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University of Birmingham

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

76%

Subjects
  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£26.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB including Mathematics. You must also pass the practical element of any reformed science A levels which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

76%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Mechanical Engineers plan, design and develop anything that moves; from cyclone vacuum cleaners to cars and medical robots; applying engineering science to solving problems of current and future importance to industry and society. The School of Mechanical Engineering takes an active role in passing this expertise to future generations of mechanical engineers through our fully accredited degree programmes. At Birmingham, we provide an excellent environment for studying Mechanical Engineering; we offer state-of-the-art facilities and research-led teaching from experts in the field who will encourage your engineering talents to thrive. As well as a design laboratory supporting industry-standard techniques such as computer aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD); we also house engine research laboratories, an advanced machining centre and a Microsystems & Nanotechnology research center. Students also get the chance to work on UBRacing â?? our own Formula Student Racing Team, which competes throughout the world and is in its 17th year. 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

Modules include: mechanics 1; thermodynamics, fluids and heat transfer; mechanical design and professional skills 1; engineering mathematics 1; properties and applications of materials; electrical, electronic and computer systems; experiments and statistics 1; computing for engineers.

University of Birmingham

Students outside campus

Steeped in history the University of Birmingham has a community campus vibe whilst being on the doorstep to the centre of the UK's second city. And because all students studying at Birmingham become automatic members of the Guild of Students you'll have many chances to develop skills outside of study, have fun, and meet like-minded people.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

39%
61%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
63%
37%

Year 1

65%
35%

Year 2

40%
56%
4%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources

81%

Staff made the subject interesting

71%

Library resources are satisfactory

83%

Feedback on work has been helpful

73%

Feedback on work has been prompt

63%

Staff are good at explaining things

83%

Received sufficient advice and support

69%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
40% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
412 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £26.5k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

50%

Graduates who are senior officers in protective services

5%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject has been affected by the recession and so you would normally expect some more encouraging stats – although things have improved this year. Nevertheless, engineers are in demand across multiple industries, but most stay in engineering, particularly in the oil industry, and in the car industry, in design and manufacturing. Jobs are all around the country, with Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment – starting salaries for mechanical engineers in Scotland are actually higher there than in London, thanks to the oil industry, and only bettered by a handful of courses. 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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