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Industrial training programme (ITP)

Part of the Department's four year MEng courses, the ITP has been designed to prepare students for professional practice. 

It is an opportunity for you to enhance your underlying science and engineering knowledge further as well as develop skills in:

  • project management
  • communication
  • personal effectiveness

Students will experience the culture in industry, working closely with employers throughout their degree course as well as make contacts and become more commercially aware with the potential to secure entry onto the graduate career ladder.

Programme breakdown

In the third and fourth year of study, students will take part in two or three Industrial Training Programmes, defined by an industry partner, focusing on different areas of Materials Science and Engineering. Previously, ITPs have covered:

  • nuclear materials;
  • glass materials;
  • aerospace materials;
  • metallic materials;
  • advanced manufacturing.

Specific collaborators and projects for the ITPs are subject to change as the projects relate to real industrial problems. Previous collaborators have included Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, National Nuclear Laboratory, Superglass, and Glass Technology Services.

Spanning between eight and 12 weeks, you will work in groups to apply materials science and engineering knowledge to analyse and solve a relevant open-ended industrial problem. The Programme will include:

  • small group seminars with industry experts and engineers;
  • academic lectures;
  • site visits to industry sites and technology centres.

More about previous ITPs

Aerospace Materials

Aerospace Materials ITP logo

in partnership with Rolls-Royce

The Industrial Training Programme is representative of a large project in the aerospace industry where you have multiple companies and stakeholders in both manufacturing and engineering teams.

Professor Dave Rugg / Senior Rolls-Royce Fellow

Students tour the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre

Students tour the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre

Students tour the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre

Nuclear Materials

Nuclear Materials ITP logo

in partnership with National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

The Industrial Training Programme benefits all involved. Students get to tackle a real project from inception to completion, and we're able to equip them with the right skills and experience so, when it comes to placement and potential graduate jobs, they are at a standard where they can work freely in our laboratories.

Suzy Morgan, Technical Manager / National Nuclear Laboratory

Students presenting to NNL engineers

Suzy Morgan delivering NNL seminar

Students working on active cells at Sellafield site

Glass Materials

Glass Materials ITP logo

in partnership with Superglass

Students outside Ardagh, glass and metals producer

Students take a tour of Ardagh glass production facilities

Students take a tour of Ardagh glass production facilities