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Structural Engineering and Architecture MEng

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

School of Architecture

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Course description

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This dual course combines the essentials of an architecture and a structural engineering degree so you could become an architect or an engineer.

The course develops architectural and engineering skills in an integrated manner. Your unique understanding of both disciplines makes you highly skilled and employable. You'll be capable of appreciating competing considerations, while able to balance the professional opinion of both disciplines.

Your first two years of study cover the fundamentals of each profession, including engineering maths, mechanics, geotechnics, materials, and structural design. Your initial architectural modules cover humanities and a history of architecture and the basics of architectural design.

Your final two years allow you to study specialised and advanced modules that focus on structural analysis and design, alongside studio-based practical architectural design projects, project management, and environment and technology modules. You'll also develop and carry out a research project.

During your third year, you'll spend a full semester doing the Integrated Design Project. The project encourages you to unleash your creativity on a grand scale by devising plans for an entire urban regeneration project based on a real site in Sheffield. You'll investigate new design methods and construction materials while developing detailed designs such as elegant bridges, sustainable and environmentally sensitive multi-storey buildings, or state-of-the-art sports venues. It'll give you invaluable project experience and a feel for the kind of issues you may encounter in your career.

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers under licence from the Engineering Council. This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers means the course provides sufficient Architecture content to meet the Part I requirements for becoming a Registered Architect and also the MEng requirements to progress to Chartered Engineer without further educational qualifications.

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: Structural Engineering and Architecture MEng course structure
UCAS code: HK21
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Civil 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.

20 credits
Civil Engineering Skills

This module aims to give students the tools to become excellent engineers. This begins with the ability to communicate their designs through hand sketches and through the use of AutoCAD (a graphical design package). Students are then expected to use peer assessment to assess their drawings so they can understand how not only to create drawings but also how to effectively present information on them too. Basic skills incomputer programming are also introduced to give students the ability to solve complex problems. In second semester the module concentrates on surveying skills, culminating in a group field project.

20 credits
Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanics 1

This module is delivered in both the Autumn and Spring Semesters.Teaching in the first semester is designed to provide a basis of knowledge and understanding of elastic structural analysis and will be applied to two key structural forms - trusses and beams. The focus of the second semester is on the analysis of stress, strain and elastic deformation of beams, qualitative structural analysis of beam-like structures and the fundamentals of plasticity.

20 credits
Environment and Technology 1

This module is the first in a series on building environment and technology. It introduces the constructional and structural principles of small buildings and the ways in which buildings modify the thermal aural and visual environments.

10 credits
Environment and Technology 2

A continuation from ARC107, this module describes the constructional and structural principles of small buildings and the way in which buildings modify the sensory environment.

10 credits
Geotechnical Engineering 1

This module is an introductory module to the use of soils in engineering practice. As soils are a naturally varying material, the creation of different soil types is first discussed giving the student a background in why soils differ. This then progresses into the engineering classification of soils followed by the design of simple geotechnical structures. These include retaining walls and earth embankments.

10 credits
Humanities 1

ARC103 Provides an introduction to the history of western architecture over the period 1850 to the present through the detailed exploration of the work of a series of key figures. Emphasis will be placed on architects' response to the natural environment.

10 credits
Humanities 2

ARC 104 concerns the reciprocal relationship between architecture and society, exploring the issues through a broad range of case studies. Mainly dwellings, these include several from anthropological sources dealing with vernacular buildings to show how architecture worked when people built for themselves directly without recourse to building specialists and mechanised technology. The course seeks to establish that architecture works not only through style and symbolic reference but also in the way it is organised, through the framing of human activities and rituals. The cross-cultural approach prompts the question of what remains specific to a local context and what can be regarded as universal.

10 credits
Introduction to Structural Materials Engineering

This lecture course covers all the main classes of materials (ceramics, metals, polymers, natural materials and composites), describing the properties that they show, the root cause of their properties, the structure, and how we can affect this by processing to get the properties we want. The course will also introduce some ways that the best material for a purpose can be selected.

10 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.

Learning and assessment

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

We've academic staff who are world-leaders in their respective fields and some have over 20 years' experience in industry. Our staff experience demonstrates how engineering fundamentals are applied in practice through project work that mimics real-life situations. We also bring in leading industry experts to enhance and support our teaching and advise on our curriculum.

Entry requirements

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Standard offer
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAA
including Maths

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

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

International Baccalaureate | 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths 34, 5 in Higher Level Maths

BTEC | DDD in Engineering + A in A Level Maths DDD in Engineering + B in A Level Mathematics

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAAAB + A in Maths AAABB + B in Maths

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA in Maths B + AA in Maths

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 Science or Engineering units, and 6 credits at Merit + Grade A in A-level Mathematics. Applicants are considered individually. 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at level 3 including 36 credits at Distinction to include Mathematics and Science or Engineering units, and 9 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

  • GCSE Physics or Dual Award Science or GCSE Additional Science at grade 6 or grade B, or equivalent, if not offered at A or AS Level. Evidence of artistic ability in the form of a portfolio

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 Civil and Structural Engineering

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is at the forefront of improving the way we live. Whether it's providing the facilities that keep our day-to-day lives running smoothly - from roads and railways to clean water supplies - or working to meet the ever-changing needs of our society in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and climate change, you'll be helping to create and protect the world we live in.

Civil engineering at Sheffield

Our courses will make you the kind of engineer the world needs right now; forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, environmentally conscious, and capable of the kind of complex thinking our rapidly changing society needs. Wherever you choose to start your career, you'll be in demand.

We're eighth in the UK for civil engineering, according to the Times Good University Guide 2020, and seventh according to the Complete University Guide 2020. Our research is internationally recognised. Industry and government value our expertise.

Our industry partners contribute to teaching through lectures, design classes, projects and site visits. We work with leading consultants, contractors and specialist civil engineering companies to provide industrial opportunities for a number of students each year. We also have industrial tutors and professionals who mentor our first-year students.

You'll be taught in The Diamond, one of the best teaching spaces in the UK.

Facilities

The Diamond building contains state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities, and uses cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment.

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

School of Architecture

UG students working in studio

Come to Sheffield and join some of the best architecture students in the UK - our students have won prizes at the RIBA Student Awards and the Royal Academy Summer Show. They've been shortlisted in the European Architecture Medals and the Inspiring Graduate Awards. Our staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally.

We believe in architecture that makes a difference. We know that it has the potential to improve the lives of those who inhabit and use it.

Through our internationally-acclaimed teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student, you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.

We encourage you to explore ideas and collaborate with other students. Through group tutorials and peer review you'll learn how to express your opinions, and value the opinions of others. Sheffield has a strong studio culture. It's the perfect place to develop your personality as a designer.

We provide a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. We have a strong design studio culture. The studio acts as a laboratory for trialling your creative and critical ideas, and for developing fundamental architectural skills. You'll share ideas during group tutorials and review other students' work. This encourages you to express your own opinion and to value the opinions of others, as you begin to develop your personality as a designer.

The School of Architecture sits high up in the Arts Tower, offering unrivalled panoramic views across Sheffield and beyond. This is where you will spend the majority of your time in the design studio.

You'll also attend lectures across the campus and take advantage of our drawing labs and facilities for woodwork, metalwork, casting and architectural model making.

Facilities

Our generous open-plan studios promote collaboration and you will be able to take advantage of our drawing labs and facilities for woodwork, metalwork, casting and architectural model making.

You'll have access to the latest digital techniques in our computer labs which host a suite of professional Building Information Modelling and Computer Aided Design software. You can also take advantage of our digital review facilities and will have access to 360 degree capture technology.

Workshops and tutorials are embedded into each course to ensure you have the skills you need.

School of Architecture

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

  No 1 in the north for graduate employment
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020


Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Top 10 in the UK for Civil Engineering

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
The Complete University Guide 2020


School of Architecture

3rd in the UK for architecture

The Guardian University Guide 2020; The Complete University Guide 2020

94% overall satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019


Graduate careers

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Our graduates work all over the world, from the UK to Australia and the USA. Recent graduates have gone on to work for AECOM, Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Eastwood & Partners, and Kier.

You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills to fields as diverse as the built environment, sustainability and improving the environment.

In addition, architectural engineering graduates might go into a broad range of engineering areas ranging from building services to mechanical, electrical or acoustic engineering.

Or as a structural engineer, you'll be helping to shape the world around us. Structural engineers design and construct multi-storey buildings, bridges, sports stadiums, tunnels, airports and schools.

Aatisha Gupta : Graduate Civil Engineer

School of Architecture

Our graduates often go into architectural practice for a year or two before doing a two-year MArch in Architecture - either at Sheffield or another school. Our graduates also pursue careers in the built environment or move on to a specialist masters course.

Employers include AHMM, ARUP, Building Design Partnership, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Grimshaw Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and Penoyre & Prasad.

Graduates on our Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies degree course are well prepared for a career in the built environment in roles such as: built environment consultant, government and local authority advisor, creative and strategic policy maker, architectural critic and journalist, and arts and heritage manager.

Fees and funding

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Upcoming taster sessions

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If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

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