Northumbria University Newcastle - Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Our degree in Mechanical Engineering is designed to build your confidence and skills base and will equip you with an awareness of engineering in the wider social, ethical, sustainable, and economic context. You will gain the practical skills and expertise to become a successful practicing engineer, with the full educational basis to facilitate progression to engineering management roles.

What do you study on mechanical engineering?

The first year of the programme provides a foundational grounding in engineering. You’ll then study more advanced principles of mechanics, manufacturing technology, energy systems and engineering design, potentially working on projects with companies such as Nissan, BAE Systems and Rolls Royce.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

Applicants will need A-level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Employability is embedded at all years within the Mechanical Engineering programme at Northumbria.  Our teaching focuses on the authentic application of professional knowledge and skills through independent enquiry-based learning approaches and collaboration with industry and professional bodies.

Interaction with organisations such as NGOs, charities, professional councils, and schools and other universities will provide a broad understanding of the critical impact Mechanical Engineering has in the development of a sustainable and ethical society.  Enhancing your employment prospects and developing links with industry are important aspects of the Mechanical Engineering programme.  Between your second and third years of study you will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement, or to study abroad, which provide you with invaluable industrial and international experience.

Course Details

Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria endeavours to promote an inclusive learning environment that focuses on engagement and the development of higher-level learning objectives that prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in a competitive industry. 

The key learning objectives the programme intends to foster are the development of problem solving and critical thinking strategies, and the application of foundational concepts and theoretical knowledge to practical real-world situations.

Consistent with industrial practice, learning activities will enable students to work collaboratively through the development of teamwork and communication skills, and the encouragement of creative thinking to solve engineering problems.  You will learn by applying the knowledge and skills you gain from active learning sessions and independent study to contemporary engineering issues and global challenges. 

Year One

Engineering Analytics (Core,20 Credits)
Materials & Manufacturing (Core,20 Credits)
Applied Engineering Approaches 1 (Core,20 Credits)
Statics & Dynamics (Core,20 Credits)
Thermodynamics (Core,20 Credits)
Applied Engineering Approaches 2 (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

Preparing for Placement (Optional,0 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis (Core,20 Credits)
Mechanical Engineering Design (Core,20 Credits)
Integrative Engineering Approaches 1 (Core,20 Credits)
Engineering Project Management (Core,20 Credits)
Fluids and Energy (Core,20 Credits)
Integrative Engineering Approaches 2 (Core,20 Credits)

Year Three

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Professional Engineering Futures (Core,20 Credits)
Vibration & Control (Core,20 Credits)
Mechanics of Continuous Systems? (Optional,20 Credits)
Sustainable Energy Systems (Optional,20 Credits)
Automation & Mechatronics? (Optional,20 Credits)
Global Design Challenges (Optional,20 Credits)
Investigative Project (40 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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