Mechanical Engineering Foundation/BEng - BEng (Hons)

UCAS Code:
H308
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

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

What's covered in the course?

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

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

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

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

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?

Why choose us?

  • The average starting salary of a Mechanical Engineering graduate is £22,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
  • In 2017, we are spending £8.7 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
  • The course offers a seamless progression from BEng to a Master’s-level award.
  • The programme has previously achieved academic accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will 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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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

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.

80 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 80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 

with at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject at A Level or equivalent.

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.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)

Computing/Engineering preferred. Pass, Merit, Merit.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

24 points: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Higher Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate Passes in six subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Passes in five subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
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).

24 points: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (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

Entry requirements here

From A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Call Clearing hotline
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Call Clearing hotline

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year Call Clearing hotline

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

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.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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Foundation Year

Mathematics for Engineers I
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

You will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering facts to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

The module also enables you to learn and develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond.

Mathematics for Engineers II
20 credits

Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

You will further develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

The module also enables you to learn and develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond.

Practical Skills I
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the second Practical Skills module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you learn elsewhere on the course.

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

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

Practical Skills II
20 credits

This module aims to provide the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you learn elsewhere on the course.

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

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

Engineering Science 1
20 credits

This module aims to give you the knowledge and problem-solving skills that you need to progress to the next science module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree.  

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

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

Engineering Science II
20 credits

The module aims to further develop your knowledge and problem-solving skills, to enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It contains the material normally encountered in an A Level physics course which is relevant for entry to an engineering degree. 

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

You will use the mathematical techniques developed in other modules and gain the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

Year One

Engineering Principles I
20 credits

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

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

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

Engineering Practice
20 credits

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

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

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

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

Mathematics and Design
20 credits

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

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

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

Engineering Principles II
20 credits

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

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

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

Mathematics and Professional Skills
20 credits

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

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

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

Integrated Engineering Project
20 credits

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

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

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

Year Two

Design and Manufacture
20 credits

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

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

Design and Materials
20 credits

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

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

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

Leading Engineering Endeavour
20 credits

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

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

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

Numerical Analysis
20 credits

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

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

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

Mechanical Science
20 credits

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

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

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

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
20 credits

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

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

Year Three

Individual Honours Project
40 credits

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

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

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

Computer Aided Engineering
20 credits

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

Advanced Mechanics
20 credits

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

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

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

Dynamics and Control
20 credits

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

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

Thermodynamics and Power and Energy Systems
20 credits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attendance requirements

There are 30 attendance weeks in each academic year.

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

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - full IEng

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, ensuring it remains fresh and relevant, as well as boasting the best industry contacts.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The course is accredited by IMechE, ensuring our content remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry information.

International Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

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, BMW and Bosch.

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

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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

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

Graduate Success

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

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:

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

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

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:

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.

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.

Learning from industry experts

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

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

Man-Fai Yau

Senior Lecturer

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

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