Undergraduate degree course/programme Mechanical Engineering BEng H300:
Mechanical Engineering is a professional discipline as important as medicine - for which it supplies many solutions in terms of life-saving equipment, life-enhancing artificial limbs, pacemakers, micro-scale pumps, incubators, etc. Mechanical Engineers design, analyse and manufacture machines that move using gears: giant earth moving machines, huge turbines in power stations, all types of road and rail vehicles and space rockets and satellites. We design tiny micro gears that power medical equipment, handheld computers and mobile 'phones. We also make industrial robots; the machines that make other products.
Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham produces graduates who are creative, highly numerate and skilled at solving problems and delivering results. We are a friendly community of self-assured professionals, determined to guide you to wherever your engineering talents will thrive. All our programmes are accredited and reflect the strength and longevity of our industrial partnerships.
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 programme is organised into integrated modules covering core mechanical engineering subjects that are designed to develop your learning progressively. You will consider the movement of mechanisms, the strength of the individual parts, the efficiency and environmental impact of your designs, and the methods that can be employed to make your product profitably.
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.
Feedback shows that 90%-95% of our students go on to work or study on graduation. Of those in employment, 95%-100% gain graduate-level jobs and are earning salaries in the region of £24,000-£32,000 pa six months after graduation.
As one of our Mechanical Engineering students, a huge and exciting array of career opportunities will be open to you when you graduate - both at home and abroad. You could pursue a career in one of the major manufacturing industries (the UK has the 6th largest manufacturing base in the world); or you could work in other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy. Other areas that favour the problem-solving skills you will acquire are finance, law and marketing as well as teaching and/or research.
If at the end of the second year of your BEng programme, you meet the MEng progression requirement you may consider transferring to the MEng programme which will all you to add a year to your programme and spend this time out on a year in industry; usually at the end of your second or third study years. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in serious projects that ask difficult questions that require good scientific/engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job
Career destinations of previous graduates include:
- BP, Aberdeen
- Rolls Royce, Derby
- Delcam, Birmingham
- Jaguar-Landrover, Coventry
- PA Consulting, London
- MultiMetal Works, Malaysia
- Atomic Weapons Establishment, Berkshire
- Oxford Technologies, Oxford
- RBCCM Banking, London
- RBS, London
- BAE Systems, Barrow in Furness
- IBC Solar, Malaysia/Germany
- Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
- Ball Packaging Europe, Wreham
- Vehicle Certification Agency, Birmingham
- Porterbrook Railway Co - Rosco, Berkshire
- AMEC, London
- Petronas Oil & Gas Company
- British Army, Sandhurst
- Zener Company, Iran
- DFM Medical, Germany
Cost & Fees
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17 are as follows:
- £9,000 (Home/EU students)
- £19,020 (International Students)
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