Our stimulating Mechanical Engineering MEng degree programme is designed to give you the expertise needed to tackle real-world problems. This course provides you with the skills to deliver results in an ever-changing industry and you will benefit from a research-led culture, which informs our teaching.
Our expertise in applying engineering science will equip you with the ability to solve problems of industrial and societal significance. You’ll work alongside Civil and Electrical Engineers, this interdisciplinary working reflects industry practices and right from the very start will begin building your teamworking and professional skills alongside your technical knowledge.
You will be the subject expert on a major project during your Mechanical Engineering MEng degree where you will apply your in-depth technical knowledge. This will provide you with vital employability skills that will give you a competitive edge in applications forms, interviews and assessment tests for graduate jobs.
This course has been designed to be relevant to the needs of modern industry and to produce graduates who have the personal and intellectual qualities to be successful in their chosen careers. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both industry and academia, and thus able to deal with issues at the forefront of our discipline.
The opportunity is also open to you to get involved in work on UBRacing – our own Formula Student racing team, which competes throughout the world.
Why study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle?
- Accredited degrees: our programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which provides employers with assurances that you have the qualities they seek. An accredited degree is an important step towards you becoming a chartered engineer.
- You will have the opportunity to take part in a lot of design projects which will be conducted in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment.
- You will be working with team members from other disciplines like mechanical, electrical and civil engineering.
- The course also allows you to interact with a variety of academics from these three different departments.
- Mechanical engineering is also very well connected with a variety of industries located in West Midlands and you will have the opportunity to take part in industry led design modules and final year projects.
- UBRacing is the University’s Formula Student team and provides a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in an engineering task, building great team working abilities.
- MEng students get the opportunity to pursue individual interest in engineering allowing them to specialise and gain and deep level of understanding in the chosen area.
Mechanical Engineering MEng
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (4 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop your broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda. The first year is shared across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
- Electrical Engineering 1 – 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
- Engineering Materials – 10 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
- Engineering Mathematics 1 – 20 credits
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
- Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer – 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
- Integrated Design Project 1A – 10 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
- Integrated Design Project 1B – 10 credits
The aim of the module is for students to continue the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
- Introduction to Computing for Engineers – 10 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
- Mechanics 1 – 20 credits
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.
You will build on the knowledge gained in Year 1 and begin to specialise your study, covering core Mechanical Engineering subjects designed to develop your learning progressively.
You work on improving your mathematical, statistical and computing techniques; studying heat, power and fluid flows, learning about mechanisms and control, studying manufacturing technology and how production is managed, as well as taking on a group project with other students. You will consider the movement of mechanisms, the strength of individual parts, the efficiency and environmental impact of your designs, and the methods that can be employed to make products profitable.
You will carry out a major group design project to develop a new product, looking at all parts of the product development including the legal and business aspects.
- Integrated Design Project 2 (20 credits)
- Engineering Mathematics 2 (20 credits)
- Mechanics 2 (20 credits)
- Mechanical Design A (20 credits)
- Thermodynamics and Fluids (20 credits)
- Mechatronics (10 credits)
- Manufacturing Systems Engineering (10 credits)
In Years 3 and 4, you will develop your specialisation further, with an increased problem-solving-based focus. You continue with Mechanical Design where you undertake project work and have the opportunity to attend lectures from companies such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover to gain an insight into industrial design projects.
- Integrated Design Project 3 (20 credits)
- Engineering Mathematics 3 (20 credits)
- Powertrain and Vehicle Engineering (20 credits)
- Mechanical Design B (20 credits)
- Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (10 credits)
- Sustainable Energy and the Environment (10 credits)
- Turbomachinery and Compressible Flows (10 credits)
- Control Engineering (10 credits)
In year 4 you are given options to pursue your personal engineering interests providing the opportunity to develop deep understanding and competence in their chosen specialism. Strong links are formed with our research programmes, through the range of options available, to ensure that you benefit from developments at the leading edge of your chosen field. You will be given the opportunity to choose from options listed below.
Many projects are defined by industry and Formula Student team members can also undertake projects based on the racing car. The project gives you the chance to use your own initiative and apply the skills and knowledge learnt during your degree programme.
- Individual Engineering Project (MEng) (40 credits).
- Synoptic Mechanical Engineering (20 credits)
Optional modules. Examples of optional modules are listed below:
Choose 60 credits options from:
- Advanced Vehicle Engineering (10 credits)
- Advanced Fuels and Powertrain Systems (10 credits)
- Process Modelling (10 credits)
- Robotics for Mechanical Engineers (10 credits)
- Bio-medical Engineering (10 credits)
- Advanced Mechanics (10 credits)
- Advanced Thermal Systems (10 credits)
- Micro and Nano Technologies (10 credits)
- R&D in Manufacturing Processes (10 credits)
- Machining Support Systems (10 credits)
- Laser-based Manufacturing (10 credits)
- Intelligent Systems (10 credits)
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
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USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
As one of our Mechanical Engineering students, a huge and exciting array of career opportunities will be open to you when you graduate – both at home and abroad.
The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 94% of our Mechanical Engineering graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle has extremely strong links with key employers, such as Aston Martin, BP, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce, who provide projects and work placements for our students and regularly recruit our graduates.
You will be actively encouraged to gain industrial experience by undertaking summer placements or studying the programme MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Year. These will help build your confidence and prepare you for graduate employment.
We have an Industrial Liaison Officer who works with our industrial partners and we also have extensive industrial contact through our research. The Department also benefits from an Industrial Advisory Committee, which ensures that our programmes are industrially relevant and producing graduates with the skills and knowledge industry needs. The committee includes senior engineers from Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, IMechE, Renishaw, Mazak Intertek and MatOrtho
Where our graduates work:
- Air Products
- Albright Patents LLP
- Aston Martin
- Exxon Mobil
- The Guardian
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Laing O’Rourke
- Marks & Clerk UK
- Mercedes AMG High Performance Engines
- Yamazaki Mazak