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Northumbria University

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
75% MED
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
Average graduate salary
£25.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

including A level GCE A level Mathematics and a GCE/VCE A level in another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology).

Scottish Highers

including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology).

Scottish Advanced Highers

including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in Engineering

UCAS tariff points

including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology).

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-129 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) with graduates able to become Associate Members of the Institution. Enhancing your employment prospects and developing links with industry are important aspects of the course. You will be encouraged to undertake a one-year work placement and there are field trips to companies such as British Engines, Siemens Power and EDF Energy to help you gain a thorough understanding of mechanical engineering in practice. You will get the opportunity to work on industrial funded projects with companies such as Nissan, TT Electronics and Tharsus. Please note, we also run an Extended Degree option for this course, UCAS code: H308.


For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Northumbria University

City Campus East

At Northumbria you will be in Newcastle, one of the best student cities in the UK. Think culture, shopping, music, sport, nightlife and cost, with a students' union that is one of the best in the country, voted Union of the Year in 2011. One in seven people living in the city is a student. Plus this is a university where over 90% of graduates go into employment or further study.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 80%
Student score 75% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
27% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
7% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
13% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
362 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £25.5k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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