Student profiles

Henriette Stainer

MEng Engineering student Hette Stainer

“When I first started looking into University courses all I knew was that I enjoyed maths and physics. My mum suggested I look into engineering, which brought me to my next dilemma: what engineering discipline should I go into? I found that all the different branches of engineering interested me and felt that I couldn’t make a decision confidently. I looked for general engineering courses and this was the one that appealed to me, as it gives you the most time to decide what to specialise in. After my applicant day I knew I had made a decision: Sheffield was where I wanted to be and MEng Engineering was the course I wanted to do.

I looked for general engineering courses and this was the one that appealed to me. After my applicant day I knew I had made a decision: Sheffield was where I wanted to be and MEng Engineering was the course I wanted to do.

In the first two years of the course you get to experience various engineering disciplines, and in the final two years you can study one of 11 different streams. This course gives you the ability to have the base knowledge to communicate well and understand engineers from different disciplines, as well as having specialist knowledge in your chosen field.

Our course isn’t purely theoretical: we have many labs and group projects. These have not only helped us to develop our soft skills, but have also been a great time to get to know everyone on the course. We have built a strong community within the course, and have had lots of great times together. In first year we got to make a gyrocar in the project space. This gave us the opportunity to use all the different tools and pieces of equipment, such as the laser cutter and 3D printers.

I really enjoy the compelling conversations we often have with our lecturers, who encourage us to ask more questions even beyond course material and am looking forward to learning more about different aspects of engineering over the next few years. I’m also interested to see what streams people will go into, their different experiences within them and how our little community will develop.

I haven’t decided what I would like to do after graduation yet. However, I know that the course will help me in many aspects no matter what I do. The several group projects have given me the ability to adapt to different group dynamics and projects with ease so that high quality work is produced. I’m also able to consider different viewpoints of engineering on a project and bring them all together so that everyone participating can understand the challenges of the different disciplines.”

Ben Steere

MEng Engineering student, Ben Steere

“I’ve always had an interest in engineering from a young age but simply couldn’t narrow down my passion into one discipline to study at university. MEng Engineering presented the perfect package for me in that I could gain a broad foundation of knowledge across the entire subject, then when it comes to specialising I’d have two years of experience under my belt to make an informed decision.

The main reason why I chose MEng Engineering at Sheffield, and turned down other offers from other Russel Group universities, was the enthusiasm, passion and dedication of the team of MEng staff.

The academics, along with world class facilities, really stood out to me from other institutions. In fact, the main reason why I chose MEng Engineering at Sheffield, and turned down other offers from other Russel Group universities, was the enthusiasm, passion and dedication of the team of MEng staff.

MEng Engineering is an exciting innovative course. I feel empowered to explore the great variety and diversity within engineering. Without a doubt my favourite aspect of the course has been the small size of the cohort which has developed a real sense of community amongst staff and students and makes tutorials and lectures a far more open and friendly environment for asking questions and exploring theories.

I’m looking forward to choosing which area of engineering I’d like to specialise in, but first, I’m looking to pursue a year in industry in year 3 to put my skills into practice. I’m also hoping to complete the highly competitive Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA) programme to further develop those all-important soft skills of leadership, communication & project management.

I’ve always had a passion for leadership and getting the best out of other people when working in teams. The interdisciplinary nature of the course puts you in a unique position as an interdisciplinary engineer to bring all a wide variety of different engineers together to drive projects forwards to success.”

Yi Jia Tan

YiJiaTanweb“I really wanted to study engineering, but I didn’t want to just focus on one field. Then I found out about this course, and I decided to study General Engineering. The thing that I enjoy most about this course is that I can learn things from more than one field of engineering.

The lecturers are helpful, and their teaching is well paced. The labs are wonderful as I can get a hands-on experience. I hope to put my interdisciplinary skills to good use, though I have not decided what field I will go into in the future. If you already have a field of engineering in mind, but still want to learn about other fields of engineering, consider choosing general engineering. “