Undergraduate degree course/programme Engineering BEng H236:
Engineering is a diverse subject area, touching on nearly every aspect of our modern lives. Engineers make contributions to the water we drink, the food we eat, the design of our homes and the efficiency of transportation. The General Engineering programme is designed to give you the flexibility to explore the various disciplines before choosing your specialist field.
In an increasingly connected and collaborative engineering environment, understanding of each engineering discipline is essential. Therefore the first year teaching will cover the fundamentals of a variety of engineering subject areas to provide this foundational knowledge. This will develop your teamwork skills with other engineering students, operating across traditional boundaries to develop innovative solutions to the problems of the future. This approach is favoured by our industrial partners, producing well-rounded, knowledgeable graduates. From the second year onwards you will specialise in the branch of engineering of your choice.
In the School of Engineering we have world leading experts in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. They are working on a diverse range of projects from fluid mechanics, to developing the latest satellite technology or improving power generators.
Birmingham engineering graduates are creative, highly-skilled problem solvers with a solid understanding of how they, and other engineering disciplines, can directly improve the world around them.
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The General Engineering programme has been designed to be flexible, building a solid foundation for students to then specialise in their chosen discipline.
The first year is shared across disciplines to allow the development of a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop students’ broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda.
You will learn the essential skills needed to operate as an engineer in any discipline, working with your peers from other branches of engineering to discover how your unique interests and skills can work together to produce better solutions.
Following the foundational first year, you will then work to develop your specialist knowledge, informed by the cutting-edge research carried out in the School. You can find out more about the individual branches of engineering that you can choose on their individual pages:
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At Birmingham, we provide diverse, yet balanced, courses, enabling our graduates to gain employment in a wide range of industries. Teaching is provided by lecturers who are global experts in their field, with multi-million pound investment providing leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories. We produce graduates who can function in today's fast-changing marketplace, and your career prospects will be excellent.
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.
Electrical Engineering 1
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering
are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals
of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals
of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related
techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops.
Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
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The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their
key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate
materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental
science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials,
such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be
introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and
behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
Engineering Mathematics 1
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the
mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
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Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation,
and introduce associated engineering applications.
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Integrated Design Project 1
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process
and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
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|Computing for Engineers
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer
programming using an important modern programming language which has applications
from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to
mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers:
general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic
principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where
relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to
provide context for the taught material.
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Year two and three
Depending on your choice of specialism, your second and third year module information can be found on one of the following pages:
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2017/18 are as follows:
Funding opportunities are available.
For UK students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.Visit our tuition fees page for more information.
- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- A level Mathematics. You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015.
General Studies or Critical Thinking not accepted. However, a good performance in one of these may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall.
BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered for BEng programmes providing there is sufficient Mathematics content and applicant satisfactorily completes our Mathematics aptitude test.
- BEng; D*D*D* plus Distinction in all units required.
- MEng; not considered unless A level Maths also taken.
BTEC Diploma considered in combination with A Level.
- BEng; D*D* plus B. If the A level taken is not in Mathematics, then the BTEC Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.
- MEng; D*D* plus A-level Maths grade A
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered in combination with 2 A Levels
- BEng; D*plus A B. If A level Mathematics is not taken, then the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.
- MEng; D*plus A,A including Mathematics
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
Collaborative Teaching Laboratory
The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), planned to open in 2018/19, will become a hub for science & engineering teaching, with multifunctional labs suitable for subject-specific and cross-disciplinary teaching and team working.
As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).
To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we'll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
What you can expect
Throughout your degree, depending on module choice, you can expect about 20 hours of contact time per week on average. This consits of approximately 14 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials/labs. In your first and second years, the course is delivered as lectures, small group workshops, laboratories, computer-based activities, enquiry-based learning and tutorials. A strong emphasis is placed on design project work in your third year.
How will I be taught?
As a Birmingham student, you are joining the academic elite and have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts in the field of civil engineering. Throughout your studies, you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, thriving on challenge and opportunities to think for yourself.
At the start of your degree, you'll be assigned a Personal Tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues.
Laboratory-based work is an integral part of our civil engineering degree programme, vital to develop your experimental practical skills, and to reinforce concepts introduced in lectures or to explore a particular phenomenon. Lab work takes place mainly in the first two years of the programme when you'll learn all the fundamental concepts, but you can also opt for a laboratory final-year project. You never know, you could be 'playing' in the Department's newly constructed wind tunnel.
Lectures take place in our theatres which, as well as the traditional whiteboard and pen, are equipped with the latest technology, including facilities to show movies, animations and molecular graphics, to record lectures and to interact with 'ask the audience' style electronic voting systems.
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside the lecture course, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
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Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
If you make the most of the wide range of services
you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.
This degree is accredited as:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
See www.jbm.org.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng. It is also recognised by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI).
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