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Sheffield Hallam University

Materials Engineering

UCAS Code: J51C

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 in a relevant subject

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and English grade C or grade 4 or above. GCSE Equivalencies are accepted.

UCAS Tariff


80 UCAS points, including at least 56 points from two A levels, one of which must be 32 points in Maths, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BEng Materials Engineering with Foundation Year.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019


Materials engineering

Gain an understanding of the processing technology by which engineering materials can be manufactured, shaped, fabricated and joined to produce useful products.
Develop an understanding of the constitution, structure and properties of modern metallic, polymeric, composite and ceramic engineering materials.
Tackle engineering challenges such as increasing energy efficiency, developing lighter civil engineering and aircraft structures, using new materials to tackle global warming, and creating stronger, tougher, lighter and more durable medical implants.
The course teaches you about the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials used in industry, including the development of new or improved materials and advanced processing methods.

You experience and engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course. We have designed a balanced mix of activities to enable knowledge acquisition, ensure understanding and develop you as a professional materials engineer and enhance your employability.

You learn through:

- lectures

- tutorials

- seminars

- laboratory sessions

- All of these activities are supported by the provision of online learning resources, including interactive models, and high quality laboratories and learning spaces.

**Applied learning
Work placements**

In addition to study, full-time students are encouraged and supported in applying for a paid placement year that will be undertaken between year two and three.

An engineering placement offers a wealth of work, course, skill, personal and employability related benefits. On placement you are supported by the Placements and Employability Team and are allocated a Visiting Tutor who will normally visit you at your place of work.

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.

Applied engineering projectsAlongside their teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry in our Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), 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.

**Networking opportunities**

There are opportunities to get involved with a number of student engineering societies, available to all engineering students at all levels of study. Many students on this course are part of our Materials Society.

We also encourage you to become a member of a professional body, such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3). The IOM3 can help with career planning, building of engineering knowledge, and have a wealth of resources including scholarships and awards.

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.


We encourage you to take part in national engineering competitions such as Formula Student and the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.


**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 methods

• Coursework
• Examinations
• Group, Self and Peer assessment
• Presentations
• Project work
• Case studies

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Materials technology

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
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2:1 or above
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Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Materials technology

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Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a group of very specialised materials technology subjects, including furniture technology, engineering materials and gemmology - bear this in mind when you review the stats, as the employment prospects for each don't necessarily have much in common. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

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