Newcastle University: Mechanical and Systems Engineering

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Department School of Engineering
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Study type Research


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: •Bioengineering - group leader Professor Thomas Joyce •MEMS and Sensors - group leader Professor Peter Cumpson •Design, Manufacture and Materials – group leader Professor Kenneth Dalgarno •Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems – group leader Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty.


NewRail is our centre for railway research at Newcastle and is part of the design, manufacture and materials research group. Through this centre you have the opportunity to research the organisation, management and economics of train movement. The subject looks at innovative concepts for sustainable rail transport with a particular focus on system services, production patterns and rail system designs.

Your scientific work will contribute to the modernisation of the rail sector as a whole, integrating knowledge from a variety of disciplines such as systems engineering, economics and marketing. You will have the opportunity to work with railway experts from local and international rail-focused organisations, such as Network Rail, Railfuture, Tyne and Wear Metro, Port of Tyne and the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership. Our research areas include: •demand patterns and models •supply patterns and models •grants and contracts •service execution •customer satisfaction •business generation.


Our research programmes are based in the Stephenson Building on the central Newcastle campus.

Attendance is flexible and depends on the requirements of the research project and is subject to our School Safety policy. You are expected to undertake 40 hours of work per week with annual holiday entitlement of 35 days (this includes statutory and bank holidays)

We also offer research degrees based in Singapore.


Depending on your research area you will have access to the following facilities.


You have access to dedicated biomaterials, biotribology and co-ordinate measuring machine labs.

MEMS and sensors:

You have access to world-leading X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy facilities.

Design, manufacture and materials:

You have access to facilities for: •materials testing and failure analysis •product development and mechanical testing •metrology •pultrusion, filament winding, resin infusion and vacuum bag moulding •selective laser sintering and fused deposition modelling • full-scale rail vehicle and track investigations at NewRail's regional office and working railway centre, Barrow Hill (/newrail/facilities/facilities.htm).

Fluid dynamics and thermal systems

Facilities include: •high performance computing facilities •Water Tunnel and Wind Tunnel •Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) •Hot Wire Anemometry Facilities •IC engine test bench •High pressure and high temperature combustion vessel.

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