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Sheffield Hallam University

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H301
Master of Engineering - MEng years full-time, sandwich 2018
Master of Engineering - MEng years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
70% LOW
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

from a relevant subject such as Engineering or Mathematics

UCAS tariff points

Achieved from 128 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics and least one other science subject such as physics or chemistry). We accept AS levels. We do not accept general studies. Or 112 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics and least one other science subject such as physics or chemistry). We do not accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

You develop the specialist knowledge and skills to analyse and solve mechanical engineering problems and to design creative and innovative products and devices using modern technology. We also introduce you to the business and economic world where many engineers work. A structured programme of study provides you with the knowledge and skills to undertake tasks of increasing complexity culminating in a unique, individual project in the third year of study developed and specified by you; this adds an individual aspect to your degree qualification that reflects your particular interests. The fourth year of study includes a major group project which incorporates a wide range of the technical skills acquired during your studies along with an important managerial aspect that is one of the defining features of engineering masters level study. Key areas include • engineering materials and manufacturing processes • computer-aided design and manufacture • fracture mechanics • computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer • finite element analysis • dynamics and control. At the end of your first year, you may have the option to transfer to the MEng Food Engineering in which you can specialise in engineering processes for the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink. The course includes guaranteed opportunities for paid placements in the food and drink industry and blends engineering disciplines with an understanding of food and food science. Practical projects This is a practical course which gives you plenty of opportunities to practise your engineering skills. You take site visits to workplaces such as car factories, wind farms and power stations. You also take part in national and international engineering competitions, including • Engineers Without Borders, a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world • Formula Student, where you design and build a race car and race it at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix • The Heavy Lift Challenge, which involves designing and building a remote-controlled aircraft Placements and work experience Most of our students choose to take a paid work placement in their third year. Our dedicated placement unit help you find and secure the right position and you can earn up to £20,000. This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer. Previous students have taken industrial placements at companies such as • McLaren Racing Limited • Bosch Thermotechnology • Rolls-Royce • BMW • EDF Energy • Agusta Westland • Pirelli Tyres Limited • Cummins Turbo Technologies • Airbus UK • Lockheed Martin. There are also opportunities to study abroad – we have exchange programmes with Osnabrück University in Germany and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Facilities During this course, you use all of the industry standard tools and equipment needed to ensure that you’re ready for industry. You have access to a wide range of hardware and equipment, including computer-aided design (CAD) software such as SolidWorks, and analysis software such as Fluent, Abacus and Matlab. Other specialist facilities include • wind tunnels • 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 Professional recognition Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.


**Year one modules** • principles of solid mechanics and dynamics • principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics • electro-mechanical engineering practice • applied engineering mathematics • engineering materials and manufacturing processes • mechanical engineering design and CAD **Year two modules** • applied solid mechanics and dynamics • applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics • engineering design applications • maths and control • mechatronics • professional practice **Year three** • optional work placement **Year three/four modules** (For students not taking the optional work placement this will be year three) • project and project management • structural mechanics and finite element analysis • further thermodynamics and fluid mechanics • design evaluation methodology • systems engineering **Final year modules** • advanced computational fluid dynamics • advanced finite element analysis • industrial automation • group project • lean operations and six sigma • plus a range of elective modules

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 78%
Student score 70% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
7% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
25% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
305 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.
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