Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H302
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
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

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Course description

Our BEng Mechanical Engineering provides an excellent alternative to an MEng course if you'd prefer to study for three years rather than four. Many students choose this course as they would like to enter the workplace earlier, while others continue their engineering education to an MSc.

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 business and management in an engineering context, 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.

In your third year you'll tailor your degree to your own interests, choosing from optional modules and exploring a topic of your choice for an individual project.

This is a practical course: our students learn by doing. You'll apply what you've learnt in the lecture theatre to engineering problems and experiments. You'll have the chance to manufacture and prototype your designs. You'll also develop the transferable skills employers look for, such as communication, project management and time management skills.

Depending on your performance, you might be able to switch between our degrees. For example, you may be able to switch to a BEng course with a year in industry at the end of your first year, or to one of our MEng courses at the end of your second year.

All our students get involved in week-long projects that develop the skills you'll need as a successful engineer. There's the Global Engineering Challenge in your first year, where you'll find creative solutions to real-world problems with engineers of different disciplines, and Engineering You're Hired! during your second year.

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 AAA, including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including Maths and Physics or Chemistry + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths and Physics or Chemistry + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
BTEC DDD in Engineering + A Level Maths grade A
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 at A Level but are passionate about studying Mechanical Engineering, find out about our pre-sessional Engineering Pathway programmes. 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 these pathways are only available to applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
  • 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 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
Managing Engineering Projects and Teams
Materials Processing
Mathematics for Engineering Modelling
Mechanics of Deformable Solids
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
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

At Sheffield, our students learn by doing - connecting engineering theory to practise. This means our courses will challenge and engage you, but also help you to develop the skills, knowledge and experience that employers look for. You'll have the chance to manufacture prototype your designs, as well as being introduced to business and management in an engineering context.

You'll be taught by academics who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of experience and links with industry and research. You'll also have chance to work on real-life projects with our industrial partners - such as Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Network Rail - giving you experience that will support your employability.

Alongside different engineering project weeks and development programmes, our students are involved in a huge range of extra-curricular activities - from building single-seat racing cars and human powered aircraft, to designing and manufacturing a sustainable wind turbine, energy efficient vehicles, rockets, and more.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

What our graduates do

As a Sheffield graduate, you could enter a number of different industries and sectors including manufacturing, transport, power, research, design, consultancy and more.

Student profile


"The best thing about being an engineering student is the opportunity that you get. Really, you can do anything."

Tyler Wallace
BEng Mechanical Engineering

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This BEng meets, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Students will need to complete some further learning to meet them in full.

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