MSc Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our one-year postgraduate taught courses provide an innovative programme of study in which students are challenged to achieve their best; developing specialist skills and knowledge sought after by employers, as well as establishing an ideal background for PhD research.

The access to world-class manufacturing and testing facilities allowed me to have a unique insight into additive layer manufacturing (ALM), which is at the cutting edge of current research.

Emily Tyrwhitt-Jones, graduate engineer at Bae Systems

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

It is estimated 70% of innovations are due to an advance in materials. This course provides a solid grounding in all types 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. Specialist modules include ceramic science and advanced solid state chemistry.

MSc Materials Science and Engineering student

Core modules

  • Science of Materials
  • Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • Practical, Modelling and Digital Skills
  • Research project in an area of your choice

Examples of optional modules

  • Functional and Structural Ceramics
  • Glasses and Cements
  • Metallurgical Processing
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Materials for Energy Applications
  • Metals Processing Case Studies
  • Nanostructures and Nanostructuring

Teaching and assessment

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

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

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A good honours degree in an engineering or physical sciences subject from an approved institution.

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

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Andrew Keating
E: a.keating@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5941

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