Practicals in The Diamond

Why study Materials at Sheffield?

We use real situations to give you a good understanding of practical applications and how you may one day use your knowledge and skills in work. 

As well as lectures and tutorials, you'll learn through case studies, design projects, group industrial projects, lab work and manufacturing and plant visits. It's varied and hands-on. Alongside technical expertise, you'll develop invaluable skills in teamwork, logical reasoning, project management and problem solving.

You will have between 15 – 24 hours of staff contact time per week in various forms, which includes:

  • Tutorials: weekly meetings with an academic staff member in a group of 5 - 6 students
  • Practical sessions: these will take place in our teaching and research labs in The Diamond and the Sir Robert Hadfield Building

We'll also challenge you to think about engineering issues from a global perspective. So wherever your future lies, you'll be in demand.

Global Engineering ChallengeAll first year Engineering students come together to tackle real-world problems from a global prospective. Find out more

Engineering You're HiredSecond year students, in multidisciplinary teams, develop projects in conjunction with industry. Find out more


As well attending seminars, lectures and exams, there is a wealth of different opportunities available to make your university experience unforgettable. It is about developing as a person and gaining experience and skills to help you succeed in your studies, and with whatever you choose to do after graduating. 

Within engineering there are various opportunities to demonstrate academic achievement as well as wider engagement and learning:

As a Science and Engineering Champion I work with a team of students to promote STEM subjects to young people. This gives me various opportunities to convey my enthusiasm for my course while developing invaluable communication skills. It is both rewarding and great fun.


Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA)

SELA is an extra-curricular program to help engineering students become leaders who create positive impact in research and industry.

A 2 year Academy, commencing in the autumn of your second year of study, training and benefits include intensive leadership boot camp, advanced career planning, exclusive events with engineering leaders from academia and industry. 

A photo of SELA student Bethany Jim

I was attracted to SELA as it was a great opportunity to enhance my leadership skills, not only to use throughout university but in the working world after I graduate. I believe that participating in such a programme has helped to hone my skills so that I can really make an impact in the world of engineering, be that in industry or research.

Bethany Jim / Meng material science and engineering (research)