Mechanical Engineering BEng with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai)

Start date
September 2020
4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours

The foundation year of your programme is AED 85,164.

Following successful completion of your foundation year the tuition fee is AED 109,980 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

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Our Integrated BEng Mechanical Engineering Foundation degree is part of our foundation pathways programme, which combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

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.

Mechanical Engineers positively impact our everyday lives. They make things move, develop and use new technologies and solve complex problems. Mechanical engineers are constantly aiming to make important differences to benefit society and industry. At Birmingham our programme has been organised into integrated modules covering core mechanical engineering subjects that are designed to develop your learning progressively. This will give you the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and skills for becoming a mechanical engineer, through building your understanding of the movement of mechanisms, the efficiency and environmental impact of your designs, as well as the methods that can be employed to make your product profitably.

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.

Mechanical engineers secure jobs in a wide range of revolutionary industries, from aerospace and nuclear engineering to accountancy and investment banking, 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.

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Why study Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham Dubai?

  • Global recognition - We offer the same world-class education as in our UK campus by delivering the same high quality curriculum and meticulously similar quality assurance processes.
  • 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.
  • Research focused 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.
  • Exchange opportunities - You can choose to spend your second year studying at our picturesque campus in Birmingham, UK (subject to academic attainment).
  • Networks across the world - You will become part of a global community of mechanical engineering students across the world meaning you will be connected wherever you go in the world.

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

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All modules listed are compulsory.

Foundation year

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

Successful completion of the initial integrated foundation course will also guarantee you progression onto the Mechanical Engineering (Hons) programme. *You will need at at least 100 credits, at least 55% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 60% in Introductory Mathematics and in Further Mathematics.

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.

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.


The foundation year of your programme will be charged at 85,164 AED for 2020/21 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 109, 980 AED per year of study.


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

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.

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.