Automotive Engineering - BEng/MEng

UCAS Code:
Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Places on this course are available through Clearing

220 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.
See the 'Entry Requirements' tab for more detail.


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Our Automotive Engineering BEng/MEng degree will put you on the right track for a successful career in this high-demand sector.

                                               What is an MEng?

You’ll combine real-world experience with in-depth academic knowledge – skills that employers are looking for – and you have the option to move seamlessly to the MEng course upon successful completion of your BEng qualification, if you meet the necessary criteria.

This course is highly respected by the automotive sector because it applies industry-standard modelling and simulation systems for analysis and design and satisfies the requirements of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence).

It is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Our graduates have gone on to work for such notable companies as Jaguar Land Rover and the Ford Motor Company, and in the aerospace and motorsport sectors as well as the automotive industry.

New for 2017/18

Automotive Engineering

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

We work closely with some of the world’s leading automotive companies to ensure that the BEng and MEng programme meets their current and future needs.

It means you will be a highly employable graduate, equipped with the intellectual, technical and personal qualities you’ll need to start a career in professional engineering or  engineering management.

You’ll develop your knowledge and application skills in stress analysis, drivetrain systems, suspension and body engineering, design and management relevant to the automotive industries.

We’ll nurture your technical and academic proficiency by focusing on the application of industry-standard modelling and simulation technique, and we’ll show you to how analyse and design automotive engineering systems.

You’ll also gain an understanding of legal, ethical and environmental factors associated with automotive engineering, as well as transferable and marketable skills and knowledge leading to a variety of employment opportunities within the automotive and associated industries.

As part of your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the design, engineering and performance of our Formula Student car at the international IMechE Formula Student event at Silverstone – the ideal place to showcase your academic and technical skills in a fun and stimulating environment.

You also have the chance to take part in a range of other events. In the past, these have included  Autosports International and Walker Adams.

Throughout your course you will benefit from our strong industry links with companies such as the Morgan Motor Company, Westfield Sportscars and Aquila Racing Cars, Siemens, and GKN.

We also recommend that you consider undertaking a high-quality industrial placement year – taken after your second year of study – tofurther boost your CV.

You’ll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as automotive and aerospace engineering, engineering design, motorsport, manufacturing and environmental technologies.

Why Choose Us?

  • The School is based at Millennium Point, the state-of-the-art City Centre campus, which has outstanding resources and facilities.
  • You can progress seamlessly (should you meet the necessary academic criteria) from a BEng to a Master’s-level award, which paves the way towards Chartered Engineer status.
  • You can get involved in the design, engineering and performance of our Formula Student car at the international IMechE Formula Student event at Silverstone.
  • We have strong links with the motorsport industry that enable you to work on real-life projects such as the University Drift car, and the 4X4 off-road kart.
  • You’ll work in advanced automotive workshops and laboratories that include industry-standard equipment such as computer numerical control (CNC), three-dimensional scanning and rapid prototype facilities, engine test labs and reverse engineering.
  • We have strong academic and research links with business and industry, such as Morgan Motor Company, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Motorsport Industry Association, which will enable you to work on live projects.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

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

  • Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • MIRA Ltd

And in jobs such as:

  • Product Development Graduate - Body Engineering
  • Graduate Engineer

This course is accredited by:

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

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2016

220 points (or equivalent) are required for this course in Clearing.

Use the UCAS Tariff Tables to work out your points.

Call our Clearing hotline 0121 331 6777.

Alternative options

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

UK students

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.

280 UCAS tariff points from A-level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS 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 280 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points. A Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass 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 280 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in AS Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points overall (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points with Mathematics at Advanced Higher or equivalent. Grades BBC.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. Plus an AS Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).
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
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
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 Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the Faculty and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

300 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

Additional Information

This course is also available as a four year degree with foundation entry click here for more information Engineering Foundation.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng Sep 2016 FT 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng Sep 2016 FT 4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

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

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.


Places available to start in September 2016

If you would like to start this September, you can apply through Clearing.

0121 331 6777

International students can also apply to start this September through Clearing. More information for international students.

Want to start in September 2017?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2016.

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.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It 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.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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

Our first year focuses on five areas: engineering design, applied mechanics and dynamics, applied thermodynamics, materials and manufacture, and mathematical analysis.

Mathematics and Dynamics
30 credits

The aim of the module is to provide you with core knowledge in mechanics and mathematics and relevant study skills so that in-depth study in mechanical science can be undertaken at higher levels.

Design Methods
15 credits

You’ll learn the basics of the engineering design processes that are needed to create 3D models, assemblies and engineering drawings. You’ll also explore design methodologies, component selection, joining methods, use of standard parts and the presentation of design solutions.

Applied Thermodynamics
15 credits

You’ll develop your knowledge of thermodynamics, which you will build on throughout your studies.

Materials and Processes
15 credits

This module aims to provide a foundation in the underlying principles of materials science and key manufacturing processes to enable students to select possible materials and processes for a given application.

Mathematics and Mechanics
30 credits

The aim of the module is to provide you with a strong foundation in mechanics and relevant study skills.

Digital Design
15 credits

Year two

In year two you’ll study a further five modules, all of which are designed to build on your knowledge and key skills needed for a career such as a design engineer or engineering mechanic.

These are: suspension and chassis; mechanics and dynamics; engine and drivetrain; management of engineering and technology innovation; numerical analysis.

Management of Engineering and Technology Innovation
15 credits

This module will give you an understanding of: market-led innovation, planning, management and strategy development in an engineering enterprise; pursuing wealth creation in a changing competitive environment; and the knowledge required to devise and implement necessary changes in the business.

Suspension and Chassis
30 credits

In this module, you will look at vehicle motion control using suspension mechanisms and study vehicle body structures, using standard body types and basic mechanics. You will also be introduced to vehicle electronics for body and suspension systems.

Mechanics and Dynamics
30 credits

You’ll further develop your understanding in engineering science and you’ll start to solve increasingly complex problems. You’ll be introduced to the background theory of finite elements analysis and to an industrial simulation package.

Engine and Drivetrain
30 credits

This module will introduce you to a range of engineering systems. You’ll studyengines, mechanics, thermodynamics, fuels, combustion, emissions, and control. You will also look at clutches, design, gearboxes, functions, analysis, calculations, control. In addition, you’ll consider new approaches, future trends and environmental issues.

Numerical Analysis
15 credits

This considers the advanced application of mathematics to solve practical problems, the techniques used in engineering, and builds on the use of mathematics in effective communication.

Year three

In the third year you’ll move onto an individual project, which will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed, independent research in an area that interests you.

You’ll also study body engineering, advanced engineering analysis, dynamics and control, hybrid vehicles, and design management.

Dynamics and Control
15 credits

You’ll analyse complex vibration systems and will work to specify, model and predict the response and stability of control systems.

Undergraduate Project
30 credits

This project will enable you to consider in depth an area that is of interest to you. You’ll generate a proposal, research text and electronic sources, create and implement solutions, and an artefact if applicable, analyse results and report on outcomes.

Body Engineering
15 credits

You’ll apply the theories of stress analysis and finite elements analysis in the areas of design and failure analysis. You’ll also undertake modelling and simulation using industrial standard software tools. This module greatly enhances your employability.

Design Management
15 credits

In this part of the course you’ll consider the need to plan and manage the lifecycle of products.

Advanced Engineering Analysis
30 credits

The aim of the module is to develop the students’ ability to apply theories of stress analysis and finite element analysis in the areas of design and failure analysis.

The module enables students to undertake modelling and simulation using industrial standard software tools. The employability of graduates is greatly enhanced by the module.

Hybrid vehicles
15 credits

The EU has set ambitious climate and energy targets and the adoption of a low carbon transport infrastructure is seen as critical step towards achieving them. In this module, you’ll understand the nature and the impact of automotive technologies on the environment.

You will analyse and compare a variety of alternative power units and technologies. You will determine, through the use of case studies, the performance of vehicle control technologies, and the likely performance of emissions control strategies.

Year four

If you decide to complete the fourth year of study, you will attain a higher level MEng qualification, taking you further on the path to full Chartered Engineer status.

In this final year, you’ll complete a group project and also study a further six modules: vehicle ride and refinement, hybrids and sustainable technologies, knowledge-based engineering, vehicle electronics and control, international logistics systems management, and strategic planning for international supply chains.

Master’s Project
30 credits

You’ll work with your fellow students on a project that requires in-depth skills and knowledge in an area of automotive engineering. You’ll work together to manage activities and resources, generate, implement and report on solutions to meet task objectives.

Vehicle Ride and Refinement
15 credits

In this module, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of modern automotive systems and processes, and their application within industry. You’ll gain a thorough grounding in technology and this will be supported by relevant design and analysis experiences.

Hybrids and Sustainable Technologies
15 credits

You’ll develop a rigorous grounding in engine, driveline, and vehicle design and control technologies that are used by the industry. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of modern automotive systems and processes, and their application within industry.

Knowledge-Based Engineering
15 credits

In this module, you’ll develop the skills to undertake advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This part of the Master’s programme aims to meet the demands of industry for skilled mechanical engineers.

Automotive Electronics and Control
15 credits

You’ll look at the electronic control systems used in modern automotive design. Topics include signal generation and processing, CANBUS architecture and engine management systems.

International Logistics and Supply Chain Management
15 credits

This module will enable you to understand in depth the concept of reconfiguration of international logistics systems. You’ll examine transport, warehouse and product identification systems management, as well as risk management in logistics systems.

Operations and Process Management
15 credits

You’ll consider how companies can gain competitive advantage by aligning their internal and external supply chains to enhance customer satisfaction, product profitability, customer-supplier partnerships, and manufacturing and distribution efficiencies.

This is a highly vocational course that is structured to meet the automotive industry’s current and expected future needs. Because of this, we think that it’s important to assess you in a number of different ways during your Automotive Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons) course.

We emphasise problem-based learning and you will also attend lectures. You’ll also spend a lot of your time in workshops, building and testing your own vehicles.

 Approximately 50 per cent of your studies will be assessed by formal examination, and 50 per cent via coursework and presentations.

Teaching breakdown

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63 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

30 Written exams DarkOrange
68 Coursework FireBrick
2 Practical exams #fece5a

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

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).

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

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.

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).

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

The University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Projects and events

Our students get to take part in a range of events which have included: Shell Eco-Marathon in Lausitz (Germany), Autolink, Powertrain, The Autosports International, Walker Adams, Max Power Show, Hot Wheels Racing and Formula Student.

Enhancing your employability skills

There is a high demand for 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.

Our course is highly respected by the industry. Our graduates typically enter work with blue chip engineering companies, and are expected to progress to Chartered Engineer status.

When you study with us you’ll learn all the key aspects of automotive engineering that will help you to get a job and you’ll have the intellectual, technical and personal qualities needed to implement new technologies in the automotive engineering sector.

Wherever possible, we involve employers in curriculum planning and many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they maintain their knowledge of the latest developments.

This strong partnership means you benefit throughout your time with us, because you have access to some of the world’s leading car companies, including Bentley, Morgan, Jaguar Land Rover, and Ford.

It’s why many of our graduates have gone on to start very successful careers in a wide variety of roles in the industry, in areas ranging from development or design and performance engineering to automotive marketing.

International student, Sourabh Joshi, praised the facilities and the labs, which are all equipped with industry-standard technology.

“The ratio of theory to practical is around 60:40, which means we got a lot of hands-on experience, which is very handy after graduation,” he said. “As I have an internationally recognised qualification and a degree from a very renowned university, I have many options.”

Peter Adamsen had studied at our Danish partner institution Aarhus Tech before he joined us to further his expertise in automotive engineering.

“The fact that the course is focused as much as it is on automotive engineering, while still covering the important parts of a mechanical engineering degree, gives the course a lot of credibility,” he said.

With the way the modules link together, I can transfer what I learn in one module to another; for example, skills in Mathematical Analysis can be transferred to Mechanics and Dynamics, and those skills can again be transferred into Chassis and Suspension. Along the way, the course has provided me with insight into the business and industry of automotive engineering simply through being taught by staff with industry experience – something that is invaluable.”

Guaranteed placements for Engineering students joining BEng (Hons) / MEng Year 1 in 2016

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.

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.

That’s why for 2016 entrants to our BEng (Hons)/MEng Engineering degree courses, we’re offering a guaranteed placement during your course which will take the form either of a summer internship or a  year-long sandwich placement.

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 both blue chip organisations and SMEs, from BMW to Westfield Sportscars.

According to the recent DLHE Survey (2012/13), 100% of the graduates from our Engineering sandwich degrees were either in full-time work or full-time study within six months of graduation.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies from Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover, to London Midland, Marconi and Wilmott Dixon.


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 Bentley.

Michael Carter spent his placement year at Bentley's Crewe headquarters and was employed as an Industrial Placement Trainee – Body Engineering. He was given the sole responsibility for the manual boot system of the next generation Continental GT Flying Spur, designing the parts, developing and testing them, and validating the system as a whole.

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.

Other students have spent their placement years at other large blue-chip companies as well as smaller organisations.


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.


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+

A step on the career ladder

Engineering courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to The Telegraph, with around 85.4 per cent of graduates nationwide finding work or going into further education within six months of finishing their degree. 

Thanks to our methods of teaching and learning, as well as our strong industry links and academic staff that can draw on years of relevant industry practice, our graduates typically go on to start careers in the motorsport, aerospace, and automotive industries. Your skills will be in high demand from SMEs working in the supply chain up to multinational companies.

International Students

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:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

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 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

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Computer Assisted Taking Off

Here at Birmingham City University you will make use of commercial software as part of your assessment. Work is carried out in well-equipped and air-conditioned laboratories.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

A computer-generated virtual site

The use of a virtual building site will help you to appreciate the surroundings of a typical construction site and experience some of the challenges you will face in practice.

Learning from industry experts

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

Laura Layland 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.

Professor Adrian Cole

Consultant Technologist

2005 to date: Consultant Technologist

European Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academy, EU Leonardo Project with; AJE (Spain), Saxeed (Germany) and Pro Acadamie (Finland) 

KTP, TSB Projects; Sirus Automotive, Surface Transforms, Dura
Carbon Trust funding (£180K) and delivery of project ‘Local Biofuel Production for Local Power Generation.’

Development of Innovation Owners Network (ION); launch funding secured from AWM (Nov 2007), further funded events, April 2008 (I-Lab) and November 2008 (Buzan)

Completion of Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) sponsored Innovation Effectiveness research programme (co-partners: Bentley, Innospec and Avon)

1997-2005 : Senior Academic and Manager
Responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate course development and delivery, external business and research development.

Funding bid submissions to; DTI Foresight Vehicle, DTI Technology Programme, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)/AWM, European Social Fund (ESF) Objective 2, Wellcome JIF (£2.05m with University of Birmingham and Coventry), Carbon Trust (£180K & £250K)

New courses: MSc Automotive Calibration & Control, BSc Automotive Computer Aided Design

International partnerships;
MSc franchise to WHZ, Zwickau, Germany for delivery of 50% of taught course
BEng Automotive Eng/BSc CAD co-delivery partnership – Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Bespoke industrial courses - Engine Technology (5 day), Combustion Analysis (3 day, USA), Engine Systems Design (4 day)

External Examiner – University of Hertfordshire, MSc Automotive Business and Management, South Devon College (Foundation Engineering)

Lead organiser for the first Formula Student event in 1998 (450 attendees, 11 teams)
Originator and organiser of Formula Student Workshops (85 students, 3 days)
Organiser of first Society of Aeronautic Engineers (SAE) world in motion trial in the UK (for ages 12 to 16) with UFA
Awarded Certificate of Professional Studies (equivalent to CertEd)

Dr Richard Cornish

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Faculty of Engineering, Birmingham City University, 1998-2001

Research Associate in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Central England, 1994-1997

Project Engineer, Mechanical Design, Lucas Research Centre, Solihull, 1986-1991

Project Engineer, Advanced Control Systems Department, Lucas Advanced Engineering Centre, Solihull, 1991-1993

Vacation Student Engineer at Marconi Radar Systems Ltd, 1985

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

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