What and How You'll Learn

Image: group of Sheffield mechanical engineering undergraduatesWhat is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is an incredibly diverse subject, which affects almost every aspect of our lives. Mechanical engineers are involved with the conception, design, production and marketing of all manufactured products, for the latest aircraft to the delicate instruments used in microsurgery.

Being an engineer involves thinking creatively to solve complex problems, and many of the critical challenges facing the world today, such as increasing energy efficiency, will require mechanical engineers to find innovative solutions.

What you'll learn

Your first two years will be spent covering the basics that all mechanical engineers need, including mathematics, dynamics and fluid mechanics. You'll then get the opportunity to specialise in your third and fourth yearsby choosing from a wide range of exciting and challenging optional modules.

As well as offering an exceptional engineering education we'll also help you to develop the other skills necessary to be a successful mechanical engineer, such as team-working and effective communication, as well as problem-solving skills that will give you the confidence to tackle any mechanical engineering challenge.

How you'll be taught

You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, lab sessions and design classes.

Gaining hands-on engineering experience is vital, so you'll have at least three hours a week in our high-quality labs, putting your lectures into practice. You'll also have three hours of design classes, where you'll learn how to apply your knowledge to real engineering problems.

We're also dedicated to small-group teaching and you'll have regular tutorials, in groups of four or five students, where your tutor will help you to work through problems which build upon what you've learnt in lectures.