You will benefit greatly from ongoing and substantial investment in new teaching spaces and experience interdisciplinary working alongside other engineering branches, replicating industry expectations. The mixture of labs, lectures and projects provides a balance of practical and theoretical learning.
Resources and facilities
Your learning is based around dedicated teaching and research facilities, with laboratories for teaching and project work.
New building and facilities for the School Of Engineering
Work successfully completed on the £46.5M new School of Engineering building in February 2021. The state-of-the-art building is a 12,000 sqm facility, spans five floors and features a double-height atrium.
The Makerspace facilities at Birmingham allow students to design, build, and test prototypes for their designs. Hear from current final-year students about how they use the space.
How you will learn
We are an engineering department within a larger engineering school – so you get the best of both worlds. You will be taught from a combination of large-scale lecture tuition, small-group teaching and lab and other practical classes. We make extensive use of online learning tools, too, so you can study even when you’re not on campus.
You will extend your technical knowledge and creativity to solve real-world problems through challenging design projects, working as part of a team and as an individual. Examples include structural work involving
concrete and steel, geotechnical projects such as 'intelligent' tunnels, wind-loading problems and flooding of rivers. You will experience interdisciplinary working alongside other engineering branches, replicating industry
expectations, whilst the mixture of labs, lectures and projects provides a balance of practical and theoretical learning.
You will gain a thorough grounding in fundamental engineering topics before specialising in an area that particularly interests you. Our courses cover areas around structural, water, geotechnical and energy engineering,
and management, with many of our pathways offering optional modules allowing you to tailor your study in later years. With a shared first year and a common second year, you will have the opportunity to add on International Study or an Industrial Year after you arrive at the University.
How you will be assessed
Each module is assessed independently and methods may include end-of-year exams, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, computer-based tests, class tests, and laboratory and project reports. The early years of your course are assessed mostly by examination, whereas in later years, this emphasis will shift to continuous assessment in project work. This model reflects your ability to specialise in the final Years 3 and 4, after undertaking thorough grounding of engineering principles at the start of your studies.
Feedback is an essential part of learning and we use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor. You'll receive feedback on each assessment, highlighting the positives of your work as well as any areas that need more attention.
Your personal tutor
At the start of your degree, you'll be assigned a personal tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues.
We also have our own Welfare Tutor/Wellbeing Officer who is able to provide practical and emotional support for you if you are experiencing personal problems that interfere with your academic work.
Seminars and tutorials
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It also allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.
Lecturers and world leading researchers
You will be taught by
lecturers who are experts in their research fields: staff with extensive industrial connections, research staff and staff with teaching qualifications. They will provide you with tools to gain the creative, problem-solving and technical skills needed to undertake your final-year individual project.
As well as specialised labs with state-of-the-art facilities, you may also get to work with
internationally leading research groups. There are also opportunities to work in industry which will provide real-world experience.
Throughout your degree, depending on module choice, you can expect about 20 hours of contact time per week on average. This consists of approximately 14 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials/labs.
In your first and second years, the course is delivered as lectures, small group workshops, laboratories, computer-based activities, enquiry-based learning and tutorials. A strong emphasis is placed on design project work in your third year.