Course details

A Levels ABB-BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code J501
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Materials Science and Engineering Engineering

Any questions?

Laura Hogg
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 7836
Email sefy@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/sefy

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2nd materials department in the UK
The Times Good University Guide 2018

100% student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2017

100% of graduates went on to employment or further study
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2015-16

Course description

If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After completing the foundation, you'll proceed to the four-year MEng degree.

We'll give you a solid grounding in the science of materials and show you how to apply your knowledge to problems in the real world. You'll learn how to tailor the structure, composition and processing of materials to meet design requirements.

You can keep your study broad for the whole course, or focus on a particular material after the second year. If you're already interested in a certain area, you can follow a specialism from the beginning, for instance metals, aerospace materials and mechanical design, or materials engineering.

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.

In the third year, you'll complete a five-month industry placement in the engineering sector. This is followed by a group industrial project in your final year.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

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 ABB-BBC dependent on experience
International Baccalaureate 33-31 dependent on experience
BTEC DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units or DDD in Applied Science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 with no more than one of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers AAABB with no more than one of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB with no more than one of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Access to HE Typical requirement of 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 with 30 at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Mathematics, and 15 at Merit. Applicants are considered individually
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths and Science grade 6 or grade B
  • An additional Maths test and interview are required for BTEC Extended Diploma and Diploma applicants. Please contact the Department for more information
  • This course is for those who don't have the required Maths or Science A Levels, or equivalent, for the full degree course
  • A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • Native languages are not acceptable for this course
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 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 Materials Science and Engineering website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Advanced Level Chemistry
Elements of Physics

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 26%
Independent study 69%
Placement 5%

Assessment
Exams/tests 55%
Coursework 41%
Practical 4%

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Diamond building

Materials is an extremely important area of technology as any physical thing that is made has to be created from materials. Frequently the properties those materials can achieve are what controls the performance. Materials Scientists understand why materials have certain properties and research new materials with better performance to help produce and use these materials in real products, large and small.

We strive to make your university experience unforgettable. From access to our cutting edge, multidisciplinary engineering laboratories to direct contact with our industrial partners, we provide a wealth of opportunities to support your skill development which will help with whatever you choose to do after graduating.

You'll learn from case studies and carry out design projects, a research project, group industrial projects and laboratory work. These projects help to develop your creativity and confidence.

Taught in our brand new engineering building, The Diamond (pictured), you'll have access to our dedicated state-of-the-art materials laboratories, as well other cutting-edge multidisciplinary engineering laboratories including a clean room and biomaterials and light structure laboratories.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering website

What our graduates do

A career in materials science and engineering can take many forms, and can take you into the technical or business area you want, in the part of the world where you want to work.

Our graduates are in demand and well paid. They work for international companies in a variety of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, construction, sports and energy. They work in areas ranging from research and development to process engineering. Employers include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Pilkington, Sheffield Forgemasters, Morgan Ceramics and Jaguar Land Rover.

Student profile


"The lecturers here are fantastic. There's a whole range of people. Each one is friendly and approachable, they're all great teachers. It's great to have somebody interesting teaching your course. Here, they definitely are."

Adam Jones
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Accreditation
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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Laura Hogg
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 7836
Email sefy@sheffield.ac.uk

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