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Mechanical Engineering with a Year in North America MEng

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Course description

With our study abroad programme you can study at a leading university in the USA or Canada as part of your degree, without extending the length of your course. It's ideal if you want to benefit from a year abroad in an English-speaking country. You'll study core topics in mechanical engineering while experiencing a different culture and developing international business skills.

This degree gives you a solid grounding in mechanical engineering. It covers all the essentials, with an emphasis on modelling and design. You'll be introduced to business and management in an engineering context, and you'll complete an individual project in an area that interests you.

In years one, two and the first part of year three, you'll study the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, mathematics and management. Modules include applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials and electrical and electronic engineering.

During your third year, you'll have the chance to study at a leading university in the USA or Canada, where you'll follow an agreed set of mechanical engineering modules. These modules are at an equivalent level to those at the University of Sheffield.

When you return to Sheffield for your final year, you'll carry out an extended individual project and build on your interests by choosing from a wide selection of engineering modules.

This is a practical course: our students learn by doing. You'll apply what you've learnt in the lecture theatre to engineering problems and experiments. You'll have the chance to manufacture and prototype your designs. You'll also develop the transferable skills employers look for, such as communication, project management and time management skills.

All our students get involved in week-long projects that develop the skills you'll need as a successful engineer. There's the Global Engineering Challenge in your first year, where you'll find creative solutions to real-world problems with engineers of different disciplines, and Engineering You're Hired! during your second year.

In order to meet the requirements for the study abroad aspect of this course you must pass both the first and second years with an average grade of 60 per cent, with no failed modules on the first attempt in your second year. Students who don't achieve this will transfer to our MEng Mechanical Engineering course (providing they meet the requirements to continue on the course) and stay in Sheffield for the third year.

In the year before you're due to study abroad you'll be allocated a place at one of our partner universities as part of an application process. The department's year abroad tutor will provide advice and support during your time abroad.

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and this MEng meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Modules

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: Mechanical Engineering with a Year in North America MEng course structure
UCAS code: H3T7
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Essential Mathematical Skills & Techniques

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.

20 credits
Fundamental Engineering Science: Part 1

In conjunction with a similar module that runs in the Spring semester, this module will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and understanding that will underpin the rest of your mechanical engineering degree. This module focuses on statics, solid mechanics and manufacturing processes; you will learn about these topics from first principles and observe them as phenomena in the laboratory. You will then have the opportunity to apply them to a practical engineering problem in a separate, concurrent integrative project module.

20 credits
Autumn Integrative Project

This module will introduce you to what it means to be a professional engineer by supporting you through the process of tackling a typical, practical, engineering problem. Through a series of structured, timely activities you will integrate the fundamental knowledge, taught in a separate, concurrent module, with the skills and capabilities expected of modern engineers. In conjunction with a similar integrative project in the Spring semester, you will develop a holistic view of mechanical engineering that will provide a solid foundation for the rest of your degree, and your subsequent career, giving you the ability and confidence to address open-ended, engineering problems in a proficient and effective manner.

25 credits
Fundamental Engineering Science: Part 2

In conjunction with a similar module that runs in the Spring semester, this module will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and understanding that will underpin the rest of your mechanical engineering degree. This module focuses on dynamics, fluids, gases and thermofluids; you will learn about these topics from first principles and observe them as phenomena in the laboratory. You will then have the opportunity to apply them to a practical engineering problem in a separate, concurrent integrative project module.

15 credits
Spring Integrative Project

This module will provide you with further insight into what it means to be a professional engineer by supporting you through the process of tackling a typical, practical, engineering problem. Through a series of structured, timely activities you will integrate the fundamental knowledge, taught in a separate, concurrent module, with the skills and capabilities expected of modern engineers, building upon feed forward from a similar integrative project in the Autumn semester. In conjunction with the Autumn project, you will develop a holistic view of mechanical engineering that will provide a solid foundation for the rest of your degree, and your subsequent career, giving you the ability and confidence to address open-ended, engineering problems in a proficient and effective manner.

40 credits
Global Engineering Challenge Week

The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme, and 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 six, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, ICT, Waste Management and Energy with scenarios set in a developing country. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Challenge* and other projects have been suggested by an academic at the University of Makerere in Uganda (who is involved in developing solutions using IT systems for health, agriculture and resource problems in developing countries). Students are assessed on a number of aspects of being a professional engineer both by Faculty alumni and a number of local industrial engineers.*The EWB Challenge is a design program coordinated internationally by Engineers Without Borders Australia and delivered in Australian, New Zealand, British and Irish universities. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the EWB Challenge students are presented with a fantastic opportunity to design creative solutions to problems identified by real EWB projects. Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief is based on a set of sustainable development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations. http://www.ewb-uk.org/ewbchallenge


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

Learning

You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, lab sessions and design classes.

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

At Sheffield, we firmly believe that our research expertise should translate into research-led teaching that inspires future generations of mechanical engineers. Our learning and teaching vision is to recruit high calibre students and inspire each one to become a self-motivated and adaptable learner.

To achieve this, we provide our students with a challenging curriculum, preparing our graduates to contribute to the diversity of challenges present in global engineering and technology.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and tests, coursework and practical work.

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAA
including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including Mathematics and at least one of Physics or Chemistry

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

International Baccalaureate | 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry 34 with 6,5 in Higher Level Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry

BTEC | DDD in Engineering + A Level Maths grade A DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + B in A Level Maths

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAAAB + AA in Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry AAABB + AB in Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry B + AA in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at Level 3 including 39 credits at Distinction, to include Mathematics and Physics units, + 6 credits at Merit + Grade A in A-level Mathematics also required 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at Level 3 including 36 credits at Distinction, to include Mathematics and Physics units, + 9 credits at Merit + Grade A in A-level Mathematics also required

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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
  • If you are not taking Physics or Chemistry at A Level but are passionate about studying mechanical engineering, find out about our pre-sessional engineering pathway programmes. We would still require AAA from your A Levels, which must include Maths. These pathways are only available to applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK

    Pathway to engineering

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.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering students taking notes

At Sheffield, our students learn by doing - connecting engineering theory to practise. This means our courses will challenge and engage you, but also help you to develop the skills, knowledge and experience that employers look for. You'll have the chance to manufacture prototype your designs, as well as being introduced to business and management in an engineering context.

You'll be taught by academics who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of experience and links with industry and research. You'll also have chance to work on real-life projects with our industrial partners - such as Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Network Rail - giving you experience that will support your employability. You will also have an academic personal tutor who will support and guide your progress.

Alongside different engineering project weeks and development programmes, our students are involved in a huge range of extra-curricular activities - from building single-seat racing cars and human powered aircraft, to designing and manufacturing a sustainable wind turbine, energy efficient vehicles, rockets, and more.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has recently returned to the Grade II listed Sir Frederick Mappin Building and the 1885 Central Wing and has teaching space and labs in the new state of the art Engineering Heartspace. The majority of mechanical engineering undergraduate lectures and labs take place in the Diamond, which is purpose-built for undergraduate engineering teaching.

Facilities

The Diamond is home to specialist facilities such as our engineering applications workshop, structures and dynamics laboratory, and thermodynamics and mechanics laboratory. This all means that you will directly apply what you’ve learnt in lectures to lab sessions, helping you to put theory into practice. Alongside teaching and study spaces, the Diamond is also home to iForge - the UK’s first student-led makerspace.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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


Department of Mechanical Engineering

3rd in Russell Group for overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2020


Graduate careers

Department of Mechanical Engineering

As a Sheffield graduate, you could enter a number of different industries and sectors including manufacturing, transport, power, research, design, consultancy and more.

Fees and funding

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Additional funding

We want to recognise the hard work and achievement of our undergraduate students. Our department and faculty scholarships for undergraduates acknowledge and encourage academic excellence.

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