Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code J500
Duration 4 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Materials Science and Engineering Engineering

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Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 5467
Email mse.ugadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/materials/undergraduate/courses

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

1st in the UK Russell Group for Graduate Prospects in Materials Technology
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2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction
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Course description

In our core undergraduate degree, you'll discover the underlying principles of materials science, and how these are applied across materials engineering situations. You can keep your course general or tailor your degree with optional materials modules.

As well as lectures and tutorials, you'll learn through experiencing real-world engineering situations with extensive practical work in important manufacturing processes and using the latest investigative equipment.

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.

If you enjoy a specific area of materials science, you may choose to switch to one of our more specialised courses before the end of the second year.

All MEng courses include a guaranteed five-month paid industrial placement, which may be in the UK or abroad. This is a great way of getting additional experience and improving your CV.

In the third and fourth year of the MEng degrees, you'll take part in four Industrial Training Programmes, focusing on the areas of nuclear, glass, aerospace and advanced manufacturing. For each, there are small group seminars with industry experts and engineers, academic lectures and visits to industry sites and technology centres. You'll apply your materials science and engineering knowledge to analyse and solve a real current industrial problem.

Further information
All our courses are fully accredited by the IOM3, meaning they count towards later professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng or MEng
It is possible to switch between many of our courses and between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of the second year.

Accreditation
Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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 two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry + A in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry
BTEC DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + grade A in A Level Maths
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3, including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA, including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE grade 4 or grade C or equivalent in the other listed subject. GCSE grade 6 or grade B or equivalent in Maths
  • 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 Materials Science and Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics (Materials)
Biomaterials I
Cradle to ?: Materials and the Environment
Digital Skills for Materials
Introduction to Materials Properties
Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Industrial Materials Processing
Microstructure and Thermodynamics of Materials
Deformation and Failure of Materials
Functional Materials
Heat Transfer and Diffusion
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
Mathematics II (Materials)
Structure of Solid Materials
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Biomaterials II
Materials and Energy
Perspectives in Materials Research
The Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System

Third year

Core modules:

Industrial Placement: Part 1
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Engineering Alloys
Industrial Training Programme: Inorganic Materials
Industrial Training Programme: Nuclear Materials
Advanced Ceramics
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Finite Element Modelling
Surface Degradation and Protection

Fourth year

Core modules:

Research Project & Literature Review
Industrial Training Programme: Metals Processing
Industrial Placement: Part 2

Optional modules:

Advanced Nuclear Systems
Atomistic and Mesoscale Modelling of Materials
Composite Materials and Micromechanics
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Glasses and Cements
Metallurgical Processing
Nanostructures and Nano-structuring
Polymer Processing

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 Materials Science and Engineering

The Diamond building

Take a look around you. Materials are everywhere. Used for different applications, for different reasons. Without materials scientists and engineers, aeroplanes wouldn't fly, buildings wouldn't stand up, mobile phones wouldn't work, healthcare wouldn't be the same.

Materials Science and Engineering is a subject that is integral to all other engineering disciplines. It brings together physics, chemistry, engineering, maths, and in some cases, biology, and puts these subjects into real-life situations.

Sheffield has long been a centre of materials innovation, and with a history of research excellence that can be traced back more than 135 years, this department was one of the foundation stones of the University.

Much of your time will be spent in The Diamond, the University's dedicated engineering teaching facility. Here, you'll find lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open plan learning spaces, library services and a number of specialist engineering laboratories. Not only do you get to use the materials lab, packed full of research grade equipment, but because Materials Science and Engineering is integrated into all other types of engineering, our students get to experience working in multiple laboratories in the Diamond, such as the electronics lab and the clean room. There are also social spaces and a cafe where you can take a well earned break from studying.

We strive to give you a valuable and unforgettable university experience. By accessing state-of-the-art multidisciplinary engineering laboratories, direct contact with industrial partners, and excellent learning resources, you will be given the opportunity and support to develop the skills you need to succeed at university and flourish in your career once you graduate.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering website

What our graduates do

Employers are increasingly looking for evidence of practical work experience as it demonstrates a genuine interest and means you will have the practical skills to work in a real industrial environment.

Studying for a degree in materials science gives you a strong set of transferable skills valued by employers across a wide range of industries, including:

- analytical and problem-solving skills
- time management, planning and organisation
- research and report writing
- team working
- numerical skills

Our courses are designed to include a significant portion of practical work, allowing students to get hands-on experience of important processes and the latest investigative equipment. There are frequent occasions when we will ask you to work in the same way as professional engineers, with opportunities to work in industry or on projects of direct industrial interest.

Over the past four years, more than 95% of Sheffield materials graduates had secured employment or were in further study, six months after graduation.

We'll challenge you to think about engineering issues from a global perspective. So wherever your future lies, you'll be in demand.

Student profile


"Within the Industrial Training Programme 12-week challenge, we all work together for a common goal. At the end of the project, it's not just about the grade. You can use the experience in interviews to help you get a job."

Ross McGregor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

All our courses are fully accredited by the IOM3, meaning they count towards later professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng or MEng
It is possible to switch between many of our courses and between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of the second year.

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