MSc(Eng) Advanced Materials Manufacturing

You don't need to have studied Engineering to begin a career as a professional engineer.

Companies (many of whom are world leaders) specialising in advanced manufacturing of high value materials, which are vital across all sectors including transport, energy, healthcare, food production, and construction, require well qualified specialists with the equivalent skill set of an MEng Materials Science and Engineering graduate.

We recognise graduates from physics, chemistry and other related disciplines have transferable skills and experience which are of direct interest to industry.

This course has been designed to allow you to utilise those skills to develop new ones, and transition to a career in engineering.

Do you have a chemistry background with skills in:

  • solid state chemistry, crystallography and polymer synthesis
  • data analysis and problem-solving

You could be designing new processes for producing specialist materials for the nuclear industry.

Do you have a physics background with skills in:

  • solid state physics and properties of matter
  • problem-solving and theoretical analysis

You could be developing new materials for aerospace to create, faster more efficient air travel.

Do you work in industry but want a change, and have skills in: 

  • practical applications of engineering science
  • critical thinking and problem-solving

You could be leading a complementary novel materials manufacturing technique.

The journey of a physics undergraduate: meet alumnus Mehul Chavda

Mehul completed an undergraduate degree in physics before deciding to move into a career in engineering. He completed an MSc in Materials Science before continuing further research with our NucleUS Immobilisation Laboratory. He now works as a Research Analyst at Morgan Advanced Materials. 

Find out more about Mehul's career journey via Materials World

How will we support your transition to engineering?

From the moment you apply to this course, you will receive ongoing support to ensure you transfer your existing skills and experience into an engineering context.  

Alongside technical expertise, you'll develop invaluable skills in teamwork, logical reasoning, project management and problem solving in the form of tutorials, lectures and seminars, as well as online resources such as virtual experiments, and self assessment tests.

Taught modules

Students on the course will take 95 credits of core taught modules:

  • Metallurgical processing
  • Advanced materials manufacturing
  • Deformation, fracture and fatigue
  • Introduction to materials modelling
  • Technical skills development
  • Heat and materials with application

Industrial Training Programme (ITP)

You’ll have the choice of one of our innovative Industrial Training Programmes (ITP) which provides direct contact with CEOs and Managing Directors from industry.

Working in a group, you will apply your materials science and engineering knowledge and personal skills base to analyse and solve an open-ended industrial problem, set by an industrial partner. You’ll be pro-active in collaborating with their professional engineers to tackle the problem, and will attend industrial seminars and academic lectures as well complete project planning, progress reporting, and a presentation; developing the attributes that mark you out as a future leader: adaptability, creativity and an entrepreneurial outlook.

Not only has the ITP given me a greater understanding of real world engineering, being able to apply taught knowledge to current industrial problems gives my studies a greater importance. It has given a real insight into the way in which projects run in industry, and the complications of bringing together individuals from different departments and companies around the country.


Industrial Training Programme

Optional taught modules

You'll complete a further 25 credits of taught material focussed specifically towards either Aerospace Materials or Advanced Metals, which will equip you with all the technical skills and personal qualities necessary for a high-level career in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Advanced metals


Students following the metals route will gain knowledge of the fundamental physical metallurgy of aluminium alloys, titanium alloys, carbon steels and advanced steels. As well as an understanding of the effect of alloying and its implications for the processing, microstructure and performance of structural pipeline steels, and large scale forgings.

Science of materials

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of bonding, structure, defects, phase transformations and applications of metals, polymers and inorganic solids; significant insight into the mechanical properties and strength of materials as well as a sound grounding in the construction and application of equilibrium phase diagrams to materials science.

Aerospace materials

Design and manufacture of composites

Students following the aerospace route will develop an understanding of both the design and manufacture of composite materials; classical laminate theory is introduced followed by both hand and computer based calculations to design effective composite materials; materials and manufacturing techniques are described, along with important practical issues such as repair, defects, testing and SMART materials.

Metallurgical processing

Students will receive an introduction to the processes and technologies involved in the production of steel, aluminium, and titanium. Followed by insight into the operation and capabilities of thermomechanical processing techniques, and the underlying engineering principles of plastic forming with focus on some of the main metallic production techniques such as extrusion, rolling and wire drawing.

Original research

All students then undertake a piece of original research, worth 60 credits, which will be focussed on advanced materials.

Alumni support

You'll also have the opportunity to network and tap into the experience of someone doing the type of work you're interested in via our e-mentoring and speed networking activities.

Careers e-Mentoring scheme

e-MentoringA e-mentor can be a great sounding board for your ideas, and help you to stand out from the crowd when you do move into the jobs market. You'll communicate via email and/or Skype, with typically one exchange per week for 7-10 weeks.

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Departmental Alumni speed networking

Speed NetworkingTo help you to prepare for employment, we hold an alumni speed networking event in the first semester where you can meet with alumni to ask career questions and gain insight into the professional world. 

Take a look at our previous event

Is this course right for you? 

If you have a good first degree in a physical science subject (e.g. chemistry, physics or an allied discipline) our course will support you in building upon your existing academic and industry experience to prepare you for a career in engineering.

English language requirements
Students whose first language is not English are required to take a suitable test, e.g. IELTS minimum score 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

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Upon graduating you’ll be equipped to progress rapidly to a position of responsibility and provide technical, managerial, and entrepreneurial leadership, making you very attractive to employers across many sectors.

Prospective employers include: Rolls Royce; Sheffield Forgemasters; GKN Aerospace; Alcoa Forgings; NNL

Roles include: Materials technologist; Manufacturing engineer; Production engineer; Quality engineer; Research engineer.

Sinan Al-BermaniTake a look at where our alumni are now working.

Meet our alumni

Dr Martin JacksonMeet your Course Director

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Course Director Dr Martin Jackson