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Programme details for academic year 2020-21

For more information about our programmes this year, please visit Programme details for academic year 2020-21. This page includes information on programme delivery and support for remote learning. 

Information for 2020/21

Our Undergraduate courses will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our Covid 19 information for applicants and offer holders page, student guidance on COVID-19 page and your learning experience page.

Q&A with our UG Admissions Tutor

If you missed our Q&A with Dr. Priya Saravanapavan, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, this video outlines a summary of Materials course information for Autumn term 2020. This was filmed on 8 June 2020 and information is subject to change.

Q&A for offer holders with our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor


Our Frequently Asked Questions: 


How many students are in year one?

We usually have an intake of approximately 100 students per year.

What is the workload like for a Materials student?

The college expects full commitment from it's students and the course is difficult. Lectures, workshops, labs and tutorial all happen between 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Unlike school we do not timetable self study. We organise lectures, lab classes, tutorials and problem classes and any time outside of this is yours to use as you wish.

There is also time in the programme (such as evenings, Wednesday afternoons and weekends) which allows students to explore sports or one of our many socities. Most students are engaged in socities and use this to grow their skills and improve mental health. Please see the list of socities avaliable.

Is there a big gap between A Levels and the first year?  

No, the first year courses are built on knowledge gained during A Levels/IB/AP. The courses do get harder but if you attend the lectures, workshops and tutorial, normally you can manage. The lecturers are very approachable and will help if you are having difficulties.

How many students pursue another Masters Degree or PhD after they graduate?

About 2/3 of the year group stay on to complete the MEng programmes. There are few students who complete a BEng and then pursue a Masters at another institution - this will depend on your interests and what you would like to focus on.  

How friendly and helpful is the Materials community at Imperial? 

Materials is a really small community so everyone is very helpful. Our Faculty are very down to earth and approachable and Professional Service Staff are always willing to help you. 

Does Materials have any 'year abroad' options?

There is no specific course with year abroad. However, there is the option for a few top performing students to got to MIT in 4th year.

Can you please tell us more about Year 3 placement and UROP?

The placements are usually self-organised. However, there are plenty of help available from your Personal Tutor, Departmental Placement Coordinator and the college Careers Service. You can also approach lecturers with particular industrial connections and usually they are happy to help students. For UROP, students can complete this at any time during their study. The UROP webpage has further details.

What is the benefits of taking horizon modules and is compulsory?

Horizons is usually done outside of normal study and is used to gain extra qualifications. Examples include languages, presentation skills etc. This is by no means compolsory unless you have elected to do it for credit. i-Explore is a new module that means students can do cross department or horizons modules in your 3rd year as part of the course. 

How do the tutor groups work?

Tutor groups usually have 4-5 students and you are assigned a tutor throughout your entire degree. They will deal with pastoral matters. You will also be assigned a Maths tutor in first year who will work on group problem classes with you. Workshops combine several tutor groups to form 20 student groups and here you have the opportunity to discuss the questions that are pre-realesed by a lecturer and learn to problem solve.

What can you advice for A Llevel/IB students as we haven't done the exams? 

Dr. Priya Saravanapavan sent an email/letter in late April 2020 with information about how you can complete you’re a Level/IB courses. As everyone will be in similar positions, our lecturers will ensure to fill in any gaps in knowledge - so I don’t really see any drawbacks.

Is there a list of topics from Physics and/or Chemistry to learn before the start of term?

We do encourage you to look at some of the suggestion in our April communication to prepare yourselves - if you look at the coursera links, they will list topics that we would like you to be aware of.

Can I use a Macbook for my study?

Windows is usually required to run a range of scientific specific software, such as SolidWorks. However you will be able to borrow a laptop from the student office or use a university in-house computers if you need to.

Which programmes are available for students to gain exposure to entrepreneurship? 

As part of our new course, the department runs in-house buisness based modules which will include entrepeneurship. The Imperial Buisness School offers courses on entrepeneurship that can be done as cross department courses in 3rd and 4th year. Horizons programmes that can be taken outside of your course. Please also find details of our Materials with Management course. 

Which particular companies work with the Department?

Rolls Royce, BP, Shell, DSTL are some of the big companies which work with the Department. There are many more that sponsor our students and many lecturers.

Course Information for 2020 Entry

Please find the up to date course information for 2020 entry. 

Materials Science and Engineering Materials with Nuclear Engineering

BEng - UCAS JF52 - ECTS: 180 - 3 yrs

MEng - UCAS JFM2 - ECTS: 240 - 4 yrs

MEng - UCAS J5H8 - ECTS: 240 - 4 yrs


Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 

 Materials with Mangement

MEng - UCAS BJ95  - ECTS: 240 - 4 yrs

BEng - UCAS J5N2 - ECTS: 180 - 3 yrs
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Computer Requirements for the course

You will need a laptop for some classes and coursework. The laptop must meet the following minimum specification:

Windows 10 capable 

Intel i5/i7 6th/7th generation processor 


256 GB SSD HDD  

You will be taught and expected to use software such as SolidWorks® 2019, CES Edupack 2019 and Mindview 7 among others from Year 1 onwards - these will be available freely to download from the Imperial Software Hub when you enrol as a student. Using this software on a windows-based system with 16GB RAM and a basic graphics card will lead to a better experience.  

The Department 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 – we are currently looking at the logistics of this scheme for students who are not able to join us on campus for Autumn 2020. 

Please also note that Imperial has allowed students to ‘remote access’ computers in the library – so if you have a stable internet connection, you can use this software on a college PC.  

If you are on the South Kensington campus, there are multiple venues to access a computer including our very own computer room - G08 – you can check out the teaching facilities available for Materials students in the RSM. 

ATAS Certificate and official documents

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

ATAS Certificate

Submitting Official Documents


If you are an international applicant (from outside the EU) applying to an MEng Degree you will need to apply for an ATAS Certificate:

  • To find the Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’ (formerly JCAS code) you need to:

    • Visit the MEng course page
    • On the right-hand side, navigate to ‘Entry requirements’
    • Expand the ‘Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)’
    • On the right-hand side, navigate to ‘Course Structure’ to pick the relevant course modules

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 email: 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.

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