Year two

Welcome to Year 2. Your second year marks a change in that your marks now count towards your final result. You will find that you have fewer timetabled hours in the second year than you did in the first year. However, this does not mean that the time you need to put into your academic work should decrease. You should expect to put more time into studying on your own or in groups than you did in the first year.

Progression through the course

If you fail the year, you will have the opportunity to resit in August. However, if you fail the resits it is not possible to repeat year two and you will be withdrawn from the University.

Personal tutorials

Personal tutorials

Your personal tutor has a pastoral role and acts as your tutor for the whole of your time at University. They should be informed of any problems or difficulties you may be having, including health, disability, domestic, and personal problems which may affect your performance on the course or in your exams. Your Personal Tutor will also be able to provide references for you upon graduation.

Regular meetings with your Personal Tutor will be timetabled to take place three times per semester.

If you are struggling to get in touch with your Personal Tutor you must inform us by emailing Michelle Deakin at aerosupport@sheffield.ac.uk.

Attendance at all personal tutorials is compulsory.

You can find your Personal Tutor listed on myRecord under Course Information.

Moving to year three

Moving to year three

Choose your stream

Choose your stream

You will continue on your chosen stream in year three,

If you are on the Aeromechanics stream, you will now begin to specialise further in either Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing or Aerodynamics and Propulsion. This applies to both MEng and BEng students.

If you are a BEng student on the Avionic Systems stream, you will follow that stream for the remainder of your course.

If you are an MEng student and chose the Avionic Systems stream, you will begin to specialise further in either Aircraft Power and Actuation Systems or Flight Control Systems.

Informing your decision

There's lots of information available to help you choose which stream you'd like to specialise in from year two onwards.

Philosophy and aims of the Aerospace Engineering electives  BEng course structure  MEng course structure 

Please be aware that the year 3 and 4 options shown are the modules that are running in 2019-20. By the time you reach years 3 and 4, we cannot guarantee that the modules will remain exactly the same, however suitable replacements will be available.

Online module choice

Online module choice

You will make your choice of elective by using the online module choice system which will be open from May 2020. You will receive an email from Registry Services when module choice goes live, which will tell you how to complete your module choice.

When completing module choice please ensure that:

  • You only enter modules that are included in the Elective that you wish to take (core modules will already be pre-loaded)
  • Your modules total 120 credits

Please note that module choice is not the same as registration. Once you have completed on-line module choice and provided that you pass your examinations and do not have a debt to the University, from mid July you will be able to formally register with the University for the next academic year via My Record in MUSE. You need to complete BOTH online module choice AND registration.

Resit examinations

Resit examinations

Students who will be taking resit examinations in August should complete online module choice during May and complete registration in September.

Transfers between BEng and MEng

Transfers between MEng and BEng

At the end of Year 2 your performance will be reviewed. If you are registered for the MEng course, you will need to attain a grade average of 54.5 (known as the ‘MEng threshold’) in order to remain on the MEng, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the BEng.

If you are registered for the BEng in Years 1 and 2 you will able to transfer to the MEng at the end of Year 2 provided you meet the MEng threshold of 54.5 grade average. If you are eligible to transfer from BEng to MEng, the Student Support Office will contact you after the June or August exam results are published to give you the option to do this.

Individual projects

Individual projects

You will be asked to make your selection of BEng project titles in May 2020. Projects will be allocated in September 2020. During module choice, you should select AER389 and the module code will be amended once projects have been allocated.

Year in Industry

Year in Industry

If you are on the Year in Industry course and will be spending year 3 on placement, you do not need to complete online module choice. The AER390 Aerospace Year in Industry module will be automatically added to your record. You do need to complete registration with the University at the end of July.

Year in North America

Year in North America

If you are spending year 3 in North America, you do not need to complete online module choice. The AER398 and AER399 Aerospace Year in North America modules will be automatically added to your record. You do need to complete registration with the University at the end of July.

Engineering You're Hired

Engineering You're Hired

The process is a really engaging way for students to gain some hands-on experience into approaching an engineering project from start to proposal. The industrial mentors help significantly in showing what is available after their degrees.

Industry Mentor

Working in interdisciplinary teams with students from across the Faculty of Engineering, you’ll take part in this week-long industry-led project in your second year. Graduates frequently report back that the project was one of the things that helped them achieve success in application forms and interviews, as it gave them something tangible to draw upon and set them apart from their competitors. From initial concept through to presenting your project plan, it’s designed to give you experience of working in the way industry does. You’ll be guided by mentors from industry throughout.

Past projects have included designing:

  • A sustainable swarm robot system that is able to perform the monitoring for a precision agriculture system.
  • A gadget to be used by cyclists to improve road safety.
  • A fuel-efficient autonomous road vehicle.
  • An adaptable additive manufacturing system for the design of large buildings.