Mechanical Engineering BEng with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai)

Start date
January and September
4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours

2024 entry: The Foundation Year of your programme is AED 114,602. Following successful completion of your Foundation Year the tuition fee is AED 132,778 per year of study.

Fees can be paid in instalments. Scholarships are available.

Study our Integrated BEng Mechanical Engineering course on our brand-new campus, in state-of-the-art labs. Develop the expertise you need for an exciting career. Our course provides you with the skills modern industry requires and valuable hands-on experience.

Our BEng Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education.

The programme is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers accreditationEngineering Council accreditation logo

Mechanical engineers research, design, manufacture, install and test everything from nanoscale robots to massive macroscale machines like spacecraft. They make things move and develop and use state-of-the-art technologies to solve complex global challenges. Mechanical engineers play a significant part in our daily lives. They are essential in manufacturing devices like jet engines, electric vehicles, cryogenic cooling systems for vaccines, carbon capture facilities, renewable energy systems and in understanding the mechanics of cancer cells and human skeletons.  The quality of our everyday lives is significantly enriched by the work of mechanical engineers.

Located in one of the smartest university campuses on earth, our leading world-class facilities give you access to exciting practical and laboratory sessions. The programme offers a suite of modules covering core mechanical engineering subjects that are designed to develop your learning progressively. The integrated design project also provides an excellent opportunity to work in groups with significant industry input. Our teaching is jointly delivered by staff from both our Dubai and UK campuses.

Birmingham graduates are highly sought after and there is a huge range of job opportunities available to you. Our graduates work in small and global organisations such as General Electric, Airbus, Aston Martin, BAE systems, BP, Exxon Mobil, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes High Performance Engines and Laing O'Rourke Rolls-Royce.

If you choose to study our BEng Mechanical Engineering with Integrated Foundation Year programme there are some exciting opportunities to travel for study in the UK. After completing your Foundation Year and year one of the BEng, you could study on our beautiful Birmingham campus during your second year.

Subject to academic requirements, after two years studying the BEng in Dubai, you could choose to progress onto the MEng Mechanical Engineering programme in Birmingham where you would study years three and four. 

There is also the option, on completion of your BEng in Dubai, to continue to postgraduate level and study for an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering. This is subject to achievement in your BEng and visa approval.

As a mechanical engineer, you could get a job in a wide range of revolutionary industries, from aerospace and nuclear engineering to accountancy and investment banking. Gaining a degree in mechanical engineering ensures that graduates have a strong range of career options open to them. Our graduates work in small and global organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Aston Martin.

Explore the state-of-the-art facilities available to you

Why study BEng Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham Dubai?

  • Accredited degree - You will earn a globally recognised degree that is also accredited by the UAE’s Ministry of Education, which allows you to have significant GCC recognition for your qualification.
  • Global reputation for educational excellence – The School of Engineering is a truly international place, and our world-leading academics specialise in areas relevant to modern-day issues. We offer the same first-class education as in our UK campus, by delivering the same high-quality curriculum and you will graduate with a degree from a global top 100 university. 
  • Three-year programme - We are the only British institution in Dubai offering a three-year UAE Ministry of Education accredited Engineering programme. 
  • Exceptional learning environment - We have a real sense of community, with staff that are approachable and nurturing, which provides a collaborative and supportive learning environment for students. There is an excellent student to teacher ratio and multiple channels of support are available to students, via both physical and digital means.
  • Class sizes - You will be part of small-group teaching. This enables you to receive a more personalised educational experience.
  • State-of-the-art engineering labs - You will use our brand-new, purpose-built engineering labs that are fitted out with a range of advanced equipment on our fantastic new campus.
  • Research-led teaching - Our research feeds directly into your teaching ensuring your programme includes the latest developments in mechanical engineering.
  • Industry connections - We have strong industrial links with many large corporations such as Siemens, RTA Dubai, Atkins and Mercedes, which open various beneficial opportunities to our students including, careers fairs, industrial guest lectures and potential placements or work experience options.
  • Exchange opportunities - You can choose to spend your second year studying at our picturesque campus in Birmingham, UK (subject to meeting requirement) and there are also opportunities for later study in Birmingham.
  • Networks across the world - You will become part of a global community of mechanical engineering students across the world.
  • Scholarship opportunities - As a University of Birmingham Dubai student, a range of scholarship awards will be open to you.
  • Design Projects - You will have the opportunity to take part in design projects in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment.
  • Extracurricular Projects are at the centre of students’ teamwork skills acquisition and learning activities. From designing, manufacturing and deploying wind turbine foundations, to building and testing ‘shuttle landers’, paper planes, dispensers, our students are provided many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in engineering tasks, building great team working abilities while also competing globally.
  • Hear from our current students about why they chose to study Mechanical Engineering with us in Dubai: mecheng-student-video

Student Profile - Syed Aamir

"The best thing is the people I have met. The student community has been very welcoming and the professors have been very kind."

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Meet our academics

Our Mechanical Engineering academics are highly qualified and based in Dubai.

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I have always had a strong interest in car design and engineering. The combination of form and function is something i know i wanted to experience in my career - Mechanical Engineering has provided me with the knowledge, experience and underlying principles behind designing for the real world.

Tom Dawes, Mechanical Engineering student

Our Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with Integrated Foundation Year programme is a four-year (BEng) degree, we also offer the course as a three-year Mechanical Engineering BEng, a four-year MEng and a five-year MEng with an Integrated Foundation Year.

Learn about the Mechanical Engineering Department in Dubai


All modules listed are compulsory.

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, our integrated foundation course is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of the foundation year will also guarantee you progression onto the Mechanical Engineering BEng programme.  *You will need at least 100 credits, at least 55% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 60% Mathematics modules.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.

Year one

The first two years of this four year Mechanical Engineering course have been designed to provide 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.

If you are interested in studying in the UK, you can apply to spend the second year of your four year foundation course in Birmingham. Find out more about spending your second year in the UK.

Like all UAE Ministry of Education Higher Education Institutions, we also run the below listed compulsory modules. These modules are designed to support talented graduates in the region, with the skills to aid and further employability. 

  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Sustainability (EIS)
  • Arabic Language 1

Please note these modules must be completed and passed, in addition to your core programme modules, during the course of your degree. Find out more about EIS and Arabic modules.

Year two

Year three

In the final year these fundamentals of engineering are used to explore advanced engineering topic areas, with a more problem solving based focus, within the context of a broadly based programme of study. In your final year you undertake a major individual project linked to your chosen field of specialisation. You will also undertake a group design study project exploring the associated commercial, legal and safety aspects of developing a new product.

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 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


2024 entry

The Foundation Year of your programme is AED 114,602.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year the tuition fee is AED 132,778 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.


We have a number of scholarships available.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

International Requirements


If you do not meet the entry requirements for maths, you may be eligible to take our maths entry test. For a one to one consultation with our team about this opportunity please contact or +971 424 92300.

Foundation Pathway entry requirements


Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

Middle East (Thaneweya)

Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.


The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

American System

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

English Language Requirements 

Please refer to the Undergraduate English language requirements page for information on English proficiency. 

This world famous programme has many strengths. One of them is the Integrated Design Subject which runs through all of academic years during the course of the study.

Dr Farrukh Hafeez

Learning and teaching methods will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

Work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

To enrich the learning experience, our teaching is jointly delivered by staff in Dubai and the UK. Typically, each module’s preparation team consists of staff members across both campuses with at least the module leader based in the Dubai campus. You will receive the same high-quality teaching and learning resources (lecture notes, tutorial sheets, video resources, example lectures, logbooks, etc.) and rigorous assessments (projects, coursework, assignments, exams, etc) as your fellow students on the UK campus.

You will have the opportunity to conduct projects under the supervision of staff members from either campus. You can also work on projects that are collaboratively supervised by staff members in other Schools within the University and with industry-based engineers, which significantly increases the type of project topics available. You will also have the option to propose projects based on your interests during your final year project and in the coursework of some modules.

A degree in Mechanical Engineering provides the skills required for a wide range of careers.  Our programme is designed to produce graduates who are organised, numerate, good at problem solving and have a wide range of professional skills to complement their technical abilities. These qualities, plus the prestige of a degree from a leading World Class University, make our graduates attractive  to companies in the engineering sector worldwide as well as those in finance, consultancy and commerce.

Examples of companies where our graduates have gone on to work include Aston Martin, Atkins, BP, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Exxon Mobil, Mercedes High Performance Engines and Laing O'Rourke.

I had secured a summer placement with GKN through the University Mentoring Scheme, which allows me to learn about new skills and areas as well as incorporating the teaching I am learning at University. I also gained the opportunity to have an insight day with CDS (Control and Data Services) which is part of Rolls Royce Group.

Lik Soo, Mechanical Engineering student

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Your Birmingham Degree

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. 

Professional Accreditation

Our BEng Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education.

Engineering Council accreditation logoThe programme is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.