Engineering MEng

Undergraduate degree course/programme Engineering MEng H632:

Engineering is a diverse subject area, touching on nearly every aspect of our modern lives. Engineers make contributions to the water we drink, the food we eat, the design of our homes and the efficiency of transportation. The General Engineering programme is designed to give you the flexibility to explore the various disciplines before choosing your specialist field.

In an increasingly connected and collaborative engineering environment, understanding of each engineering discipline is essential. Therefore the first year teaching will cover the fundamentals of a variety of engineering subject areas to provide this foundational knowledge. This will develop your teamwork skills with other engineering students, operating across traditional boundaries to develop innovative solutions to the problems of the future. This approach is favoured by our industrial partners, producing well-rounded, knowledgeable graduates. From the second year onwards you will specialise in the branch of engineering of your choice.

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.

Birmingham engineering graduates are creative, highly-skilled problem solvers with a solid understanding of how they, and other engineering disciplines, can directly improve the world around them.

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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:

For the first two years of the degree, all of our undergraduates follow an integrated BEng or MEng route. Once you’ve finished your second year, you’ll then choose whether to complete the BEng or go on to study for an MEng degree.  Progression to the MEng will require excellent second year examination results.

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Why study this course

At Birmingham, we provide diverse, yet balanced, courses, enabling our graduates to gain employment in a wide range of industries. Teaching is provided by lecturers who are global experts in their field, with multi-million pound investment providing leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories. We produce graduates who can function in today's fast-changing marketplace, and your career prospects will be excellent.

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.

Modules

Year one


Year 1
Title Credits Semester
Electrical Engineering 1
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.
20 1 & 2
Engineering Materials
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.
10 2
Engineering Mathematics 1
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
20 1 & 2
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
20 1 & 2
Integrated Design Project 1
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
20 1 & 2
Computing for Engineers
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.
10 1
Mechanics 1
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.
20 1 & 2

Year two, three and four

Depending on your choice of specialism, your second, third and fourth 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 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
£9,250 (UK/EU)
£21,360 (International)
Funding opportunities are available.

For UK/EU students beginning their studies in September 2018, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

Scholarships for UK/EU and international students are available

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAA
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.

Additional information:

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 at Higher Level to include Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall. 

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.
 - MEng; not considered unless A level Maths also taken.

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.
 - MEngD*D* plus A-level Maths grade A

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma considered in combination with 2 A Levels
 - 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.
 - MEng; D*plus A,A including Mathematics

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

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 UCAS at www.ucas.com.
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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 teaching below:

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Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Visit the careers section of the University website for further information.

Internships

The graduate employment market is competitive, many employers require evidence of employability or being ready for the world of work.

Internships represent a great way for you to gain experience of the workplace. They also offer employers the opportunity of clarifying what they are looking for and perhaps even assessing interns for future employment.We offer our students the opportunity of internship placements during their time at Birmingham.
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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 Rugby or 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.