MSc(Eng) Polymers and Polymer Composite 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.

I chose Sheffield because it is a world-renowned, beautiful university. I find polymers and materials science really interesting and the course provides me with a lot of professional knowledge and experience for research.

Li Liu, MSc(Eng) Polymers and Polymer Composite Science and Engineering

About the course

Course description 2017

Polymers and polymer composites are increasingly important in our everyday life and can be found everywhere around us.

At the same time, more and more high performance speciality polymers and polymer nanocomposites have been developed for advanced engineering, plastic electronics, and biomedical applications.

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.

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in the areas of polymer and composite synthesis, manufacture, characterisation and testing.

The course is taught through lectures, tutorials, seminars and a dedicated laboratory-based practical module. Through group work and individual oral and written presentations you’ll develop a set of skills that will give you a solid foundation for the rest of your career.

Polymers: Li Liu


There may be some changes to these modules before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department.

  • Fundamental Polymer Chemistry
  • Polymer Laboratory Course
  • Polymer Fibre Composite Materials (includes Nanocomposites)
  • The Physics of Polymers
  • Biopolymers and Biomaterials
  • Polymer Characterisation and Analysis
  • Polymer Materials Science and Engineering (includes Smart Polymers)
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Research Project

Equipment and facilities

Our dedicated polymer and polymer composite processing laboratory includes: twin screw extruder for making thermoplastic polymer blends and particulate composites, injection moulder and hot press for sample manufacture, wet resin processing facility for processing thermosets from monomers into test samples, autoclave for high pressure curing of composites, electric cure of composites and an impact and self-sensing facility.

Testing includes: mechanical (for example dynamic mechanical analysis), thermal (for example differential scanning calorimetry) and spectroscopic (for example infra red), and many more facilities.

The department also houses purpose-designed laboratories for synthesis and characterisation of polymers, nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposites.

Your career

You’ll receive training in professional research methods and acquire skills of direct use to a range of employers in industry as well as PhD research roles in the Polymer Centre.
Graduate roles include:

  • Senior Engineer at 3M Group
  • Global Category Manager at Akzo Nobel
  • PhD research student at Swinburne University
  • Chemical Regulatory Specialist at Chemical and Regulatory Service
  • Senior Researcher at Unilever

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, chemistry, physics or a related engineering 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
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.