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General Engineering BEng (Hons)

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    Taught by world-leading experts from our seven outstanding engineering departments, this three-year course will ensure you develop a broad knowledge and understanding of engineering, while developing skills in independent thinking and the professional skills necessary for a career in industry.

    In an increasingly complex and challenging world, knowledge and expertise beyond a single discipline is valuable for 21st-century engineers.

    During your first two years you'll study modules across all disciplines and look at engineering in an interdisciplinary context. At the end of year two, you'll choose a specialism from one of our subjects, covering a range of engineering fields.

    We also offer a non-specialist stream, which allows you to continue studying a variety of disciplines. You'll spend year three studying your chosen stream. The interdisciplinary ethos of your degree will be continued in the industry-led final-year project.


    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: General Engineering BEng (Hons) course structure 2022 and 2023
    UCAS code: H103
    Years: 2022, 2023
    First year

    In year one you will be taught a range of fundamental engineering principles that will equip you with a strong foundation of engineering knowledge.

    Core modules:

    Interdisciplinary Design I

    Effective interdisciplinary design lies at the heart of the engineering of complex products and systems. It is important that engineers can communicate and work effectively together and have a common language and processes to manage projects effectively. This module will introduce concepts in, and tools for, interdisciplinary design and systems engineering important for effective project management. Students will start to develop critical thinking and an interdisciplinary approach to solving engineering problems. A strong focus of the module will be the use of a wide range of case studies to motivate ideas and allow students to demonstrate their learning.

    15 credits
    Introduction to Electrical Engineering

    This unit presents an exciting introduction to electrical engineering. Students will learn about the core elements of circuits and how these are analogues of many other physical processes. Students will become adept at analysing fundamental passive and active circuits using a number of techniques. The fundamentals of engineering magnetics and large-scale power are also introduced. Electrical engineering is presented in the wider context of interdisciplinary engineering by identifying a number of crucial synergies. Students are encouraged to appreciate both the depth and fascination of electrical engineering as a distinct subject, and its broad application across the entire engineering discipline.

    15 credits
    Introduction to Process Engineering

    Process analysis lies at the core of all chemical engineering design. Oil refineries to wastewater treatment plants all begin with this first step. This module introduces methods used to carry out material balances over a range of equipment and processes encountered in industry. This is then extended to the development of energy balances as applied to a wide range of chemical processes such as mixers, distillation columns, evaporators and reactors. The elementary techniques for the analysis of vapour-liquid and liquid- liquid equilibria are described, these are then applied to the design of a basic unit operation - distillation.

    15 credits

    The next generation of engineers will address the exciting challenges of commercial space flight, global water security, and sustainable energy generation, and many others. This module will develop the fundamental thermofluids basis and the necessary skills and interdisciplinary agility to address these global challenges. 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 other areas of engineering.

    15 credits
    Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

    Engineered materials are an integral part of our society, from being used in household objects and construction to nuclear reactors and spacecraft. Materials Science and Engineering bridges the gap between science and engineering, allowing us to improve the performance of existing materials, or produce new materials, to suit any application. This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of Materials Science and Engineering. Students will gain an understanding of how material properties are dependent on atomic structure and processing and an appreciation of how of Materials Science and Engineering underpins a wide range of engineering disciplines.

    15 credits
    Computer Problem Solving and Object Oriented Design

    The first part of this module introduces basic concepts of computer programming, through an introduction to problem solving and the development of simple algorithms using the programming language Python. The module will stress the importance of good programming style and good code design and will introduce how an object-oriented approach can help to achieve these aims. The second part of this module introduces some of the fundamental principles of object oriented programming and software engineering using the Java Programming Language. In particular it covers the principles that underlie the structuring of software and introduces models of real-world systems. Techniques for developing sound programming techniques are introduced and applied.

    20 credits
    General 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. The module is delivered via online lectures, reinforced with weekly interactive problem classes.

    15 credits
    Engineering Statics

    The course provides the fundamental concepts and techniques used in Engineering Statics. Two-dimensional statics are covered including force and moment systems, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, and the application to structures (such as beams, frames and trusses) that will be encountered in aerospace engineering applications. No prior knowledge of statics is assumed; the treatment concentrates on physical understanding and applications in engineering, rather than using advanced mathematical treatments.

    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.

    Learning and assessment


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

    • lectures
    • tutorials
    • practical activities
    • coursework assignments (including oral, video and poster presentations)
    • Individual Investigative Project (final year)
    • design 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

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


    Students are assessed via a mix of the following:

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

    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:
    including Maths and Physics

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

    International Baccalaureate 38, with 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

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

    BTEC Diploma D*D in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Maths and Physics

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + A*A in Maths and Physics

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 42 at Distinction (to include Maths and Physics or another relevant science), and 3 at Merit + A in A Level Maths

    Access Sheffield offer

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

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

    International Baccalaureate 36, with 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

    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 AAABB + AA in Maths and Physics

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Maths and Physics

    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 Physics or another relevant science), and 6 at Merit + A in A Level Maths

    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

    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.

    General Engineering

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    Sheffield is one of the UK's top engineering universities.

    Gain a strong foundational knowledge of engineering disciplines from across our seven academic departments, before specialising in your area of interest in the final two years of your degree.

    The majority of our engineering courses can be combined with a year in industry; this is a great way for you to boost your career prospects. You'll gain a wide range of hands-on experience and get the chance to apply what you've learnt in your studies.

    The experience from a year in industry will be invaluable. It will improve your employability, you'll experience working in an industrial environment and you'll make crucial industry contacts. We'll support you in finding a year in industry or a summer placement.

    When you become part of Engineering at Sheffield, you'll be taught in the best integrated engineering teaching space in the UK.


    Engineering students are mainly based in The Diamond, the University's dedicated engineering teaching facility. Here, you'll find state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities which include cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment. You'll also have lectures and use laboratories in the Sir Robert Hadfield Building.

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    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 2022

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 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

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    94% overall satisfaction

    National Student Survey 2022

    Top 3 in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction

    National Student Survey 2022

    Graduate careers

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    Our courses prepare you for a career where you'll apply your creative problem-solving skills and your understanding of engineering principles to the real world, while working in multidisciplinary teams. These transferable skills can be applied in many sectors across the breadth of engineering and beyond.

    Graduates from all of our courses are highly employable and work all over the world for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and IBM.

    Placements and study abroad


    You may have the opportunity to add an optional placement year as part of your course, converting the three year course to a four-year Degree with Placement Year. 

    A placement year will help you to:

    • gain an insight into possible careers
    • develop a range transferable skills 
    • build a professional network
    • get a feel for what you do and don’t like doing
    • add valuable work experience to your CV
    • gain experience of applying for jobs and interview practice
    • apply elements of academic learning in the workplace

    Study abroad

    Spending time abroad during your degree is a great way to explore different cultures, gain a new perspective and experience a life-changing opportunity that you will never forget. 

    You can apply to extend this course with a year abroad, usually between the second and third year. We have over 250 University partners worldwide. Popular destinations include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

    Find out more on the Global Opportunities website.

    Fees and funding


    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.

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