Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code F2H8
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Materials Science and Engineering Nuclear Technology Engineering

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Louise Mason, Undergraduate Student Support Officer
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 5467

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2nd materials department in the UK
The Times Good University Guide 2018

100% student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2017

100% of graduates went on to employment or further study
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2015-16

Course description

Designed in consultation with the nuclear industry, this course is fully accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

In the first two years you'll receive a thorough grounding in the science of materials. You'll learn how to tailor the structure, composition and processing of materials to meet design requirements.

All MEng courses include a guaranteed five month paid industrial placement, which may be in the UK or abroad. This is a great way of getting additional experience and improving your CV.

In the third and fourth year of the MEng degrees, you'll take part in four Industrial Training Programmes, focusing on the areas of nuclear, glass, aerospace and advanced manufacturing. For each, there are small group seminars with industry experts and engineers, academic lectures and visits to industry sites and technology centres. You'll apply
your materials science and engineering knowledge to analyse and solve a real current industrial problem.

All our students also take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses, you'll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It's designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

Modules: what you study and when


Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AA in Maths, Physics or Chemistry + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry
BTEC D*DD in Engineering + grade A in A Level Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Distinction in Further Maths also required if A Level Maths not offered
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA including two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE grade 4 or grade C or equivalent in the other listed subject, GCSE grade 6 or grade B or equivalent in Maths
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics (Materials)
Biomaterials I
Digital Skills for Materials
Introduction to Materials Properties
Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Optional modules:

Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems
Cradle to ?: Materials and the Environment
Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials
Tissue Structure and Function

Second year

Core modules:

Industrial Materials Processing
Microstructure and Thermodynamics of Materials
Deformation and Failure of Materials
Functional Materials
Heat Transfer and Diffusion
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
Mathematics II (Materials)
Structure of Solid Materials
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Making Ideas Happen
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Biomaterials II
Materials and Energy
Perspectives in Materials Research
The Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System

Third year

Core modules:

Industrial Placement: Part 1
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Engineering Alloys
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 1: Nuclear Materials
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 2: Amorphous Materials
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology
Surface Degradation and Protection

Fourth year

Core modules:

Research Project & Literature Review
Advanced Nuclear Systems
Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
Industrial Placement: Part 2
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Nuclear Reactor Engineering

Optional modules:

Design and Manufacture of Composites
Glasses and Cements
Materials for Energy Applications
Metallurgical Processing
Polymer Fibre Composite Materials
Polymer Processing

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 23%
Independent study 71%
Placement 6%

Exams/tests 55%
Coursework 40%
Practical 5%

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Diamond building

Materials is an extremely important area of technology as any physical thing that is made has to be created from materials. Frequently the properties those materials can achieve are what controls the performance. Materials Scientists understand why materials have certain properties and research new materials with better performance to help produce and use these materials in real products, large and small.

We strive to make your university experience unforgettable. From access to our cutting edge, multidisciplinary engineering laboratories to direct contact with our industrial partners, we provide a wealth of opportunities to support your skill development which will help with whatever you choose to do after graduating.

You'll learn from case studies and carry out design projects, a research project, group industrial projects and laboratory work. These projects help to develop your creativity and confidence.

Taught in our brand new engineering building, The Diamond (pictured), you'll have access to our dedicated state-of-the-art materials laboratories, as well other cutting-edge multidisciplinary engineering laboratories including a clean room and biomaterials and light structure laboratories.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering website

What our graduates do

A career in materials science and engineering can take many forms, and can take you into the technical or business area you want, in the part of the world where you want to work.

Our graduates are in demand and well paid. They work for international companies in a variety of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, construction, sports and energy. They work in areas ranging from research and development to process engineering. Employers include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Pilkington, Sheffield Forgemasters, Morgan Ceramics and Jaguar Land Rover.

Student profile

Victoria Brown, MEng graduate. Now studying for a PhD in Engineering Materials

"The course gave me a real insight into the science and engineering needed to run a power plant, and allowed me to put my passion for physics into real-life applications."

Victoria Brown ,
Graduate, now studying for a PhD in Engineering Materials

All our courses are fully accredited by the IOM3, meaning they count towards later professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng or MEng
It is possible to switch between many of our courses and between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of the second year.

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