The aim of the MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering is to provide a comprehensive understanding of all aspects related to the applications and development in Materials Science and Engineering today. We motivate our students to develop their ability to research, design, assess, implement and review solutions to real-life engineering problems across a wide range of materials. This degree course prepares students to become independent, ethical and responsible Materials Science and Engineering professionals with a global appeal. Our courses are taught by expert academics, through formal lecturing and student-led course works. Our students will have access to world-leading knowledge and infrastructure by working on real research projects as part of established research groups.

This broad and flexible degree allows engineers and scientists from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. Materials, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical Engineering, Physics or Chemistry) to build on their experience and expertise.  It supplements strong bases in engineering and sciences with transferable skills training to take them to the next stage of their career in academia or industry, and is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Mineral and Mining (IOM3).

The MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering is a course offered by the Department of Materials to be completed over one year of full-time study commencing in October each year.

Entry requirements

in 2:1 honours BEng or MEng degree or equivalent international qualification in an engineering or science discipline (Materials, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical Engineering or Physics or Chemistry). Applicants with relevant industrial experience would also be considered.

An English qualification is also required except for applicants with a first degree awarded from universities in: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, and West Indies

Nuclear stream items

For 2019/20 entry - Nuclear stream

The MSc in Advanced Nuclear Engineering is merging with our MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering. The last intake for MSc in Advanced Nuclear Engineering will start in October 2018. Specialising in nuclear engineering will be supported starting with the 2019/2020 entry.

Nuclear Specialisation

The purpose of this specialisation is to help meet the nuclear industryʼs requirement for suitably qualified personel in both technical and managerial roles. This programme will focus on understanding materials systems in extreme environments. The list of modules and more details about the specialisation will be published on these pages by January 2019.

If you are interested in studying nuclear engineering you can send your application to the MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (course code: J2U3T).

When you start your course you will select optional modules on nuclear themes. You will also be able to be part of a study group containing other students on this MSc interested in nuclear engineering, and will be able to choose your project on a nuclear topic.

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Course Structure

Formal teaching extends from October through to the end of March with examinations taking place during the summer term. During the autumn term, students will select a research project and will conduct a review of relevant literature during the spring. The research will be carried out after the exams.

This course aims to equip students with knowledge and understanding of the key structural properties of materials of different classes of materials. You will gain skills in characterisation of materials, in particular their structural, thermal, morphological and chemical properties.

You will use the principles and underlying theory of a range of characterisation methods, including:

  • X-ray diffraction
  • Focussed Ion Beam
  • Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Scanning Probe Microscopies

As well as a range of modelling tools, applicable to a broad spectrum of materials types at different length scales.

Modules and project

Core modulesOptions - Choose 5
Materials Characterisation Advanced Biomaterials
  Advanced Engineering Alloys
Materials Modelling Advanced Structural Ceramics
Compulsory Research related modules : Research Project Plan, Research Project, The Art of Research (a course to enhance your transferable skills, problem solving through attendance at scientific seminars Advanced Thin Film Manufacturing Technologies
  Ceramics and Glasses
  Electronic Structure and Optoelectronic Behaviour
  Engineering Alloys
  Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory
  Nanomaterials I
  Nanomaterials II
  Nuclear materials
  Polymers and composites
  Surfaces and Interfaces
  Tissue engineering


The course has a strong focus on independent research and a substantial research project is embedded in the course.  In the Autumn term, students will select a research project (worth approximately half of the total mark). Following a literature review in the Spring term, students will be able to do full time research after the exams.

During the project, students will work in an established research group alongside renowned academics and experienced research staff, and have access to state-of-the art facilities and support. Students are expected to make a genuine contribution to live projects, and to produce original research of a standard sufficient for peer reviewed publications.

How to apply/ Deadlines

Applications to the MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering for 2019/20 will open in November 2018 and will close on Thursday 28 March 2019.

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