Undergraduate Scholarships, School of Engineering

The University of Birmingham offers scholarships to students studying the internationally respected degrees in the School of Engineering for entry in September 2020.

The scholarships are available for School of Engineering programmes*. This includes:

*Degree apprenticeship programmes are not eligible for the School of Engineering Scholarships

Scholarships for UK/EU students

The School of Engineering offers widening participation scholarships and scholarships for excellent academic performance.

First-class scholarship

The School of Engineering offers 20 first-class scholarships to eligible UK and EU undergraduates. These are to reward the highest achieving students entering the School of Engineering for entry into year 1. These details refer to the award for September 2020 entry.

  • The University of Birmingham must be your firm choice on UCAS.
  • You must achieve a minimum of 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 minimum.
  • The First Class Scholarship has a value of £3000 on entry. Scholarships will be determined during November 2020 based on students that are enrolled within the School of Engineering by this date.
  • Other qualifications equivalent to A-levels will be considered – please contact the Admissions Office to find out the criteria.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office at ug-admissions-eng@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Terms and conditions for First-class scholarships

  1. A minimum performance of A*AA at A-level from the best three most relevant subjects (one of which must be mathematics) is required. Equivalent grades include: 32 points for International Baccalaureate (must include 666 in HL subjects to include Mathematics). Students presenting other qualifications that the ones listed above will be assessed on an individual basis. The university’s decision on whether a qualification is equivalent to grade A A-level is final. Only A-levels in approved subjects count towards the Scholarship.  We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking, etc. For confirmation about the status of any subject, please contact the Admissions Office.
  2. To be eligible to be considered for a scholarship a student must be a new entrant UK or EU student who has applied through UCAS and is admitted to the University of Birmingham, School of Engineering, to commence their studies in September 2020. In addition this must be the first entrance to a UK university that a student has made. Students who were not awarded the Scholarship on entry will not be eligible for it in subsequent years.
  3. The University of Birmingham, School of Engineering programme must be your firm choice on UCAS prior to A-level results day.
  4. Students in receipt of scholarships from organisations other than the University of Birmingham are also eligible for this award.
  5. Students who are eligible for the Enhancement Scholarship will not be considered for the First-Class Scholarship.
  6. Students will be required to act as Student Ambassadors for School of Engineering events, i.e. Open Days.
  7. Students who are part of a degree apprenticeship are not eligible for the First-Class scholarship.
  8. There is no special application process for the Scholarship.  Awards will be made automatically to all eligible UK and EU students admitted to the School of Engineering in September of the year you commence your study at Birmingham.
  9. 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.
  10. We can consider students who have achieved AAAA in specific subjects. Please contact us for more information.

Enhancement Scholarship

The School of Engineering offers Enhancement scholarships to eligible UK and EU undergraduates that live in an area of low higher education participation. These details refer to scholarships for September 2020 entry.

The School of Engineering Enhancement Scholarship aims to encourage students into higher education from areas where participation in higher education is low. This is determined through POLAR data  that looks at postcodes and the proportion of 18 year-old  students who enter higher education aged 18 or 19. Eligible students will live in an area with a POLAR 3 score of 1. 

  • The University of Birmingham must be your firm choice on UCAS.
  • The Enhancement Scholarship has a value of £3000 on entry.

Scholarships will be awarded based on data that we hold on successful applicants in August 2020.

Terms and conditions for Enhancement Scholarships

  1. Students will be considered based on their entry data in August 2020. We are unable to consider those that reside in an “unclassified” postcode.
  2. To be eligible to be considered for a scholarship a student must be a new entrant UK or EU student who has applied through UCAS and is admitted to the University of Birmingham, School of Engineering, to commence their studies in September 2020. In addition this must be the first entrance to a UK university that a student has made. Students who were not awarded the Scholarship on entry will not be eligible for it in subsequent years.
  3. The University of Birmingham, School of Engineering programme must be your firm choice on UCAS prior to A-level results day.
  4. Students who were not awarded the Scholarship on entry will not be eligible for it in subsequent years.
  5. Students in receipt of scholarships from organisations other than the University of Birmingham are also eligible for this award.
  6. Students eligible for the first-class scholarship will not be eligible for the Enhancement Scholarship.
  7. Students who are part of a degree apprenticeship are not eligible for Enhancement Scholarship.
  8. The University’s decision as to who is awarded the scholarship is final.
  9. There is no special application process for the Scholarship.  Awards will be made automatically to all eligible UK and EU students admitted to the School of Engineering in September of the year you commence your study at Birmingham.
  10. 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.

Scholarships for international students

Bursaries and Excellence Scholarships

The School of Engineering offers scholarships to international students applying for undergraduate programmes whose fees are not wholly paid by a sponsoring body. In the first year students could receive up to £3,000. In subsequent years students could receive up to £1,500.

 Amount awardedWho is eligible?Year of studyConditions
Achievement Scholarship £1,500 International students who attain AAB or equivalent on entry Years 1, 2, 3 and  4 For Year 2 onwards you must continue to perform at first class level – i.e. you must achieve an average mark of at least 70% at the end of each year
Excellence Scholarship An additional £1,500 International students who attain A*AA/AAAA or equivalent on entry Year 1 only  

A wide range of international qualifications will be considered - please contact the Admissions Team to find out the criteria that would apply in each case. Full terms and conditions are posted below.

To be eligible for the award the University of Birmingham must be your firm choice on UCAS. Awards will be made to students commencing any programme offered by the School.

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 School of 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.

Terms and Conditions

  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. In order to qualify for the ‘Achievement Scholarship’ or the ‘Excellence Scholarship’ the student must have chosen The University of Birmingham as their Firm choice via UCAS, where applicable.
  8. 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%.
  9. The excellence scholarship is awarded only for the first year of study and cannot be renewed in subsequent years.
  10. Students who were not awarded a scholarship on entry to a degree programme are not eligible for renewed scholarships.
  11. The University's decision on whether a qualification is equivalent to AAB or A*AA/AAAA at A-level is final.
  12. 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.
  13. Conditions are subject to change without notice. Awards are made to candidates who meet the terms and conditions current at the time of application.

Other Scholarships

BP Scholarships

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

BP will offer scholarships to up to 10 students from the University of Birmingham for 2019. Each scholarship is worth up to £9,000, with scholars receiving £3,000 from their second 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 and fees and funding pages for details of other centrally-administered scholarships.


Whitworth Scholarship Awards

Whitworth Scholarship Awards are for prospective or current undergraduates or postgraduates of any engineering discipline who have completed a two year engineering apprenticeship. The scholarships are valued up to £20,000 (for full time study up to £5,000 per annum is available over four years, for part time study up to £3,000 per annum). The closing date for applications is 30 June each year.

Supports outstanding engineers showing excellent academic and practical skills and the qualities needed to succeed in industry. Applicants may be starting or already studying an Engineering degree course. Applicants must have taken a vocational route into Engineering for at least 2 years since full-time education prior to beginning the degree programme.

Learn more about Whitworth Scholarships


The TI Group Undergraduate Scholarship

The TI Group Undergraduate Scholarship is worth £1,000 and is available to students currently studying on an engineering undergraduate programme at the University of Birmingham. There are five awards available each year.

Learn more about TI Group Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships within engineering departments

Department of Civil Engineering

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


Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Institution of Engineering Technology Diamond Scholarship

All our courses are accredited by The Institution of Engineering Technology (the IET). As well as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration, this enables high-achieving students on our courses to apply for a scholarship from the IET worth £1,000 per year.

Scholarships are yet to be confirmed but in the meantime you can find more information on previous years at the following link. Learn more about The Institution of Engineering Technology Diamond Scholarship.

UK Electronic Skills Foundation

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) offers scholarships to Electronics undergraduates at partner universities. Successful scholars will receive a host of benefits and opportunities, including an annual bursary, paid summer work placements and connections to a leading employer in the Electronics sector. For information on the scheme including the eligibility requirements please visit UKESF.

Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates

The Dialog Award for Female Undergraduates is a collaboration between Dialog Semiconductor and the UKESF. It supports a number of female undergraduates who are commencing the first year of their studies on Electronics-related degree courses at leading UK universities.

Prizes within engineering departments

The Departments within The School of  Engineering offer a number of prizes to current students. Though subject to change, prizes may include the following:

School of Engineering

Faculty MEng 3 Scholarships Prize. Awarded competitively across the School of Engineering to the six students with the highest overall mark in the third year of an MEng degree.

Department of Civil Engineering

  • Atkins M.Eng Civil Engineering with Industrial Study Prize. This prize is awarded to the student with the highest scoring report of their Industrial placement.
  • Coultas Prize. This prize is awarded to the highest overall scoring student in Civil Engineering.
  • Geoffrey Osborne UG Scholarship. This prize is awarded to the highest overall scoring student within the School of Civil Engineering.  The prize is renewable for one further year subject to satisfactory progression.
  • Hays Prize. This prize is awarded to a student who has made a notable contribution to the general life of the Department. The prize is decided by the fourth year tutor, together with the prize officer and head of department.
  • Institute of Structural Engineers Prize. This prize is awarded to the student registered for the B.Eng. course in Civil This prize is awarded to the student registered for the B.Eng. course in Civil Engineering who achieved the highest scoring overall in the subject of Structural Engineering.
  • Institution of Civil Engineers Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest overall scoring in Civil Engineering.
  • Jonathan Hough Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to a 2nd year student taking account of both academic performance and general contribution to the life of the department. The prize is decided by the course director, the head of teaching and learning and the prize officer.
  • Scientifics Project Report Award. This prize is awarded to the student having produced the highest scoring final year project report for a laboratory based project.
  • Tom Essery Prize in Water Engineering. This prize is awarded to a 2nd year student taking account of both academic performance and general contribution to the life of the department. The prize is decided by the course director, the head of teaching and learning and the prize officer.
  • West Midlands Concrete Society Undergraduate Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest scoring work or project in concrete related aspects of their course.
  • Whittaker Ellis Bullock Prize. This prize is awarded annually to one of the students in each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years in the School of Civil Engineering who, at the end of the year, has shown the most improvement in assessment results.
  • WS Atkins Prize. This prize is awarded each year to a student graduating from one of the M Eng programmes in Civil Engineering who has produced the highest scoring overall performance.

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

  • AP Jarvis Undergraduate Prize. This prize is awarded to  the final year students in Electronic and Electrical Engineering with the highest overall scoring design project.
  • Best BEng Student in EESE  Prize. This prize is awarded to the BEng student achieving the highest overall marks.
  • Best MEng Student in EESE  Prize. This prize is awarded to the final year MEng student achieving the highest overall marks.
  • Engineering Undergraduate Prize. This prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding performance in a cohort.
  • Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships Prize. This prize is awarded for academic excellence. 
  • Gordon Tucker Bursary. This prize is awarded to the students who submit the two highest scoring final year projects in the given academic year.
  • Institution of Electrical Engineers Prize. This prize is awarded  to the highest scoring student in the second year of the first degree programme in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
  • Joseph Thom Carding Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest scoring overall result in the first year of the degree programme in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
  • Paul Webb Prize. This prize is awarded to the student in Electronic and Electrical Engineering who has achieved the highest scoring results in the 3rd and 4th year written examinations for the degree of Meng.
  • RWE nPower Energy Engineering Final Year Prize. This prize will be awarded to highest scoring overall graduating student on one of the energy engineering programmes as judged by the Energy Engineering Programme Co-ordinator in consultation with the Engineering Programme Managers.
  • RWE nPower Energy Engineering Second Year Prize. This prize will be awarded to the student who shows the most improvement in the level C and level I energy engineering modules as judged by the Energy Engineering Programme Coordinator in consultation with the Engineering Programme Managers.

Department of Mechanical Engineering


  • Air Products PLC Prize. This prize is awarded to a first or second year Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering with the highest overall scoring design project.
  • Austin Rover Prize (UG). This prize is awarded  to the 2nd year undergraduate student whose academic performance, personal qualities, and contribution show the greatest promise of industrial leadership.  The Committee consider nominated candidates and accompanying evidence.
  • Dr John Vickers' Scholarship. A Scholarship awarded to students based on academic and extracurricular activities in the penultimate year of undergraduate degrees majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Ellis, Linning, and Sandifer Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest overall score in the final year of the B.Eng. Programme in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Frederick Barnes Weldron Prize. This prize is awarded to the highest overall scoring student on an Institution of Mechanical Engineers accredited programme in The School of Engineering.
  • Gilbert Walker Prize in Engineering & Economics. This prize is awarded to the highest overall scoring graduating student in the M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Studies programme. 
  • Gilbert Walker Prize in Mechanical Engineering & Commerce. This prize is awarded to the highest overall scoring 3rd year student in the M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Studies programme.
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers Prize. This prize is awarded to the four highest marked students in the final year of each of the following programmes:  B.Eng and MEng in Mechanical Engineering.
  • J Brown (Machine Tools) Ltd. Prize. This prize is awarded annually on an alternating basis to the 2nd year undergraduate student in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering who achieves the highest scoring overall examination performance in the School.
  • John Grayson Memorial Prize (UG). This prize is awarded annually to the highest overall scoring  first or second year student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering studying Manufacturing.
  • Moran Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to the undergraduate student who achieved the highest scoring overall, in the first year of the course in the School of Engineering while studying in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mucklow Prize. This prize is awarded for the highest scoring project submitted in the final year of the B.Eng. programme in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Petro-Forge Prize. This prize is awarded annually to a final year student in Mechanical Engineering whose design project has shown outstanding creative capacity. A committee panel will review nominated projects.
  • Professor Bakhtar Memorial Prize. Highest scoring student in the area of thermodynamics.
  • Professor Frank Wallace Scholarship. Awarded each year to a 2nd or 3rd year UG Mech Eng student from China, Malaysia or Iran, the scholarship will be awarded to the highest scoring overall student.
  • Roger Chance Prize. This prize is awarded to the student who has achieved the highest scoring overall in the final year of the programme in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacture and Management.
  • SA Tobias Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded to a student in any year of the MEng and Man programme in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering who submits the highest scoring overall project or case study work.
  • Samuel Alfred Roberts Award. This award is presented annually to the outstanding student in Mechanical Engineering showing ability to share control in Industry.  Nominations are reviewed by Committee alongside evidence provided.
  • Stephen Hayes Prize. This prize is awarded to an undergraduate student, or group of students, in the School of Mechanical Engineering who submits the highest scoring overall work in a field in which computing plays a major part.
  • Tian Wey Ong Prize. This prize is awarded to the highest scoring 2nd year student in Mechanical Engineering from either Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines or Singapore.