Scholarships and awards

The University provides bursaries to help students during their degree programmes.  In addition to these the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering offers a number of bursaries and scholarships to encourage academic excellence, and to reward achievement, for our students.

Undergraduate fees and funding; university awards

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded. The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.


First Class Scholarship for UK and EU students

The Department of  Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering offers First Class Scholarships to eligible UK and EU undergraduates. 

  • You must achieve A*AA at A-level in approved subjects, including A* in A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureates of 32 overall with 766 in HL subjects to include 7 in HL Mathematics.
  • The First Class Scholarship has a value of £5000 on entry.

Other qualifications equivalent to A-levels will be considered - please contact the Admissions Tutor to find out the criteria.

Bursaries and scholarships for international students

The Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering offers scholarships to international students applying for undergraduate programmes whose fees are not wholly paid by a sponsoring body. These are worth between £1,500 and £3,000.

Other scholarships and awards

In addition to those awards available from the department and university there are others available to our students. Some of these scholarships are offered by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences or through industrial partners or alumni. Others are awarded to students who are talented athletes or musicians. You can find details of these scholarships below. 

BP Scholarships

Launched in 2012, the BP STEM Scholarships are intended to encourage and support students with a passion for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects. 

Each year BP will offer scholarships to up to 10 students from the University of Birmingham. Each scholarship is worth up to £20 000 with scholars receiving £5000 per year for the duration of their degree (up to four years). The scholarship is not intended to cover fees but offer students support with the costs of resources and living. Learn more about the BP STEM scholarships

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme 

The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) is a university sponsorship programme for students who want to join the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force or Engineering and Science branch of the MOD Civil Service as technical officers after they graduate.

DTUS students awarded a bursary of £4,000 per year along with training pay for attending exercises and activities and an additional bounty for those students who complete 27-35 days of training which means most DTUS scholars receive between £5,500 and £6,000 per year. All DTUS students at the University of Birmingham are supported by Taurus Squadron.

In return, students are expected to remain physically fit and pass an annual fitness test, advance each academic year and serve for a minimum of three years as an officer after graduating.

Learn more (Ministry of Defence website).

Institution of Engineering Technology Diamond Scholarship

All our courses are accredited by The Institution of Engineering Technology (the IET). As well as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration, this enables high-achieving students on our courses to apply for a scholarship from the IET worth £1,000 per year.

If you achieve 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 'A' grade Advanced Highers or 5 'A' grade Highers and join one of our courses in Autumn 2017 and could receive an IET scholarship of £1000 per year during your studies.

Existing students commencing the second, third or final year in Autumn 2017 and expected to obtain 60 per cent or more in the end of year exams can also apply for an IET grant. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 27 June and you can apply in advance based on your predicted grades.

Learn more.

Music Scholarship

Birmingham’s musical heritage reaches back to our first Professor of Music, Edward Elgar. Today, both the new Bramall Music Building and the Barber Institute host regular public performances from our two orchestras, choirs, bands and other music ensembles. 

Learn more about the Music Scholarship

Sport Scholarship

The University offers a range of Sports Scholarships  worth up to £10,000 for high performing scholars. If you are at the top of your game, Birmingham offers a number of scholarships and bursaries that could help you study here. The University of Birmingham Sports Scholarship programme is one of the best in the UK, providing a comprehensive package to support the most talented and dedicated athletes financially, physically and mentally.

UBSport currently offer around 40 University of Birmingham Sport scholarships per annum, in a gold, silver and bronze format, as well as supporting the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Bursary Scheme.

Learn more.

The TI Group Undergraduate Scholarship

The TI Group Undergraduate Scholarship is worth £1,000 and is available to students currently studying on an engineering undergraduate programme at the University of Birmingham. There are five awards available each year.

Learn more

Whitworth Scholarship Awards

Whitworth Scholarship Awards are for prospective or current undergraduates or postgraduates of any engineering discipline who have completed a two year engineering apprenticeship. The scholarships are valued up to £20,000 (for full time study up to £5,000 per annum is available over four years, for part time study up to £3,000 per annum). The closing date for applications is 30 June each year. 

Supports outstanding engineers showing excellent academic and practical skills and the qualities needed to succeed in industry. Applicants may be starting or already studying an Engineering degree course. Applicants must have taken a vocational route into Engineering for at least 2 years since full-time education prior to beginning the degree programme.

Learn more