September 2019 start

Advanced Metallurgy (Distance Learning)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our online version of the full-time course offers you an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of developments in metallurgy and metallurgical engineering.
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Course description

This is a distance learning version of our long established MMet Advanced Metallurgy course. Our MMet Advanced Metallurgy course has been running since the early 1950s and has produced over 1,000 graduates, with many now working in senior positions within metallurgical companies across the globe.

To complete this distance learning course, you will need to be directly working in, or have the support of, a metals/materials related industry. This is important as your 60-credit project module will be directly related to this industry, and will require the necessary facilities to carry out the research.

We teach an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of current developments in metallurgy and metallurgical engineering.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of thermodynamics, structure and mechanical behaviour, and study more advanced topics like engineering alloys, processing, physical metallurgy, modelling and performance in service.

Many of our graduates go on to senior positions within their current employers or in the wider metallurgical community. The course also provides the ideal background for pursiuing a PhD degree in engineering materials.

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This degree programme is fully accredited by the IOM3.


Core modules

  • Science of Materials
  • Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • Materials Selection, Properties and Applications
  • Technical Skills Development
  • Metals
  • Metallurgical Processing
  • Deformation, Fracture and Fatigue
  • Heat and Materials with Application
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • Research Project


You will be taught by academic and industry experts from across the globe through a series of recorded videos and live webinars.


You'll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assessment, research reports and poster presentations. You will be required to make one visit to Sheffield at the end of the course for the examination and project presentation.


2 years, part-time

Image of Abhishek Jain MMet Metallurgy graduate from India. Now PhD researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland

I was so impressed with the work of the academics in the department that I chose to study the MMet course. In receiving the scholarship, I’m not only more secure financially but with such an honour from a world-class institution, it will help me in future career applications.

Abhishek Jain
MMet Metallurgy graduate from India, now PhD Researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject.

A significant part of the course involves completing a research project. This project will need to be done in the workplace under the day-to-day supervision of a manager. A company working in a relevant sector will need to sponsor your project. This could be your current employer or a company for which you will perform a research project.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.