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Year of Entry 2021/22
BEng (Honours)

Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

Full-time Engineering

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


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 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 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year before progressing to the main degree
  • Master industry-standard engineering skills that meet Engineering Council requirements.
  • Develop real-world experience with ongoing practical projects and the opportunity to take a paid year in industry.
  • Gain a well-rounded education in both theoretical and practical mechanical engineering.

Prepare for an exciting career with great employment prospects across a wide range of industries. You’ll benefit from our modern, industry-standard facilities and gain vital commercial experience through industry-focused projects and placement opportunities. Successful students will also have the opportunity to progress onto our prestigious MEng course, furthering their education and expertise.

NOTE: BEng Mechanical Engineering and MEng Mechanical Engineering are taught together.

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.

With online resources, high-quality laboratories and exceptional learning environments, you’ll be supported at every step. Our structured programme provides you with all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to carry out increasingly complex projects. As you progress, you’ll demonstrate your learning through regular assessment exercises. 

You’ll learn through

  • group work
  • an individual project
  • activity-based learning
  • presentations
  • posters
  • technical reports
  • in-class assessments
  • multiple choice questions
  • exams

Course leaders and tutors

Tim Spencer
Tim Spencer
Research Fellow

Tim's research at MERI involves the application of theory and simulation techniques for the predictive modelling of real life systems that involve fluids.

Applied learning

Work placements

During your studies you’ll be encouraged to take advantage of our placement opportunities. We can help you arrange a year-long work placement between your second and third years of the main degree– giving you tangible on-site experience and preparing you for your future engineering career. Previous students have been placed at reputable companies, such as Convatec, Bosch Thermotechnology, Severn Trent Water and Nissan Manufacturing.

Live projects

As part of the course you’ll take part in the inspirational Engineering for People Design Challenge. Hosted by Engineers Without Borders, the project gives you a chance to work on real-world issues like water supply, energy and transport. By doing so you’ll embed global responsibility into your education and learn to place people at the heart of your designs. 

In the final year you’ll undertake a large individual project, giving you the chance to align your studies with your own aspirations. Students returning from placements often continue their working relationships with a work-based project, helping them take the next steps towards their chosen vocation. 

Networking opportunities

We have a number of student engineering societies you can get involved in. We also encourage you to become a member of a professional body, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. They’ll help you with career planning, further your engineering know-how, provide resources and support you with scholarship and award applications.

Competitions

You’ll be encouraged to take part in international engineering competitions. These may include Europe's most established educational engineering competition – IMechE Formula Student – as well as the IMechE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge. Both competitions are backed by industry and have previously seen students compete against teams from all over the world.

We also regularly compete in the Engineers Without Borders competition where in 2016 our students won the whole competition, claiming a two-week trip to Mexico City as their prize!

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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 you in improving your employability

This course prepares you for a career in

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • transport
  • building services
  • medical engineering
  • sports equipment design
  • power generation
  • alternative energy
  • product testing
  • project management

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • QinetiQ
  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • European Space Agency
  • Oil & Gas (Pipeline and Subsea Engineering)
  • Offshore Renewable Energy (Offshore Wind Energy, Wave and Tidal Power)
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 through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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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, Abaqus, Ansys and Matlab

Our r 11.500 square feet of cutting-edge teaching space, laboratories and workshops 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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical And Electronic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Engineering Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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

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 C.A.D. 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

Optional 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 students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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.

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