Our accredited engineering degrees focus on developing your knowledge and practical skills on topics across the discipline. You'll graduate as a well-rounded engineer, equipped for your future career.
This foundation year will help you build the base knowledge you need to progress to any of our engineering degrees.
This is a full-time programme of study covering core engineering topics, including:
- foundation mathematics
- applied mechanics
- material science
Successful completion of the foundation year leads to guaranteed progression to Stage 1 on one of the following courses:
- Chemical Engineering BEng Honours (H810)
- Chemical Engineering MEng Honours (H813)
- Chemical Engineering with Bioprocess Engineering (H831)
- Chemical Engineering with Industry (H815)
- Chemical Engineering with Process Control (H830)
- Chemical Engineering with Sustainable Engineering (HH82)
- Civil Engineering BEng Honours (H200)
- Civil Engineering MEng Honours (H290)
- Civil Engineering with Year in Industry BEng Honours (H205)
- Civil Engineering with Year in Industry MEng Honours (H295)
- Civil and Structural Engineering MEng Honours (H242)
- Civil and Structural Engineering with Year in Industry BEng Honours (H206)
- Civil and Structural Engineering with Year in Industry MEng Honours (H296)
- Automation and Control BEng Honours (H660)
- Automation and Control with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H661)
- Digital Electronics BEng Honours (H990)
- Digital Electronics with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H991)
- Electrical Power Engineering BEng Honours (H623)
- Electrical Power Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H622)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng Honours (H607)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H605)
- Electronic Communications BEng Honours (H640)
- Electronic Communications with Industrial Project (H621)
- Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng Honours (H652)
- Electronics and Computer Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H654)
- Microelectronic Engineering BEng Honours (H611)
- Microelectronic Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H612)
- Marine Technology with Marine Engineering BEng Honours (H504)
- Marine Technology with Marine Engineering MEng Honours (H501)
- Marine Technology with Naval Architecture BEng Honours (H502)
- Marine Technology with Naval Architecture MEng Honours (H503)
- Marine Technology with Offshore Engineering BEng Honours (H355)
- Marine Technology with Offshore Engineering MEng Honours (H356)
- Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology BEng Honours (H520)
- Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology MEng Honours (H524)
- Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering MEng Honours (HH37)
- Mechanical Engineering BEng Honours (H300)
- Mechanical Engineering MEng Honours (H301)
- Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering MEng Honours (H3H8)
- Mechanical Engineering with Energy MEng Honours (H3H2)
- Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics MEng Honours (H3H6)
- Sustainable Transport Engineering MEng Honours (H392)
BEng or MEng?
Both our BEng degree and specialist MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our MEng degrees are a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You don't need to study any more qualifications after your degree to work towards chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degree can also lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you'll need to complete further study, such as an approved master's degree.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Quality and ranking
We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.
Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Our Engineering with Foundation Year programmes provide pathways to our degrees if you do not meet the entry requirements for Stage 1 entry.
On successful completion of an Engineering with Foundation Year programme, you can progress to Stage 1 of our three or four-year engineering degrees.
During the Foundation Year you take just over half your modules in mathematics, mechanical sciences and applied mechanics. The remainder of your modules covers a range of engineering and science topics and includes a project, as well as laboratory work related to the engineering degree you wish to study.
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|Materials Science O||10|
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|Applications of Chemistry||10|
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Teaching and assessment
You spend approximately 20 hours per week in taught classes. You also spend a further 20 hours attending tutorials and completing laboratory reports.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Skills and experience
Whichever area of engineering you decide to specialise in, you'll have access to our range of specialist facilities.
You'll carry out practical work in the School of Engineering's industry-standard facilities and work with local industry throughout your engineering degree. You'll be equipped with real-world, practical experiences, so you're ready for your future career in engineering.
Some of our four-year engineering programmes include a year's placement working in industry. This is an opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience working in the sector.
You'll be taught by our world-class researchers and their cutting-edge research will be at the forefront of your learning.
You'll also undertake independent projects based around the latest industry developments, conducting your own research.
Facilities and environment
Our Engineering courses are taught at our city-centre campus, within the School of Engineering based in the Merz Court.
You'll benefit from world-class facilities and living labs, ranging from microbiology laboratories through to at-scale engineering equipment.
Each engineering discipline has its own specialist facilities, including:
- the Millennium Laboratory – home to a wide range of facilities and experimental rigs
- Merz Court Pilot Plant Laboratory – a pilot plant with 28 experimental rigs
- BE:WISE – Europe's largest wastewater treatment research facility
- the Urban Observatory – with sensors gathering over 50 types of data across the city
- Electronics Teaching Lab – home to state-of-the-art Agilent/Keysight digital test equipment
- Clean-Room Microfabrication Lab – home to two class 100-10000 clean rooms
You'll be supported by a personal tutor (an academic member of staff) throughout your degree. They can help you with academic and personal issues.
You'll also have access to a peer mentor (a fellow student) in your first year. They can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
Engineering is a broad field with a number of different specialisms. Whichever engineering discipline you study, you'll emerge as an in-demand graduate with great career prospects.
From global careers in the oil, gas and energy, pharmaceutical, or consumer products sectors, through to marine engineering and offshore engineering. There are also opportunities in groundbreaking research and consultancy, as well as business and management.
Many of our students also progress on to further study, either within engineering or in a related field.
Employability at Newcastle
96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.
Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
Make a difference
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.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. 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.
Advice 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.
- 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 Year 1 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 this course is not the best option 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, don’t 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 from the one you apply for (eg Foundation Year entry instead of Year 1 entry).
*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering, maths and physics 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.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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 and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
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.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.