Learning and assessment

How you'll learn


Teaching methods

Delivered by academic staff, lectures are usually made up of large groups of students and are designed to introduce you to a subject and provide guidance on further reading.

Academic tutorials
Smaller groups where you'll exchange ideas and discuss a topics in more detail with your peers and your academic tutor.

Labs and practicals
Most of the practical learning takes place in lab sessions where you'll get to apply the theory you've been taught in lectures and tutorials.

Personal tutorials
You'll gain both academic and pastoral support from your personal tutor.

Independent study
Alongside your formal learning, you'll also carry out independent study, such as research and further reading.

Group work
A key skill for your future career, part of your learning will take place in teams.

Industrial Training Programme
You will work in groups to analyse and solve a relevant open-ended problem set by some of the biggest names in industry as part of the four year MEng.


How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways throughout your course. Some assessments are intended to help you understand how you are doing and identify any areas for improvement. Some will also help you prepare for the assessments that count towards your overall marks.

You will be assessed by:

  • Formal exams
  • Online tests
  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Group projects
  • Peer assessment

Enabling improvement

Feedback is an essential component of our courses and enables both us and you to improve.

Our feedback to you
Feedback takes many forms and will vary depending on the type of assessment you've undertaken. For example, an essay will include formal, written feedback from your tutor, whereas an online test will provide you with immediate feedback about your knowledge and understanding of a subject.

Your feedback to us
We're always looking for ways to improve and and we welcome feedback at any time. You'll be able to provide feedback in a number of ways, such as, participating in our regular staff-student committee meetings, completing a module survey, visiting the Aerospace office, or by completing our online feedback form.

Contact time

High-level, intensive courses

As one of the UK's leading Aerospace Engineering courses, we attract the best students and we expect a lot of you whilst you're here.

You will receive approximately 28 hours of contact time each week. You will also be expected to undertake approximately 30 hours of independent learning each week in addition to your formal programme of study.


Course structure

A modular degree
Our courses are modular, which means you'll take a set number of modules each year. Each module is worth a certain number of credits - usually 10 or 20.

Core modules
In each year of the course, you'll study a pre-set range of core modules. These are designed to give you the best foundation in aerospace engineering principles. The first year of study is the same across all courses and is made up solely of core modules.

Elective modules
From the second year onwards, you'll begin to specialise in your preferred area of study and will take elective modules in either Avionics or Aeromechanics.

Module credits
Module credits are awarded if you pass the assessment requirements for the module. You have to complete a total of 120 credits in your first year in order to progress to year two. To be awarded your degree, you have to gain a total of 240 credits (BEng) or 360 credits (MEng) across years two, three and four. The marks you gain in these years will contribute to your final degree classification. Extra weight is given to the results in third and fourth year modules.

Module codes
Alongside the module title, your timetable will include a module code which indicates the area of study.

  • AER - Aerospace Engineering
  • MEC - Mechanical Engineering
  • ACS - Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
  • EEE - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • MAT - Materials Science and Engineering
  • COM - Computer Science
  • MGT - Management
  • MAS - Maths

Find out more
You can view all of the modules for each course on the course pages.

Case study - peer led learning

Dr Simon Hayes, Deputy Course Director for Aerospace Engineering, delivered an engaging session at TELFest 2018 - using the expertise of current students on the course.

It's an example of how students input is directly being applied into our progressive learning and teaching approach. Members of the Aerospace and Flight Simulator Society continue to be instrumental in the development of supporting material.

This video from TELFest 2018 shows how the students developed their materials, and how the active learning process enables learners to gain these very practical skills in a simulation environment.

About TELfest

TELFest is the University of Sheffield’s Technology Enhanced Learning Festival, designed to help academic and teaching staff make the most of technology to enrich learning and teaching.

The festival takes place annually and draws on expertise from colleagues across the University and the sector, to deliver a wide range of talks, workshops and discussions.