MSc Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Explore the challenges faced by industry in your chosen area of expertise. Employers around the world know we take talented students and push them to achieve their best.

This is one of the largest, best equipped materials departments in the UK. Our teaching is supported by internationally recognised research from our eight interdisciplinary centres.

We use science to solve problems. We understand how research is applied. Our work with some of the biggest names in industry brings an extra dimension to our masters courses.

About the course

This course prepares you for a career in the industry by teaching you the concepts and theories that make materials science and engineering possible. It is taught by experts who are working at the cutting edge of materials science and technology.

The course will give you in-depth technical knowledge and advanced expertise in your chosen materials field. You’ll develop analytical and research skills and gain experience in project planning and management.

You'll carry out a research project, which may be experimentally, theoretically or industrially based:

  • Industrially-based research, suggested by an industrial organisation, may involve close co-operation with that organisation.
  • An experimental or theoretical-based research project will be with one of our world-leading research groups, and involve significant amounts of hands-on work practical work.


There may be some changes to these modules before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department.

Core modules

  • Science of Materials
  • Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • Materials Selection, Properties and Applications
  • Technical Skills Development
  • Heat and Materials
  • Research project in an area of your choice

Optional modules

  • Functional and Structural Ceramics
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Materials for Energy Applications
  • Metals Processing Case Studies
  • Glasses and Cements
  • Metallurgical Processing
  • Nanomaterials


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory classes


  • Formal exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Momin Saeed Shah, postgraduate student in the department of Materials Science

The Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Sheffield is one of the best research institutes for engineering materials. I'm inspired by the research work the University has done in this area over the past few years.

Momin Saeed Shah, postgraduate student in Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in chemistry, physics or a related engineering subject from an approved institution.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Equipment and facilities

Split across four sites, we have outstanding facilities at our disposal including: tools and production facilities for materials processing, fabrication and testing; wet chemical processing for ceramics and polymers; rapid solidification and water atomisation for nanoscale metallic materials; extensive facilities for deposition of functional and structural coatings; thermomechanical compression and arbitrary strain path equipment for simulation of hot deformation.

Specialist laboratories include: cell and tissue culture; facilities for measuring electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties; characterisation facilities with an array of state-of-the-art microscopy and analysis equipment and techniques; computer cluster for modelling from the atomistic through nano and mesoscopic to the macroscopic.

Your career

Our graduates are in demand all over the world, with some now leaders in their chosen fields. The skills you gain from this course will be valued by a range of employers and will provide an ideal background for PhD research. You could become, for example, a researcher, materials process engineer, field engineer or research assistant.

Learn from experts

Our teaching is supported by our internationally recognised research. Our reputation is built on a strong collaborative ethos, bringing together experimental, theoretical and modelling methodologies to solve problems. We're a member of eight interdisciplinary research centres within the University and we have strong links with industry.

Your projects will be based on our own original research. Enthusiastic and supportive staff will take you through the latest theories and discoveries in the field. You'll be challenged and stretched as we encourage you to exploit opportunities for innovation across the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

Our six research themes describe what we do: biomaterials and tissue engineering; nuclear engineering; nanomaterials and nanoengineering; functional materials and devices; advanced structural materials; multiscale materials modelling.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Andrew Keating
T: +44 (0)114 222 5941