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University of Birmingham

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

A level Mathematics (Further Mathematics and Physics are not required but are advantageous). 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

Accepted in place of A levels with the following grade equivalencies: D2 = A*; D3 = A; M2 = B. Combinations of A levels and Principle subjects are accepted. NB required subjects must be offered (see A level Section)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

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

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D*

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

Accepted in place of a non-required A level with the equivalent grade.

UCAS Tariff

136

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76%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Mechanical engineering

Our stimulating Mechanical Engineering BEng degree programme is designed to give you the expertise needed to tackle real-world problems. This course provides you with the skills to deliver results in an ever-changing industry and you will benefit from a research-led culture, which informs our teaching.

Our expertise in applying engineering science will equip you with the ability to solve problems of industrial and societal significance.
You’ll work alongside Civil and Electrical Engineers, this interdisciplinary working reflects industry practices and right from the very start will begin building your teamworking and professional skills alongside your technical knowledge.

You will be the subject expert on a major project during your Mechanical Engineering degree where you will apply your in-depth technical knowledge. This will provide you with vital employability skills that will give you a competitive edge in applications forms, interviews and assessment tests for graduate jobs.

This course has been designed to be relevant to the needs of modern industry and to produce graduates who have the personal and intellectual qualities to be successful in their chosen careers. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both industry and academia, and thus able to deal with issues at the forefront of our discipline.

The opportunity is also open to you to get involved in work on UBRacing – our own Formula Student racing team, which competes throughout the world.

Modules

The course is structured to have a core first two years of engineering science followed in subsequent years by more advanced techniques and applications, accompanied by a significant amount of project work. For further details, see the full programme summary on our website by clicking on the 'view course details' link towards the top of this page. From there you can access specific module information on the 'course details' tab.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Birmingham

Department:

Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


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Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
85%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Engineering professionals
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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