Course details

A Levels BBB-BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code H301
Duration 5 years
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Related subjects Mechanical Engineering Engineering

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Course description

If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After successfully completing the foundation year, which has modules in mathematics, physics and chemistry, you can start the MEng degree

This is the most flexible of our MEng degrees and covers fundamental engineering principles, while giving you the freedom to follow individual interests in the third and fourth years. There is a strong focus on engineering design and modelling throughout the course, giving you plenty of opportunities to apply the theoretical knowledge you gain to practical engineering problems. You'll also be introduced to the role of business and management in engineering.

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

Foundation years explained

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 BBB - BBC, dependent on subjects studied
International Baccalaureate 32 - 31, dependent on subjects studied
BTEC Qualification Credit Framework (QCF): DDD in Engineering, including Distinction in Further Maths or DDD in Applied Science OR Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF): DDD in Engineering, including Distinction in Unit 1: Engineering Principles and Unit 7: Calculus
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 - M2 M2 M3, dependent on subjects studied
Scottish Highers AABBB - ABBBB, dependent on subjects studied
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+BB - B+BC, dependent on subjects studied
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 7/A, GCSE Science grade 6/B and successful completion of a Maths test are required for BTEC Extended Diploma, Access to HE Diploma and A Level applicants without A Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Please contact the department for more information.
  • A Level applicants with A Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology, GCSE Maths 6/B and Science grade 6/B are required.
  • Accepted GCSE science subjects include: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Core Science, Additional Science, Dual Science (BC), Triple Science (BCC)
  • 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 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
  • 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.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Foundations of Physics
Further Foundation Mathematics

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.

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

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.

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