Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons) / MEng

UCAS Code:
H330, H301
For part-time please apply direct to the University.
Attendance:
BEng (Hons) - Full Time (3 years), Part Time (5 years), Sandwich (4 years)
MEng - Full Time (4 years), Part Time (7 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

Our Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)/MEng degree will equip you with a range of advanced analytical and design skills, as well as the strategic management and leadership capabilities that are needed in a successful engineer.

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Our MEng / BEng Mechanical Engineering will develop you as a skilled engineer capable of undertaking mechanical engineering tasks within and across organisations. The course focuses on the importance of sustainable futures and the Government's STEM agenda, in order to give you the knowledge and attributes you will need to thrive in this ever-changing industry.

Our engineering courses use the Create Design Implement Operate (CDIO) teaching framework, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams on projects from design to implementation. This will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in multidisciplinary teams to develop your interpersonal skills, and prepare you for a key aspect of modern engineering practice. Problem solving and project management are key skills for an engineer, and our CDIO framework will help to improve your skills in these highly sought after areas.

During your studies, you will use the latest tools and technologies, developing new skills at an advanced level. The course will encourage your creative thinking and develop your engineering leadership skills. Building on a foundation of the generic skills required by tomorrow’s engineers, you will also explore the wider context of engineering, as well as the application of advanced engineering principles to solve problems through research and development. You’ll engage in independent study and systematic enquiry at an advanced level and take responsibility for the conclusions drawn from it.

You will have lots of opportunity to apply industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques to the analysis, specification and design of mechanical engineering systems so that you are able to apply your knowledge and theory to a practical situation. In this way, we make sure you are ready to step straight into employment.

Katja Wotton Srbljanin

Expert help and advice

Katja Wotton Srbljanin began her engineering career as a technical apprentice for Rolls-Royce in 2008 and is now developing in her current role at Siemens.

Katja's Top Tips

I decided to study at Birmingham City University because while I was in full time employment this course offered everything that I needed part time and covered all the modules that I needed to progress in my career role.

The course offered all the different practical elements as well as the theoretical elements for power generation and design – the subjects that I enjoyed and wanted to progress on to in my career. Katja Wotton Srbljanin

Why Choose Us?

  • The average starting salary of a Mechanical Engineering graduate is £22,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • In 2017, we are spending £6.5 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
  • The course offers a seamless progression from BEng to Master’s-level award.
  • The programme has previously achieved academic accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, such as Formula Student and Engineering without Borders, to gain real-life experience of engineering.
  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 91 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Morgan Motors
  • GKN
  • Bentley
  • Mercedes
  • Rolls-Royce
  • JCB

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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Entry Requirements

BEng

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 3 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Overall 30 points with at least15 points Higher level from 3 subjects

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher

BC (2 Advanced) and A (1 Higher)/BBC. 2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Plus an A level Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.

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Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

Overall 30 points with at least15 points Higher level from 3 subjects

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Information

This course is also available as a four year degree with foundation entry.

MEng

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

128 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level ABB at A Level or 128 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels and including A Level Maths at grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 15 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 6 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DDM - 128 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in A Level Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Overall 32 points with at least 16 points - minimum grade 5 in Mathematics  Higher level

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate 128 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher

Scottish Higher: 128 UCAS points. A combination of highers and advanced highers but must include advanced higher in grade C in Mathematics;

Advanced Higher: ABB. 2 advanced highers with Mathematics at advanced highers or equivalent.

Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 128 UCAS points. Plus an A level Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

or Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians or Merit in Further Mathematics for Technicians.

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Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

Overall 32 points with at least 16 points - minimum grade 5 in Mathematics  Higher level

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level) Students must have one subject from Group 4 (excluding Biology) at the Higher Level and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

International Students

Entry requirements here

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS
PT 5 years £1,542 per 20 credit module
MEng Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS
PT 7 years £1,542 per 20 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
MEng Sep 2018 FT 4 years £12,000 per year

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

The module aims to provide the underpinning knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the next Engineering Principles module, and then onto the second year.

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Engineering Practice
20 credits

The module concentrates on practical skills to complement the theory and mathematics you learn elsewhere, allowing you to progress to other modules and then onto the second year.

You will develop practical professional engineering skills, including skills required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.

Mathematics and Design
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering as expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets has to include their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language. 

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard.

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

The module aims to provide the knowledge and problem-solving skills in engineering science to help you progress to the second year of your degree. 

The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact.

What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the first year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Mathematics and Professional Skills
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the design skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering as expected of engineering graduates.

This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion.

This module will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard.

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress on to the second year of an engineering degree.  As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Integrated Engineering Project will concentrate on developing your practical skills.

The subject material will be delivered in three streams – one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three three-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutors in groups of 5–10 students. 

Year two

Design and Manufacture
20 credits

This module develops your research skills, idea generation techniques, and ability to create CAD models and manufactured components.

You will also gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to conceive, design, implement and operate practical solutions to design opportunities.

Design and Materials
20 credits

The module provides you with the opportunity to learn about design, sustainable development, teamwork and communication while also contributing towards real international development projects.

You will gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to conceive, design, implement and operate practical solutions to design opportunities.

It is anticipated that the project vehicle for this module will be the Engineers without Borders Design for People Challenge.

Leading Engineering Endeavour
20 credits

This project will be run as an intensive week-long activity. An interdisciplinary module, you will work with students from all fields of engineering to develop skills in engineering leadership and experience creating a purposeful vision and delivering on that vision.

This will set the professional skills for business in context by combining your technical course-specific knowledge with professional skills.  It is proposed that the vehicle to deliver this will be the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, with the best teams entering the contest.

Delivery will include guest lectures, inviting industrial leaders, and a series of mini-lectures to cover key content, including Internationalisation. Each session will concentrate on group working to use and develop skills.

Numerical Analysis
20 credits

The module introduces the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to solve systems of first and second order differential equations underpinning the engineering disciplines undertaken within the Faculty. 

This provides you with the capability of modelling systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. In particular, you will be able to model linear systems in continuous and discrete time, as well as by frequency response methods. 

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only traditional lectures and tutorials but also provide training in industry standard software for problem solving within coursework assessment.

Mechanical Science
20 credits

This module applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science to the design, analysis, manufacture, and maintenance of mechanical systems and components. You will learn through the practical application of fundamental mechanical science principles to the analysis and solution of real world problems. 

The course is delivered by way of an introductory lecture to a particular real world problem, such as vibration, and the underlying mechanical science principles used to tackle it. You will then engage in interactive tutorials where you will practice applying underlying mechanical science principles.

You will be assessed by a single one and a half hour closed book exam, where you will be able to demonstrate your individual ability to analyse a problem, and apply the relevant mechanical science principles to develop a solution.

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
20 credits

The module aims to provide a basic understanding of thermodynamic and fluid mechanic concepts. The understanding of the transfer of energy within thermodynamic systems and the incurred losses is vital to improve efficiencies of such systems, especially in light of growing environmental concerns and increased economic cost.

The knowledge and understanding will be gained through a balanced mixture of lectures and tutorials, where the learning will be supported by experiments. 

Year three

Individual Honours Project (BEng only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project. 

Integrated Master’s Group Project (MEng only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed group project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, your group will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your group’s topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will receive additional support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your group’s chosen topic area. Support may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project. 

Computer Aided Engineering
20 credits

In this module you will focus on combining theoretical concepts and user experience design with practical “hands-on” approaches widely used by engineering industry. This module will help you use knowledge gained to solve engineering problems as found in engineering industry, select appropriate methods to solve problems and show awareness of the limitations of computational methods.

Advanced Mechanics
20 credits

Mechanical engineers nowadays solve problems of high and multidisciplinary complexity. Although computational solutions generally lead to reliable results, the engineer should always attempt to validate the findings by alternative methods. This requires a thorough understanding of the underlying problems, but also the approach of reasonable simplification of complex systems without compromising validity.

The module aims to allow you to gain a sound understanding of analytical stress analysis to be able to employ alternative methods to assess numerical predictions. 

Learning activities will be predominantly through lectures and tutorials, where practice-based problems will be addressed. Laboratories will be used where appropriate to support the understanding of the subject and to strengthen the knowledge learned.

Dynamics and Control
20 credits

The module introduces you to the mathematical tools underpinning the analysis, modelling and design of complex vibrating systems and mechanisms, as well as the software tools within an appropriate simulation environment used for their solution. Industry standard software will be used for the design of dynamical control systems using both time and frequency domain techniques.

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only traditional lectures/tutorials, but also use of industry standard software for the purposes of mathematical modelling, all of which are assessed by examination.

Thermodynamics and Power and Energy Systems
20 credits

The dependency of the current economy on fossil fuels as source of power requires a shift in thinking by engineers and companies to design and develop more efficient machines, processes and systems.

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to analyse thermodynamic systems concerned with conversion processes between heat and work. In addition, the issues and limitations of the energy generation process play a vital part in how energy can be recovered from processes to improve the overall efficiency.

You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in the thermodynamic, power generation and energy conversion aspects of mechanical engineering. Formal lectures, tutorials, hands-on experience in labs and solving of problem-based scenarios will enhance the learning process. 

Year four (MEng only)

Advanced Dynamics
20 credits

The Automotive and Mechanical Engineering programmes share the common philosophy of aiming to provide engineers with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis and simulation capability. 

This module is consistent with this approach since it directly includes content and resources that specifically help you meet these needs. 

A principal aim of both programmes is to respond to the market need for engineers who are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim, providing you with a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Control Engineering
20 credits

The module utilises the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to model systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. You will then be able to design controllers for linear systems using time and frequency response methods. In particular, pole placement techniques will be applied using both input-output and state-feedback approaches. These will then be extended to observer design and LQR optimisation. 

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only of traditional lectures and tutorials, but also the use of industry standard software for problem solving within coursework assessment.

Advanced Systems Engineering
20 credits

This module provides you with an awareness of the advanced structural techniques used for study of deformable solids, a general knowledge of the techniques employed and skills to perform analysis for selected solid components and structures.

It aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to perform advanced analysis of solid components and structures; the knowledge of selected advanced analysis techniques employed on the more common components and structures; and an understanding of the behaviour of solids under two or three dimensional stress fields, and the limitations imposed by assumptions and boundary conditions.

MEng Individual Master’s Project
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials.

Want to start in Year two or Year three?

If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying. 

How you will learn

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as lab-based work. You will gain a range of transferrable skills, such as communication, teamwork and more.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed formatively by work-based learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. Summative assessment is by way of assignments, projects, presentations, time-controlled assignments and end examinations, where appropriate to the individual module. 

Intellectual skills, particularly analytical and problem solving skills, are developed using a range of case-studies and problem / task-based learning scenarios, promoting self-directed learning facilitated by problem-based learning centred upon industry practice and its inherent problems.

Assessment of such activities includes practical simulation and design exercises and individual and group projects, in addition to the methods mentioned above.

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

A typical week on this course will include 12-15 hours per week of contact time over four days, plus self study.

Student stories

Steven Bourne

Experienced engineer Steven Bourne has gone all the way from apprentice to MSc, picking up awards and accolades along the way.

He works for Astrium, part of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) which provides civil and military space systems and services.

My course has provided me with some excellent engineering skills which have given me the confidence and ability to do this job. I believe my academic success has also given my employer the confidence to trust me with the responsibilities associated with my current job role

Laura Suddens

Laura Suddens

After completing an apprenticeship with world-renowned Industrial Gas Turbine Manufacturer Rolls-Royce, Laura Suddens was sponsored by the company to attend Birmingham City University. Laura negotiated the challenges that studying part-time presents, and with help from our supportive teaching, now works in the engineering sector for Siemens.

Laura's advice for any future students is not to give up. In her opinion, if you put your mind to it and stay positive, anything is possible!

Kenneth Oguegbu

Kenneth Oguegbu’s academic achievements are pretty impressive. He achieved some excellent marks in his engineering degree, including a rare 86% in Maths Analysis – a module that often has even the brightest students racking their brains. But his contribution to engineering student life goes way beyond his studies…

Kenneth joined us armed with a National Diploma in Engineering from Nigeria’s Petroleum Training Institute – and an infectious enthusiasm for getting involved. “Warmth of character and unassuming manner are the first things that greet you on meeting Kenneth. This, coupled with his mature attitude, won over everyone he met,” says his Course Director, Dr David Ashman.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

BEng
This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the Educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. This programme is currently undergoing periodic review for the purposes of ongoing accreditation. In addition, the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

MEng
The MEng is a new course for which an application for accreditation will be submitted to the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at the appropriate time. A successful submission would mean that the MEng course would be CEng accredited and fulfil the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This means the course satisfies academic requirements towards, and allow graduates to apply for, Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

You could enrol on our highly regarded MSc Mechanical Engineering programme once you have completed your BEng (Hons) degree. We also offer a range of research (PhD) postgraduate engineering programmes that are suitable for graduates of this course. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Trips and visits

Students will visit the National Physical Laboratory, Mazak Machine Tools, and Jaguar Land Rover.

You also have the chance to take part in the Formula Student event, in which you and your team mates will get the opportunity to design and build your own 'BCU Racing' IMechE Formula Student car as part of a year-long project, and compete against 150 international universities over four days at the world-famous Silverstone racing track.

The event attracts world-class companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and GKN, who use the event to find their engineers of the future.

Student Anders Nielsen, who was the powertrain design leader in the 2014 Formula Student event, said: “I was really excited when I saw the car on the ground, it was just amazing.”

Karolis Griska, driver in the 2014 BCU Racing team, said: “I would say I’ve gained a lot of experience in every area: design and teamwork.”

Student stories Mark Digby

Highest marks ever seen

You’d think that working full-time alongside your degree might limit your achievements. Not for Mark Digby. This committed mature student picked up some remarkable results - including the highest mark we’ve ever seen in his final year modules!

Mark’s the first to admit it wasn’t easy. “I enjoyed my course,” he says, but he’s realistic about the amount of work involved. “It was very difficult as a part-time student. A long day at uni, plus normal work and assignments at weekends make it a challenge. But,” he concludes, “it was worth it in the end.”

Mark is still busy at Mercedes Benz HighPerformanceEngines, the company who supported him through his studies. He’s taking a well-earned year out from his studies to spend his new found spare time on his other passion – refurbishing classic cars. But we’re pretty sure higher academic pursuits are just around the corner…….

Enhancing your employability skills

There is a high demand for mechanical engineering graduates with the skills and knowledge provided by this course.

According to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), there is a skills crisis in the UK engineering and technology sectors, with 87,000 more engineers needed each year for the next 10 years alone.

Through group work and project-based challenges, you will develop transferable and marketable skills and knowledge applicable to a variety of employment opportunities within the mechanical engineering and associated industries.

We will develop the skills, understandings and personal attributes that will help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing employment.

We will ensure you are professional, work-ready and enterprising, with a global outlook and the ability to solve problems creatively.

Women working in engineering - Katja's story

Katja Srbljanin was working for world-renowned company Rolls-Royce when they sponsored her to study a Mechanical Engineering course. After completing her dissertation, she won the IMechE Project Award at our 2015 student awards ceremony, and now works as Technical Communications Engineer for Siemens.

Placements

We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and as part of this commitment we encourage you to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course.

You will do your placement after the second year of study, which will extend the duration of your course to four years if you are studying on a full-time basis, and you’ll be supported throughout your time away.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and strong relationships with industry, you could join the ranks of our students who have gained exceptionally high quality work experience at companies including Triumph , Cummins Ltd ., BMW, and Bosch.

Placements provide the workplace experience that many employers look for and give you an invaluable opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Thanks to our methods of teaching and learning, as well as our industry links and academic staff that can draw on years of relevant industry practice, our graduates have gone on to work for some of the UK’s most prestigious employers including:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Morgan Motors
  • GKN
  • Bentley
  • Mercedes
  • Rolls-Royce
  • JCB
  • MG Motors
  • Triumph Motorcycles
  • BAe Systems
  • Aston Martin
  • Robert Bosch
  • Vauxhall Motors
  • Network Rail
  • GE Aviation
  • Nissan
  • BMW
  • the National Grid
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • Cosworth
  • Toyota

Top career for getting a job

Engineering courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to The Telegraph.

Around 85.4 per cent of graduates nationwide find work or go into further education within six months of finishing their degree.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Our School is particularly popular with students from the Far East. We also welcome students every year from Brazil who are part of the prestigious Science Without Borders programme. They study a range of engineering modules in our School for a year – usually in the second year of their university programme.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our mechanical engineering course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

You will be based at our state-of-the-art Millennium Point building, located on our flagship City Centre Campus and you'll work on industry-standard complex analytical tools such as Matlab/Simulink, CATIA, Ansys and ADAMS Mechanisms.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

More about our facilities

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Man-Fai Yau

Senior Lecturer

Man-Fai has 10 years' experience in private sector industry, two years' with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and 12 years' university lecturing.

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Dr Ricardo Sodre PhD

Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering

Dr José Ricardo Sodréreceived his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in the UK, in 1995. He currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, UK, where he is the automotive engineering team leader, and as a Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (ABCM), and acts as a consultant to several government research funding agencies in Brazil and other Latin American countries, including CAPES, CNPq and FAPEMIG.

Read Ricardo's full profile

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