Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons) / MEng

UCAS Code:
H330, H301
For part-time please apply direct to the University.
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years), Part Time (5 years), Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years), Part Time (7 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

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?
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Our MEng / BEng Mechanical Engineering course aims to produce skilled engineers capable of undertaking mechanical engineering tasks within and across organisations. A highly-respected programme, our course will enhance your strategic management and leadership capabilities. The course builds on sustainable futures and the Government's STEM agenda, helping you to gain the knowledge and attributes needed to thrive in this ever-changing industry - by studying this programme you will engineer a better future.

By studying this course, you will utilise the latest tools and technologies, developing new skills at an advanced level.

The teaching and learning on the programmes focuses and emphasises the importance of the body of knowledge and ensures that we incorporate it within the guiding principles underpinning these programmes.

A key part of the degree will focus on the application of industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques to the analysis, specification and design of mechanical engineering systems.

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 course offers a seamless progression from BEng to Master’s-level awards.
  • The programme has previously achieved academic accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will be encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities, such as Formula Student and Engineering without Borders, to gain real-life experience of engineering.
  • 91 per cent of our students said we were good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2016).

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:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Morgan Motors
  • GKN
  • Bentley
  • Mercedes
  • Rolls-Royce
  • JCB
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2017 entry is now closed

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 2017/18
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 Pass 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 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 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

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level)
AND
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)/BCC. 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.

.
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 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level)
AND
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 2017/18
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 Pass 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 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 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

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 15 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level)
AND
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

BC (2 Advanced) and A (1 Higher)/BCC. 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.

.
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 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 15 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level)
AND
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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
MEng 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

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

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

Engineering Principles I
20 credits
Engineering Practice I
20 credits
Mathematics and Design
20 credits
Engineering Principles II
20 credits
Mathematics and Professional Skills
20 credits
Engineering Practice II
20 credits

Year two

Design and Manufacture
20 credits
Design and Materials
20 credits
Leading Engineering Endeavour
20 credits
Mathematics and Control
20 credits
Mechanical Science
20 credits
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
20 credits

Year three

CEBE Undergraduate Project (BEng students only)
40 credits
CEBE MEng Group Project (MEng students only)
40 credits
Computer Aided Engineering
20 credits
Advanced Mechanics
20 credits
Dynamics and Control
20 credits
Thermodynamics and Power and Energy Systems
20 credits

Year four (MEng only)

Advanced Dynamics
20 credits
Control Engineering
20 credits
Advanced Systems Engineering
20 credits
Optional module (from MSc modules)
20 credits
CEBE MEng Individual Project
40 credits

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Profile photo of Dr Ricardo Sodre

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

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?

Email the applications team

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