MEng Materials with Nuclear Engineering - UCAS: J5H8 - 4 Years

Course Information

Course Structure

The undergraduate degree courses in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial contain a strong core of applied Physics and Chemistry. Teaching focuses on applied science, with a grounding in theory and a great emphasis on practical work. You’ll be expected to take part in challenging experiments with advanced equipment. The degree deals with the fundamentals of matter, both its structure and its properties. You’ll learn how to manipulate existing materials and how to develop new and improved ones. You will also study engineering and business skills to help you take the first steps into industry.

In your first two years you’ll study a range of core topics, including business studies, through lectures, feedback sessions, classwork, seminars, case studies and lab work. Tutorials will be given by staff members who are experts in particular fields and you’ll be encouraged to take part in informal technical discussions, and to integrate subjects from different lecture courses.

With an MEng you’ll benefit from an integrated Master’s programme in Engineering with a longer and enhanced term of study than on a BEng. You’ll develop your skills and work on broader and more involved individual and group projects. The MEng can lead to Chartered Engineer status, a qualification that will help you stand out in the job market. As an MEng student you will have to do a work placement over the summer period, lasting from 12 to 16 weeks. As we have strong links with organisations in Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and East Asia you can even choose to go abroad.

departmental provision

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Laboratory equipment (books and materials) Mandatory Provided
Laptop computer Mandatory £100 (refundable)
Personal Protective Equipment (goggles and lab coat) Mandatory Provided
Software (specific programs required for coursework) Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more details on the costs listed in the table

Laboratory equipment

You are provided with laboratory books and materials (such as experiment samples) for your practical classes.

Laptop computer

You will need a laptop for some classes and coursework. The laptop must meet a minimum specification. For the 2017–18 academic year this was:

  • Windows 10 capable
  • Intel i5/i7 6th/7th generation processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD HDD

The Department of Materials has a number of laptops available for loan for the duration of your course. A deposit of £100 is required, refundable when you return the laptop at the end of your course. You will have the chance to indicate whether you wish to take part in the laptop loan scheme when contacted by the Department in the September before you start your course.

If you choose to borrow a laptop, you will be sent an invoice for the deposit amount which is payable online before the start of term. A variety of payment methods are available.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, the Department of Materials will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge to ensure you can undertake lab work safely. This includes:

  • Goggles
  • Lab coat


You are provided free computer software, which is required to complete coursework, including:

  • Office 365
  • Solid Works


Course handbooks and Specifications

IOM3 accreditation

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for 2018/19
Standard Offer:
A* A A to A* A* A

Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Scottish Advanced Highers:

AAA in Maths, Physics and Chemistry

38 points overall with 6 at Higher Level in all of
Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

US Advanced Placement (AP):

Our minimum requirement grades 5, 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 Chemistry
  • 5 Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) and 5 Physics C (Mechanics)
SATs or ACT standardised tests are not required
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We also require an English qualification, for example:

  • at least a B grade at GCSE
  • or 6.5 at IELTS
  • or 5 out of 7 at subsidiary level IB.

For more information about standard English language requirements

Modules and placement

First and Second year

In the first two years of any degree with us you will cover all the fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering through a series of core modules. These core modules are essential in giving you a broad understanding of Materials Science and Engineering (about both the physical and application aspects). They will open as many opportunities as possible for you to choose from a range options in the third and fourth years of your degree. These modules also include business elements.

Core modules
First YearSecond Year
Materials Chemistry and Biology Electronic Properties of Materials
Materials Engineering Materials Chemistry and Polymer Sciences
Materials Physics Materials Engineering II
Mathematics and Computing Mathematics and Computing
Mechanical Behaviour Mechanical Behaviour
Microstructure and Properties of Materials Microstructure
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Third year

Core and optional modules

CoreOptions - Choose 3Placement
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering Biomaterials* Compulsory 12-16 weeks work placement from late May or early June until the end of September
Integrated Materials Engineering : including Engineer in industry, Design Study, Managerial Economics, Comprehensive Paper and Literature Review Ceramics and Glasses  
Materials Characterisation Electronic Structures and Opto Electronic Properties  
Nuclear Chemical Engineering Engineering Alloys  
  Materials Modelling  
  Nanomaterials I  
  Polymers and Composites  
  Surfaces and Interfaces  
  Business for Professional Engineers or Scientists, or Imperial Horizons  
Core and optional modules

* Prerequisite for 'Advanced Biomaterials' in Year 4

Fourth year

Core and optional modules

Core:Options - choose  2 
Nuclear Materials I and/or Nuclear Materials II Nuclear Materials I Compulsory Work Placement Report
Nuclear Reactor Physics Nuclear Materials II Compulsory Research project
Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics Advanced Biomaterials*  
Strategic Management Advanced Structural Ceramics  
  Advanced Tissue Engineering  
  Inter-Departmental Exchange (IDX)  
  Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory  

*Year 3 'Biomaterials' is a prerequisite

Third Year Work Placement

An important part of the MEng Course is the work placement, which may be either in the UK or abroad. The placement will give you a greater understanding of the relevance of your academic studies and experience of a working environment. Placement projects vary greatly;  you may become involved in the day-to-day running of a production facility, or work in the marketing division of a firm or even a museum.

MEng work placements last approximately 12-16 weeks from late May or early June until the end of September. At the end of the placement you are required to write a marked report on your project

Fourth Year Research Project

The Research Project is probably the most important and enjoyable single piece of work that you will do in the course. You will have been allocated a project at the end of Year 3.
Each project will have one supervisor (occasionally, projects may also have a second supervisor) and one assessor.


Ceres scholarship

ValueAvailableRequirementsHow to apply
 £5,000 /year  1

Exceed the standard entry requirements for Materials courses at Imperial, and excel at the admission interview. You will also need demonstrate an interest in the areas of Energy.

To continue with the scholarship into years 3 and 4 you will need a 1st average in each of the previous two years, and to choose energy related modules. The scholar will also be considered for summer placements at Ceres Power. 

To be eligible for these scholarships, UCAS applications must be submitted 15th October. Note that there is no need to apply separately for these scholarships, as all applications submitted to UCAS by the deadline will
be automatically considered.

Applicants to the Ceres scholarship will be selected through a second interview with one of our Admissions tutors.
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About Ceres Power

Ceres Power is a world leading alternative energy company based in the UK. They are a leading fuel cell business, committed to providing alternative energy solutions to address the global challenges of reducing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and improving energy security.

Departmental scholarships

ValueAvailableRequirementsHow to apply
 £1,000 /year  4 Exceed the standard entry requirements for Materials courses at Imperial, and excel at the admission interview.

To continue with the scholarship into years 3 and 4 you will need a 1st average in each of the previous two years
To be eligible for these scholarships, UCAS applications must be submitted 15th October. Note that there is no need to apply separately for these scholarships, as all applications submitted to UCAS by the deadline will
be automatically considered.
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How to apply

For all full-time undergraduate higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, you must make an online application via UCAS. The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Undergraduate courses in the Department of Materials


UCAS code

Materials Science and Engineering*

(BEng) 3 years


Materials with Management*

(BEng) 3 years


Materials Science and Engineering*

(MEng) 4 years


Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering*

(MEng) 4 years


Materials with Nuclear Engineering*

(MEng) 4 years


For all applicants, there are full instructions on the UCAS website to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called 'Applying Online', which can be downloaded from their website. UCAS allows you to apply to up to five courses per year.

Information for offer holders

Congratulations on your offer to study with us in the Department of Materials. We look forward to meeting you in October.

Please see below what you will need to do before joining us in October.

ATAS Certificate

Submitting Official Documents


If you are an international (from outside the EU) applicant to an MEng degree you will need to apply for a ‘ATAS Certificate’:

PLEASE NOTE: ATAS is only valid for 6 months and must be valid at the start of the course. We advise that you do not submit your ATAS application before April.


Documents including your official A-Level certificates (or secondary leaving certificate equivalent), English Language Certificates and ATAS Certificate must be sent by post, directly to the Imperial College London Registry Team. 

Please e-mail to obtain the postal address .

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must send their official documents to the Imperial College London Registry Team to be verified, NOT the Department of Materials.