Engineering BEng

Our stimulating Engineering BEng degree programme is designed with industry in mind, where modern engineering requires collaborative working across traditional boundaries.

With the flexibility to explore engineering topics before specialising in your area of interest, you will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape your future. Following a shared first year learning fundamental skills, you will then specialise in one of our Engineering departments; Civil Engineering, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

In the School of Engineering we have world leading experts in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. They are working on a diverse range of projects from fluid mechanics, to developing the latest satellite technology or improving power generators.


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The General Engineering programme has been designed to be flexible, building a solid foundation for students to then specialise in their chosen discipline.

The first year is shared across disciplines to allow the development of a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop students’ broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda.

You will learn the essential skills needed to operate as an engineer in any discipline, working with your peers from other branches of engineering to discover how your unique interests and skills can work together to produce better solutions.

Following the foundational first year, you will then work to develop your specialist knowledge, informed by the cutting-edge research carried out in the School. You can find out more about the individual branches of engineering that you can choose on their individual pages:

Why study Engineering BEng at Birmingham

  • A broad understanding of engineering fundamentals, providing solid understanding of each discipline
  • Defer choice of your specialist pathway until the second year of the degree programme
  • Build specialist knowledge and understanding in your chosen discipline, developing analytical and technical skills
  • Benefit from world-leading research activity in the School of Engineering, learning from global experts in their fields
  • The only institution in the UK with an option to pursue a pathway in Railway Engineering on specific degrees

Interested in Computer Science?

Our ' Year in Computer Science'  offers students from non-computing disciplines the chance to gain in-depth knowledge of computing and enhance their work-based skills through the study of Computer Science. 

Modules

Year 1

Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop your broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda. The first year is shared across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.

  • Electrical Engineering 1 - 20 credits
    In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
  • Engineering Materials - 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
    The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
  • Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer - 20 credits
    In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
  • Integrated Design Project 1 - 20 credits
    The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
  • Computing for Engineers - 10 credits
    The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
  • Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
    In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.

Year 2 and 3

Depending on your choice of specialism, your second and third year module information can be found on one of the following pages:

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees 2019/20

UK/EU £9,250
International £22,260

Visit our  tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
A level Mathematics. You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015.

General Studies or Critical Thinking not accepted. However, a good performance in one of these may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall. 

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered for BEng programmes providing there is sufficient Mathematics content and applicant satisfactorily completes our Mathematics aptitude test.
Grades: BEng; D*D*D* plus Distinction in all units required.

BTEC Diploma considered in combination with A Level. 
Grades: BEng; D*D* plus B.
If the A level taken is not in Mathematics, then the BTEC Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered in combination with 2 A Levels
Grades: BEng; D*plus A B. 
If A level Mathematics is not taken, then the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma must include Maths and Further Maths units, and the applicant must satisfactorily complete our Mathematics aptitude test.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements. 

Additional information:

Foundation Year

Would you like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? Consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code H236.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View advice on ' How to apply for undergraduate courses', including advice for UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Following the first year, you will then work to develop your specialist knowledge, informed by the cutting-edge research carried out in the School.

You can find out more about each individual engineering discipline teaching below:

Contact hours

Contact hours over the course of your degree will depend on which engineering discipline you choose to study.  Please see the contact hours on the following programmes for details.

As one of our Engineering students, a huge and exciting array of career opportunities will be open to you when you graduate – both at home and abroad.

Which career path you eventually take will be influenced by which discipline you elect to study. Please view the employability tab on the following courses to see the possibilities open to you after graduation.

"I think the best way to get an experience out of university is to get involved with as many things as you possibly can, say 'yes' to everything. You start to meet people and network and you gain experiences and that's what makes you, yourself. That's what gives you the opportunities that you're going to get outside of university. Rather than just being in a crowd of people, you start to stand out."

Daisy Partlow, MEng Mechanical Engineering graduate, 2016

Watch Daisy's video profile

Careers Network

We provide a wealth of opportunities to develop your career. From your first day at Birmingham to after you graduate, the Careers Network  is here to help you identify and achieve your individual career aspirations through its wide range of services.

Our dedicated careers team brings you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Careers advisers offer one-to-one advice appointments where you can discuss your career plans and explore your options. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning  Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Internships

Our multi-award-winning work experience team has dedicated internship officers to help find the right work experience for you. Make the most of these opportunities and apply for our Work Experience Bursary Scheme, the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme or one of our successful mentoring schemes. 

The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience:

Professional accreditation

Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Clubs and societies

The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.

The Civil Engineering Society organises events throughout the year. You may also be interested in Engineering RugbyRailSoc  and Engineers Without Borders.

Accommodation

Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

The City of Birmingham

One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.

Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.

International students

The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900.

We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, how to apply and funding options, then you can visit our international students webpage. You may also wish to take a virtual tour of our campus and watch the video below to hear our international students say their favourite thing about the University of Birmingham.