Undergraduate student profiles

Find out from our undergraduate students what it’s like to live, study and work in Sheffield.

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Congratulations to Tobias Kunz who has recently been awarded the Engineering Leaders Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Tobias Kunz MEng Materials Science and Engineering

The Engineering Leaders Scholarships (ELS) programme provides support for undergraduates in UK Higher Education Institutions, who display the potential to become leaders and innovators in engineering, and who want to become leadership role models for the next generation of engineers. 

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Opportunity for collaboration with other engineers teaches you about the way the industry operates.

Chloe Skidmore MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Chloe has just completed her final year studying for MEng Materials Science and Engineering. Soon she will be starting as a Trainee Patent Attorney in the Engineering, Manufacture and Consumer Products team at Reddie and Grose LLP

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The diversity of my degree has provided me with the flexibility needed to be involved in the many different tasks that my job requires.

Sam McGowan MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Since graduating in 2021 Sam is now working for Jacobs (a nuclear engineering consultancy) as a Materials Graduate. As well as task managing a project Sam is also involved with materials testing and research.

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I really enjoyed the artifacts project as it gave us the opportunity to conduct our own research and present the findings at the end.

Christine Thorogood BEng Materials Science and Engineering

Christine took part in the SURE scheme where they spent 6 weeks working with researchers from the University making novel cathodes for sodium ion batteries. "The fact that I had done this project put me in a really unique position where I had relevant experience before graduating my degree."

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The placement has allowed me to really understand the content of my 1st and 2nd years.

Samuel Jackson BEng Materials Sciences and Engineering with a Year in Industry

Samuel is doing his placement at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage 

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I loved every minute of my studies. I felt supported and was given the opportunity to really enjoy my degree and perform the best I could.

Latham Haigh MEng Materials Science and Engineering (Research)

Latham graduated in 2021 and is now studying for his PhD in the Department where he is investigating the effects of radiation on the durability of radioactive ceramic wasteforms.

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Flexibility within the department gave me the opportunity to explore the different aspects of materials science and engineering.

Amie Lee Materials Science and Engineering with a Year in Industry

Amie graduated in 2022 and is now working as a packaging technologist for Mondelēz International.

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I love the practical side of engineering and the materials labs are so diverse.

Melisha Barboza BEng Materials Science and Engineering

Melisha initially didn't know which field she wanted to study but felt materials science and engineering would allow her to explore a diverse range of subjects.

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I chose materials science and engineering because of its ability to incorporate maths and all the sciences.

Luke Palmer MEng Material Science and Engineering

Luke really enjoys the hands-on aspect of the course especially the practical side of engineering and the materials labs. He thinks the facilities and the friendly welcoming atmosphere make Sheffield one of the top places to study materials science in the country.

James Bromley

At Sheffield I made lifelong friends and received a great education that has prepared me well for the work I currently do.

James Bromley MEng Materials Science and Engineering

It was at the start of August 2018 that I got a call for interview at UKAEA and I started there as a contractor two weeks later. In early 2020 my position was made permanent. Throughout this time, I have been managing projects with growing confidence and levels of responsibility as I gain experience within the role.

Top in the Russell Group

We are the top-ranked Russell Group university for Graduate Prospects in Materials Science and Engineering. (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.