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Year of Entry 2021/22

Materials Engineering

Part-time Engineering

Gain technical support from your employer to develop your knowledge and skills in materials engineering alongside your current professional role on this part time course.

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What is the fee? Home: £6,170 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Understand the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials.
  • Learn how to develop new or improved materials using advanced processing methods.
  • Study the critical links between designing and creating new products, processes and structures.

There is always demand for new and improved engineering materials and this course gives you the skills to develop these materials using advanced processing methods.

How you learn

This course allows you to study part-time at the University and do one work-based learning module in your workplace each year. Your employer must agree to give you the time and technical support you need to do this work during the working week.

The course provides you with a sound knowledge of a wide range of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.

After successfully completing this foundation degree, you can apply for two more years of part-time study to gain a BEng (Honours) Materials Engineering.

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

Applied learning is the ethos at the heart of all Sheffield Hallam courses, meaning that you are given the opportunity to put your study into practice.

You'll be taught by professionals who are active in their field - so you'll get cutting edge, industry focused knowledge of your subject. You'll gain real-world skills through placements, workshops and live projects, often getting the opportunity to work with big global brands.

Work experience is also embedded into every year of the course, so you polish your workplace skills alongside building a solid knowledge of your subject. Applied learning means that when you do start work, you can dive in and make things happen.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • materials engineering
  • process management and control
  • quality assurance
  • research and development
  • design
  • technical liaison
  • sales

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for industries such as

  • energy
  • aerospace
  • electronics
  • defence


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

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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Entry requirements

All students

Normally five GCSE passes at grade C or Grade 4 or above including mathematics, science and English language plus,

• BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a science or technology-based subject, including passes in mathematics and two other science or technology-based modules


• At least two A levels, to include mathematics or other acceptable mathematics-based subject, plus at least one other from physics, physical science, engineering science, computer science, technology, chemistry or other science or technology subject. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

The course leader and admissions tutor consider mature candidates, with other non-standard qualifications, individually on merit. The main requirement is that you have the ability and commitment to progress satisfactorily on the course.

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.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Materials Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development (P.P.D.) - Investigative Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Materials And Manufacturing Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Maths For Materials And Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mechanical Engineering Design And C.A.D. Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice (W.B.L.) Mmd Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Chemical And Thermodynamic Properties Of Materials Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Engineering Ceramics And Polymers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Engineering Metallurgy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development (P.P.D.) - Investigative Project 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £6,170 per year (based on studying 80 credits per year).

† 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.

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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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