MEng Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300

About the course

This is the most flexible of our MEng degrees. It covers fundamental engineering principles, while giving you the freedom to follow individual interests in your third and fourth years.

There is a strong focus on engineering design and modelling throughout the course, which gives you plenty of opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge to practical engineering problems. You'll also be introduced to business and management in an engineering context.

In the first five semesters, you'll study the core subjects required to be a successful mechanical engineer, including mathematics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and the mechanical behaviour of materials.

The aim of the final three semesters is to prepare you for your career and develop your interests. A group design project in your third year will focus on a real-life challenge, and there are opportunities to work on projects with real clients. In your final year you'll carry out an extended individual project, and you can choose from a wide selection of engineering modules to reflect your interests and career aspirations.

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 during the degree, you might be able to switch between our degrees. For example, you might be able to switch to another MEng course at the end of your first year (depending on course requirements and availability) such as the MEng course with a year in industry. At the end of your second year, you could also switch to a BEng based on your performance. This could be an option if you decide to explore a specialised MSc.

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)

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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

4 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 and this MEng meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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

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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.