Innovative engineering programmes launched with the University of Birmingham

Two brand new civil and railway engineering programmes are being launched in a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI).

Applications are now open for September 2022: sign up to NCATI’s Open Day on 18 July to find out more.


The two-year Foundation Degrees in Civil Engineering and Civil and Railway Engineering have been developed by the National College. At the end of the second year, students will have the opportunity to progress onto a third year at the University and study for a Bachelor of Engineering. In this third year, the students will take part in research projects and be taught by School of Engineering academics who are carrying out a wide range of research.

Professor Stephen Jarvis, Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham said:

“The new programmes will give students at the College a route into higher education at a research-intensive Russell Group university. We are committed to helping to address the skills gap in engineering, improving the industry’s diversity and helping to widen participation in higher education with students from all backgrounds. The students will benefit from the specialist education at the College and then have a chance to progress further and experience studying at the University.”

The National College’s principal Ian Fitzpatrick said:

“The College was established to create the transport and infrastructure workforce of the future, drawn from lots of different backgrounds and with the adaptable skillset to take on today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Central to this is the belief that engineering should be open to everyone, and we’re really excited to be working with the University of Birmingham to provide an additional route into this exciting and in-demand discipline.”

In 2021, the College became part of the University of Birmingham group. These are the first programmes to be developed collaboratively as part of this unique partnership. It aims to open up new pathways and access to high-quality educational opportunities at all levels in rail, advanced transport and infrastructure.

As an anchor institution in the region, the University is committed to developing education and skills, contributing to regional and national growth. This partnership also draws on the University’s internationally recognised expertise in rail, led by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.