Research course

Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Newcastle University · School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Mechanical and Systems Engineering MPhil and PhD allow you to deepen your theoretical understanding of your chosen topic but also improve your technical skills and analytical capabilities. Research degrees are offered through four research groups: Bioengineering, MEMS and Sensors, Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems, and Design, Manufacture and Materials.

As a postgraduate researcher you will be welcomed as a junior academic colleague rather than a student. In this role we ask you to play a full and professional role in contributing to the School’s objective of international academic excellence.

The School, the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, and your supervisory team will support you to develop your research capabilities. We will help you progress with your higher degree and attain a unique skill set, through international conference attendance and research paper submissions.

Research in the School falls into four main fields. You can find more detailed information regarding each research group and suggested PhD projects on the School website:

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Information for international students

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

The School offers the following modes of study for the research degrees: full-time supervised research projects; industrially based research; part-time study for PhD or MPhil.

Course contact details

James Armston
+44 (0) 191 208 5672