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H103 - Engineering with Foundation Year

Engineering with Foundation Year

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H103
  • Full time
  • 5 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Want to study engineering at Newcastle but don't meet the entry requirements? Take a foundation year to develop the knowledge you need to progress to one of our four-year engineering MEng degrees.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

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

Progression

Successful completion of the foundation year leads to guaranteed progression to Stage 1 on one of the following courses:

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.

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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

Modules

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, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

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.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Foundation Mathematics 1 10
Foundation Mathematics 2 10
Foundation Year Project 10
Mechanical Science 20
Applied Mechanics O 10
Electrical and Electronic Engineering O 10
Materials Science O 10
Optional Modules Credits
Computer Applications 10
Basic Mathematics 10
Basic Statistics 10
Foundation of Chemistry 10
Applications of Chemistry 10
IT and Communications 10
Foundation Physics A2 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You spend approximately 20 hours per week in taught classes. You also spend a further 20 hours attending tutorials and completing laboratory reports.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

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.

Business skills

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. 

Research skills

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

Facilities

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

Support

You'll receive comprehensive support from the moment you arrive at the University. You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, and degree tutors. You'll also benefit from the School's student buddies scheme.

Your future

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).

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Careers support

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+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

ABB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

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. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

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.

Additional information

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 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.

Read more about fees and funding

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.

Read more about fees and funding

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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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.

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