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BEng/MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering is our core degree and is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

You can choose to study a three year BEng or four year MEng degree. It is possible to switch between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of Year 2.


The BEng course provides the quickest route to graduation and partially meets requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.          

  • UCAS code: JH51
  • Duration: 3 years

Full entry requirements


The MEng course gives you further opportunities for industrial and research experience and provides faster progression to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

  • UCAS code: J500
  • Duration: 4 years

Full entry requirements

Course overview

Course structure

Year 1 is intended to build the fundamental background knowledge required for all Materials Science and Engineering study. As such this year contains introductory courses across a broad range of key Materials topics.

Our courses introduce the chemistry of materials (how atoms arrange themselves in crystalline materials and how polymers are formed), microstructure, mechanical properties of materials and their use in structural applications, thermodynamics and energy and how these relate to materials, magnetic, electrical and optical properties, natural and replacement biomaterials, nanomaterials, the life cycle of materials and the key elements of mathematics.

As you progress you will have the option to tailor your course to suit your interests through module choices:

BEng modules

The modules provided are from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, contact us direct

 Example modules

MEng modules

The modules provided are from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, contact us direct.

Example modules

You may also find you wish to undertake modules from a different degree:

Modern language

Students talkingThis course includes either French, German, Spanish or Italian. You'll complete modules, delivered by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre, throughout the course, alongside the underlying science of materials.

Course details

Industrial management

Student writing in workbookThis course incorporates business modules from the Management School. Along with extensive study in materials science, you'll take modules including behavioural approaches to the study of organisations, and understanding a market economy.

Course details

Alternatively, if you find you're enjoying a specific area of Materials Science, you can choose to switch to one of our dedicated degrees:

BEng/MEng Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Sample preparation in the labThis course combines study of materials engineering with human anatomy, physiology and cell biology. You'll learn how to choose the best material for uses within the body, in the context of applications in both research and industry.

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BEng Materials Science and Engineering (Year in Industry)

Student working in industryYour third year will be spent on placement in industry. This experience will put your learning into context and give you a head start in the careers market. You pay a reduced fee to the University for that year and you get paid a salary.

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Materials Science and Engineering (Research)

Student using microscopeAt the end of Year 2 this course separates from the core degree. You'll then study modules developed for our PhD students and complete two individual research projects (the Year 4 project will be working in a research group) to build up practical skills with research-level equipment.

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MEng Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering

Student working in the glove boxDesigned in consultation with the nuclear industry, you'll gain an understanding of the structure of the atomic nucleus and radioactive decay processes, the nuclear fuel cycle and materials design and performance parameters for nuclear applications. 

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MEng Metallurgy

Furance and crucibleYou'll focus on the nature, properties and processing of metals and cover a range of advanced materials manufacturing techniques including additive layer manufacturing, electron beam welding and advanced machining approaches. In addition you'll complete an industrial placement in the metals industry. 

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How you'll learn

Student completing practical workAs well as lectures and tutorials, you'll learn through case studies, design projects, group industrial projects, lab work and manufacturing and plant visits. It's varied and hands-on. Alongside technical expertise, you'll develop invaluable skills in teamwork, logical reasoning, project management and problem solving.

Industrial training programme

In Year's 3 and 4, MEng students will gain a deep appreciation of 3 major industrial sectors for materials in the UK by interacting with 3 different companies, learning about their technical areas and ways of working, and carrying out a technical or research project based on their current needs.

Industrial Training Programme

Individual research project

In the final degree year, both BEng and MEng students will have the opportunity to select project areas of interest from across the research of the department, and then spend the entire academic year working on the project with one of the research groups.

Find out how you'll learn

Industry contact

Within both BEng and MEng courses, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with industry and research.


Students on the BEng degree can apply for a Summer placement via the University Careers Service as well as complete a one year placement in industry, supported by the Employability Placement Team, at the end of Year 2.

Summer placements

Year in Industry


Students on the MEng degree will complete a 5 month placement in industry and take part in 3 Industrial Training Programmes (ITP) which includes industry contact throughout Year's 3 and 4. Students completing a more research focused degree will complete a placement in one of our Research Centres.

All students will have the option to apply for a Summer placement via the University Careers Service.

5 month placement

Summer placements

What our students say

Cheuk Ying TamMost of our labs take place in The Diamond, which means that we can get our hands on the newest and advanced tools. The session I like most this year is the sand casting of aluminium. My hands were shaking when I was standing in a huge sand pit and pouring red hot molten aluminium in to a sand mould."


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Meet our alumni

Sinan Al-BermaniMy undergraduate degree provided me with the fundamental knowledge of materials science that is transferable to a wide range of manufacturing/research-based careers.


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*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 Russell Goodall, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor,