Mechanical Engineering MEng (Dubai)

Start date
On completion of BEng 2nd year in Dubai
4 years (1+2 in Dubai, 3+4 in Birmingham)
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours

Annual tuition fee for 2024 entry is AED 132,778 per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships are available for years 1 and 2 of the course.

Study our MEng Mechanical Engineering course and develop the expertise you need for a successful career. You will have the exciting opportunity to study on both our Dubai and UK campuses.

MEng Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education

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.

This MEng programme offers a suite of modules covering core mechanical engineering subjects that are designed to develop your learning progressively. You will also get the opportunity to specialise and gain in-depth knowledge of your chosen area. You will begin your studies on the BEng Mechanical Engineering in Dubai where our leading world-class facilities will give you access to exciting practical and laboratory sessions.

After two years, you will then have the opportunity to transfer onto the MEng Mechanical Engineering programme at our UK campus to study years three and four. This pathway offers an MEng degree accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and all the educational benefits and experience of having studied in the UK as well as Dubai. Students choosing this route will be required to meet an academic threshold for progression to the MEng at the end of their second year in Dubai.

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.

Why study MEng Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham?

  • Dual accredited degrees: our MEng programmes in Birmingham are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers UK. This provides employers with assurances that you have the qualities they require. An accredited degree is an important step towards becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Our MEng programme is also accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education which indicates to private and public sector employers in the GCC region, that your degree is globally and regionally recognised.
  • 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 in our UK as well as Dubai campus, by delivering the same high-quality curriculum. You will graduate with a degree from a global top 100 university. 
  • 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.
  • Brand new campus - Our state-of-the-art Dubai campus is one of the smartest university campuses on earth. It includes a drop-in study space, students’ lounges, computer suites and quiet study spaces throughout the building providing flexible learning.
  • State-of-the-art facilities - You will use our brand-new, purpose-built labs in Dubai and enjoy the facilities in the new School of Engineering building in Birmingham.
  • Research-led teaching - Our research feeds directly into your teaching ensuring your programme includes the latest developments in mechanical engineering.
  • Transnational academic experience – By studying the first two years in Dubai and the third and fourth year of the MEng degree in Edgbaston, you will gain significant transnational experience, learning from the cultures of both uniquely different countries and be able to fit into multicultural teams when you begin your career.
  • 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 for your first two years.
  • 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.
  • UBRacing - this is the University's Formula Student team and provides a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience and compete around the world.
  • Hear from our current students about why they chose to study Mechanical Engineering with us in Dubai.student video

Student Profile - Seif Elmarzouky

"My experience so far has been great. Not only have I been able to grow academically, I have also been encouraged to take part in student activities..."

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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


The first two years of our BEng 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.

Year one

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

You will be based in the UK at our Edgbaston campus in years 3 and 4.

Year 3

In Years 3 and 4, you will develop your specialisation further, with an increased problem-solving-based focus. You continue with Mechanical Design where you undertake project work and have the opportunity to attend lectures from companies such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover to gain an insight into industrial design projects.

Year 4

In year 4 you are given options to pursue your personal engineering interests providing the opportunity to develop deep understanding and competence in their chosen specialism. Strong links are formed with our research programmes, through the range of options available, to ensure that you benefit from developments at the leading edge of your chosen field. You will be given the opportunity to choose from options listed below.

Many projects are defined by industry and Formula Student team members can also undertake projects based on the racing car. The project gives you the chance to use your own initiative and apply the skills and knowledge learnt during your degree programme. 

Core modules

Optional modules. Examples of optional modules are listed below:

Choose 60 credits options from:

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.


We charge an annual tuition fee which is set at AED 132,778 per year of study for 2024 entry.


We have a number of scholarships available for years 1 and 2.

How To Apply

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

BEng Transfer to MEng: BEng Mechanical Engineering students can transfer to MEng Mechanical Engineering Programme during their second year of study. The transfer is subject to meeting the required academic performance in their second year of study. Students who transfer to MEng complete their first 2 years of study in our Dubai campus and go to our UK campus to study remaining 2 years of the programme.


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.


3 A Levels. Typical offer AAB - ABB. A level Mathematics grade A (Further Mathematics and Physics are not required but are advantageous). You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A Levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015. General studies not accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

6,6,5 – 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include 6 in Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall.


Please view the Middle East section on the international country page for further information on entry requirements. 



  • AAB - 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards
  • ABB - 75% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and West Bengal or 80% Other State boards

Mathematics must be taken with 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards

Please view our India page for further information on entry requirements.


  • The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Requirements for each of these qualifications is listed above.

Please view our Pakistan page for further information on entry requirements. 

American System

Either a total of 3 distinct subject tests from APs and/or SAT subject tests or one year at a Community College or USA University.

Other entry requirements can be found on our international students pages.

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 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.