Scholarships, awards and prizes

 

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.

Students reviewing scholarship information

Scholarships for UK/EU students

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers first-class scholarships to eligible UK and EU undergraduates. These details refer to award for September 2019 entry.

  • The University of Birmingham must be your firm choice on UCAS.
  • 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 £3000 on entry.
  • Other qualifications equivalent to A-levels will be considered – please contact the Admissions Tutor to find out the criteria.

Terms and conditions

  1. 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 Tutor.
  2. The Scholarship is awarded in the student’s year of entry to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (i.e. the academic year 2019-2020).
  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 Mechanical 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.
  8. We can consider students who have achieved AAAA in specific subjects. Please contact us for more information.

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 and fees and funding pages 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 awarded per yearGrade Criteria
Achievement Scholarship

£1,500

A Levels: AAB

IB: 6, 6, 5 from Higher Levels

HKDSE: 5, 5, 4

Indian Standard XII: Overall: 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra; or 75% West Bengal; or 85% Other State board

American system: Please see our USA undergraduate entry requirements for A Level equivalencies.

Excellence Scholarship £3,000

A Levels: A*AA

IB: 7, 6, 6 from Higher Levels

HKDSE: 5*, 5, 5

Indian Standard XII: A* subjects: 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra; or 85% West Bengal, 95% Other State boards Plus Overall: 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra; or 80% West Bengal; or 90% Other State board

American system: Please see our USA undergraduate entry requirements for A Level equivalencies.

First Class Scholarship £1,500  Students attaining >70% at the end of years 1 and 2 for BEng programmes and years 1, 2, and 3 for MEng programmes.

For other equivalencies, please see our webpages specific to your country.

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 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 Department.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Awards and Scholarships for International Students applying for 2018 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. 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.

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 BEng/MEng Engineering

Scholarships are available to UK/EU and international students for the Engineering programmes listed below:

Learn more about the Engineering 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

Prizes

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 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.