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8090F-32 - Mechanical and Systems Engineering MPhil, PhD

Mechanical and Systems Engineering MPhil, PhD

Entry Year:

Start in: September 2022

The Mechanical and Systems Engineering MPhil and PhD allow you to deepen your theoretical understanding of your chosen topic but also improve your technical skills and analytical capabilities.


Research degrees are offered through four research groups:

  • bioengineering
  • MEMS and sensors
  • fluid dynamics and thermal systems
  • design, manufacture and materials

As a postgraduate researcher you'll join as a junior academic colleague rather than a student. You'll play a full and professional role in contributing to the School of Engineering’s goal of international academic excellence.

To develop your research capabilities you'll be supported by:

  • the School
  • the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering
  • your supervisory team

We will help you progress with your higher degree. You'll gain a unique skill set, through:

  • international conference attendance
  • research paper submissions


You can find more detailed information regarding each research group and suggested PhD projects on the School website:


NewRail is our centre for railway research at Newcastle University. It is part of the design, manufacture and materials research group. Through this centre you have the opportunity to research train movement:

  • organisation
  • management
  • economics

The subject looks at innovative concepts for sustainable rail transport. It focusses on:

  • system services
  • production patterns
  • rail system designs

Your scientific work will contribute to the modernisation of the rail sector as a whole. You'll integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines, such as:

  • systems engineering
  • economics
  • marketing

You'll have the opportunity to work with railway experts from local and international rail-focused organisations. Such as:

  • Network Rail
  • Railfuture
  • Tyne and Wear Metro
  • Port of Tyne
  • Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership

Our research areas include:

  • demand patterns and models
  • supply patterns and models
  • grants and contracts
  • service execution
  • customer satisfaction
  • business generation


Important information

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Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

How you'll learn

Your development

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the SAgE researcher development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD will normally be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

Your future

Our Careers Service

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Depending on your research area you will have access to the following facilities.


You have access to dedicated biomaterials, biotribology and co-ordinate measuring machine labs.

MEMS and sensors

You have access to world-leading X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy facilities.

Design, manufacture and materials

You have access to 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

Fluid dynamics and thermal systems

Facilities include:

  • 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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Postgraduate Research Administrator
School of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5634


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

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