Advanced materials are vital in modern engineering design. Our Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng degree meets the growing need for engineers who can design products making the best use of advanced materials.


Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng

The design of any machine – from a skateboard to a jet engine – for optimal performance cannot be separated from the materials used to make it. This challenging Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng programme combines the design skills of mechanical engineering with the in-depth knowledge of materials engineering, so that, on graduation, you are able to create innovative and cutting-edge designs, which make the best use of materials

You will be taught by lecturers who are global experts in their field. enabling you to gain strong theoretical and practical skills in Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng. 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 Metallurgy at Newcastle, you will get a front-row seat to the latest developments in the field.


Why study Mechanical and Materials 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), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

    Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng

    Course Level:

    Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined




    CODE U471

    How long it takes:

    Undergraduate (3 years)

    Study Mode:

    Distance learning/ Campus

    Course cost

    Price: US$20,220

    Entry requirements

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    Newcastle Law School

    First and second years

    During these years, a careful mix of lectures, practicals and case studies develops your understanding in:

    • Mechanical engineering (engineering design, mechanics, modelling and mathematics)
    • Professional skills (teamwork, communication and management)
    • Materials (the properties, selection, processing, failure and protection of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites)

    These are related to industries such as aerospace, automotive, sports, and power generation.


    Year 1

    • Fundamentals of Materials Science – 20 credits   
    • Design for Structural Applications – 20 credits     
    • Non-crystalline Materials 1 – 20 credits    
    • Mechanics 1 – 20 credits
    • Engineering Mathematics 1 – 20 credits
    • Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer – 20 credits


    Year 2

    • Mechanics 2 – 20 credits
    • Engineering Mathematics 2 – 20 credits
    • 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
    • Thermodynamics and Fluids  – 20 credits
    • Mechanical Design A – 20 credits


    Year 3

    The third year advances your understanding of mechanical engineering whilst you gain specialist knowledge in the areas of materials that interest you most, such as aerospace, metals processing, ceramics, sports and or biomaterials. You also take part in an individual research project.


    Core Modules:

    • Materials Research Project – 40 credits
    • Mechanical Design B – 20 credits
    • Integrated Design Project (BEng) – 20 credits
    • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation – 20 credits

    Optional Modules:

    Choose 20 credits of optional modules. Example modules:

    • High-Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing  – 20 credits
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (CFD & FEA) – 20 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