows you to specialise in one of three streams:

  • mechatronics
  • mechanical
  • material

The Mechanical Engineering master's has three specialist streams to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations.

Mechatronics stream:


  • gain an understanding of industrial automation, programmable logical controllers (PLCs) and robotics
  • gain knowledge and understanding of networking and open communication solutions for automation and FMS cell applications
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of key mechatronic concepts and their specific applications to the robust design of mobile robotic systems
  • apply mechanical principles to a range of drive systems, assemblies and components with particular reference to transport applications

Mechanical stream:


  • develop essential skills and understanding of the design of mechanical power transmissions
  • gain an understanding of modern energy storage and handling systems including the advantages and limitations of such systems
  • identify and evaluate design for human systems integration
  • apply mechanical principles to a range of:
    • drive systems
    • assemblies and components with particular reference to transport applications

Material stream:


  • develop essential skills and understanding of the design of mechanical power transmissions
  • gain an understanding of lifetime prediction and design for reliability and transfer skills to wider engineering and environmental situations
  • understand the development of materials, manufacturing processes and surface engineering requirements of different components used in energy applications
  • develop knowledge and skills for the selection and control of appropriate joining technologies for industrial applications with emphasis on:
    • welding
    • adhesive bonding
    • brazing
    • soldering



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What you'll learn

You'll learn core skills in:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • finite element analysis
  • computer programming
  • robotics and Arduino
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
  • effective communication and presentation (group work/report writing/oral presentation)
  • planning and organisation


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

You'll develop skills in:

  • mechanical engineering principles, practices, materials, components and systems
  • research and information retrieval
  • critical evaluation and effective application
  • current and developing practices in the field

In addition you'll:

  • analyse structures and stress calculation
  • solve differential equations in MATLAB (data analysis, algorithm and modelling platform) with dynamic simulation
  • explore data analysis and visualisation in MATLAB and Python
  • develop skills in engineering design and analysis in CAD and FEA

Your future

Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Industry links

We have strong industrial links through our research and degree programmes. They address engineering challenges facing both industry and society. This provides you with many benefits:

  • industry guest lectures
  • projects
  • employment opportunities (with added support from our Careers Service)

Graduate destinations

As a graduate you will have enhanced skills and knowledge. This prepares you for a wide range of careers across mechanical engineering and other engineering sectors, including:

  • manufacturing
  • renewable energy
  • transport
  • logistics
  • defence
  • health

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


There are a range of dedicated facilities across campus that will support your studies and enhance your learning experience, including:

  • CNC workshop facilities
  • access to PCs with support for specialist software including MATLAB, Python, CAD and FEA

Our specialist facilities include:

  • 3D motion capture
  • x-ray diffraction
  • robotics
  • micro-electromechanical systems
  • dedicated biomaterial and biotribology labs
  • railway systems
  • gear manufacture and testing
  • nanomeasurement
  • engine testing
  • artificial joint testing

You'll have access to design, manufacture and material facilities for:

  • materials testing and failure analysis
  • product development and mechanical testing
  • metrology
  • pultrusion, filament winding, resin infusion and vacuum bag moulding
  • selective laser sintering and fused deposition modelling
  • full-scale rail vehicle and track investigations at NewRail's regional office and working railway centre, Barrow Hill test site

You'll have access to fluid dynamics and thermal systems facilities:

  • high performance computing facilities
  • Water Tunnel and Wind Tunnel
  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Hot Wire Anemometry Facilities
  • IC engine test bench
  • high pressure and high temperature combustion vessel

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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