Our stimulating Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) BEng degree programme is designed to give you a thorough background in Mechanical Engineering and the expertise and knowledge to develop and implement new automotive technologies.

This course provides you with the skills to deliver results in an ever-changing industry. 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. 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.

You will be the subject expert on a major project during your Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) 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.


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.

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.

Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) 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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Newcastle Law School

Year 1

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.


Year 2

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)


Year 3

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.

You will undertake an automotive individual design project in your third and final year.

  • Integrated Design Project 3 (BEng) (20 credits). Automotive project must be taken.
  • 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)
  • Individual Project (30 credits). Automotive project must be taken
  • Control Engineering (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.

Our degrees in Mathematics will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a huge range of careers or further academic study. Where logical thinking, problem solving and statistical or strategic knowledge are required, being one of our graduates will put you ahead.

91% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016/17)

Whatever you plan to do when you graduate, we have a comprehensive support package to help you prepare including specialist careers guidance, exclusive work experience opportunities and global internships. Our  Careers Network offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities:

  • Frequent careers advice drop-in sessions in the School, so you can always get help and advice when you need it.
  • An annual Maths Careers Fair, where you can meet employers specifically interested in mathematics graduates.
  • Regular Careers Skills Workshops run by employers or the College employability team to guide you through your career planning and give you an advantage in the application process for graduate positions and internships.
  • A fortnightly careers e-newsletter, including vacancies suited to maths students, with application deadlines and a calendar of careers events likely to be of interest to you as a maths student.

We have a range of industrial partners who work with our students including E.ON, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, the Office for National Statistics, R&A, FDM Group, Barnett Waddingham and Malvern Instruments.