Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H302
Duration 3 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 2017

Course description

This degree gives you a solid grounding in mechanical engineering. It 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 you'll complete an individual project in an area that interests you.

In the first five semesters, you'll follow a core syllabus in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, mathematics and management. Modules cover mathematics, applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials, and electrical and electronic engineering.

Your final semester includes an individual project on a topic of your choosing. Depending on your performance, you may be able to switch to the MEng degree at the end of your second year.

All our students also 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.

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 an Incorporated Engineer and partially 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
  • If you are not taking Physics or Chemistry A level but are passionate about studying Mechanical Engineering, find out about our pre-sessional Faculty of Engineering Physics Pathway programme. We would still require AAA from your A levels which must include Maths. For more information about the Pathway programme please see www.sheffield.ac.uk/mecheng/prospectiveug/physics-pathway or contact the department for more details. Please note that this is only available to applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent 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:

Investigative Project
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
Control Engineering for Mechanical Engineers
Integrated Design Skills
Integrity of Materials and Components
Manufacturing Systems
The Professional Responsibility of Engineers

Optional modules:

Advanced Mechanics of Solids
Aero Propulsion
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Design Innovation Toolbox
Energy: Properties and Optimisation
Finite Element Techniques
Mathematics (Computational Methods)
Renewable Energy
Robotic Systems
Structural Vibration

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 30%
Independent study 70%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 65%
Coursework 25%
Practical 10%

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Diamond

Sheffield is one of the very best places to study this subject. The Complete University Guide 2016 puts us in the top ten.

We'll give you a solid grounding in the study of mechanical engineering. You'll develop the skills and qualities employers look for, such as problem solving, initiative and the ability to adapt to new technologies.

Our students have the chance to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. For example, Formula Student - an annual engineering competition - sees student teams from around the world design, build, test and race a single-seat racing car.

You'll be taught in The Diamond (pictured), one of the best teaching spaces in the UK. The building contains state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities, and uses cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our graduates have gone on to careers in manufacturing, transport, power generation or engineering consultancies.

Many work with prestigious companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Atkins, Siemens, Arup, Jaguar Land Rover, Interfleet Technology, Network Rail and Transport for London.

Student profile


"What I liked about mechanical engineering was the fact that it incorporated the maths and physics as well design so I get to be really creative which is really good fun."

Charis Lestrange
Mechanical Engineering

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A four-year MEng meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. If you take the three-year BEng, you'll have to complete some further learning to meet the requirements.

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Email admit.mech@sheffield.ac.uk

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