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Undergraduate Pathway in Engineering

Birmingham City School of Engineering and the Built Environment has earned accreditation from world-leading professional bodies, such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Well-equipped laboratories bridge the gap between theoretical learning and hands-on teaching to prepare you for a career in industry.

Birmingham City University (BCU) is ranked 23rd in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (The Guardian 2024).


  • Two semesters


  • September
  • January

Entry Points

  • Foundation or International Year One

Progression Degrees

BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

This exciting degree, accredited by IET and IMechE, allows you to take part in Formula Student events at Silverstone. Learn in advanced automotive workshops and benefit from strong industry links with companies such as:

  • Morgan Motor Company
  • Westfield Sportscars
  • Siemens
  • GKN.

Find out more: BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

This accredited degree focuses on project-based activities, giving you lots of opportunity to work in teams and apply engineering science to real-world problems. In the annual Engineering Show, you can participate in a range of competitions centred on autonomous and nonautonomous robotic vehicles.

Find out more: BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

During this degree, you will use the latest tools and technologies to develop new skills at an advanced level. With opportunities to apply industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques to the analysis and design of mechanical engineering systems, you will graduate ready for the industry.

Find out more: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Study Engineering in the heart of Birmingham

Programme Details

Foundation Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

Throughout this module, you will learn the academic skills needed for success at a UK university, such as:

  • Time management
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Appropriate language styles
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Researching and referencing techniques.

ICT Skills

This module will introduce you to the concepts of ICT skills, including applications and reporting mechanisms.

Numerical Techniques 1

This module will introduce you to basic mathematics and mathematical applications – including equations, algebraic problems and trigonometry.

Numerical Techniques 2

This module covers a variety of numerical techniques associated with basic number theory, including:

  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Polynomial, quadratic and simultaneous equations
  • Geometric progressions.

Physics 1

This module defines the basic laws of physics. You will learn how to describe the fundamentals of mechanics and thermofluid mechanics.

Physics 2

This module will define the key concepts of physical science in an interdisciplinary context. You will also explore physical laws and their relevance to technology, engineering and environment principles.

Design Concepts

This module will introduce you to design, the importance of design and the fundamentals of technical drawing.

Programming Techniques

This module covers the fundamentals of programming, how it is used, and how it contributes to the engineering process and solves engineering problems. You will also learn about the purpose and processes of object-orientated programming, as well as gaining an introductory understanding of Java.

International Year One Modules

You will be studying BCU modules together with direct BCU students. For information on the modules, check the BCU course page for your chosen degree.

In addition to the BCU modules, you will study Interactive Learning Skills and Communication with BCUIC.

Career Prospects

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Design and Planning Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer

Industry-standard Facilities

Birmingham School of Engineering and the Built Environment is based on BCU’s City Centre Campus, opposite the multi-million-pound HS2 development. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

Our Facilities – Engineering
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