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BEng/MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering is our core degree and is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

You can choose to study a three year BEng or four year MEng degree. It is possible to switch between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of Year 2.

BEng Materials Science and Engineering

MEng Materials Science and Engineering

The BEng course provides the quickest route to graduation and partially meets requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

UCAS Code: JH51
Duration: 3 years
Entry Requirements
A Levels: AAB including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Other entry requirements.
Tuition Fees: £9,250 per year (UK/EU). Other Fees.
Study locations: Sheffield campus. You may choose to undertake a one year work placement, or opt to study abroad for a year.

The MEng course gives you further opportunities for industrial and research experience and provides faster progression to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

UCAS Code: J500
Duration: 4 years
Entry Requirements
A Levels: AAA including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Other entry requirements.
Tuition Fees: £9,250 per year (UK/EU). Other Fees.
Study locations: Sheffield campus. As part of our MEng course you will undertake a 5 month industrial placement. This may be in the UK or abroad. You may opt to study abroad for a year.

Once you've made your decision and are ready to apply, follow our step by step guide. Apply now

Course overview

Course structure

Year 1 is intended to build the fundamental background knowledge required for all Materials Science and Engineering study. As such this year contains introductory courses across a broad range of key Materials topics.

Our courses introduce the chemistry of materials (how atoms arrange themselves in crystalline materials and how polymers are formed), microstructure, mechanical properties of materials and their use in structural applications, thermodynamics and energy and how these relate to materials, magnetic, electrical and optical properties, natural and replacement biomaterials, nanomaterials, the life cycle of materials and the key elements of mathematics.

As you progress you will have the option to tailor your course to suit your interests through module choices:

The modules provided are from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, contact us direct.

Typical modules studied

First year Second year Third year
Third year
Fourth year
Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules
Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics (Materials)
Biomaterials I
Digital Skills for Materials
Introduction to Materials Properties
Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
Global Engineering Challenge Week
Industrial Materials Processing
Microstructure and Thermodynamics of Materials
Deformation and Failure of Materials
Functional Materials
Heat Transfer and Diffusion
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
Mathematics II (Materials)
Structure of Solid Materials
Engineering - You're Hired
Literature Survey and Project
Failures and Case Study
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Surface Degradation and Protection
Industrial Placement: Part 1
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Engineering Alloys
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 1: Nuclear Materials
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 2: Amorphous Materials
Advanced Ceramics
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Surface Degradation and Protection
Research Project & Literature Review
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 4: Metals Processing
Industrial Placement: Part 2
Optional Modules Optional Modules Optional Modules Optional Modules
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems
Cradle to ?: Materials and the Environment
Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
Tissue Structure and Function
Making Ideas Happen
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Biomaterials II
Materials and Energy
Perspectives in Materials Research
The Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System
Advanced Functional Materials
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Composite Micromechanics and Strong Reinforcing Fibres
Materials for Biological Applications
Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part II
Advanced Nuclear Systems
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Glasses and Cements
Materials Modelling
Materials for Energy Applications
Metallurgical Processing
Nanostructures and Nano-structuring
Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
Polymer Fibre Composite Materials
Polymer Processing

Module details (BEng)

Module details (MEng)

You may also find you wish to undertake modules from a different degree:

Modern language

Students talkingThis course includes either French, German, Spanish or Italian. You'll complete modules, delivered by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre, throughout the course, alongside the underlying science of materials.

Course details

Industrial management

Student writing in workbookThis course incorporates business modules from the Management School. Along with extensive study in materials science, you'll take modules including behavioural approaches to the study of organisations, and understanding a market economy.

Course details

Alternatively, if you find you're enjoying a specific area of Materials Science, you can choose to switch to one of our dedicated degrees:

BEng/MEng Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Sample preparation in the labThis course combines study of materials engineering with human anatomy, physiology and cell biology. You'll learn how to choose the best material for uses within the body, in the context of applications in both research and industry.

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BEng Materials Science and Engineering (Year in Industry)

Student working in industryYour third year will be spent on placement in industry. This experience will put your learning into context and give you a head start in the careers market. You pay a reduced fee to the University for that year and you get paid a salary.

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Materials Science and Engineering (Research)

Student using microscopeAt the end of Year 2 this course separates from the core degree. You'll then study modules developed for our PhD students and complete two individual research projects (the Year 4 project will be working in a research group) to build up practical skills with research-level equipment.

Course details

MEng Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering

Student working in the glove boxDesigned in consultation with the nuclear industry, you'll gain an understanding of the structure of the atomic nucleus and radioactive decay processes, the nuclear fuel cycle and materials design and performance parameters for nuclear applications. 

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MEng Metallurgy

Furance and crucibleYou'll focus on the nature, properties and processing of metals and cover a range of advanced materials manufacturing techniques including additive layer manufacturing, electron beam welding and advanced machining approaches. In addition you'll complete an industrial placement in the metals industry. 

Course details

How you'll learn

Student completing practical workTeaching and assessment

You will have between 18 and 24 hours of staff contact time per week in various forms. Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and practical assessments.

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. In addition to technical expertise, you'll develop invaluable skills in teamwork, logical reasoning, project management and problem solving.

Industrial training programme

In Year's 3 and 4, MEng students will gain a deep appreciation of 3 major industrial sectors for materials in the UK by interacting with 3 different companies, learning about their technical areas and ways of working, and carrying out a technical or research project based on their current needs.

Industrial Training Programme

Individual research project

In the final degree year, both BEng and MEng students will have the opportunity to select project areas of interest from across the research of the department, and then spend the entire academic year working on the project with one of the research groups.

Find out how you'll learn

Industry contact

Within both BEng and MEng courses, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with industry and research.


Students on the BEng degree can apply for a Summer placement via the University Careers Service as well as complete a one year placement in industry, supported by the Employability Placement Team, at the end of Year 2.

Summer placements

Year in Industry


Students on the MEng degree will complete a 5 month placement in industry and take part in 3 Industrial Training Programmes (ITP) which includes industry contact throughout Year's 3 and 4. Students completing a more research focused degree will complete a placement in one of our Research Centres.

All students will have the option to apply for a Summer placement via the University Careers Service.

5 month placement

Summer placements

What our students say

Cheuk Ying TamMost of our labs take place in The Diamond, which means that we can get our hands on the newest and advanced tools. The session I like most this year is the sand casting of aluminium. My hands were shaking when I was standing in a huge sand pit and pouring red hot molten aluminium in to a sand mould."


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Meet our alumni

Sinan Al-BermaniMy undergraduate degree provided me with the fundamental knowledge of materials science that is transferable to a wide range of manufacturing/research-based careers.


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*The content of individual lecture courses and modules is continually reviewed and updated. For more detail on the specific syllabus, course structure and specific content of modules, please contact the Department: