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H305 - Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H305
  • Full time
  • 5 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Want to study mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering MEng degrees.

Fees (per year)

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

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our mechanical engineering degrees focus on developing your knowledge and practical skills across a broad range of engineering topics, so you graduate equipped to succeed in any engineering field.

This foundation year will help you build the base knowledge you need to progress to any of our mechanical engineering MEng degrees.

This is a full-time programme of study covering core mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering degrees:

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.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It is also professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

This means future employers will recognise the quality of your degree because it meets high professional standards.

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

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 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 MEng Honours programme provides a pathway to our MEng Honours degrees if you do not meet the entry requirements for entry into Stage 1.

On successful completion of our Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year MEng programme, you can progress to Stage 1 on one of our four-year mechanical engineering MEng degree courses.

During the Foundation Year you take just over half your modules in mathematics, mechanical sciences and applied mechanics. The remainder of your modules cover 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'll learn from staff across various departments of our engineering and science schools.

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:

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Research skills

The teaching of your mechanical engineering degree is informed by the research of our expert staff based in our research institutes, which specialise in bioengineering, design, manufacture and material and fluid dynamic and thermal systems.

These research groups allow you to draw on the expertise of staff and their connections with industry as well as providing access to specialist facilities.

Business skills

You'll build critical teamwork and leadership skills, which are valued by employers, through small team projects and individual engineering investigations.

Between the third and fourth year of your MEng degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the sector on a work placement. 

Practical skills

You will have access to a wide range of facilities in the School of Engineering, including state-of-the-art CAD and CAE 3D design facilities, wind tunnels and manufacturing labs, among others.

You'll also work with local industry throughout your degree through various projects, and learn about real-world engineering through guest lectures.

Chat to a student

The quality of teaching on the course is very good with some particularly excellent lecturers and there’s a lot of support available within the course.

Megan, Mechanical Engineering student

Facilities and environment

Facilities

As a mechanical engineering student you'll be based in the School of Engineering in the heart of our city-centre campus.

You'll have access to a wide range of industry-standard facilities and laboratories such as:

  • labs for design-make-test projects: making and testing machines and structures
  • strengths (testing) labs with machines up to 500kN and access to machines up to 8MN
  • mechantronics/electronics labs for programming robots and automated devices
  • bio-engineering lab for bio-materials manufacture and testing of components
  • manufacturing lab with good selection of modern CNC machine tools
  • composite materials lab with fire test facilities

We also provide high-quality, specialist facilities to support your studies: 

  • state-of-the-art CAD and CAE 3D design facilities
  • HE-Ion and other microscopes with resolutions down to 0.3nm
  • wide range of rapid prototyping facilities for projects and research 
  • engine test cells, wind-tunnel and water flow channels with laser flow management
  • Formula Student car design, build and test facilities
  • gear and drive system testing machines up to 8MW capacity
  • our own 1750hp main-line diesel-electric locomotive

Support

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive:

  • a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable)
  • a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment and textbooks

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Graduates from our Mechanical Engineering MEng Honours course have gone on to work for a range of high-profile companies and organisations, such as:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Network Rail
  • Aston Martin
  • Ministry of Defence
  • DeepOcean Group
  • National Grid
  • McLaren Technology Group
  • Komatsu

Prepare for diverse career paths

Your degree will prepare you for a role in a wide range of sectors, including:

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

The excellent analytical and problem-solving skills you'll gain through studying mechanical engineering will make you an attractive proposition to employers in finance, business consultancy and public services.

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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

AAB

International Baccalaureate

34 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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Scholarships

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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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