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University of Birmingham

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Year

UCAS Code: H303

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

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

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

Not considered unless A level Maths also taken.

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

UCAS Tariff

144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Mechanical engineering

Our stimulating Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Year MEng degree 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.

You have the option to spend a year in industry at the end of your second or third year. The aim of the Industrial Year is not simply to provide paid work but to ensure that its nature and quality are commensurate with your professional development. A key element is to ensure that you and companies are well matched, maximising both parties’ experience. We have an Industrial Liaison Officer who works with our industrial partners and we also have extensive industrial contact through our research.

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 with Industrial Year MEng 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.

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. In your final year you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules to tailor your course to your interests. An industrial placement year is undertaken normally between years 3 and 4. 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

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£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?

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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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

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
92%
high
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

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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