Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code J505
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Materials Science and Engineering Engineering

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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

100% satisfied with their course
National Student Survey 2017

100% of our graduates are employed in professional jobs, or in further study, 6 months after graduating
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2016

Course description

This course will help you prepare for further study after finishing your degrees, for example doctoral research leading to a PhD.

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.

At the end of year two this course separates from the core degree. You'll then study modules developed for our PhD students and complete two individual research projects (the year four one working in a research group) to build up practical skills with research-level equipment.

The course involves contact with industry in every year. This could mean visits to manufacturing plants, projects with global companies such as Rolls-Royce and summer placements.

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.

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 + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AA in Maths, Physics or Chemistry + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry
BTEC D*DD in Engineering + grade A in A Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Distinction in Further Maths is also required where A Level is in another subject
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
  • 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

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics (Materials)
Biomaterials I
Digital Skills for Materials
Introduction to Materials Properties
Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Optional modules:

Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems
Cradle to ?: Materials and the Environment
Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
Tissue Structure and Function

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:

Mini Guided Project
Finance and Law for Engineers
Scientific Writing

Optional modules:

Advanced Ceramics
Advanced Functional Materials
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Composite Materials and Micromechanics
Introduction to Finite Element Modelling
Materials for Biological Applications
Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology
Surface Degradation and Protection

Fourth year

Core modules:

Extended Research Project
Materials Outreach

Optional modules:

Advanced Nuclear Systems
Atomistic and Mesoscale Modelling of Materials
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Glasses and Cements
Materials for Energy Applications
Metallurgical Processing
Nanostructures and Nano-structuring
Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
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.

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.

Scheduled teaching 29%
Independent study 72%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 53%
Coursework 47%
Practical 1%

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.

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

Ranked 2nd in the UK for materials technology courses in the Times Good University Guide 2018, 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.

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

Prospective employers recognise the value of our courses, and that students are fully equipped to apply their knowledge to industry and further research. Above all else they value graduates with specialist skills and personal experience.

Our graduates work for organisations including Atkins, McLaren, Rolls-Royce and Airbus as materials ‭engineers, metallurgists, manufacturing engineers, and research scientists among many others.

Many of our Biomaterials Science and Engineering graduates work for medical, healthcare and bioengineering organisations, including Philips Healthcare, JRI, Jenx, Ceramisys, Kirkstall, and Smith and Nephew.

Student profile

Lorna Sinclair, MEng Materials Science and Engineering (Research)

"The course offers a lot of freedom with regards to project choices and the direction in which projects can go. The fourth-year extended project did seem daunting at first but has been very enjoyable as I had the chance to plan and manage what I wanted to work on. It is a fairly large time commitment on a single project, unlike almost any other work at university, but is rewarding in the sense that you can accomplish a lot and possibly even publish papers of your work. The course has definitely made me feel prepared to apply for PhDs or jobs in research and development. It's been an excellent opportunity to really get into research and see what it's like working with academics in the department."

Lorna Sinclair ,
Materials Science and Engineering (Research)

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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