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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.

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

Course specification

Entry requirements

Min 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

Modules and placement

Course modules

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.

Financial Support/ Fees

Financial Support and Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees

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How to apply/ Deadlines

Applications to the MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering for 2018/19 will open in November 2017 and will close on Thursday 5 April 2018.

Contacts in the Department of Materials
  Professor Andrew Horsfield, Department of Materials, Imperial College London Professor Andrew Horsfield
Course Director, MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Dr Fang Xie, MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Deputy Course Director Dr Fang Xie
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Course Director, MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Miss Raj Gill, MSc Courses Administrator Mrs Raj Adcock 
Course Administrator, MSc Courses
Contacts in the Department of Materials

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.

Course start date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Course end date:
Friday 27th September 2019

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 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.