Why study MMet Advanced Metallurgy?

Metal castingFirst established in the early 1950's, the MMet course has produced over 1000 graduates, with many now working in senior positions within metallurgical companies across the globe.

We are very proud of the rich history of this programme, and are continually updating the course to ensure that metallurgy at Sheffield maintains its position as one of the pre-eminent courses in the world for young scientists and engineers to develop and enhance their metallurgical understanding.

Course breakdown

  • Duration: 1 year full time
  • Fees: It's important to find out how much the fees are for your course and get advice on funding your studies. We recommend using the University's fee lookup tool
  • 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
Core modules
  • Metals
  • Metallurgical processing
  • 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 in an area of your choice
Research project

You'll be expected to complete a research project in a metallurgical area related to either the automotive, aerospace, construction, transportation, energy or nuclear sectors.

Recent completed projects include:

  • Constitutive behaviour of austenite during high temperature deformation
  • Effects of interpass time and annealing on recrystallisation behaviour of an Fe-3si steel
  • Friction stir welding of Ti alloys
  • The metallurgy of TRIP steels
  • Influence of processing parameters on the evolution of microalloyed austenite
  • Influence of nanocrystallites on the plasticity of cu-based bulk alloy glasses
  • Grain coarsening behavior under Isothermal and isochronal conditions for the Ni-based alloy 625
How you'll learn

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.

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.

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


The course prepares you for a career in the metals processing industry, where you will acquire a set of specific skills of direct use to a range of employers.

It also provides the ideal background for the subsequent pursuit of PhD degrees in Engineering Materials.

Graduates are working in such roles as:

  • Inspection and corrosion engineer
  • Materials development engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Product development engineer
  • PhD research

Employers include the global metallurgical industries from those which are primary producers through to end-users.

Alumnus Mueed Jamal

My advice to students is to start building skills for your CV and develop a good relationship with your supervisor as they can offer lots of support, I was able to achieve several interviews before graduating.


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.