Course description

Taught by world-leading experts from our seven outstanding engineering departments, this five-year course will ensure you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of engineering, while developing skills in independent thinking and the professional skills necessary for a career in industry.

In an increasingly complex and challenging world, knowledge and expertise beyond a single discipline is valuable for 21st-century engineers.

During your first two years you'll study modules across all disciplines and look at engineering in an interdisciplinary context. At the end of year two, you'll choose a specialism from one of the following 11 streams: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Sustainability, General Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Technologies, Software Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering.

You'll have the opportunity to spend the fourth year working in an engineering company. You'll be able to put your academic studies into context and improve your skills and employability. Most students are paid a salary during the placement. You will pay reduced tuition fees for that year.

Although you are responsible for securing your placement, we have a dedicated Engineering Placement Team to help you. They will provide advice and support through the application process and beyond.

Being accepted onto the year in industry is subject to achieving a satisfactory performance. The year in industry is monitored and assessed by an academic member of staff and will appear on your final degree title.

We also offer a non-specialist stream, which allows you to continue studying a variety of disciplines. You'll spend years three and five studying your chosen stream. The interdisciplinary ethos of your degree will be continued in the group design project and an advanced research, or industry-led, final-year project.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels A*AA, including Maths and Physics
A Levels + additional qualifications AAA, including Maths and Physics + A in relevant EPQ; AAA, including Maths and Physics + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 38, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
BTEC D*DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAA + AA in Maths and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + A*A in Maths and Physics
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Engineering Statics and Dynamics
General Engineering Mathematics
Interdisciplinary Design I
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
Introduction to Process Engineering
Programming for Engineers
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Electromechanical Energy Transformation
Further General Engineering Mathematics
Interdisciplinary Design II
Mechanical and Functional Behaviour of Materials
Mechanics of Structures
Process and Product Design
Systems and Control
Thermal & Fluid Engineering
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Interdisciplinary Group Design Project
Finance and Law for Engineers

Optional modules:

Electromagnetic Fields and Devices
Power Engineering
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
Advanced Mechanics of Solids
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Digital Signal Processing
Finite Element Techniques
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
Integrity of Materials and Components
State-Space Control Design

Fourth year

Core modules:

Engineering Year in Industry

Fifth year

Core modules:

Individual Advanced Project

Optional modules:

Advanced Control
Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics
Data Modelling and Machine Intelligence
Energy Storage Management
Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis
Motion Control and Servo Drives
Multisensor and Decision Systems
Permanent Magnet Machines and Actuators

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.

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering

Sheffield is one of the UK's top engineering universities.

Gain a strong foundational knowledge of engineering disciplines from across our seven academic departments, before specialising in your area of interest in the final two years of your degree.

The majority of our engineering courses can be combined with a year in industry; this is a great way for you to boost your career prospects. You'll gain a wide range of hands-on experience and get the chance to apply what you've learnt in your studies.

The experience from a year in industry will be invaluable. It will improve your employability, you'll experience working in an industrial environment and you'll make crucial industry contacts. We'll support you in finding a year in industry or a summer placement.

When you become part of Engineering at Sheffield, you'll be taught in the best integrated engineering teaching space in the UK. The Diamond has state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities, using cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment.

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our courses prepare you for a career where you'll apply your creative problem-solving skills and your understanding of engineering principles to the real world, while working in multidisciplinary teams. These transferable skills can be applied in many sectors across the breadth of engineering and beyond.

Graduates from all of our courses are highly employable and work all over the world for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and IBM.

Robotics with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng
Graduates of our Automatic Control and Systems Engineering degrees go on to become professional engineers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy. They have worked with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Thales. Our graduates can expect an above-average starting salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2017).

During your degree you'll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your employability. You can choose to go on a placement in industry, either during the summer or as a year in industry. Or you could consider studying abroad, either for a full year, or as part of a summer school. We also have extracurricular projects where you can work with other engineering and science students to design and build rockets, submersible robots, autonomous payloads for satellites, rovers and more. You could also take part in a scheme for undergraduates where you work on research projects with academics over the summer period.

Student profile

Henriette Stainer - MEng Engineering

I chose MEng Engineering for its flexibility and the opportunity to study across disciplines for two years before deciding on a specialism. The staff are passionate and enthusiastic about the course and are always available to answer questions and offer support.

Henriette Stainer ,

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