Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H306
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

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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

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

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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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

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

We will give you a thorough grounding in mechanical engineering. You'll develop the skills and qualities employers look for, like problem solving, initiative and the ability to adapt to new technologies.

You'll also have the chance to get involved in 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.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

What our graduates do

Graduates from our courses have followed careers in manufacturing, transport, power generation or engineering consultancies.

Many have found 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

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