Mechanical Engineering BEng with Integrated Foundation Year

Our Integrated BEng Mechanical Engineering Foundation Course 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.

The Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) Integrated Foundation Course 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.

Our Mechanical Engineering course is organised into integrated modules covering core mechanical engineering subjects that are designed to develop your learning progressively. You will consider the movement of mechanisms, the strength of the individual parts, the efficiency and environmental impact of your designs, and the methods that can be employed to make your product profitably.

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Tom Dawes

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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.”

Our BEng Mechanical Engineering with Integrated Foundation Course prepares students for a professional discipline that is hugely important in day-to-day life, and supplies solutions to a vast range of sectors. Mechanical engineers design, analyse and manufacture machines that move using gears: from giant earth-moving machines and huge turbines in power stations, to all types of road and rail vehicles, space rockets and satellites. In the medical sector, Mechanical Engineers supply solutions in terms of life-saving equipment, life-enhancing artificial limbs, pacemakers, microscale pumps and incubators. We also make industrial robots; the machines that make other products.

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) with integrated foundation course at Birmingham Dubai will produce graduates who are creative, highly numerate and skilled at solving problems and delivering results. We are a friendly community of self-assured professionals, determined to guide you to wherever your engineering talents will thrive. All our programmes reflect the strength and longevity of our industrial partnerships.

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.

First and Second Year

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.

Final Year

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.

View the Mechanical Engineering Dubai campus brochure (pdf 478 KB).


All modules listed are compulsory.

Foundation year

  • Introductory Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Properties of Matter (10 credits)
  • Further Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Mechanics and Waves (20 credits)
  • Foundation Electronic an Electrical Engineering (20 credits)
  • Academic English and Study Skills or Advanced Academic English and Study Skills (40 credits)

Year one

  • Electrical Engineering 1 (20 credits)
  • Engineering Materials (10 credits)
  • Engineering Mathematics 1 (20 credits)
  • Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer (20 credits)
  • Integrated Design Project 1 (20 credits)
  • Computing for Engineers (10 credits)
  • Mechanics 1 (20 credits)

Year two

  • Engineering Mathematics 2 (20 credits)
  • Integrated Design Project 2 (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (10 credits)
  • Mechanics 2 (20 credits)
  • Mechanical Design A (20 credits)
  • Mechatronics (10 credits)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids (20 credits)

Year three

  • Mechanical Design B (20 credits)
  • Powertrain and Vehicle Engineering (20 credits)
  • Integrated Design Project 3 (20 credits)
  • Control Engineering (10 credits)
  • Sustainable Energy and the Environment (10 credits)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (10 credits)
  • BEng: Individual Engineering Project (30 credits)

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.

Fees and funding

The foundation year of your programme will be charged at 82,030 AED for 2019/20 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 109,070 AED per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry 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.

How to apply

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

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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