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BEng (Honours) Materials Engineering

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

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS J51C Course code

Course description

Materials engineering influences our lives each time we use any device, machine or structure.

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to tackle engineering challenges such as developing • more energy efficient and environmentally friendly machines and structures • more efficient engines • new materials for extreme environments (high temperature, corrosive, radiation and space applications) • lighter civil engineering and aircraft structures • new energy materials (solar, wind, wave and nuclear) to tackle global warming • stronger, tougher, lighter and more durable medical implants.

What you study
Learn about the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials used in industry, including the development of new or improved materials and advanced processing methods.

Then gain a practical understanding of the critical links between the design, development and realisation of new products, processes and structures through testing and analysis in the lab. All of your studies are based around our excellent materials testing and analysis facilities.

Key areas include
• materials and manufacturing engineering
• engineering science and professional practice
• materials science, testing, analysis and microstructural engineering
• materials failure investigation, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), fracture and degradation
• chemical, thermodynamic and mechanical properties of materials
• metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and smart materials
• management, business, societal and environmental aspects of materials

Employability
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.

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.

Our links and partnerships include major organisations such as • Rolls-Royce • Tata Steel • Network Rail • Siemens • BAE Systems • AMEC and many others.

Placements and work experience
In year three, you have the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the lab with a one-year paid work placement in industry.

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.

Expertise
Alongside their teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry, in our Materials and Engineering Research Institute, 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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council 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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics to at least AS level. We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics) We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics to at least AS level. We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics) We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• materials and manufacturing engineering • materials science • electro-mechanical engineering practice • applied engineering mathematics • mechanical engineering design and CAD • principles of solid mechanics and dynamics

Year two modules

• engineering metallurgy • chemical and thermodynamic properties of materials • maths for materials and design • professional practice • failure investigation with materials and process selection • engineering ceramics and polymers

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year modules

• project and project management • fracture, degradation and evaluation • microstructural engineering of materials • composite materials • materials processing and manufacture

Assessment
  • coursework
  • examinations
  • group, self and peer assessment
  • presentations
  • project work
  • case studies

Employability

Materials engineers are employed in a variety of roles, from steel production to the automobile and aerospace industries. Materials engineers are in demand due to a shortage of new graduates. As a result there are excellent opportunities for your career development and progression.

You can find employment in • energy industries including oil, nuclear, wind, wave and solar • aerospace industries • electronics industries • defence • advanced manufacturing.

There are also opportunities in materials processing and production involving metals, polymers, composites and ceramics. You may wish to pursue a career in • manufacturing process management and quality control • quality assurance • research and development • design • technical liaison.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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