Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng

Start date
3 years
UCAS code
Course Type
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
£9,250 (UK)
£24,600 (International)
Further information

Advanced materials are vital in modern engineering design. Our stimulating Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng degree meets the growing need for engineers who can design products making the best use of advanced materials.

Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng

The design of any machine – from a skateboard to a jet engine – for optimal performance cannot be separated from the materials used to make it. This challenging Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng programme combines the design skills of mechanical engineering with the in-depth knowledge of materials engineering, so that, on graduation, you are able to create innovative and cutting-edge designs, which make the best use of materials

You will be taught by lecturers who are global experts in their field. enabling you to gain strong theoretical and practical skills in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Our leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories will enhance your learning experience, and your project work will provide you with vital employability skills that will give you a competitive edge in applications forms, interviews and assessment tests for graduate jobs.

The department has strong partnerships with key employers who provide projects and work placements for our students, allowing you to put all your skills into practice.

At Birmingham, our staff and students work on a diverse range of research areas in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, sport and sustainable development fields. As a student of Metallurgy at Birmingham, you will get a front-row seat to the latest developments in the field. 

There is an opportunity to apply for a year in industry during your degree, this usually occurs between year 2 and year 3. You will be helped by us to find suitable internships, and assisted and mentored by academic members of staff throughout your year in industry. A year in industry is an invaluable opportunity to take on a role within a company, apply the theoretical knowledge of your degree course to real-world issues and will enhance your career prospects. Contact the Admissions Team for further details.

Why study Mechanical and Materials Engineering BEng at Birmingham?

  • Consistently ranked in the top-5 for both research and UG teaching in the UK
  • Recent £60M redevelopment of School facilities
  • Strong partnerships with industry: Rolls-Royce, Timet, BAO Steel, Tata, JLR, Network Rail, BAE Systems, etc
  • Research groups often working at intermediate technology readiness levels, delivering new materials technology to industry for inclusion in their products
  • An opportunity to apply for an industrial placement

Birmingham was one of the best departments in the country for Materials Engineering and when I came on an Open Day, the campus was so beautiful and the department was really friendly and all the students and academics were really enthusiastic. We have quite a small course so all are lectures and classes are small so you don’t get forgotten. We also have weekly tutorial meetings which mean we can ask questions and your tutor can check you understand important principles. As we are a small course, we also socialise a lot. We often have lunch together and go for meals or pub quizzes.

Amanda Field, MEng Materials Engineering

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First and second years

During these years, a careful mix of lectures, practicals and case studies develops your understanding in:

  • Mechanical engineering (engineering design, mechanics, modelling and mathematics)
  • Professional skills (teamwork, communication and management)
  • Materials (the properties, selection, processing, failure and protection of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites)

These are related to industries such as aerospace, automotive, sports, and power generation.

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Materials Science - 20 credits   
  • Design for Structural Applications - 20 credits     
  • Non-crystalline Materials 1 - 20 credits    
  • Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer - 20 credits

Year 2

  • Mechanics 2 - 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics 2 - 20 credits
  • Physical Materials Science A - 10 credits
  • Physical Materials Science B - 10 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation A - 10 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation B - 10 credits
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids  - 20 credits
  • Mechanical Design A - 20 credits

There is an opportunity to apply for a year in industry during your degree, this usually occurs between year 2 and year 3. You will be helped by us to find suitable internships, and assisted and mentored by academic members of staff throughout your year in industry. A year in industry is an invaluable opportunity to take on a role within a company, apply the theoretical knowledge of your degree course to real-world issues and will enhance your career prospects. Contact the Admissions Team for further details.

Year 3

The third year advances your understanding of mechanical engineering whilst you gain specialist knowledge in the areas of materials that interest you most, such as aerospace, metals processing, ceramics, sports and or biomaterials. You also take part in an individual research project.

Core Modules:

  • Individual Research Project - 40 credits
  • Mechanical Design B - 20 credits
  • Integrated Design Project (BEng) - 20 credits
  • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation - 20 credits

Optional Modules:

Choose 20 credits of optional modules. Example modules:

  • High-Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing  - 20 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (CFD & FEA) - 10 credits
  • Process Metallurgy - 10 credits

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 2021. 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.


Annual tuition fees 2021/22

  • £9,250 - UK
  • £24,600 - International

Visit our  tuition fees page for more information.


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


Tuition fees for placement years (where applicable)

There is a reduced tuition fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code HJ35

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

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Standard offer

International Requirements

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

General Studies not accepted, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

6,6,5 at Higher Level, including Mathematics and Physics, with a minimum of 32 points overall. 


Only considered when combined with other qualifications.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

Foundation Year

Are you a UK student and would like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? If you are not studying A Level Mathematics you can consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.

International Students

We accept a range of international qualifications, please contact the admissions tutor for more information.


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.

I chose Mechanical and Materials Engineering because I thought it was the best of both worlds; I was interested in the breadth of Mechanical Engineering but the detail that Materials Engineering offered and I couldn't believe that I had the chance to study both of them at the same time.

Deborah Harris, MEng Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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 your learning experience. We have strong partnerships with key employers who provide projects and work placements for our students and regularly recruit our graduates.

How you will learn

Our programmes include lectures, practicals and case studies, group and individual research projects and the development of transferrable skills to give you access to a wide range of careers. At Birmingham, we advocate an enquiry-based learning approach, so from the outset you’ll be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner – qualities much sought-after by employers.

There are many opportunities for industrial internships and placements within the School during the summer, giving you the chance to put your skills into practice.

The third and fourth years will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that most interest you, such as aerospace, biomaterials and computer simulations. You will also take part in a group research project during your third year. MEng students will undertake an individual project in their final year.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is through a mixture of written exams and continually assessed coursework. 

As well as end-of-year exams and written assignments, assessment methods include oral presentations, computer-based tests, laboratory and project reports. Each module is assessed independently and most contain some components of continuous assessment. Some modules are completely assessed by either examination or coursework.

Your personal tutor

As soon as you join us, 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.

Seminars and tutorials

Small-group tutorials and personal tutorials run alongside the lecture course and are aimed at addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate the lecture material, as well as testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Lecturers and world-leading researchers

You’ll be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thus giving you a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Our lecturers are not only experts in their field; they are passionate about passing on their expertise. All our researchers work at the cutting edge, often at intermediate technology readiness levels, delivering new materials technology to industry for inclusion in their products.

Resources and facilities

Our School is part of the largest centre for materials research in the UK. Our facilities provide you with the best possible environment to grow and succeed. Our first-class teaching and laboratory facilities include state-of-the-art study spaces and computer suites where we use the latest educational technologies to reinvent lab classes and showcase the fundamental principles behind materials engineering.

Contact Hours

You can expect an average of about 20-25 hours of contact time per week, comprising approximately 5 hours of laboratory based activity, 14 hours of lectures and 4 hours of small-group teaching (tutorials). As you progress through the programme, an increasing amount of time will be devoted to project-based learning.

Your degree will equip you with the technical, analytical and professional skills necessary to leader future change and innovation in a variety of sectors – from automotive and aerospace to law and finance. The superb opportunities you have for industrial experience before you graduate will add greatly to your employability. 

Birmingham has been very kind to me and I've got so many good memories from here, it's really hard to choose. I look back on it and just smile, as you can probably see!

Annabel Fitzgerald, Materials graduate

Graduates who have studied our courses:

Example employers

  • Rolls Royce
  • AeroEngine Controls
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BMW Group
  • BP
  • Tata Steel
  • Schlumberger
  • Doncasters Limited
  • Sandvik
  • BAe Systems 

Example careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Materials tester
  • Failure analyst
  • Financier
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Materials scientist
  • Teacher

Rolls-Royce has recruited a significant number of students from Birmingham at both graduate and postgraduate level. Undergraduates are able to experience real life industrial situations via vacation attachments in the company. We are very pleased with the quality of Birmingham graduates. They are stimulating change and making an impact on the output of the Materials Group. They possess a good balance of technical, interpersonal and IT skills.

Mike Hicks, Chief Technologist-Materials, Rolls-Royce

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


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:

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