Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a vibrant department with approximately 130 first year students starting each year. Here are some of the reasons why we think you will want to become one of these.

  • 93% of our students are in graduate employment, or further study, six months after studying with us (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16)
  • We have excellent links with industry which we utilise to help our students gain valuable real-world experience through industrial placements and study abroad.
  • Our students benefit from a very recent £40m investment into a collaborative teaching laboratory; transforming the way in which hands-on experience to real life engineering problems are delivered.
  • We host UBRacing - our own Formula Student racing team, which competes throughout the world.

Ailsa has created a vlog about life as a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Birmingham:

Excellent career prospects

Our graduates are sought after by engineering, automotive, petrochemical and aerospace industries; typically earning in the range of £25,000–£29,000 p.a. six months after graduating (source UNISTATS). Equally your problem-solving and analytical skills could be directed towards a career in finance, law, teaching or research.

Industry focused teaching

At Birmingham we ensure that our teaching is relevant to industry. We have industrial  lectures as well as providing industry focused projects and visits; e.g. the Aston Martin Sports car deconstruction project, the MOOG design project, the BP Design & Professional Skills Programme, and the visit to MAZAK.

Social atmosphere and engaged students

We have an active student society, the Mechanical Engineering Society (MechSoc) which organises talks, visits and social events. There are also student-led specialist interest clubs that provide opportunities to engage your interest and develop skills, as well as engage in competitive competitions with other teams from around the world. Founded in 1997, our highly successful formula student team UBRacing is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, whilst the relatively new UBRobotics club is already winning prizes in national-level competitions.

We also have a student-led Facebook group for all offer holders that lets you meet other applicants, as well as finding out more about what it's like to study Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham. If you haven't already joined, why not join us now?