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Architectural Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Course description

    On this course, you'll study all the engineering disciplines associated with buildings and their infrastructure, and develop an understanding of architectural thinking and practice.

    There is an increasing demand for building systems engineers who can provide multidisciplinary skills at the interface of engineering and architecture. You'll become the kind of engineer that recognises social responsibility and holistic thinking, ready for a career engineering high-quality buildings that have minimal impact on the environment.

    Between years three and four, you'll arrange a year working in an engineering company. This industrial experience could be on site, in an office or a combination of both and will put your academic studies into context, improve your skills and enhance your employment prospects. You'll be responsible for finding your own placement but the departmental and faculty careers and employability teams will help you find the right position and get the most out of the experience.

    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.

    The 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).

    The course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

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    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

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    Title: Architectural Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng course structure
    UCAS code: 2G91
    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 with Manufacturing

    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 software. 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 in computer programming are also introduced to give students the ability to solve complex problems. In second semester the module concentrates on manufacturing skills and surveying skills (both with a practical aspect).

    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
    Thermofluids

    Architectural Engineers are required to understand design and construct buildings that provide human comfort with minimal energy consumption. This module will develop the fundamental thermofluids basis and the necessary skills and interdisciplinary agility to address this global challenge. 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 a wide range of engineering areas.

    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
    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. 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

    Learning

    The following are the main learning and teaching methods implemented within the programme:

    • lectures
    • tutorials (and example classes)
    • practical activities
    • design classes
    • coursework assignments (including presentations)
    • Individual Research Project (final year)
    • integrative projects
    • online resources

    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.

    Assessment

    Students are assessed via a mix of the following:

    • examinations
    • coursework assignments
    • online tests
    • reports
    • group projects
    • presentations
    • design work
    • dissertations

    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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    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAA
    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, with 6 in Higher Level Maths 34, with 5 in Higher Level Maths

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

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

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA, including Maths B + AA, including Maths

    Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 credits at Distinction (to include Maths and Science or Engineering units) and 6 credits at Merit + grade A in A Level Maths. Applicants are considered individually 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction (to include Maths and Science or Engineering units) and 9 credits at Merit + grade A in A Level Maths. 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
    • GCSE Physics, Dual Award Science or Additional Science at grade 6/B

    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

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    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 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017


    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


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    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

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    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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