Mechanical Engineering - BEng/MEng

UCAS Code:
For part-time please apply direct to the University.
Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years), Part Time (7 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Accredited by both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)/MEng degree is a highly respected course that will equip you with a range of advanced analytical and design skills, as well as strategic management and leadership capabilities.

                                               What is an MEng?

This course fully supports the programme aims of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence), which means you’ll be equipped with the academic and practical skills that employers are keen to find.

You will also be able to progress seamlessly from BEng to a Master’s level award, if you wish to continue your studies for a fourth year.

New for 2017/18

Mechanical 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?

The course is structured so that its themes are directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs.

This programme is highly regarded because it builds on the Government’s STEM agenda and provides a real depth and breadth for students, which means when you finish your studies, you’ll have the intellectual, technical and personal qualities necessary that will make you a highly employable graduate in a sector that has a skills shortage.

You’ll work on the latest industry-standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools and outstanding facilities for engine testing, rapid prototyping, engine emissions testing, and thermodynamics, alongside your academic studies, giving you a fully rounded experience.

Module themes cover areas such as mathematical analysis, applied mechanics, engineering design and practice, applied thermodynamics, environmental studies and thermofluid analysis, and power and energy systems.

You’ll be based at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus where you will explore design management and assurance, taking into consideration design for usability, manufacturability and recycling, undertake a detailed study of power transmission and generation systems, before considering environmental impact, its management and associated legislation.

Your studies will also see you investigating stress analysis, finite element analysis and materials, together with the principles of the mechanics of solids.

You can opt for an industrial placement year too, which gives you an invaluable opportunity to hone your expertise, try out a potential career path and get relevant workplace experience that is valued by so many employers.

You also have the chance to get involved with the prestigious Formula Student event, which will help to boost your CV and get you noticed by world-class companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and GKN, who use the occasion to find their engineers of the future.

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

“I enjoyed the modules and the lectures because of the quality and commitment of the tutors. The practical nature of the course prepares students well for their future careers.” Kenneth Oguegbu

Why Choose Us?

  • The School is based at Millennium Point, at the state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, which has outstanding resources and facilities.
  • We are accredited by the prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
  • 100 per cent of 2012/13 graduates from the four-year sandwich degree in Mechanical Engineering were either in full-time work or study within six months of graduation.
  • As a second year student, you will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Engineers without Borders Challenge, an engineering competition designed to change the lives of people in developing countries. Our first team of Mechanical Engineering students participated in 2015 and beat 22 other university teams from the UK and Ireland to win the Engineers without Borders Challenge 2015, with their water engineering innovation designed to combat drought in Nepal.
  • We are a member of the global SAP University Alliance programme, providing universities with resources to teach how technology can enable integrated business processes.
  • We are the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major business software solutions provider to the US Government and international business, giving you access to industry-standard tools such as ProE.

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:

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Defence Equipment and Support
  • Reynolds Industrial Services

And in jobs such as:

  • Graduate Engineer
  • Engineer of Bread Ovens
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

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

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C 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.

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

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 280 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 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). 30 points (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
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.


The current entry point being offered for this course part-time is year 3 of 5.

  • Higher National Certificate in Engineering with a significant merit profile
  • Foundation Degree in Engineering with a significant merit profile
  • Other qualifications will be considered by our admissions tutors.

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

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

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

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
PT 7 years £1,125 per 15-credit module
Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 7 years TBC

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/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

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.

Guidance for UK/EU students


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
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 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
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 Pay your application fee
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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.

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 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

Your first year focuses on five modules: design methods, digital design, mathematics and dynamics, thermodynamics, materials and processes and mathematics and mechanics.

Design Methods
30 credits
Digital Design
15 credits
Mathematics and Dynamics
30 credits
15 credits

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the basics of engineering thermodynamics, including thermodynamic properties and processes, the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, standard engine and turbine cycles and modes of heat transfer.

Materials and Processes
15 credits

You’ll look at the classification of materials, and the structure, characteristics and properties of each class.

What are materials for?  You will explore how to test and measure mechanical properties, and examine the reasons for and prevention of material failure. The module looks at the role of processing in design and the classification of processes.

You will learn the primary processing methods for metals, polymers, ceramics and composites and develop a strong understanding of rapid prototyping, joining methods, and the design-led methodology of materials and process selection.

Finally, you will study the economic and environmental aspects of materials and process.

Mathematics and Mechanics
30 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 design engineering.

These are: sustainable design and manufacture, mechanics and dynamics, environmental studies thermofluids, management of engineering and technology innovation, and numerical analysis.

Sustainable Design and Manufacture
30 credits

You’ll look at materials and manufacture in design, examining materials and process selection for performance, economic and environmental criteria. You will learn about material strengthening techniques – including working, heat treatments, and alloying - as well as the recycling of materials.

The module will also examine CAD/CAM systems to facilitate manufacturing simulation and analysis, leading on to the application of CNC, including milling, turning and robotics.

Mechanics and Dynamics
30 credits

On this module you’ll consider the structural analysis of beams and cylinders, torsion and impact loading; failure of materials including plastic deformation, fracture mechanics and fatigue; finite element analysis covering virtual work, linear and non-linear elements; and computer based FEA. You’ll also build on your knowledge of vibration, examining beams and balancing of shafts.

Environmental Studies and Thermodynamics
30 credits

You’ll consider the environmental issues that affect engineering and industry, including the associated policies and legislation. You’ll investigate environmental management and sustainability, environmental performance, life-cycle analysis and design for environment methodologies.

You’ll look at thermofluid analysis and how it is related to industrial applications, plus practical power cycles for energy generation, applied heat transfer and fluid flow related to power loss in pipes, power generation via water turbines, and measurement aspects of both fluid pressure and flow rates.

Management of Engineering Technology Innovation
15 credits

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

Numerical Analysis
15 credits

You’ll look at the advanced application of mathematics to solving practical problems, and build upon your first year studies of communicating mathematics effectively. You’ll build on your knowledge of the mathematical techniques required in the solution of practical engineering problems.

Year three

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

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

Undergraduate project
30 credits

You’ll have the opportunity to study a subject that is of real interest to you, enabling you to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in an area of interest relevant to your course title.

Activities include generating a proposal, researching text and electronic sources, creating and implementing solutions, and an artefact if applicable, analysing results and reporting on outcomes.

Design Management
15 credits

You’ll consider design optimisation utilising tools such as value engineering, Six-sigma, FMEA, computer-based design, synthesis and analysis. The module also covers design project management and planning, reviews and appraisals, information systems, product data models, data flow and exchange.

You’ll also investigate management and organisational behaviour, design teams, professionalism and ethics, legal aspects and product liability, while also gaining an overview of PDMS, PLM and KBE systems.

Advanced Engineering Analysis 1
15 credits

This module will equip you with an understanding of the development of behaviour models for FEA, analysis of results and techniques, and methods for checking results.

You will explore applications to 2D/3D static stress problems, thermal analysis and natural frequency analysis, and forced vibration. You’ll also consider axisymmetric components, Castigliano’s theorem, Euler and Rankine’s theory of struts, and residual stress definition and measurement.

Power and Energy Systems 1
15 credits

In this module, you’ll examine power and energy relating to engineering and industry, including energy conversion and energy management. You’ll also investigate a range of energy management topics such as total energy, auditing, monitoring, renewables and economics. The module also considers turbines, boilers/combustion and refrigeration/heat pumps.

Dynamics and Control
15 credits
Advanced Engineering Analysis 2
15 credits
Power and Energy Systems 2
15 credits

Year four

To attain your MEng qualification, you’ll undertake a Master's group project, working with your fellow students to complete an advanced-level project.

You’ll also study thermofluids, finite elements analysis, knowledge-based engineering, advanced stress analysis, international logistics systems management, and strategic planning for international supply chains.

Master's Group Project
30 credits

The project simulates typical graduate workplace tasks that require in-depth knowledge and skills in a course specific area. You’ll work as a team member, which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate technical and general employability in preparation for career progression.

15 credits

This module meets the demands of industry to produce graduates that have a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis and simulation capability.

Finite Elements Analysis
15 credits

Industry needs mechanical engineers who are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques and this module will give you an in-depth understanding of these.

Knowledge-Based Engineering
15 credits

This aims to provide you with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard simulation tools. It responds to the needs of industry and specifically meets the demands of today’s employers by ensuring that you can  skilfully use advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. You’ll study design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Structural Integrity
15 credits
International Logistics Systems Management
15 credits

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the concept of reconfiguration of international logistics systems in a global context. You’ll study transport, warehouse and product identification systems management, as well as risk management.

Operations and Process Management
15 credits

You’ll consider in detail the effect of increasing competitive demand on all parts of the supply chain, how companies can gain competitive advantage by aligning both their internal and external supply chains to enhance customer satisfaction, product profitability, customer-supplier partnerships, manufacturing and distribution efficiencies.

Our course is structured in a way that is directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs and we think it’s important that you are assessed in a number of different ways during your studies. These will include continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work.

Approximately 29 per cent% of your studies will be assessed by formal examination, 65 per cent will be via coursework, and 6 per cent through practical work in your first year.

This course attracts a high number of students who are already in employment and who want to study on a part-time basis. If you are planning to do this, it will take you five years to complete.

The course comprises four themes:

Design covers design management and assurance through to designing for usability, manufacturability, and, ultimately, for recycling at end-of-life.

Energy and Environmental includes the detailed study of power transmission and generation systems followed by an understanding of the environmental impact, its management and the associated legislation that arises from the use of such systems.

Applied Mechanics provides an in-depth knowledge of stress analysis, finite element analysis and materials, together with the principles of the mechanics of solids.

Project provides an underpinning knowledge base for the other themes and an individual project.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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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 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).


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"Uni life in BCU is tough of course when it comes to the actual degree side of things. But it is not 24/7 every single term which really does give you chance during a lot of weeks to do your own thing and improve every aspect of yourself. Not just intellect! Being in Birmingham you really do have the opportunity to undertake a ridiculously wide range of activities and this is reflected in the students union and societies. Although I do have to say with BCU being split up in the city, Most things happen in the north and so being from the south as I was in the first year makes it a lot more difficult to take full advantage. My one piece of advice would be, make sure you have a family or friend you can get away to during uni. Sometimes all you need is a week away!"

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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 one of our highly regarded MSc engineering programmes once you have completed your BEng (Hons) degree, if you want to go down an alternative, yet related, route of study. 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…….

Formula Student

Some of our students choose to base their final year project on the Formula Student module or volunteer to do it to boost their employability.

In this project, you 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.

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.

Combining a rigorous academic curriculum with solid industrial experience means this course produces graduates who have the intellectual, technical and personal qualities necessary for a thriving career in engineering.

Typical routes of employment for our graduates include: performance and development engineering, design engineering, and postgraduate research.

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.


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.

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.

More about our placement opportunities...


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+

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.

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:

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 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

This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

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

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.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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+44 (0)121 331 6295