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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: H301 | Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4, and Maths at grade C or 4.

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This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, equivalent BTEC National qualifications or T levels (to include mathematics and least one other science subject such as physics or chemistry) but excludes general studies. For example: ABB-AAB at A Level including relevant subjects, DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, Distinction overall from a T level qualification- must include B from Core and be from an engineering T level (excluding Design and development for engineering and manufacturing), or a combination of qualifications (which must include relevant subjects and may include AS levels and EPQ).

About this course

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Full-time | 2024

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5 years | Sandwich | 2024


Mechanical engineering

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**

- Become a professional mechanical engineer from day one.

- Apply your skills by completing industry-linked projects and placements.

- Develop the techniques to design, analyse, simulate and test mechanical systems.

- Create engineering solutions for the optimal performance of mechanical systems.

- Enhance your versatility with multidisciplinary insights into mechanical engineering.

This course prepares you for diverse engineering roles – with a practice-based approach to mechanical science, design, systems, engineering practice, materials, and manufacture. You’ll emerge as a highly-skilled graduate – ready to provide optimal and sustainable solutions to future problems across the industry.

BEng Mechanical Engineering and MEng Mechanical Engineering are taught together for the first 3 years.

**How you learn**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course is designed for you to gain experience as a professional engineer from day one, developing technical and professional skills from the very start. The multidisciplinary nature of mechanical engineering means you’ll work collaboratively with professionals from other engineering disciplines, further enhancing your versatility in the field.

You’ll engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course. The balance of these activities changes at each level of study to encourage you to become increasingly independent learners, developing the ability to take the initiative, plan, organise and complete programmes of work – as an individual, a leader and a member of a team.

**Course topics**

The course adopts an applied problem-based and research-informed approach, and is based on core subject areas. These include mechanical engineering design, solid mechanics, dynamics, thermofluids, engineering practice, materials, manufacturing and engineering mathematics.

As you advance in the course, the modules will focus on applying mechanical engineering principles to real-world industrial challenges – emphasising the strength of mechanical systems through design and advanced computational engineering tools.

Your final-year project is your chance to demonstrate independent learning and establish a foundation for your future career.

**Applied learning**

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous students have worked at organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus UK, Bentley Motors, Lockheed Martin, BMW Manufacturing and McLaren Racing Limited. Placement years involve an application process to secure your position, which your tutors and our Careers and Employability Team will support you with.

**Live projects**

You’ll gain experience of live projects at every level of the course. Projects range from hands-on lab sessions run by external organisations to practical group projects where you’ll present your findings to our industrial partners.

Previous students have worked on real projects like designing a removable connecting system for poured concrete at Build-Lite UK, as well as evaluating the suitability of polystyrene for their materials recycling. They’ve also explored methods to catch and sort number plates using flowstore at Jepson & Co Ltd. And they’ve worked to solve a manufacturing challenge alongside process engineers at the McLaren Composite Technology Centre (MCTC).


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

**Important notice:** The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

You can take an optional placement in year 4.

**Year 1**

**Compulsory modules**

Mechanical Engineering Design And C.A.D.
Mechanical Engineering Practice
Principles Of Dynamics And Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Processes And Mathematics
Principles Of Mechanics Of Solids And Fluids, Engineering Materials And Mathematics

**Year 2**

**Compulsory modules**

Application Of Engineering Analysis
Applied Dynamics And Thermodynamics
Applied Solid And Fluid Mechanics, And Control Systems
Machine Elements Design

**Year 3**

**Optional modules**

Placement Year

**Year 4**

**Compulsory modules**

Further Engineering Science And Numerical Analysis
Project: Implementation
Project: Management And Scoping

**Elective modules**

Artificial Intelligence And The Internet Of Things
Computer Aided Design And Computer Aided Manufacture
Engineering Management And Entrepreneurship

**Final year**

**Compulsory modules**

Digital Engineering & Prototyping
Industrial Group Project
Interdisciplinary Engineering Systems And Emerging Technology

**Elective modules**

Advanced Computational Methods In Engineering
Artificial Intelligence Concepts And Applications
Process Improvement Methodologies
Robotics And Autonomous Systems

Assessment methods

Coursework | Exam | Practical

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We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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