Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H300
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Mechanical Engineering Engineering

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Caroline Brown
Recruitment and Employability Officer
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7801
Email admit.mech@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/mecheng/prospectiveug

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Top 10 in the UK for mechanical engineering
The Times Good University Guide 2018

Course description

This is the most flexible of our courses and covers all the essentials, with an emphasis on modelling and design. You'll be introduced to the role of engineering in business and management, and can specialise in your area of interest.

In the first five semesters, you'll study mathematics, applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials, and electrical and electronic engineering. Other topics include computer-controlled systems and mechatronics.

In the first year, you'll take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses, you'll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It's designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

You'll complete a group design project in the third year, and an extended individual project in the fourth year. You may be able to switch between our courses at the end of the first year.

Modules: what you study and when

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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 AAA including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
BTEC D*DD in Engineering + A Level Maths grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • 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 C/4; 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
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 Department of Mechanical Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Engineering Mechanics
Essential Mathematical Skills & Techniques
Matter, Flow and Energy
Design Skills
Design and Manufacturing
Laboratory Skills for Mechanical Engineers
Materials Under Stress
Engineering Applications
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Optional modules:

Engineering Techniques and Manufacturing Technology

Second year

Core modules:

Computational and Numerical Methods
Design of Engineering Components
Design of Structures, Machines and Systems
Dynamics of Structures and Machines
Electric Circuits
Finance and Law for Engineers
Fluids Engineering
Heat Transfer
Materials Processing
Mathematics for Engineering Modelling
Mechanics of Deformable Solids
Project Management and HRM for Engineers
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Group Design Project
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
Control Engineering for Mechanical Engineers
Integrated Design Skills
Integrity of Materials and Components
Manufacturing Systems
Structural Vibration

Optional modules:

Advanced Mechanics of Solids
Aero Propulsion
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Design Innovation Toolbox
Finite Element Techniques
Mathematics (Computational Methods)
Renewable Energy
Robotic Systems

Fourth year

Core modules:

Individual Project
The Professional Responsibility of Engineers

Optional modules:

Acoustics
Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications
Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications 2
Advanced Aero Propulsion
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Structural Vibrations
Advanced Topics in Machining
Aero Propulsion
Aerodynamic Design
Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads
Building Physics and Simulation
Combustion, Fuels and Emission Control in Future Power Generation
Condition Monitoring
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Design for a Sustainable Environment
Energy from Biomass and Waste
Engineering Marketable Solutions: Make a Change!
Experimental Stress Analysis
Fundamental Biomechanics
Industrial Marketing: Basics and Cases
Introduction to Biomedical Imaging Sciences
Mechanical Engineering of Railways
Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Heat Transfer
Reciprocating Engines
Renewable Energy
Solid Biomechanics
Sports Engineering
Theory and Application of Turbulence
Tribology of Machine Elements

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 29%
Independent study 71%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 56%
Coursework 35%
Practical 9%

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Diamond

Our courses cover all aspects of engineering - from design and innovation, to manufacturing - as well as the fundamental scientific principles underpinning them. We'll also help you to develop the additional skills you'll need to become a successful mechanical engineer. This includes team-working and effective communication, as well as problem-solving, which you will also develop during our faculty projects weeks; Global Engineering Challenge, and Engineering: You're Hired!

Our students are involved in a huge range of extra-curricular activities, from building single-seat racing cars to designing and manufacturing miniature locomotives, drones, energy efficient vehicles and rockets.

All our courses give you the chance to work on real engineering projects with our partners in industry.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

What our graduates do

A number of our 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. 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.

Student profile


"I became interested in mechanical engineering through my love of maths and problem-solving. It really combined those two things and allowed me to develop my maths skills further but apply it to practical situations."

Esther Farnell
Mechanical Engineering


"I like the fact that [mechanical engineering] is constantly solving real-world problems and it is always finding better ways of doing things..."

Jack Miszewski-Wall
Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and this MEng meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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