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Metallurgy BEng

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
UCAS code
JJ25
Course Type
Undergraduate, Industrial professional experience, Single Honours, Study abroad year
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:
£9,250 (UK/EU)
£22,260 (International)
Further information

Our stimulating Metallurgy BEng degree programme provides you with a thorough understanding of the properties of materials – from metals to plastics – essential for the development of new and improved products.

Metallurgy BEng

If you like solving problems creatively and relish the opportunity to combine science, maths and engineering to understand how the materials that surround us – from bricks to body scanners – behave, and how they can be used and improved to develop new products, then this Metallurgy BEng degree has been made for you.

In the final year of this degree you advance your understanding of design, processing, failure and applications, along with management, whilst options allow you to gain specialist materials knowledge in areas that interest you most, such as aerospace, sports and biomaterials.

You will be taught by lecturers who are global experts in their field. enabling you to gain strong theoretical and practical skills in Materials Science and 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.

Why study Metallurgy 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
 

The balance between practical and theory work was excellent. I had so much choice of research areas for my final year project and then for my PhD. My future career prospects are numerous; a materials degree offers loads of opportunities. When I started the course I was amazed at how broad and relevant the subject is. The practical aspects of the course are great fun, particularly as we get to break things!

Dr Jane Berry, Texaco

Modules

Our programmes share a common first two years, with lectures, practicals and case studies developing your understanding in all areas of materials. These are related to applications such as aerospace, automotive, sports, IT and biomedicine. You’ll also study how to apply maths to solve engineering problems – a key requirement for many employers.

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Materials Science - 20 credits   
  • Design for Structural Applications - 20 credits     
  • Non-crystalline Materials 1 - 20 credits    
  • Design for Functional Applications 1 - 20 credits   
  • Communication and Critical Reasoning - 20 credits   
  • Mathematics - 20 credits

Year 2

  • Physical Materials Science - 20 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Corrosion - 20 credits
  • Modelling Materials Behaviour - 20 credits
  • Non-crystalline Materials 2 - 20 credits
  • Design for Functional Applications 2 - 20 credits
  • Forefront of Materials Science and Engineering A - 10 credits
  • Forefront of Materials Science and Engineering B - 10 credits

Year 3

The third year advances your understanding of design, processing, failure and applications, along with management, whilst options allow you to gain specialist materials knowledge in areas that interest you most, such as aerospace, sports and biomaterials. You also take part in a research project.

Core modules

  • High Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing - 20 credits 
  • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation - 20 credits 
  • Group project - 20 credits 
  • Materials for Challenging Environments - 20 credits 
  • Process Metallurgy - 10 credits 

Optional modules. 

Choose 30 credits. Example optional modules:

  • Advanced Electronic Materials - 10 credits 
  • Advanced Materials in Sports Equipment - 10 credits 
  • Biomaterials - 10 credits 
  • High Toughness Ceramics - 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 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

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.

  

Tuition fees for placement years

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.

   

For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code JJ25

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.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
A level Mathematics and one of Physics, Chemistry or Design and 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 6 in Mathematics and 6 in either Physics, Design Technology or chemistry, with a minimum of 32 points overall. 

BTEC

Only considered when combined with other qualifications.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

Foundation Year

Are you a UK/EU 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.

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. 

Graduates who have studied our courses:

Example employers

  • Rolls Royce
  • AeroEngine Controls
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BMW Group
  • BP
  • Tata Steel
  • Schlumberge,
  • 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

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:

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