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Mechanical and Systems Engineering MPhil, PhD

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.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • April 2024
Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 8 February 2023 register now

Overview

Research degrees are offered through four research groups:

  • bioengineering
  • fluid dynamics and thermal systems
  • design, manufacture and materials
  • future mobility

By pursuing research in the School of Engineering you will join a successful research group. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. We attract high-quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.

 

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Qualifications explained

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How you'll learn

Your development

The School of Engineering runs a postgraduate training programme. It is compulsory for all new students and involves selected taught modules. You'll receive research training from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School. This covers professional/key skills, personal development and research techniques.

You may supplement your income by leading laboratory demonstrations and tutorial classes.

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, you'll build your transferable skills and increase your confidence. Here 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.

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within:

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

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits. They combine research expertise and training of many leading universities and academic schools. You’ll study alongside a cohort of other interdisciplinary PhD students.

PhD's are usually funded. You’ll find funding opportunities in the fees and funding section of each PhD course page.

Your future

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

Facilities

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

Bioengineering

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

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
  • dedicated labs for both 3D printing and biofabrication
  • micro machining

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

Future mobility

A full-scale test site at Barrow Hill in the UK for experimenting and instrumenting. The facility offers:

  • a Class 37 loco
  • track and testing facilities for wear, fatigue and chemical and bio-chemical analysis of low adhesion leaf films
  • a fully equipped workshop

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 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

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply


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  • 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
Email: soe.pgr@ncl.ac.uk 

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