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Materials Science and Engineering MEng

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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    Course description

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    In our core undergraduate degree, you'll discover the underlying principles of materials science, and how these are applied across materials engineering situations. You can keep your course general or tailor your degree in later years with optional materials modules.

    As well as lectures and tutorials, you'll learn through experiencing real-world engineering situations with extensive practical work in important manufacturing processes and using the latest investigative equipment. You will also have the opportunity to interact with industry and gain valuable experience of the workplace. 

    It is possible to switch between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) at the end of the second year.

    On the MEng degree you can choose to interact directly with industry via an industrial placement and industrial focussed projects or undertake an extended research project embedded in one of our leading research groups.

    This course is fully accredited by the IOM3, meaning it counts towards later professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

    Modules

    Modules for this course are to be confirmed.

    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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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 lectures, labs, tutorials and problem classes. We take a 'learn by doing' approach to our courses, so that you 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

    Assessment

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

    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 two of Maths, Phyics or Chemistry

    A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry + A in a relevant EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 36, with 6 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths

    BTEC Diploma DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (to include units in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry), with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • Native Language A Levels are not accepted

    • GCSE Maths grade 6/B and 4/C in Physics and Chemistry (if not studied at A Level)

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB
    including two of Maths, Phyics or Chemistry

    A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry + A in a relevant EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 34, with 6, 5 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + B in A Level Maths

    BTEC Diploma DD in Engineering or Applied Science + B in A Level Maths

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (to include units in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry), with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit

    Other requirements
    • Native Language A Levels are not accepted

    • GCSE Maths grade 6/B and 4/C in Physics and Chemistry (if not studied at A Level)

    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 qualifications | UK and EU/international

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    Let our students tell you about what they like about studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

    Take a look around you. Materials are everywhere. Used for different applications, for different reasons. Without materials scientists and engineers, aeroplanes wouldn't fly, buildings wouldn't stand up, mobile phones wouldn't work, healthcare wouldn't be the same.

    Materials science and engineering is a subject that is integral to all other engineering disciplines. It brings together physics, chemistry, engineering, maths, and in some cases, biology, and puts these subjects into real-life situations.

    Sheffield has long been a centre of materials innovation. With a history of research excellence that can be traced back more than 135 years, this department was one of the foundation stones of the University.

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

    We strive to give you a valuable and unforgettable university experience. By accessing state-of-the-art multidisciplinary engineering laboratories, direct contact with industrial partners, and excellent learning resources, you will be given the opportunity and support to develop the skills you need to succeed at university and flourish in your career once you graduate.

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering are mainly based in The Diamond, the University's dedicated engineering teaching facility. Here, you'll find lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open plan learning spaces, library services and a number of specialist engineering laboratories. You'll also have lectures and use laboratories in the Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

    Facilities

    Not only do you get to use the materials lab, packed full of research grade equipment, but because materials science and engineering is integrated into all other types of engineering, our students get to experience working in multiple laboratories in the Diamond, such as the electronics lab and the clean room. There are also social spaces and a cafe where you can take a well earned break from studying.

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      92 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    1st in the UK for graduate prospects

    Complete University Guide 2022


    Graduate careers

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    Employers are increasingly looking for evidence of practical work experience as it demonstrates a genuine interest and means you will have the practical skills to work in a real industrial environment.

    Studying for a degree in materials science gives you a strong set of transferable skills valued by employers across a wide range of industries, including:

    • analytical and problem-solving skills
    • time management, planning and organisation
    • research and report writing
    • team working
    • numerical skills

    Our courses are designed to include a significant portion of practical work, allowing students to get hands-on experience of important processes and the latest investigative equipment. There are frequent occasions when we will ask you to work in the same way as professional engineers, with opportunities to work in industry or on projects of direct industrial interest.

    Over the past five years, more than 90% of Sheffield materials graduates had secured employment or were in further study, six months after graduation.

    Our graduates have the skills, experience and contacts they need to tackle society's most pressing  materials challenges.  No matter where your future lies, as a Sheffied materials graduate you'll be in demand.

    James Bromley

    At Sheffield I made lifelong friends and received a great education that has prepared me well for the work I currently do.

    James Bromley MEng Materials Science and Engineering

    I left Uni without a job lined up having turned down a position at the company I did my industry placement with. It was at the start of August 2018 that I got a call for interview at UKAEA and I started there as a contractor two weeks later. In early 2020 my position was made permanent. Throughout this time, I have been managing projects with growing confidence and levels of responsibility as I gain experience within the role.

    Chris Morris - CDT student

    Proper science means you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. At first that can be a bit scary, but your experience will guide you through.

    Chris Morris Currently a member of the Centre for Doctoral Training for Nuclear Energy Futures

    Chris studied Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering and has gone on to join the Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures.

    Industry contact

    Over many years, we have developed close relationships with businesses across a broad range of industry sectors. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to explore opportunities in pretty much any sector that interests you through visits, placements and project work.

    If you choose one of our MEng courses, in your third and fourth years you participate in our Industrial Training Programmes - three real-life projects defined by industry partners giving you an insight into how businesses approach engineering problem solving. Students selecting the research route undertake research projects instead of the Industrial Training programme.

    Fees and funding

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    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

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

    Additional funding

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