Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code J591
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Materials Science and Engineering Engineering

Any questions?

Louise Mason, Undergraduate Student Support Officer
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 5467
Email l.c.mason@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/materials/undergraduates

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

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.

Your third year will be spent on placement in industry. This experience will put your learning into context and give you a head start in the careers market. You pay a reduced fee to the University for that year and you get paid a salary.

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 AAB including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including AB in Maths, Physics or Chemistry + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry
BTEC DDD in Engineering + grade B in A Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Distinction in Further Maths also required if A Level Maths not offered
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA from 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 C or above or equivalent required in any of the required specified subjects not studied at A Level
  • 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:

Making Ideas Happen
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:

Year in Industry

Fourth year

Core modules:

Literature Survey and Project
Failures and Case Study
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Surface Degradation and Protection

Optional modules:

Advanced Functional Materials
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Composite Micromechanics and Strong Reinforcing Fibres
Glasses
Materials for Biological Applications
Metals
Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology

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 25%
Independent study 50%
Placement 25%

Assessment
Exams/tests 52%
Coursework 40%
Practical 9%

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 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

BEng or MEng?
The first and second years of all our courses have similar content. At the end of the second year, you'll decide whether to study for a BEng or an MEng. Most of our MEng degrees include a paid, five-month industrial placement in the third year, and all have research and project elements.

Financial assistance
We have a limited number of first year entrance bursaries available to students with high entry qualifications.

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Louise Mason, Undergraduate Student Support Officer
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 5467
Email l.c.mason@sheffield.ac.uk

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