Scholarships and awards

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Because of its strong links with industry, the University of Birmingham is offering enhanced scholarships to bright students studying accredited and internationally respected degrees in Engineering.

First Class Scholarships for UK/EU students

The Department of Civil Engineering offers first-class scholarships to eligible UK and EU undergraduates.

  • You must achieve A*AA at A-level in approved subjects, including A* in A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureates of 32 overall with 766 in HL subjects to include 7 in HL Mathematics.
  • The First Class Scholarship has a value of £5000 on entry.
  • Other qualifications equivalent to A-levels will be considered – please contact the Admissions Tutor to find out the criteria.
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Terms and conditions

  1. Only A-levels in APPROVED SUBJECTS count towards the Scholarship.  The approved list contains subjects which are considered to be intellectually challenging (all sciences, modern languages, history, geography etc.).  It excludes general studies, media studies etc. For confirmation about the status of any subject, please contact the Admissions Tutor.
  2. The Scholarship is awarded in the student’s year of entry to the Department of Civil Engineering (i.e. the academic year 2017-2018).
  3. Students who were not awarded the Scholarship on entry will not be eligible for it in subsequent years.
  4. Students in receipt of scholarships from organisations other than the University of Birmingham are also eligible for this award.
  5. There is no special application process for the Scholarship.  Awards will be made automatically to all eligible UK and EU students admitted to the Department of Civil Engineering in September of the year you commence your study at Birmingham.
  6. The University’s decision as to whether a qualification is equivalent to A*AA or above at A-level is final.
  7. Conditions are subject to change.  Awards are made to candidates who meet the terms and conditions current at the time of entry to the University.

BP Scholarships

Launched in 2012, the BP STEM Scholarships are intended to encourage and support students with a passion for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects. 

Each year BP will offer scholarships to up to 10 students from the University of Birmingham. Each scholarship is worth up to £12 000 with scholars receiving £3000 per year for the duration of their degree (up to four years). The scholarship is not intended to cover fees but offer students support with the costs of resources and living. Learn more about the BP STEM scholarships


University scholarships

Please see the University's funding database for details of other centrally-administered scholarships.


Building Birmingham scholarship 

Are you thinking of going to a local college or university to study a built environment related subject? If yes, you could be eligible for up to £9,500 worth of funding.

The Building Birmingham Scholarship provides access to a wide range of education, employment and training opportunities for talented young people aged between 16 and 24 years of age wishing to pursue a career in the construction and built environment sectors; as well as financial support for those aspiring to continue studies at higher education level at college or university on relevant courses. Up to £9,500 of funding is available; learn more: Building Birmingham Scholarship

Scholarships for international students

Bursaries and Excellence Scholarships

The Department of Civil Engineering offers scholarships to international students applying for undergraduate programmes whose fees are not wholly paid by a sponsoring body. These are worth between £1,500 and £3,000.

 Amount awardedWho is eligible?
Achievement Scholarship £1,500 International students who attain AAB or equivalent on entry
Excellence Scholarship An additional £1,500 International students who attain A*AA/AAAA or equivalent on entry

A wide range of international qualifications will be considered - please contact the Admissions Tutor to find out the criteria that would apply in each case. Full terms and conditions together with a list of common grades considered equivalent to A-level are posted on the web.

To retain the Achievement Scholarship, you must continue to perform at first class level – ie you must achieve an average mark of at least 70% at the end of each year.  The Excellence Scholarship is awarded for first year only.

There is no special application process – the awards will be made automatically to all eligible students admitted to the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham who apply by the end of September to commence their studies in the September/October of their year of entry.

If you are in receipt of support from other funding bodies which wholly cover their tuition fees you not eligible for any of the awards. If you are in receipt of part-funding you should contact the admissions tutor to check your eligibility.

Awards will be made to students commencing any programme offered by the Department.

Terms and Conditions

Awards and Scholarships for International Students applying for 2017 entry to:

  • MEng/BEng Civil Engineering
  • MEng/BEng Civil and Railway Engineering
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience
  • MEng Civil Engineering with International Study
  • MEng/BEng Engineering
  1. The School of Engineering offers an ‘Achievement Scholarship’ of £1500 to privately funded students who are categorised as overseas for fees purposes (‘overseas students’) and whose entry grades exceed the required threshold.
  2. Privately funded overseas students exceeding a higher threshold are eligible for a further ‘Excellence Scholarship’ of £1500.
  3. Students who are wholly state-funded or in receipt of other scholarships or funds which wholly cover their tuition fees are not eligible for any of the awards.
  4. Students who are part funded by other scholarships or awards must contact their departmental admissions tutor about their eligibility for an award.
  5. ‘Achievement Scholarships’ will be given to students offering AAB grades from any three GCE A-levels excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking, or the equivalent from any of the international qualifications accepted by the School of Engineering. Agreed equivalent grades are AAB at A-level or 6,6,5 at HL for International Baccalaureate. Standards for other qualifications will be judged by the admissions tutor.
  6. ‘Excellence Scholarships’ will be given to students offering A*AA/AAAA grades from any three GCE A-levels excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking, or the equivalent from any of the international qualifications accepted by the School of Engineering. Agreed equivalent grades are A*AA/AAAA at A-level or 7,6,6 at HL for International Baccalaureate. Standards for other qualifications will be judged by the admissions tutor.
  7. Students who earn the achievement scholarship can renew it for the next year of study if the student proceeds normally to the next level of study and maintain a year average of at least 70%.
  8. The excellence scholarship is awarded only for the first year of study and cannot be renewed in subsequent years.
  9. Students who were not awarded a scholarship on entry to a degree programme are not eligible for renewed scholarships.
  10. The University's decision on whether a qualification is equivalent to AAB or A*AA/AAAA at A-level is final.
  11. There is no special application process for the awards – they will be made automatically to all eligible students admitted to the School Engineering at the University of Birmingham who apply by the end of September to commence their studies in the September/October of their year of entry.
  12. Conditions are subject to change without notice. Awards are made to candidates who meet the terms and conditions current at the time of application.

BP Scholarships

Students joining the School of Chemistry on certain Civil Engineering Programmes will be eligible to compete for BP Scholarships worth up to £12,000 (£3,000 per year).

Each year BP will offer scholarships to up to 10 students from the University of Birmingham. Each scholarship is worth up to £12 000 with scholars receiving £3 000 per year for the duration of their degree (up to four years). The scholarship is not intended to cover fees but offer students support with the costs of resources and living.

Learn more about the BP scholarships and eligible subjects.


University scholarships

Please see the University's funding database for details of other centrally-administered scholarships.

Industrial Sponsorship Programme “RESPECT”

RESPECT is an initiative for Civil Engineering undergraduate students and builds on our strong links with industry to provide a symbiotic relationship between training, education and employment.

Companies taking part in RESPECT each year look for motivated, enthusiastic engineers. They are all looking for talented engineers which is why they come to Birmingham! All will recruit for summer or industrial year placements and some look for long-term sponsorship and development during your time as a student.

This gives you flexibility to use the Department’s industrial contacts to your benefit: whether you want to look for the security of a commitment between you and your company, or whether you want to get as much variety of experience as you’re able.

If you’re lucky enough to be offered sponsorship, not only does it mean valuable paid work experience, it also means a bursary per subsequent year of study (the bursary is up to the company but if it is offered, it is usually in the region of £1,000-£1,500 pa). All companies taking part in RESPECT hope to offer a possible job upon graduation. 

Learn more about RESPECT