Which course should I pick?

Choosing the correct course can be difficult! Especially considering the wide variety of courses we offer. The first step in deciding the right course for you is selecting the discipline you want to study.

Aerospace Engineering (H400, H402)

Aerospace is a growing sector, passenger numbers are expected to grow at a rate of 3.7% every year, doubling by 2035. Space transport is also becoming increasingly important: an ever larger number of companies are specialising in cheaper sub-orbital and orbital flights, both for leisure and to deliver state-of-the-art satellites. This growing industry will require skilled graduates who will be centre stage in solving important technological challenges.

With this in mind, we offer undergraduate programmes, based on our extensive experience in the wider field of aerospace engineering. We have the expertise and experience at Birmingham in a number of areas, from the LISA Pathfinder mission to higher-performing jet engines. This, alongside strong collaborations with Rolls-Royce, Airbus, and many other leading companies, will give our graduates a great start towards successful careers.

Materials Science and Engineering or Metallurgy  (J5F2, F2H1, J200, JJ25)
Mechanical and Materials Engineering (HJ35, HJ53)

Materials Science and Engineering at Birmingham combines teaching from lecturers who are global experts in their field, with leading edge teaching facilities and laboratories to enhance the learning experience for our students. The department has strong partnerships with key employers who provide projects and work placements for our students and regularly recruit our graduates.

These courses are similar in Year 1 and Year 2 and can offer the flexibility to change courses during the first two years. For example, if you are registered for J5F2 (BEng in Materials Science and Engineering), you may be able to switch to JJ25 (BEng in Metallurgy) up until the end of Year 2.

Similarly, you do not have to decide now whether you wish to do a 3-year or 4-year course, as you will be able to switch between our 3-year and 4-year programmes at the end of Year 2. In order to qualify for a 4-year programme, you must obtain a weighted average of 55% at the end of Year 2. 

Other transfers between the courses offered by the School may be possible, but these are exceptional and occur at the disgression of the School's Head of Education. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the admissions team.

Nuclear Science and Materials (H821, H822)

Over the next ten years the UK will embark on an ambitious programme of commissioning nuclear energy, creating opportunities for graduates from plant design and construction to finding sustainable ways of recycling nuclear materials. These degree courses have been designed in response to demand from the nuclear industry to equip students with the fundamentals to provide non-fossil fuel alternatives for our future energy requirements.