For anyone who has an interest in the built environment and would like to explore a career as an engineer or architect, the ‘MEng Structural Engineering and Architecture’ course at the University of Sheffield could be the perfect course for you! Intrigued? Great! Answers to some initial questions you might have below 😎 (For context, I graduated from the course in 2017 and am currently working as a Structural Engineer.)
What does MEng mean?
MEng stands for Masters of Engineering and is essentially a four year fastrack of Bachelors and Masters studies combined. The alternative would be a 3 years BEng and a 12 month long MSc (without the long summer break).
What do you mean I can work as an engineer or architect?
The degree is chartered by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This essentially means that these institutions have reviewed the course contents and can vouch that it meets their academic requirements. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What are the modules like?
The modules are split 50:50 between engineering and architecture. Engineering modules range from mechanics, geotechnics, materials, mathematics & computing, structural dynamics & earthquake engineering. Architectural modules range from humanities, environment & technology and of course architectural design in a studio environment.
What are the learning methods?
Depending on the year of study and module, you’ll find yourself at lecture halls, tutorials (small classes in which material from lectures and readings can be discussed in more detail), lab sessions, design studio and material workshops.
And that’s the course in a nutshell! I hope that has peaked your interest and helps in getting a bit more insight into the course (UCAS code HK21). Any other questions, just ping me a DM 😊
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