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The British motor industry has been transformed to become a major contributor to the National economy indicated by the success of Jaguar Landrover, Nissan and Honda.

Specialist manufacturers and consultants are also prospering, stimulated by new developments in engine, power-train, thermal systems, electrical and hybrid vehicles, to meet the social challenges of emissions reduction and improved economy.

This course will equip you in the essential aspects of automotive engineering, preparing you for employment amongst leading industry players. A sustainable engineering agenda ensures that you are equipped to work ethically, in an increasingly challenging world. You will be encouraged to undertake a one-year work placement and take part in field trips. Recent field trips have included visits to companies such as British Engines, Siemens Power and EDF Energy.

Northumbria has a bespoke virtual reality suite helping to facilitate advances in collision detection systems and car-to-car interaction, and is helping lead developments in Bluetooth, communication technologies and electronics.

This course will also provide you with the opportunity to work with 3D printing and study additive manufacturing. The combination of mechanical engineering skills and automotive specialisms will present a range of career options in the automotive, railway and transport industries.

The course is designed to meet the requirements of the IMechE (CEng) accreditation.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 years part-time

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

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Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and group projects as well as tutor-directed and self-directed research. There’s a strong emphasis on problem-solving because we believe that you’ll learn best when you’re engaged in putting what we teach into practice.

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. They include assessed projects that will enable you to test your skills and understanding. Some modules have coursework as the main method of assessment, in order to enable you to shape your assessment and focus upon your interests. 

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You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the various aspects of the engineering industry. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework 2014.)

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. We’ve built up numerous industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies.

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Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for engineering. We have specialist laboratories for smart materials and composites, building and construction, control and instrumentation, and fluids and thermodynamics. 

Our rapid prototyping room will make it easy for you to bring your design projects to life, and our modelling workshop offers tools and specialist equipment for modelling your designs. All our facilities are backed up by specialist technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

To facilitate group projects, there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

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Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Our problem-solving approach requires you to acquire a wide range of research skills during the course. You’ll undertake a major project that will bring together all the academic and technical skills that you’ve developed up to that point.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering and construction industries so that they are fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.  

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BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Architectural Engineering is accredited with the Engineering Council via the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). It meets CIBSE’s academic requirement to become an Incorporated Engineer

Our ‘learning by doing’ approach will give you an in-depth understanding and technical skills that are sought by employers. The major project in your final year is a great opportunity to apply everything you have learnt. The outcome is not only important for assessment purposes but also to demonstrate your professionalism to employers.  

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By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate roles related to mechanical and building services engineering. Some of our past graduates now have senior roles within engineering consultancies such as Buro Happold. Other graduates run their own businesses.

If you wish to undertake further study at postgraduate level, we offer courses like MSc Engineering Management that will help you advance into management and develop skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent 

UCAS Tariff Points
320 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels, including GCE A level Mathematics at grade B and a GCE/VCE A level in another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

Edexcel/BTEC National:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Engineering

Scottish Highers:
BBBBB at Higher level, BBB at Advanced Higher, including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

Irish Highers:
ABBBB including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) 

IB Diploma:
27 points including Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology) at Higher Level 

Qualification combinations
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3 (ie A level equivalent).  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level 

Applicants from the EU
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

For Years 1 and 2 Entry

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 51 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

For Final Year Entry

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you.

 

 

Don’t meet the academic or English language entry requirements for this course? 
You can still study with us as you may be eligible for our International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of our International Foundation Programme: Engineering (with a minimum 60% pass mark with 65% in Maths modules and English grades CCCC) will guarantee you entry on t

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for the majority of Part-time and Distance Learning courses should be made direct to the University using the online application form.

The only exception to this is the Part-time Postgraduate Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) course which has a different application procedure - for information about how to apply for this programme, please visit the Bar Standards Board website.

Application Deadlines

Whilst most courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding.

Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

 

Selection Process

Interviews
Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism
The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

 

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

 

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome for distance learning programmes. However, immigration regulations do not allow International students entry to the UK solely for the purpose of attending a part-time taught programme. Advice is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK

Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)


Provision of Information
The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

et.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

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Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
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