MEng Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Technology

UCAS Code: H3H8

About the course

Sizewell Nuclear Power Station

The UK’s commitment to an expansion of civil nuclear power generation, as well as a £70bn programme of decommissioning and cleanup of historic nuclear sites, means there is a growing demand for skilled nuclear engineers.

Our MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering with Nuclear Technology has been specially designed in consultation with the nuclear industry to help to train the next generation of mechanical engineers required by the nuclear sector.

Nuclear engineering poses significant challenges for mechanical engineers, ranging from the power cycle design and the structural integrity of various reactor components to the effective cooling and energy transfer of the reactor.

This MEng provides a broad knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering together with a detailed critical understanding of nuclear engineering.

What You'll Study

The course follows our MEng in Mechanical Engineering for the first two years but in years three and four you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in nuclear engineering, through taught modules, an individual investigative project and a group design project focusing on nuclear technology.

As part of the course, you’ll also be involved in activity weeks including the Global Engineering Challenge in your first year and Engineering You’re Hired! during your second year. Both are excellent opportunities to develop the skills you’ll need as a successful engineer.

Our nuclear laboratory module also gives you hands-on experience of working safely with radioactive sources, combined with an understanding of regulatory and safety principles.

Examples of our specialist nuclear engineering modules include:

  • Nuclear Science and Technology
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering Laboratory
  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics, Heat Transfer & Applications
  • Materials for Nuclear Systems
  • Nuclear Waste Management

Your Future

Our courses are designed to give you the best possible chance of getting the job you want. When you leave the University of Sheffield you will be sought after by employers looking for high quality mechanical engineering graduates.

Many of our graduates go into industry, particularly manufacturing, transport and power generation or work for engineering consultancies in both technical and managerial roles. This includes employers such as Rolls-Royce, Arup, Jaguar Land Rover and Network Rail.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering maintains close links with industry and arranges annual careers days in conjunction with the University Careers Service, bringing final year students into contact with prospective employers. In your final year, you’ll also be given a personal careers interview to help you review your career plans.

• £25k – average salary amongst our graduates in their first year of employment
• £63k – average salary for a chartered engineer
• 15% of students stay in education at the end of their course
• 87% of our graduates go on to work or further study within six months of finishing their course
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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

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.


Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A four-year MEng meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Tuition Fees

£9250 per year (UK/EU)

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:

Caroline Brown - Recruitment and Employability Officer
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 7801

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