MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering - 2018/19 entry
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.
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.
- For international qualifications equivalences, please visit: Postgraduate Academic Requirements - Country Index
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
- For English Language requirements, please visit: English Language Requirement and accepted qualifications
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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 modules||Options - 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|
|Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory|
|Polymers and composites|
|Surfaces and Interfaces|
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
Financial Support/Tuition Fees
Departmental MSc scholarships 2019-20
The Department of Materials offers two scholarships to applicants to the MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering.
MSc Home Academic Excellence Scholarship
|Eligibility||An MSc Home Scholarship is available to one UK applicant typically with a First Class Honours level or equivalent in their undergraduate qualification and showing outstanding academic merit. A successful candidate will present a strong application and references. If available, published academic papers and academic prizes they have won will be considered.
|Application Process||There is no separate application process. Outstanding candidates from the UK who have accepted an offer from us will be considered for the scholarship . The scholarship will be awarded to the candidate with strongest academic track record, judged on the basis of the material provided with the application.
|Value||The scholarship covers:
|* paid in twelve monthly instalments over the duration of your MSc programme|
MSc Academic Excellence Scholarship
|Eligibility||An MSc Academic Excellence Scholarship is available to one UK *, EU or international applicant, typically with a First Class Honours level or international equivalent in their undergraduate qualification and showing outstanding academic merit. A successful candidate will present a strong application and references. If available, published academic papers and academic prizes they have won will be considered.
|Application Process||There is no separate application process. Outstanding candidates who have accepted an offer from us will be considered for the scholarship . The scholarship will be awarded to the candidate with strongest academic track record, judged on the basis of the material provided with the application.
|Value||The scholarship value is:
1. £12,500 **
2. A stipend of £6,000***
| *UK applicants will be considered for only one of the Departmental MSc scholarships on offer
**The value of the scholarship only partially covers the full international tuition fees for the programme
*** Paid in twelve monthly instalments over the duration of your MSc programme
The deadline to apply for the MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering is 28 March 2019. If successful in securing the scholarship candidates will be notified by the end of August 2019. We strongly recommend that potential candidates apply early in the academic year (from November to February)
Other scholarships and funding support
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.
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.
|English language requirements||Student Accommodation||Student Finance (Fees and Funding)|
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.
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.