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General Engineering BEng (Hons)

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering

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Taught by world-leading experts from our seven outstanding engineering departments, this three-year course will ensure you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of engineering, while developing skills in independent thinking and the professional skills necessary for a career in industry.

In an increasingly complex and challenging world, knowledge and expertise beyond a single discipline is valuable for 21st-century engineers.

During your first two years, you'll study modules across all disciplines and look at engineering in an interdisciplinary context. At the end of year two, you'll choose a specialism from one of the following 11 streams:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • General Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Technologies
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems and Control Engineering

We also offer a non-specialist stream, which allows you to continue studying a variety of disciplines. You'll spend year three studying your chosen stream. The interdisciplinary ethos of your degree will be continued in the industry-led final-year project.


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 directly.

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Title: General Engineering BEng (Hons) course structure
UCAS code: H103
Years: 2021

In year one you will be taught a range of fundamental engineering principles that will equip you with a strong foundation of engineering knowledge.

Core modules:

Interdisciplinary Design I

Effective interdisciplinary design lies at the heart of the engineering of complex products and systems. It is important that engineers can communicate and work effectively together and have a common language and processes to manage projects effectively. This module will introduce concepts in, and tools for, interdisciplinary design and systems engineering important for effective project management. Students will start to develop critical thinking and an interdisciplinary approach to solving engineering problems. A strong focus of the module will be the use of a wide range of case studies to motivate ideas and allow students to demonstrate their learning.

15 credits
Introduction to Electrical Engineering

This unit presents an exciting introduction to electrical engineering. Students will learn about the core elements of circuits and how these are analogues of many other physical processes. Students will become adept at analysing fundamental passive and active circuits using a number of techniques. The fundamentals of engineering magnetics and large-scale power are also introduced. Electrical engineering is presented in the wider context of interdisciplinary engineering by identifying a number of crucial synergies. Students are encouraged to appreciate both the depth and fascination of electrical engineering as a distinct subject, and its broad application across the entire engineering discipline.

15 credits
Introduction to Process Engineering

Process analysis lies at the core of all chemical engineering design. Oil refineries to wastewater treatment plants all begin with this first step. This module introduces methods used to carry out material balances over a range of equipment and processes encountered in industry. This is then extended to the development of energy balances as applied to a wide range of chemical processes such as mixers, distillation columns, evaporators and reactors. The elementary techniques for the analysis of vapour-liquid and liquid- liquid equilibria are described, these are then applied to the design of a basic unit operation - distillation.

15 credits

The next generation of engineers will address the exciting challenges of commercial space flight, global water security, and sustainable energy generation, and many others. This module will develop the fundamental thermofluids basis and the necessary skills and interdisciplinary agility to address these global challenges. The module will give an introduction to the fundamental principles of thermodynamics required to analyse and design engineering processes, and the basic principles of fluid mechanics and their application to flow systems and devices. Real world examples will be used throughout, to highlight the importance of thermofluid systems and their integration with other areas of engineering.

15 credits
Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Engineered materials are an integral part of our society, from being used in household objects and construction to nuclear reactors and spacecraft. Materials Science and Engineering bridges the gap between science and engineering, allowing us to improve the performance of existing materials, or produce new materials, to suit any application. This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of Materials Science and Engineering. Students will gain an understanding of how material properties are dependent on atomic structure and processing and an appreciation of how of Materials Science and Engineering underpins a wide range of engineering disciplines.

15 credits
Programming for Engineers

This module introduces basic concepts of computer programming, through an introduction to problem solving and the development of simple algorithms using Python and the programming language Java. The emphasis of the module will be on developing the ability to construct programs using existing components, rather than on creating new components from scratch. It will stress the importance of software being well-designed, maintainable and testable, and will show how the object-orientated features help to achieve these properties. It goes on to introduce some of the fundamental principles of object orientated programming and software engineering, demonstrated using Java. In particular, students are taught the principles that underlie the structuring of software and introduces models of real-world systems.

15 credits
General Engineering Mathematics

This module aims to reinforce students' previous knowledge and to develop new basic mathematical techniques needed to support the engineering subjects taken at levels 1 and 2. It also provides a foundation for the level 2 mathematics courses in the appropriate engineering department.

15 credits
Engineering Statics and Dynamics

The course provides the fundamental concepts and techniques used in Engineering Statics and Dynamics. Two-dimensional statics are covered including force and moment systems, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, and the application to typical aerospace engineering machines. An introduction to the essentials of three-dimensional statics is included. Two-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies are covered. An introduction to the use of the Work-Energy methods in dynamics is given. No prior knowledge of statics or dynamics is assumed; the treatment concentrates on physical understanding and applications in aerospace engineering, rather than using advanced mathematical treatments.

15 credits
Global Engineering Challenge Week

The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme. The project has been designed to develop student academic, transferable and employability skills as well as widen their horizons as global citizens. Working in multi-disciplinary groups of 5-6, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, Waste Management, Energy and Digital with scenarios set in an overseas location facing economic challenge. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Engineering for people design challenge*.

*The EWB challenge provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations.

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment


You'll learn through lectures, labs, tutorials and problem classes. You'll develop transferable, industry-relevant skills and use equipment found in the workplace.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Our academics are leading experts in their fields with international reputations, and their research shapes and inspires what you are taught.


You will be assessed by a combination of exams and tests, coursework and practical work. The proportions for each will vary depending on the modules you choose.

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Entry requirements

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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including Maths and Physics

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including Maths and Physics

A Levels + additional qualifications | AAA, including Maths and Physics + A in relevant EPQ; AAA, including Maths and Physics + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths AAA, including Maths and Physics + A in relevant EPQ; AAA, including Maths and Physics + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Maths

International Baccalaureate | 38, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

BTEC | D*DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAAAA + AA in Maths and Physics AAAAB + AA in Maths and Physics

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + A*A in Maths and Physics A + AA in Maths and Physics

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject , 45 credits at Level 3 with 42 at Distinction, to include Mathematics and Physics (or another relevant Science) and 3 Credits at Merit + Grade A in A-level Mathematics. Applicants are considered individually. 60 credits overall in a relevant subject , 45 credits at Level 3 with 39 at Distinction, to include Mathematics and Physics (or another relevant Science) and 6 Credits at Merit + Grade A in A-level Mathematics. Applicants are considered individually.

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English language requirements

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 4/C; 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

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering

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Sheffield is one of the UK's top engineering universities.

Gain a strong foundational knowledge of engineering disciplines from across our seven academic departments, before specialising in your area of interest in the final two years of your degree.

The majority of our engineering courses can be combined with a year in industry; this is a great way for you to boost your career prospects. You'll gain a wide range of hands-on experience and get the chance to apply what you've learnt in your studies.

The experience from a year in industry will be invaluable. It will improve your employability, you'll experience working in an industrial environment and you'll make crucial industry contacts. We'll support you in finding a year in industry or a summer placement.

When you become part of Engineering at Sheffield, you'll be taught in the best integrated engineering teaching space in the UK.


Engineering students are mainly based in The Diamond, the University's dedicated engineering teaching facility. Here, you'll find state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities which include cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment. You'll also have lectures and use laboratories in the Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

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Why choose Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield

  A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

  No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017

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Graduate careers

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering

Our courses prepare you for a career where you'll apply your creative problem-solving skills and your understanding of engineering principles to the real world, while working in multidisciplinary teams. These transferable skills can be applied in many sectors across the breadth of engineering and beyond.

Graduates from all of our courses are highly employable and work all over the world for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and IBM.

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