Architectural Engineering with an Industrial Placement Year MEng

2024-25 entry
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

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. You will also gain first-hand industry experience.

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    Course description

    Engineers on site in hard hats

    Lead the charge to create the next generation of low environmental-impact buildings, using real-world experience from an industrial placement and top-notch knowledge gained from our expert architectural engineers.

    There is an increasing demand for building systems engineers with multidisciplinary skills. Study at Sheffield and you'll become the kind of engineer who recognises social responsibility and holistic thinking. Someone ready to step into a career creating buildings which make minimal impact on our environment.

    After two years studying the principles of engineering, building infrastructure and architectural perspective, you'll spend a full semester of your third year on an integrated design project.

    You’ll unleash your creativity on a grand scale: devising plans for an entire urban regeneration project based on a real site in Sheffield. You'll investigate new methods and construction materials while focusing on passive design measures and low impact systems.

    In your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to do an industrial placement year, where you can test your knowledge and further develop your technical skills in a real-life industrial environment.

    Finally, in year five you’ll be exposed to advanced methods of analysis and simulation techniques for certain building services, particularly fluids, civil, structural and mechanical engineering.

    These will feed into your major investigative project, developing your ability to work independently and carry out research – graduating with all the skills you need to contribute to the continuous development and innovation within the low-impact built-environment of the future.

    Why study this course?

    • Unique accreditation by JBM and CIBSE - this degree supports a diversity of potential career pathways both within and outside of the built-environment.
    • Unique multidisciplinarity of teaching - you’ll learn civil, mechanical, and architectural/planning from specialists in each discipline.
    • World-leading research facilities - get hands-on experience, including access to the unique urban flows observatory.
    • Semester-long integrated design project - explore both concept and detailed design for a range of real-world built-environment problems.

    This degree is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), and the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Way Institution, on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

    We are currently seeking re-accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for 2024-25 entry.

    Find more information on the CIBSE and JBM websites.

    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.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Architectural Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng course structure 2022 and 2023
    UCAS code: 2G91
    Years: 2022, 2023
    First year

    Core modules:

    Mathematics and Python Programming

    This module aims to reinforce and extend students' previous knowledge of mathematics studied before university, and introduces the use of computer programming to solve engineering and mathematical problems. 

    Mathematics is further taught 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 department. Combined with the mathematics teaching, this module teaches the opensource programming language, Python, which can be used to efficiently solve a variety of practical scientific and numerical problems. 

    A combination of formal lecture content, tutorials and assisted computer lab sessions, help the students learn and apply mathematical and programming theory. Practice problems are presented showing the links between mathematics and programming learning, to show how the skills learnt can solve practical problems of relevance to the students.

    20 credits
    Engineering Surveying

    In this module you will learn basic engineering surveying skills and the role spatial data plays in civil engineering design and construction. You will gain hands-on experience in using different types of surveying equipment and in basic manipulation of spatial data. You'll gain key transferable skills in metrology and checking data accuracy.

    10 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

    The overall aim of the Environment and Technology modules is to provide the knowledge and ability in building technology, environmental design and construction methods that are necessary to undertake design projects in the Design Studio.

    This module presents principles of planet and place including;

    -   climate literacy and climate justice, building in the era of the climate emergency

    -   principles of regenerative design and ecology

    -   historical overview of solar architecture

    10 credits
    Environment and Technology 2

    The overall aim of the Environment and Technology modules is to provide the knowledge and ability in building technology, environmental design and construction methods that are necessary to undertake design projects in the Design Studio. This module presents principles of planet and place including;-   environmental design and site analysis, landscape principles, buildings and their surroundings, interior and exterior spaces

    -   analysis of solar sun path and microclimate, building form and building physics

    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 focusses on materials for structural applications and 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.

    Sustainable Design and Engineering Skills

    This module is designed to ensure students have the skills to design solutions and assess options against sustainability criteria to make evidence based recommendations. Students will be able to look at the bigger picture of a projects impact on our complex systems and society.

    10 credits

    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

    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.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

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

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    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
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Engineering + A in A Level Maths
    BTEC Diploma
    DD in Engineering + A in A Level Maths
    Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher
    AAAAB + A in Maths
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    A + AA, including Maths
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 39 at Distinction (to include Maths and Science or Engineering units), and 6 at Merit + Grade A in A Level Maths
    Other requirements
    • Acceptable Maths subjects include Maths, Maths with Mechanics, Further Maths or Applied Maths, but not Statistics or Use of Maths. Pure Maths is only acceptable when combined with Physics

    • GCSE Physics (or Combined Science) grade 6/B

    Access Sheffield offer

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

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    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
    34, with 5 in Higher Level Maths
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Engineering + B in A Level Maths
    BTEC Diploma
    DD in Engineering + B in A Level Maths
    Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher
    AAABB + B in Maths
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AA, including Maths
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction (to include Maths and Science or Engineering units), and 15 at Merit + Grade A in A Level Maths
    Other requirements
    • Acceptable Maths subjects include Maths, Maths with Mechanics, Further Maths or Applied Maths, but not Statistics or Use of Maths. Pure Maths is only acceptable when combined with Physics

    • GCSE Physics (or Combined Science) grade 6/B

    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

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

    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

    Department of Civil and Structural 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.

    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 in the UK top ten for civil engineering, according to The Times UK University Rankings 2024. Our research is internationally recognised, with 96% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021). 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

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report


    Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

    UK top 10 for civil engineering

    The Times UK University Rankings 2024

    UK top 12 for civil engineering

    Complete University Guide 2024

    96% of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent

    Research Excellence Framework (REF2021)

    Student profiles

    What our students say

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

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    If you’re considering your post-16 options, our interactive subject tasters are for you. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from and you can attend sessions online or on campus.

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

    Campus tours

    Our weekly guided tours show you what Sheffield has to offer - both on campus and beyond. You can extend your visit with tours of our city, accommodation or sport facilities.

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    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
    www.ucas.com

    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    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. You will also gain first-hand industry experience.