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Year of Entry 2020/21
BEng (Honours)

Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

Full-time Engineering

Gain a degree in mechanical engineering, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year) ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A029
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
  • Develop skills in accordance with the Engineering Council's requirements for engineering courses
  • Undertake numerous practical projects, as well as an opportunity to undertake a paid year in industry
  • Attain a well-rounded education in mechanical engineering in both a theoretical and practical sense.

Prepare for an exciting career with healthy employment prospects across a wide range of industries. You will benefit from our modern and industrial-standard facilities, and gain vital commercial experience through industry focused projects and placement opportunities. You have the opportunity to progress onto the MEng version of the course (based on academic performance).

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other engineering, maths and physics foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You are supported by online learning resources and high quality laboratories and learning spaces. A structured programme of study provides you with the knowledge and skills to undertake tasks of increasing complexity. You demonstrate your learning through a range of assessment tasks matched to the learning taking place, such as technical report writing, posters, presentations, in-class assessments, multiple-choice questions and examinations.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • small group tutorials
  • seminars
  • engineering workshops and laboratories

In the foundation year, you’ll study the fundamental maths, science and engineering principles that you’ll need at undergraduate level, and apply them to a range of different topics. You’ll learn through many of the same techniques used on the degree course, and familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam and its facilities — ensuring that you’re ready to hit the ground running.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will be encouraged to apply for placement opportunities during your studies and will be supported in arranging a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years by our dedicated Placements and Employability Team. This provides you with real-world experience to prepare you for your future engineering career. Previous students have taken industrial placements at companies such as McLaren Racing Limited, Bosch Thermotechnology, Rolls-Royce, BMW, EDF Energy, and Airbus UK .

Live projects

You take part in the Engineers without Border's Engineering for People Design Challenge. This prepares you to become a globally responsible engineer by working on real world issues including water supply, energy, and transport.

In the final year you undertake a major individual project. This adds a unique appeal to your degree qualification, and reflects your own interests. In many cases students returning from an industrial placement continue their working relationship with their employer by undertaking a work-based project.

Networking opportunities

You can get involved with a number of student engineering societies. We also encourage you to become a member of a professional body, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The IMechE can help with career planning, building of engineering knowledge, and have a wealth of resources including scholarships and awards.

Competitions

Throughout the course you are encouraged to take part in international engineering competitions, such as Europe's most established education engineering competition – IMechE Formula Student – and the IMechE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge. Both competitions are backed by industry and see you competing against teams from all over the world.

Each year our strongest team from The Engineering for People Design Challenge goes on to compete in the Engineers without Borders national final. In 2016 our students won the whole competition and a two-week trip to Mexico City.


Future careers

We deliver graduate and placement careers fairs with employers who provide opportunities for placements and final year students. Employers also deliver skills based sessions to support students in improving their employability.

Graduates can move into various industry sectors, such as

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • transport
  • building services
  • medical engineering
  • sport equipment design
  • power generation
  • alternative energy
  • product testing
  • project management
Student success story

MEng Mechanical Engineering student Jodie Howlett was named one of the UK’s top 50 women under 35 in engineering by the Daily Telegraph in June 2017. Jodie spent the third year of her course on placement at Rolls-Royce, helping the company develop more powerful and efficient jet engines for passenger planes. In 2019, Jodie will take part in the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

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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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

You have access to a wide range of hardware and equipment, including

  • computer-aided design (CAD) software such as SolidWorks
  • analysis software such as Fluent, Abacus and Matlab

Other specialist facilities include

  • wind tunnels
  • laser scanning
  • a flight simulator
  • rapid prototyping equipment
  • a robotics and automation laboratory
  • an automotive workshop for engine testing
  • a structural integrity laboratory
  • a materials testing laboratory
  • manufacturing workshops

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, 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.

GCSE

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

We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need 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.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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'.


Modules

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.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical And Electronic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foundation Mathematics 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foundation Mathematics 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamental Engineering Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematical Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Electro-Mechanical Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Materials And Manufacturing Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mechanical Engineering Design And Cad Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Principles Of Thermodynamics And Fluid Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Applied Thermodynamics And Fluid Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Engineering Design Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Maths And Control Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mechatronics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Design Evaluation Methodology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Engineering Project Management And Individual Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Further Thermodynamics And Fluid Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Structural Mechanics And Finite Element Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Systems Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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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