MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Work Experience)

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Work Experience)

Full-time Engineering

Advance your skills with state-of-the-art technologies and facilities – gaining Masters-level abilities and employability as a technical specialist or manager in mechanical engineering, with an embedded work placement as part of the course.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 or £11,810 (with work experience) for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 or £18,705 (with work experience) for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?


Course summary

  • Explore mechanical engineering design from a manufacturing perspective.
  • Apply modern computational methods to resolve engineering challenges.
  • Experience real-world projects, applying theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Study best practices in cutting-edge technologies, processes and systems.
  • Enhance your decision-making by solving increasingly open-ended problems.

On this course you’ll benefit from extensive resources, from computational and metrology labs to wind tunnels and rapid prototyping equipment. You’ll have the flexibility to tailor your course to your goals – choosing from a selection of modules to match your interests. Previous graduates have gone on to excel in a variety of engineering fields.

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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.

You’ll benefit from our expert team’s wealth of experience – studying a combination of technical modules and advanced aspects of mechanical engineering.

You’ll apply your knowledge and skills to real-world contexts – actively engaging in work placements, live projects, field trips, networking events and competitions. These experiences will enhance your employability, deepen your understanding of the engineering and management fields, and prepare you to thrive in a dynamic and competitive professional landscape.

You learn through:

  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Problem solving
  • Critical reflection
  • Group project work
  • Independent study
  • Assessments
  • Coursework
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Key Themes

You’ll apply theories to real-life situations, whether within your organisation or through case studies. Practical work varies across formal lab sessions that explore relevant systems, processes or materials – which you’ll critically reflect on, and report your findings. 

You’ll learn to apply modern computational methods – including finite elements modelling and analysis (FEM/FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

We’ll support and challenge you to grow as an independent learner who confidently uses  contemporary materials. You’ll address increasingly open-ended problems, using your evolving knowledge, experience and decision-making skills. The MSc project is the ultimate stage, where you're expected to work reasonably independently under your supervisor's guidance.

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment, including:  

  • Academic support to help you thrive, integrating theory and practical modelling.
  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-on-ones, webinars, and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

Applied learning

Live Projects 

You’ll be able to engage in exciting live projects throughout the course. These projects allow you to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios, working on design challenges and problem-solving tasks. 

Collaborating with industry partners, you’ll gain practical experience in managing projects, working in interdisciplinary teams and delivering innovative solutions. These are great opportunities to develop your creativity alongside a holistic understanding of the engineering and management field.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll have various opportunities to connect with professionals and experts in the mechanical engineering field. 

You’ll have access to guest lectures, industry conferences, workshops and alumni events – chances to interact with leading practitioners, researchers and thought leaders. Here you can expand your professional network, gain industry insights and explore potential career paths.

Field Trips

We offer field trips to engineering facilities in and around Sheffield. These enhance your appreciation of mechanical engineering used in organisations and manufacturing settings, as well as introducing you to real-world working environments. 


Competitions are excellent ways to apply your skills, demonstrate your capabilities and gain recognition.  You may be able to enter engineering and management competitions at regional, national and even international levels, such as SHU Racing. 

These competitions challenge you to solve complex problems, showcase your innovative thinking and collaborate effectively within a team. You’ll also gain confidence and engage with industry professionals and potential employers.

Future careers

A primary motivation for Master’s level study is enhancing your employability by achieving higher-level technical knowledge and personal skills. These employability-related skills and competencies are explicitly referred to in the Engineering Council UK spec – and they’re embedded in all our modules. 

You’ll have access to employability services during the year – from focused career advice to interview preparation. 

This course prepares you for a career in:  

  • Mechanical design   
  • Mechanical system/structural analysis  
  • Energy/power  
  • Renewable energy systems  
  • Manufacturing/production 
  • Research and development 
  • Postgraduate study

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll have access to the following facilities, resources and state-of-the-art laboratories:  

  • A computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing workshop 
  • Additive manufacturing  
  • Automation and robotics 
  • A design studio 
  • A modelling and simulation workshop 

You’ll also study in our Adsetts Learning Centre, gaining teaching, academic skills and library research support, plus library resources and systems. You’ll have access to the Microsoft Office suite for free via a cloud provider – on devices we provide or on your personal ones.

Entry requirements

All students

UK students

Normally one from

• an honours degree (2.2 or above) in a science or engineering subject

• suitable professional qualifications in an engineering field

• a degree in any discipline plus at least one year of relevant experience

• a diploma in a technological area plus at least three years of relevant experience

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas students

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.


• a first class BE in an relevant discipline, or a good second class BE with a strong performance in mechanical and manufacturing subjects


• a four year Bachelors degree in an relevant discipline, with an overall average of at least 80 per cent or equivalent

Other countries

• a good honours degree or equivalent in an relevant subject

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

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

Advanced Engineering Design
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Digital Engineering & Prototyping
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Engineering Simulations
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Postgraduate Placement
Credits -

Elective modules

Advanced Computational Methods In Engineering
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Artificial Intelligence Concepts And Applications
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Process Improvement Methodologies
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Robotics And Autonomous Systems
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Project And Dissertation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Research Methodology And Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course without work experience placement or £11,810 with work experience placement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course without work experience placement or £18,705 with work experience placement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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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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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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