Why study MSc Materials Science and Engineering?

Student working on the TMC machineThe Department has a long established international reputation for its research and teaching in materials science and engineering, housing high facilities for materials processing, characterisation and testing.

It has been estimated that 70% of innovations are due to an advance in materials. We aim to prepare you for a career in industry, or academia, by teaching you the concepts, theories and practical skills that make materials science and engineering possible.

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 a chemistry, physics or related engineering subject
  • English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent

Course structure

You'll receive in-depth technical knowledge and advanced expertise in your chosen materials field, develop excellent analytical and research skills as well as enhanced project planning and management capabilities and experience. 

Core modules

Taught by experts who are working at the cutting edge of materials science and technology you will study core modules, such as:

  • Science of materials
  • Materials processing and characterisation
  • Materials selection, properties and applications
  • Heat and materials
Optional modules

You will also be able to choose from a set of option modules, such as:

  • Functional and structural ceramics
  • Glasses and cements
  • Metallurgical processing
  • Design and manufacture of composites
  • Materials for energy applications
  • Nanomaterials
Research project

You will undertake 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, involving significant amounts of hands-on work practical work

Recent research projects include:

  • RE free BaTiO3 based multilayer capacitors
  • Fluoride-doped lithium titanates for possible Li battery application
  • Simulations on high entropy alloys
  • Processing and properties of electrical steels
  • Magnetocaloric materials: LaFeSi
  • Graphene quantum dots for bioimaging
  • Determining self sinking rates for nuclear waste packages in deep borehole disposal employing high temperature cementitious sealing matrices
Meet our students

Graduate Emily Trywhitt-Jones

The access to the world class manufacturing and testing facilities was thoroughly enjoyable. This allowed me to have a unique insight into additive layer manufacturing (ALM) which is at the cutting edge of current research and has been an interest to me for a long time.

Emily tyrwhitt-jones/MSC GRADUATE 2014 and ENGINEER AT BAE SYSTEMS

Academic support

Dr Biqiong ChenMeet Dr Biqiong Chen, Course Director and Senior Lecturer

Dr Chen's research centres on the scientific understanding of polymer nanocomposites and the development of high-performance polymer nanocomposites for engineering, energy and biomedical applications. Staff profile

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 Dr Biqiong Chen direct email


The Department has large industrial contracts with several industries. The skills you will gain will be of use for a range of employers as well as providing an ideal background for PhD research.

Our graduates work across the globe in a variety of roles including:

  • Materials technologist
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Field engineer
  • University lecturer
  • Research assistant

Employers include BAE Systems, Ramat Polytechnic, Schlumberger, Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College and The University of Malaya.

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.