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H3H6 - Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics

Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics

MEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H3H6
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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Mechatronics represents a fusion of electrical and electronic, mechanical and software engineering.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

Our four-year Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics MEng Honours degree focuses on developing your knowledge across electrical, software and mechanical engineering, to ensure you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and professionally prepared engineer.

Our degree allows you to fast-track your engineering career with a direct route to Chartered Engineer status, without needing to study any additional qualifications.

You will take specialist modules looking at mechatronic design, robotics and industrial automation and gain a thorough understanding of a range of engineering topics.

We work closely with industry so your studies reflect the challenges engineers face in the real world. We ensure your practical, professional and academic skills continually develop through guest lectures, placement opportunities and interactions with industry through projects and visits.

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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COVID-19
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.

See our terms and conditions for more information

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Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Additional information

This degree allows you to explore several engineering disciplines in year one. This flexible route is taught across Civil, Electrical & Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.

You'll gain an understanding of engineering in a multidisciplinary context. You'll develop diverse skills relevant to the needs of industry and today’s global challenges.

After successfully completing Stage 1, you'll have the option of transferring on to one of the accredited Civil, Electrical & Electronic or Mechanical Engineering degrees. This is subject to the degree programme regulations and capacity of the degree you are transferring to.

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. 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.

Stage 1 will provide a broad introduction to the principles of engineering, including working in a team to design and build a working wind turbine as part of a project.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Engineering Mathematics I 20
Sustainable Design, Creativity, and Professionalism 30
Electrical and Magnetic Systems 15
Electronics and Sensors 10
Thermofluid Mechanics 15
Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials 15
Mechanics I 15

Stage 2 covers: mechanical, electrical and materials engineering sciences (50%), engineering design and manufacturing (20%), engineering mathematics (18%), and management and professional skills, such as computing and enterprise (12%).

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Electrical Engineering II 10
Accounting, Finance and Law for Engineers 10
Engineering Mathematics II and Statistical Data Analysis 20
Materials Science II 10
Applications of Thermofluid Dynamics 20
Design and Manufacturing II 20
Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills II 10
Mechanics II 20

In Stage 3, your studies continue to cover a broad range of topics, so you develop a wide set of skills and knowledge ready to take into the workplace alongside advanced topics relevant to mechatronics.

Specialist topics include: mechatronic design, robotics, industrial automation, distributed control systems, microprocessor systems

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Materials degradation and Component Life 10
Introduction to Instrumentation and Drive Systems 20
Computational Modelling 10
Advanced Mechanics and Structural Optimisation 20
Digital Manufacturing Processes and Systems 20
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BEng) 10
Mechanical Engineering Project 30

In Stage 4 you will study advanced specialist topics and complete another major project. You also complete a major project, and mechanical engineering team project designed to develop your project management and design methodology skills, relevant to your career as an engineer.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Distributed Control Systems 20
Vehicle Dynamics 20
Design of Mechanical Power Transmissions 20
Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics 20
Mechanical Engineering Team Project 40

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Over the first two years of this degree your learning experience will typically include lectures, seminars and practical classes.

You will also benefit from:

  • industrial visits
  • interviews
  • business games
  • management
  • a variety of projects

In years 3 and 4, your timetable will allow more time for your major project work.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Examinations – practical or online

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll gain hands-on experience during your degree using industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities in the School of Engineering. 

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

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.

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

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 3 and 4.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

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
  • mechatronics/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

The majority of mechanical engineering graduates wish to enter engineering-related careers in order to become professionally qualified. Popular areas are:

  • research and development
  • design
  • production
  • manufacturing
  • consultancy
  • contracting
  • purchasing
  • quality assurance

Alongside the technical and practical expertise you'll gain during your degree, you'll have opportunities to develop transferable skills, sought after by employers, such as analytical and problem-solving, project-working, teamwork, communication and planning and time management.

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.

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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation. 

Find out more about the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

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

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. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

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)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee 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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