BEng Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H302

About the course

Our BEng Mechanical Engineering provides an excellent alternative to an MEng course if you'd prefer to study for three years rather than four. Many students choose this course as they would like to enter the workplace earlier, while others continue their engineering education to an MSc.

This degree gives you a solid grounding in mechanical engineering. It covers all the essentials, with an emphasis on modelling and design. You'll be introduced to business and management in an engineering context, and you'll complete an individual project in an area that interests you.

In the first five semesters, you'll follow a core syllabus in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, mathematics and management. Modules cover mathematics, applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials, and electrical and electronic engineering.

In your third year you'll tailor your degree to your own interests, choosing from optional modules and exploring a topic of your choice for an individual project.

This is a practical course: our students learn by doing - connecting theory to practice. You'll apply what you've learnt in the lecture theatre to engineering problems and experiments. You'll have the chance to manufacture and prototype your designs. You'll also develop the transferable skills employers look for, such as communication, project management and time management skills.

Depending on your performance, you might be able to switch between our degrees. For example, you may be able to switch to a BEng course with a year in industry at the end of your first year, or to one of our MEng courses at the end of your second year.

All our students get involved in week-long projects that develop the skills you'll need as a successful engineer. There's the Global Engineering Challenge in your first year, where you'll find creative solutions to real-world problems with engineers of different disciplines, and Engineering You're Hired! during your second year.

What our graduates do

A number of our mechanical engineering graduates go into industry - particularly manufacturing, transport and power generation - with many finding employment with prestigious companies such as Rolls-Royce, Arup, Jaguar Land Rover and Network Rail.

Others have gone on to work for engineering consultancies, in both technical and managerial roles, or started careers in research or further study. Outside of engineering, our graduates have transferred their skills. For example, some have become teachers and charity workers, while others have started their own business.

Meet our students and find out more about their time studying mechanical engineering at Sheffield. You can also find out more from our alumni and what they went on to do after leaving Sheffield here.

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Entry Requirements

AAA at A-level including Maths and a science subject (Physics or Chemistry)

For more about applying for an undergraduate course including International Entry Requirements, please click here.

Didn't choose a science subject at A-level? Our Physics Pathway pre-sessional course will get you up to speed with what you’ll need for study on our courses.

Programme Length

3 years

Study Locations

Central Campus including our state of the art learning facilities within the Diamond. There may also be occasional travel to research centres within Sheffield.


For more information about modules, please visit the central prospectus or contact us.

How we teach

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, lab sessions and design classes. A typical 40 hour week is made up of:

• 10 hours in lectures
• 3 hours in design activities
• 3 hours in tutorials
• 3 hours in lab classes
• 21 hours spent in private study

All students on taught programmes are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement throughout your time at university. Your personal tutor will be an academic member of staff within the Department.


All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This BEng meets, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Students will need to complete some further learning to meet them in full.

Tuition Fees

For more information about fees and financial support including for prospective international students, visit the University's fees and funding page.

Support Services

More information about support available from the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service at the University of Sheffield can be found here.

Get in touch

For questions and more information about this course, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 7801

To search and book on an upcoming open day, click here.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.