Why study MSc(Eng) Aerospace Materials?

Landing gearA fantastic time to be a specialist in aerospace materials, there are many exciting and revolutionary technologies being developed in industry with many requiring new ways of thinking about materials. 

The UK has 17% of the world’s aerospace industry, second only to the USA, and Sheffield is in the heartland of the UK aerospace industry, meaning many international aerospace companies look to the Department to discover ways to improve both materials and processes for use in their products. 

This course is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge base appropriate to the under surge of materials of construction used in the aerospace industry. 

Course breakdown

  • Duration: 1 year full time
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  • Entry requirements: a good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, chemistry 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
  • Fully accredited by the IoM3upon graduating you will have the underpinning knowledge for later professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Course structure

This course is specifically designed to give students both the breadth and depth in the fundamentals of aerospace materials and how they can be applied to industrial problems - giving you the skills of direct use to a range of employers. 

Core modules

  • Aerospace metals
  • Design and manufacture of composites
  • Science of materials
  • Materials processing and characterisation
  • Materials selection, properties and applications
  • Technical skills development
  • Heat and materials with application
  • Advanced materials manufacturing
  • Deformation, fracture and fatigue
Research project

You'll have the opportunity to base your dissertation on research projects with industrial partners.

How you'll learn

Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals and masterclasses delivered by academic and industry experts, including those from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.

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

Students will gain a hands-on experience using our outstanding experimental state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Thermomechanical processing
  • Rapid solidification and additive manufacturing
  • Surface engineering facilities for the deposition of both functional and structural coatings

All of this is supported extensively through characterisation and world-leading microstructural facilities.

Meet our students

Live the life of a Sheffield Engineer: watch Maria as she talks about her time as an Aerospace Materials student.

Funding your studies: we recognise that studying overseas is a major undertaking, both personally and financially. We aim to support international students, who require financial assistance, with scholarships. Here Abi share her experience of applying for funding.

MSc(Eng) Aerospace Materials student Abirami Priyadarshini Babu

Being an international student, applying for the India Merit Scholarship was a sound decision in managing the monetary problems of doing a masters abroad. It covers 50% of the tuition fee, a huge saving, and also fuelled my confidence in pursuing the course at the fullest. More than the amount of confidence, the dignity and reputation of being a scholarship student was a pretty satisfactory accomplishment.


Find out more about fees and funding

Academic support

Meet Professor Eric Palmiere, Course Director and Professor of Metallurgy

Our network of world leading academics, at the cutting edge of their research, inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

You'll receive support throughout your course, plus a dedicated Supervisor for your research project.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Course Director Professor Palmiere direct email


Tensile testingOur graduates are working across manufacturing, research and development, technology and construction, and higher education sectors in such roles as:

  • Materials and processes engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Program designer
  • Postdoctoral research

Employers include Astrium, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, Suzhong Zhongmenzi Technology.

Take a look at where our alumni are now working.  Meet our alumni

Once you've made your decision and are ready to apply, follow our step by step guide. Apply now

*The content of individual lecture courses and modules is continually reviewed and updated. For more detail on the specific syllabus, course structure and specific content of modules, please contact Dr Joel Foreman, Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor, j.foreman@sheffield.ac.uk.