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Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2021
Location: South Kensington campus
ECTS: 90 credits
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This degree would suit applicants looking for:

  • A conversion from other background to Materials Science and Engineering
  • Preparation for research as a PhD student
  • Preparation for work in industry requiring materials expertise
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"With the need to develop materials for climate change, new technology and medicine, Materials Science is crucial to improving society. An MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering can provide you with knowledge and skills to address key societal issues, enable positive technological change, and contribute to a future that will benefit everyone." - Professor Andrew Horsfield, Course Director, MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering.

Suitable for engineers and scientists from various backgrounds, this MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering explores the key properties of different materials and equips you to research, design and apply solutions to real-life engineering problems across a wide range of materials. 

Expert academics teach our courses through formal lecturing and student-led coursework. As an MSc candidate, you will use the principles and underlying theory of a range of characterisation methods throughout your degree – including X-ray Diffraction, Electron Microscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Scanning Probe Microscopies – as well as a range of modelling tools. In Summer Term, you will also undertake a specially designed research project within an active research area, working alongside our established research groups. 

This broad and flexible degree aims to equip you with core knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering that can be applied to any materials-based career, giving you flexibility in the global job market. The degree programme is also accredited by the Institute of Materials, Mineral and Mining (IOM3).

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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. At the start of the autumn term, students will select a research project and then write a research project plan during the remainder of the term. 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.

View our MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Programme Specification to find out more.

Learning tools and provision

You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and the unique opportunity to participate in world-leading research through your expected contribution to existing research groups projects, which may lead to being published yourself thus putting your research career on the best possible track. You will be able to use the extensive high-performance computing resources available, along with the latest software. We have a comprehensive library making available the latest publications related to our research areas.

Entry requirements

A 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 project

Core modulesOptions - Choose 5 ‚Äč(only 4 are assessed)
Material Characterisation Advanced Biomaterials
Materials Modelling Advanced Engineering Alloys
Research Project Advanced Structural Ceramics
Research Project Plan Advanced Thin Film Manufacturing Technologies
Art of Research Biomaterials
  Ceramic and Glasses
  Electroceramics
  Electronic Structure and Optoelectronic Behaviour
  Engineering Alloys
  Fusion and Advanced Reactors
  Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory
  Nanomaterials I
  Nanomaterials II
  Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  Nuclear Materials
  Nuclear Reactor Physics
  Polymers and Composites
  Surfaces and Interfaces
  Tissue Engineering
 

Project

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 the development of a research plan in the Autumn 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 2021/22 will open on Monday 4 October 2021 and close on Friday 25th March 2022.


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Scholarships/Tuition Fees

Departmental MSc scholarships 2021-22
 

MSc Home Academic Potential Scholarship
 
 Eligibility  An MSc Home Academic Potential Scholarship to one UK applicant with a First-Class Honours level or equivalent in their undergraduate qualification and showing strong academic potential. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.  We also encourage applications from candidates who are interested in discipline-hopping to Materials Science.
 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 potential, judged on the basis of the material provided with the application.  The successful candidate will be notified by the end of August. 
Value
  1. The full home tuition fees for the programme
  2. A stipend of £16,680
*Paid in twelve monthly instalments over the duration of your MSc programme.
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MSc International Academic Potential Scholarship
 
 Eligibility  An MSc International Academic Potential Scholarship to one international applicant with a First-Class Honours level or equivalent in their undergraduate qualification and showing strong academic potential. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. 
Application Process There is no separate application process. Outstanding international 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 potential, judged on the basis of the material provided with the application. The successful candidate will be notified by the end of August.
Value The scholarship covers:
1. The fees difference between overseas and home fees (£19,350).
*Paid in twelve monthly instalments over the duration of your MSc programme.
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Next steps

We strongly recommend that potential candidates apply early in the academic year (from November to February). If you are successful in securing the scholarship candidates will be notified by the end of August 2021. 



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