Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H306
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects Mechanical Engineering Engineering

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Caroline Brown
Recruitment and Employability Officer
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7801

Course description

This course combines core mechanical engineering with the chance to experience a different culture and develop international business skills.

In years one, two and the first part of year three, you'll study the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, mathematics and management. Modules include applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials, and electrical and electronic engineering. You'll spend the second half of the third year studying mechanical engineering at a leading university in China.

In your sixth semester in China you'll start with an introduction to Chinese culture and language; you'll then study the same topics as your peers at the University of Sheffield. The course will be taught in English.

In your fourth year, you'll carry out an extended individual investigative project.

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

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 or contact the department for more details. 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.

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:

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

Fourth year

Core modules:

MEng Individual Project
Preparation for Practice

Optional modules:

Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications
Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology
Advanced Dynamics
Advanced Energy and Power
Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics
Automotive Powertrain
Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity
Cardiovascular Biomechanics
Computational Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Engineering Commercial Success: And making the world a better place!
Fundamentals and Applications of Tribology
Human Factors and User-Centred Design
Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis
Industrial Automation
Industrial Experimental Methods for Engineering Problems
Managing Innovation and Change in Engineering Contexts
Materials for Energy Applications
Mechanics and Applications of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Nuclear Reactor Engineering Studies
Oil and Gas Origins and Utilisation
Railway Engineering and Sustainable Transport
Sustainable Engineering Design

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

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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