Our Materials Science and Engineering BEng degree programme provides you with a thorough understanding of the properties of materials – from metals to plastics – essential for the development of new and improved products.


Materials Science and Engineering BEng

If you like solving problems creatively and relish the opportunity to combine science, maths and engineering to understand how the materials that surround us – from bricks to body scanners – behave, and how they can be used and improved to develop new products, then this Materials Science and Engineering BEng degree has been made for you. 

You will be taught by lecturers who are global experts in their field. enabling you to gain strong theoretical and practical skills in Materials Science and Engineering. Our leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories will enhance your learning experience, and your project work will provide you with vital employability skills that will give you a competitive edge in applications forms, interviews and assessment tests for graduate jobs.

The department has strong partnerships with key employers who provide projects and work placements for our students, allowing you to put all your skills into practice.

At Newcastle, our staff and students work on a diverse range of research areas in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, sport and sustainable development fields. As a student of Materials Science and Engineering at Birmingham, you will get a front-row seat to the latest developments in the field.


Why study Materials Science and Engineering BEng at Newcastle?

  • Consistently ranked in the top-5 for both research and UG teaching in the UK
  • Recent £60M redevelopment of School facilities
  • Strong partnerships with industry: Rolls-Royce, Timet, BAO Steel, Tata, JLR, Network Rail, BAE Systems, etc
  • Research groups often working at intermediate technology readiness levels, delivering new materials technology to industry for inclusion in their products

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Materials Science and Engineering BEng

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Our programmes share a common first two years, with lectures, practicals and case studies developing your understanding in all areas of materials. These are related to applications such as aerospace, automotive, sports, IT and biomedicine. You’ll also study how to apply maths to solve engineering problems – a key requirement for many employers.


Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Materials Science – 20 credits   
  • Design for Structural Applications – 20 credits     
  • Design for Functional Applications 1 – 20 credits   
  • Non-crystalline Materials 1 – 20 credits    
  • Mathematics A – 10 credits
  • Mathematics B – 10 credits
  • Communications and Critical Reasoning A – 10 credits
  • Communications and Critical Reasoning B – 10 credits

Year 2

  • Physical Materials Science A – 10 credits
  • Physical Materials Science B – 10 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation A – 10 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation B – 10 credits
  • Modelling Materials Behaviour A – 10 credits
  • Modelling Materials Behaviour B – 10 credits
  • Non-crystalline Materials 2 – 20 credits
  • Design for Functional Applications 2 – 20 credits
  • Forefront of Materials Science and Engineering A – 10 credits
  • Forefront of Materials Science and Engineering B – 10 credits

Year 3

The third year advances your understanding of design, processing, failure and applications, along with management, whilst options allow you to gain specialist materials knowledge in areas that interest you most, such as aerospace, sports and biomaterials. You also take part in an individual research project.

Core modules

  • Materials Research Project – 40 credits
  • High Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing – 20 credits 
  • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation – 20 credits 
  • Materials for Challenging Environments – 20 credits 

Optional modules. 

Choose 20 credits. Example optional modules:

  • Advanced Electronic Materials – 10 credits 
  • Advanced Materials in Sports Equipment – 10 credits 
  • Biomaterials – 10 credits 
  • High Toughness Ceramics – 10 credits
  • Process Metallurgy – 10 credits

Entry requirements


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.

See further details of our English Language requirement

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.

Your degree will equip you with the technical, analytical and professional skills necessary to leader future change and innovation in a variety of sectors – from automotive and aerospace to law and finance. The superb opportunities you have for industrial experience before you graduate will add greatly to your employability. 


Graduates who have studied our courses:

Example employers

  • Rolls Royce
  • AeroEngine Controls
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BMW Group
  • BP
  • Tata Steel
  • Schlumberge,
  • Doncasters Limited
  • Sandvik
  • BAe Systems 


Example careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Materials tester
  • Failure analyst
  • Financier
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Materials scientist
  • Teacher