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Polymers and Composites

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

We bring together expertise from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry to teach you advanced topics on polymer and composite science and engineering.
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Course description

Due to high demand, we are currently only offering places on this course to a limited number of high-quality applicants, who exceed our usual entry requirements.

Polymers and polymer composites are increasingly important in our everyday life and can be found all around us. Recent advances include biodegradable plastics, 3D printing, plastic electronics, high-performance aerospace applications and many more.

Bringing together expertise from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, and further supported by the Polymer Centre, the UK’s largest single-university academic network in the field of polymers, this course will provide you with a thorough understanding of advanced topics on polymer and composite science and engineering.

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Fully accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), graduates will have the underpinning knowledge for later professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Core modules

  • Fundamental Polymer Chemistry
  • Polymer Characterisation and Analysis
  • Polymer Laboratory
  • The Physics of Polymers
  • Polymer Materials Science and Engineering
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Polymer Processing
  • Composite Materials and Micromechanics
  • Research Project in an area of your choice


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

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I came from Mexico to study my masters degree at the University of Sheffield because it has one of the best materials science departments in the UK. As the University is a member of the Russell Group, I also knew that employers everywhere in the world would recognise the quality of my degree.

Jorge Luis Vazquez Olavarrieta
MSc (Eng) Polymers and Polymer Composites Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject. Some background in polymers or composites is desired.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score 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.