Scholarships, awards and prizes

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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 Mechanical Engineering.

First Class Scholarships for UK/EU students

Mechanical Engineering is offering 11 Excellence Scholarships which are awarded for academic excellence. These are to reward the highest achieving students entering the Department in autumn 2018.

 Amount Number available            Awarded for
Department Excellence Scholarship 


  

£2,500


 

11

The scholarships are awarded for academic excellence.

They are decided by a scholarship panel within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Grade A mathematics (or equivalent i.e. IB Mathematics HL grade 6) is a requirement for the scholarship.

There is no special application process for these scholarships – awards will be made by the decision of a scholarship panel held in the Department of Mechanical Engineering after the start of the autumn semester. 

All eligible UK and EU students admitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham by the end of September to commence their studies in the October of their year of entry will be considered. Awards can be made to students following any programme offered by the Department, including Foundation Year students.

Students in receipt of scholarships from organisations other than the University of Birmingham may receive the Department Excellence Scholarship in addition to their other awards.

Students following programmes in Metallurgy and Materials are offered alternative scholarships by that Department.

Conditions are subject to change. Awards are made to candidates who meet the terms and conditions current at the time of application.

Terms and conditions

Mechanical Engineering Excellence Scholarships for UK/EU undergraduate students applying to the Mechanical Engineering for entry in 2018 – Terms and Conditions:

1)     Mechanical Engineering offers 11 Excellence Scholarships in 2018 for undergraduate home/EU students. The scholarships are aimed at students attending University for the first time. Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence.

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, to study Mechanical Engineering, to commence their studies in September 2018 In addition this must be the first entrance to a UK university that a student has made.

3)     Awards can be made to students entering the first year of any programme offered by Mechanical Engineering. There is no special application process for the scholarships – awards will be made by decision of a scholarship panel that will meet in the autumn term of the first year of study.

4)     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 than 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.

5)     Scholarships are tenable for 1 year and are non-renewable.

6)     Students in receipt of other scholarships from organisations other than the University of Birmingham are also eligible for this award.

7)     Students will be required to act as Student Ambassadors for Mechanical Engineering events, ie Open Days.

8)     Payment of the Scholarship shall normally be made in the January of the Academic Year and by BACS transfer to a bank account held by the Student in the United Kingdom. The University reserves the right to withhold payment of all or part of the Scholarship in the event the Student has failed to pay the tuition fees for the Academic Year (or failed to make arrangements for such payment acceptable to the University).

9)     If the Student permanently leaves  Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering) before completion of their first year the Scholarship shall be withdrawn and the University shall make no (or no further) payments of the Scholarship. The University reserves the right to demand the repayment of any instalment or instalments (or part thereof) of the Scholarship made to the Student during the Academic Year in the circumstance of the student leaving the Department, except for reason of illness.  

10)  The decision of the scholarship panel is final.

11)  Conditions are subject to change. Awards are made based on the terms and conditions current at the 1st January 2017.


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. 

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 STEM scholarships


University scholarships

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

Scholarships for international students

Bursaries and Excellence Scholarships

The Department of Mechanical 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, students must continue to perform at first class level – ie they 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 Mechanical 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.

Students who are in receipt of support from other funding bodies which wholly cover their tuition fees are not eligible for any of the awards. Students in receipt of part-funding should contact the admissions tutor to check their 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 Mechanical Engineering
  • MEng/BEng Mechanical Engineering (Automotive)
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Year
  • 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 Mechanical 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.

Frank Wallace Scholarship

Background

The Professor Frank Wallace Scholarship has been established in memory of Professor Frank Wallace who graduated from Birmingham with a first class Mechanical Engineering BSc in 1945.  Professor Wallace had a very distinguished Mechanical Engineering career in academia at Birmingham, Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Bath.

The Scholarship has been made possible by the generosity and wish of Professor Wallace’s children and their families to remember their father at the University.  Professor Wallace held much affection for the University of Birmingham as it was here that he developed his lifelong passion in Mechanical Engineering.

Scholarship Details

  • The scholarship has been established to help Chinese students study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.
  • The scholarship will be awarded annually to either a second or third year Chinese overseas undergraduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • The Scholarship will be offered to the highest achieving academic student and the student will be selected following academic nomination
  • The value of the scholarship is £800.

Prizes

  • 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 entrepneusrship 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 entrepeneurship. 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.