MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in North America

UCAS Code: H3T7

About the course

With our study abroad programme you can study at a leading university in the USA or Canada as part of your degree, without extending the length of your course. It's ideal if you want to benefit from a year abroad in an English-speaking country. You'll study core topics in mechanical engineering while experiencing a different culture and developing international business skills.

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 years one, two and the first part of year three, you'll study the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, mathematics and management. Modules include applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials and electrical and electronic engineering.

During your third year, you'll have the chance to study at a leading university in the USA or Canada, where you'll follow an agreed set of mechanical engineering modules. These modules are at an equivalent level to those at the University of Sheffield.

When you return to Sheffield for your final year, you'll carry out an extended individual project and build on your interests by choosing from a wide selection of engineering modules.

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.

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.

In order to meet the requirements for the study abroad aspect of this course you must pass both the first and second years with an average grade of 60 per cent, with no failed modules on the first attempt in your second year. Students who don't achieve this will transfer to our MEng Mechanical Engineering course (providing they meet the requirements to continue on the course) and stay in Sheffield for the third year.

In the year before you're due to study abroad you'll be allocated a place at one of our partner universities as part of an application process. The department's year abroad tutor will provide advice and support during your time abroad.

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 including a year abroad

Study Locations (not including year abroad)

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. This includes information on fees for the year abroad.

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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.