Taught course

Mechanical Engineering

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science

Entry requirements

Typically you need a minimum of 2:2 honours degree in a relevant science or technology subject, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, design technology or sports technology. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

About this course

This is a conversion course for computing, science and technology graduates who want to qualify to work as an mechanical engineer – a globally recognised profession with a shortage of qualified practitioners in the UK.

A rewarding career

Engineers apply scientific and technological principles to solve problems in a creative way. It’s a well-paid and rewarding career that is constantly changing with new developments in technology. And with a shortage of mechanical engineers in the UK, your skills will be in demand.

What you study

You can follow your interests to create the right programme of study for you. Initially, you take two modules in engineering principles. Then, with guidance from your course leader, you select from a range of technical modules covering a broad range of topics in mechanical design and analysis.

In addition to your technical modules, you also take an engineering management subject and participate in a multidisciplinary product development project with MSc students from a range of engineering specialisms. You develop an understanding of how engineering projects work and how they relate to the commercial world, as well as becoming part of our engineering community and learning to think like an engineer.

One third of your study will be an individual project and dissertation. You specialise in a technical area of your interest and choosing and carry out your own in-depth investigation into a particular problem. Where possible, this will be an industry-related problem.


Many of our academic staff are actively involved in research. Examples of recent projects include • developing materials to improve insulation and temperature control in pipelines and refineries • developing ultra-light solar and electric powered vehicles.

For further details about this course please visit our online prospectus.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Key facts

  • Tuition fees vary depending on the course you choose.
  • The government is introducing a new system of postgraduate loans for the academic year 2016/17 - you could receive up to £10,000.
  • You will receive a progression scholarship if you have graduated with us in the past three years.
  • Our financial support team can offer plenty of advice on finance.
  • The average salary for a Hallam postgraduate is almost £13,000 more than those with a first-class undergraduate degree.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, so your tuition fees contribute to the investments we continue to make for your student experience, from teaching spaces and study resources to relaxing cafes and sports facilities.

Our progression scholarship

You could qualify for a discount of up to 25% towards your postgraduate course fees if you have studied with us before.

You are eligible for the 25% scholarship if you started your undergraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam in the first year (level 4) and completed your degree in the past three years. This does not include research courses.

Eligibility for the 10% progression scholarship varies depending on whether you wish to study a taught postgraduate course or undertake postgraduate research.

10% postgraduate progression scholarship

You are eligible for the 10% progression scholarship if you started your undergraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam in the second (level 5) or final year (level 6) or you completed a degree in the last four years or more.

10% postgraduate research progression scholarship

You are eligible for the postgraduate research progression scholarship of 10% if you are a home/EU student who has completed an undergraduate degree or full masters degree course (MA/MSc/MBA) with us in the past three years.

The scholarship applies to:

  • UK/EU graduates for all non-regulated full and part-time postgraduate courses (i.e. not Department of Health funded or PGCE programmes).
  • International graduates - all full-time taught postgraduate courses.

The scholarship will not be awarded if:

  • you have completed a foundation degree or HND programme with us;
  • you receive a scholarship or bursary towards your study;
  • your fee is already discounted by another arrangement, i.e. a corporate contract;
  • you enrol for one module only, as this is not a complete course;
  • you are undertaking your second course at the same level (either postgraduate taught or research) and you received a progression scholarship for the first course.

Please note the progression scholarship will be applied at the point of application and confirmed in the offer letter you receive from the University.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12-18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33

Course contact details

Sara Mountney
01142 256895