Mechanical Engineering BEng with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai)

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

September 2022: The foundation year of your programme is AED 109,145. Following successful completion of your foundation year the tuition fee is AED 126,455 per year of study.

Fees can be paid in instalments. Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Study our Integrated BEng Mechanical Engineering Foundation degree in brand new, state-of-the-art labs and develop the expertise needed for an exciting career. Our foundation pathway provides the highest standards of teaching and a fully integrated student experience to give you the skills required by industry.

BEng Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
Mechanical engineers design, develop, install and test everything from small parts to huge machines and vehicles. They make things move, develop and use new technologies and solve complex problems. Consider the world around us with things like cars, planes, fridges and machines, mechanical engineers have a huge impact on our everyday lives.

Our fantastic new facilities will give you access to exciting experiments 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 on a large engineering activity with industry input. Teaching is joint between academics on our Dubai campus, and our Edgbaston Campus. You will also have the opportunity to interact and work alongside students in our Edgbaston campus in the UK whilst you study at our Dubai campus.

The Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) Integrated Foundation degree has been designed to be relevant to the needs of modern industry and to produce graduates who have the personal and intellectual qualities to be successful in their chosen careers. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both industry and academia, and thus able to deal with issues at the forefront of our discipline.

By successfully completing the BEng Mechanical Engineering programme to at least a high 2.2, and subject to UK Visa approval, you can progress onto our MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, allowing you to continue your education at postgraduate level.

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 Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham Dubai?

  • Educational excellence - Experience the same world-class education as our UK campus. We deliver the same high quality curriculum with highly qualified academics and you will get a degree from a global top 100 university.
  • Class sizes - You will be part of small-group teaching. This enables you to receive a more personalised educational experience.
  • Practical experience - You will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on projects. This will build your knowledge of the design process and the skills required within an engineering context.
  • State-of-the-art labs - You will use our brand new, purpose built 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 industrial links with many large corporations such as Deloitte and Mercedes, which open up 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 academic attainment) 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 student, a range of scholarship awards will be open to you.

Meet our academics

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

See their profiles

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

Why study this course?

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

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.

Like all UAE Ministry Of Education Higher Education Institutions we 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. 

Please note these modules must be completed and passed, in addition to your core programme modules, during the course of your degree.  For further information on these modules please contacts us on

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.

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 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


September 2022

The foundation year of your programme is AED 109,145. Following successful completion of your foundation year the tuition fee is AED 126,455 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.

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 on the BEng Mechanical Engineering with integrated foundation course 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.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job. 100% of our international students went on to graduate-level employment within 6 months of finishing their course (DLHE 2015/16).

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.