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Year of Entry 2019/20
BEng (Honours)

Materials Engineering

Full-time Engineering

Develop new materials and products and push the boundaries of engineering.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112
What is the UCAS code? J51C
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain an understanding of the processing technology by which engineering materials can be manufactured, shaped, fabricated and joined to produce useful products.
  • Develop an understanding of the constitution, structure and properties of modern metallic, polymeric, composite and ceramic engineering materials.
  • Tackle engineering challenges such as increasing energy efficiency, developing lighter civil engineering and aircraft structures, using new materials to tackle global warming, and creating stronger, tougher, lighter and more durable medical implants.

The course teaches you about the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials used in industry, including the development of new or improved materials and advanced processing methods.

Student view

Watch student Katrina Love talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch lecturer Steve Magowan talk about this course.

You experience and engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course. We have designed a balanced mix of activities to enable knowledge acquisition, ensure understanding and develop you as a professional materials engineer and enhance your employability.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions

All of these activities are supported by the provision of online learning resources, including interactive models, and high quality laboratories and learning spaces.

Course leaders and tutors

Professor Paul Bingham
Professor Paul Bingham
Professor of Glasses and Ceramics

Prof. Paul Bingham is a Professor of Glasses and Ceramics. He is part of a strong research group working primarily in the field of glasses and ceramics at the Materi … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

In addition to study, full-time students are encouraged and supported in applying for a paid placement year that will be undertaken between year two and three.

An engineering placement offers a wealth of work, course, skill, personal and employability related benefits. On placement you are supported by the Placements and Employability Team and are allocated a Visiting Tutor who will normally visit you at your place of work.

Our dedicated placement team supports you through the process and has contacts with over 2,000 national and international placement providers. Students typically earn between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.

Applied engineering projectsAlongside their teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry in our Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), one of the best in the UK for engineering research. This keeps your lectures and seminars up to date, giving you the latest knowledge in your subject.

Networking opportunities

There are opportunities to get involved with a number of student engineering societies, available to all engineering students at all levels of study. Many students on this course are part of our Materials Society.

We also encourage you to become a member of a professional body, such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3). The IOM3 can help with career planning, building of engineering knowledge, and have a wealth of resources including scholarships and awards.

We make sure your studies are relevant to your future career through our longstanding relationships with industries, nationally and internationally. We work with these partners to ensure that course content meets current and specific industrial needs.


We encourage you to take part in national engineering competitions such as Formula Student and the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a materials engineer in an employment market where materials graduates are in high demand and enjoy exciting career prospects in both the UK and internationally.

There is a significant shortage of qualified materials engineering graduates in the UK. Successfully completing this course will enable you to enter a buoyant employment market where good graduates can command high salaries.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

During this course, you use all of the industry standard tools and equipment needed to ensure that you're ready for industry.

You have access to a wide range of hardware and equipment, including computer-aided design (CAD) software such as SolidWorks, and analysis software such as Fluent, Abacus and Matlab.

Other specialist facilities include

  • advanced materials characterisation equipment
  • a structural integrity laboratory
  • a materials testing laboratory
  • manufacturing workshops
  • rapid prototyping equipment
  • a robotics and automation laboratory

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics to at least AS level). For example:

  • BBC at A Level including maths.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a maths-based subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include maths or a maths-based subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 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.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 75%
Module: Electro-Mechanical Engineering Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Materials And Manufacturing Engineering Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Materials Science Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Mechanical Engineering Design And Cad Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 25%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Chemical And Thermodynamic Properties Of Materials Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Engineering Ceramics And Polymers Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Engineering Metallurgy Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 25%
Module: Failure Investigation With Materials And Process Selection Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Maths For Materials And Design Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Composite Materials Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Engineering Project Management And Individual Project Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Fracture, Degradation And Evaluation Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Materials Processing And Manufacture Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 20%
Module: Microstructural Engineering Of Materials Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

£13,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Engineering courses (PDF)

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