2020 start

Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Prepare for a career in industry or research by learning the concepts and theories that make materials science and engineering possible.
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Course description

It is estimated that 70 per cent of innovations are due to an advance in materials. This course provides a solid grounding across a wide variety of materials, and aims to prepare you for a career in industry or research by teaching you the concepts and theories that make materials science and engineering possible. 

Our research-led teaching introduces you to all the latest developments. You’ll have the option to keep your course general or tailor your degree with optional modules to specialise in the area that interests you the most.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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Core modules

  • Science of Materials
  • Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • Practical, Modelling and Digital Skills
  • Heat and Materials with Application
  • Research Project in an area of your choice

Optional modules

  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering Studies
  • Functional and Structural Ceramics
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Glasses and Cements
  • Metallurgical Processing
  • Advanced Nuclear Systems
  • Deformation, Fracture and Fatigue
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Materials for Energy Applications
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part 1
  • Nanostructures and Nanostructuring


Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.


You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.


1 year-full-time

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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


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.