This professionally accredited degree responds to transport challenges such as the increasing demand for cars and public transport and the decline of fossil fuels.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points
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It equips you with specialist skills for a career producing efficient transport systems in sectors such as the automotive, railway and transport industries.
You master the fundamentals of mechanical engineering before specialising later in your degree, with specialist modules including:
- structural optimisation
- energy sources and storage
- vehicle drives and dynamics
You showcase your professional skills - including project management and the application of design methodology - through an industry-relevant team project in your final year.
Highlights of this degree
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is accredited by the following organisations, providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification:
- the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
BEng or MEng?
Our BEng and MEng degrees provide a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer. This is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications.
Our four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are considered a more direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). They completely satisfy the academic requirements required to achieve this professional qualification. This means you will not have to undertake any further study on the route to chartered status.
Our three-year BEng degrees can also lead to Chartered Engineer status later in your career. You will need to undertake a further period of study, for example an accredited or approved Master's degree, or appropriate further learning to Master's level. A BEng is also suitable for international students who don't need British Chartered Engineer status.
Find out more
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer on the Engineering Council's website.
What you will studyWhat you will study
All of our Mechanical Engineering students study the same broad programme for the first two years covering:
- mechanical, electrical and materials engineering sciences (50%)
- engineering design and manufacturing (20%)
- engineering mathematics (18%)
- management and professional skills, such as computing and enterprise (12%)
In Stage 3 (BEng and MEng) and Stage 4 (MEng only) you balance general engineering topics with specific advanced topics relevant to your particular degree. See the Course Details section for more information.
You will complete a number of design projects throughout your degree, designed to enhance your practical experience and industry knowledge:
- small team projects based in local industry, working with leading engineering companies
- an extended piece of work to develop your professional project planning and data analysis skills
- a major industry-relevant project at Stage 3 (BEng and MEng) and Stage 4 (MEng only), to showcase your professional-level skills
Flexible degree structure
You can transfer between any of our mechanical engineering degrees up to the end of Stage 2. You must achieve the appropriate academic standard to transfer from a BEng to an MEng degree.
Industry linksIndustry links
We have strong links with local and national companies, leading to:
- guest lectures from industry experts
- opportunities for vacation work placements and an industrial placement year
- projects based on our industrial links, giving you industry-relevant experience
- regular industrial visits to local factories and businesses
A high percentage of our teaching staff have worked in industry and/or still have contact with industry and can bring your teaching to life with real-world examples.
Facilities and support
Study at Newcastle and you will join a vibrant community in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. We are based in the Stephenson Building, close to all the University facilities.
We have a wide range of state-of-the-art, specialist facilities to support your studies including:
- PC cluster with 120+ specialist workstations
- 3D motion capture
- artificial joint testing
- engine testing
- micro-electromechanical systems
- railway systems
- composite materials fire test
- gear manufacture and testing
- x-ray diffraction
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can 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.
There are a range of social activities to help you settle into our community of 600 students. For example, you can compete in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Formula Student competition to develop a high performance single-seat racing car, which is then put to the test at the famous Silverstone Circuit.
Teaching and assessment
Our research feeds directly into our teaching. This means you will learn about developments that are at the cutting edge of your subject area. The research grants that this work attracts help us to maintain state-of-the-art facilities which you will use in your studies.
We have research centres with internationally recognised expertise in:
- railway design (NewRail)
- gears and drive systems (Design Unit Gear Technology Centre)
- surface analysis (UK National X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Centre NEXUS)
Engineering degrees are amongst the most demanding