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. This may be enhanced depending on the course you choose to follow in your second year.*
  • 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 AAA 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. 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.
  • The University of Birmingham must be your firm choice on UCAS.
  • 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.
  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

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a number of prizes to current students. Though subject to change, prizes may include the following:

Frank Wallace Prize

Awarded annually to a 2nd or 3rd year UG Mechanical Engineering student from China. This award has been made possible by the generosity and wish of Professor Wallace’s children and their families, in memory of their father. Professor Frank Wallace, who graduated from Birmingham with a first class Mechanical Engineering BSc in 1945, had a very distinguished Mechanical Engineering career in academia at Birmingham, Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Bath.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Frederic Barnes Waldron “Best Student Prize”

Awarded to the best student on an Institution of Mechanical Engineers accredited programme in The School of Engineering.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Best Project Prize

Awarded annually to a final year student who completes an outstanding research, development or design project.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Best Project Certificate

Awarded annually to a student who completes an outstanding research, development or design project.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Best Student Certificate

Awarded annually for the ‘Best Student’ on any year of an accredited IMechE degree course who will be awarded an IMechE accredited degree.

Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship

Awarded for academic excellence to undergraduate students in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. A student who has received a scholarship in a previous year may receive one again, as long as he/she is deemed worthy. Students in their final year may not be awarded a scholarship.

Undergraduate Prizes

Awarded for academic excellence in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering; all undergraduates are eligible.

Air Products PLC Prize

This prize, donated by Air Products plc, is awarded to a first or second year Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering for an outstanding design project.

Austin Rover Prize (UG)

Awarded annually to the 2nd year undergraduate student in any course in Manufacturing Engineering whose academic performance, personal qualities, and social contribution show the greatest promise of industrial leadership. Performance in both 1st and 2nd years will be taken into account.

David Weale Memorial Prize

Awarded to the Undergraduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering making the greatest contribution to the development of the SAE formula student racing car. A prize in memory of Dr David Weale, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Ellis, Linning and Sandifer Prize

Awarded annually to the academically most outstanding student in the final year of the B.Eng. programme in Mechanical Engineering. Founded in memory of three former lecturers in the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Gilbert Walker Prize in Mechanical Engineering & Commerce

Awarded annually to the academically most outstanding student in the 3rd year of the Double Honours course in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. The award may be made on the joint recommendation of the Heads of Schools of Commerce and Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering.

Gilbert Walker Prize in Engineering & Economics

Awarded annually to the academically most outstanding graduating student in either of the B.Eng. and BCom programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce or Manufacturing Engineering and Commerce.

Heslop Memorial Prize

Awarded annually to a specially outstanding candidate in the 2nd year of a programme leading to the degree of BSc or B.Eng. The prize will rotate between the Schools in Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Engineering. Provided out of the proceeds of a bequest by the late Thomas Pretious Heslop MD.

J Brown (Machine Tools) Ltd. Prize

Awarded annually on an alternating basis to the 2nd year undergraduate student in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering who achieves the best overall examination performance in the School. Normally the prize will be awarded in each course in alternate years but, if any year there is no nomination of sufficient merit from the relevant course, then a nomination may be considered from the other. Founded from the proceeds of a donation from the Wickman Engineering Company - latterly renamed J Brown (Machine Tools) Ltd.

Manufacturing Engineering and Commerce Prize

Awarded annually to the academically most outstanding student in the 3rd year of the Double Honours programme in Manufacturing Engineering and Commerce.

Moran Memorial Prize

Awarded annually to the undergraduate student who, in the first year of the course in the School of Engineering while studying in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering discipline shows the greatest all round merit. Preference is made to students studying aspects of Engineering Production.

Mucklow Prize

Awarded annually for the best project submitted in the final year of the B.Eng. programme in Mechanical Engineering. Founded in memory of Professor GF Mucklow, former Head of School of Mechanical Engineering.

Opus Recruitment Solutions Prize

Awarded to the final year student who produces the best business plan project on the entrepreneurship module of the Mechanical Engineering with business management programme. Kindly donated by Opus Recruitment Solutions.

Petro-Forge prize

Awarded annually to a final year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, Manufacture and Management whose design of thesis project has shown outstanding creative capacity. The award is generally made for travel abroad, particularly for visiting the towns of Italy which gave birth to the Renaissance.

Roger Chance Prize

Awarded annually to the academically most outstanding student in the final year of a programme in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacture and Management.

Samuel Alfred Roberts Award

This award is presented annually to the top student in Mechanical Engineering showing ability to share control in Industry.

SA Tobias Memorial Prize

Awarded to a student in any year of the MEng and Man programme in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering who submits project or case study work which is outstanding in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded by a donation from Mrs. S Tobias in memory of her husband, Professor SA Tobias, Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering, 1959-1986. Years 1/2/3/4 eligible.

Stephen Hayes Prize

Awarded to an undergraduate student, or group of students, in the School of Mechanical Engineering who submits outstanding assessed work in a field in which computing plays a major part. Founded by donations from past students and colleagues of Stephen Hayes (Senior Lecturer 1968-1981) in acknowledgement of his service to the University. Years 1/2/3/4 eligible.


Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

The Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering offers a number of prizes to current students. Though subject to change, prizes may include the following:

AP Jarvis Undergraduate Prize

This prize is awarded to the final year student 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.

The Blogh Scholarship Prize

This scholarship will support a UK/EU second year student who will proceed to MEng, covering all of the fees for both years 3 and 4. The scholarship will be awarded by the board of examiners on the basis of academic merit. The scholarship is awarded from a donation by Dr Julian Blogh.

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.

Faculty MEng 3 Scholarships Prize

This prize is awarded competitively across the School of Engineering to the six best students in MEng 3.

Gordon Tucker Bursary

This prize is awarded to the students who submit the two highest scoring final year projects in the given academic year.

Heslop Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded annually to an especially outstanding candidate in the 2nd year of a programme leading to the degree of BSc or B.Eng.  Provided out of the proceeds of a bequest by the late Thomas Pretious Heslop MD.

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.