MSc Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our one year postgraduate taught courses provide an innovative programme of study in which students are challenged to achieve their best; developing specialist skills and knowledge sought after by employers, as well as establishing an ideal background for PhD research.

Studying at the University of Sheffield has definitely moulded me to become a better individual as well as a team mate. The knowledge and skills I have learnt have enabled me to secure a good job, and allowed me to grasp the concept of my new job responsibilities within a shorter time frame.

Alumni Jasmin Wong, Project Engineer at Plazology Limited

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

MSc Materials Science and Engineering student

Modules

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

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory classes

Assessment

  • Formal exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

Course duration

1 year full-time

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

It is estimated 70 per cent of innovations are due to an advance in materials. This course provides a solid grounding in all types of man-made materials, and aims to prepare you for a career in industry by teaching you the concepts and theories that make materials science and engineering possible.

Our research-led teaching introduces you to all the latest developments, and you’ll have the option to specialise in the area that interests you the most.

MSc Materials Science and Engineering student

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

Examples of optional modules

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

Teaching and assessment

Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, 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

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

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Any questions?

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

Andrew Keating
E: a.keating@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5941

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.