MEng Materials with Nuclear Engineering

Course Information

MEng Materials with Nuclear Engineering - UCAS: J5H8 - 4 Years


Course Structure

The undergraduate degree courses in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial contain a strong core of applied Physics and Chemistry. Teaching focuses on applied science, with a grounding in theory and a great emphasis on practical work. You’ll be expected to take part in challenging experiments with advanced equipment. The degree deals with the fundamentals of matter, both its structure and its properties. You’ll learn how to manipulate existing materials and how to develop new and improved ones. You will also study engineering and business skills to help you take the first steps into industry.

In your first two years you’ll study a range of core topics, including business studies, through lectures, feedback sessions, classwork, seminars, case studies and lab work. Tutorials will be given by staff members who are experts in particular fields and you’ll be encouraged to take part in informal technical discussions, and to integrate subjects from different lecture courses.

With an MEng you’ll benefit from an integrated Master’s programme in Engineering with a longer and enhanced term of study than on a BEng. You’ll develop your skills and work on broader and more involved individual and group projects. The MEng can lead to Chartered Engineer status, a qualification that will help you stand out in the job market. As an MEng student you will have to do a work placement over the summer period, lasting from 12 to 16 weeks. As we have strong links with organisations in Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and East Asia you can even choose to go abroad.

departmental provision

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Laboratory equipment (books and materials) Mandatory Provided
Laptop computer Mandatory £100 (refundable)
Personal Protective Equipment (goggles and lab coat) Mandatory Provided
Software (specific programs required for coursework) Mandatory Provided
Please review the information below for more details on the costs listed in the table

Laboratory equipment

You are provided with laboratory books and materials (such as experiment samples) for your practical classes.

Laptop computer

You will need a laptop for some classes and coursework. The laptop must meet a minimum specification. For the 2017–18 academic year this was:

  • Windows 10 capable
  • Intel i5/i7 6th/7th generation processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD HDD

The Department of Materials 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. You will have the chance to indicate whether you wish to take part in the laptop loan scheme when contacted by the Department in the September before you start your course.

If you choose to borrow a laptop, you will be sent an invoice for the deposit amount which is payable online before the start of term. A variety of payment methods are available.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, the Department of Materials will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge to ensure you can undertake lab work safely. This includes:

  • Goggles
  • Lab coat


You are provided free computer software, which is required to complete coursework, including:

  • Office 365
  • Solid Works


Course Specification

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for 2019/20
A-LevelsInternational Baccalaureate (IB)Scottish Advanced HighersUS Advanced Placement (AP)

Minimum offer:
A A A in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Typical offer:
A* A A in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Typical offer:
38 points overall with 6 at Higher Level
in all of Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Typical offer:
AAA in Maths, Physics and Chemistry

Typical offer:
Our minimum requirement grades 5, 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 Chemistry
  • 5 Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) and 5 Physics C (Mechanics)

SATs or ACT standardised tests are not required

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We also require an English language qualification, for example:

  • at least a B grade at GCSE
  • or 6.5 at IELTS
  • or 5 out of 7 at subsidiary level IB.

For more information about standard English language requirements

Modules and placement

The curriculum for all the undergraduate courses in the Department of Materials is currently under review for 2019/20 entry. As a result, we cannot provide a list of modules, at present. Below,  some information of what can expect from our degrees. Information about the modules for 2019/20 will be published here as soon as they become available.

For applicants starting in 2018, please use this list of MEng Materials Science and Engineering modules for 2018 entry

Core Material Years 1-3 (BEng/ MEng)Options and project work in the 3rd Year (BEng and MEng) Optional Summer Placement/ Research Project (MEng only)

You will learn the fundamental science of materials. Through exploration of a series of materials challenges. These include ideas of structure and bonding as well as thermodynamic and kinetic principles that underpin nano- and micro-structure formation in all materials.

Electromagnetism and quantum mechanical ideas are equally foundational. You will come to understand the instrumental approaches that we can use to measure and image materials, from electron microscope to mechanical testing. Your learning in Materials will be underpinned by a programme of mathematics and computational work, and by learning how to draw information from the scientific literature. Finally, you will learn the principles that are common to most engineering disciplines: basic mechanics, technical drawing and an introduction to

Experimental work is a core part of the programme. You will first complete a series of tutorial labs that introduce foundational ideas and key instrumental techniques in a practical setting. You will then move on to perform more extended laboratory work, including a case study project that analyses the materials found in a consumer project using cutting-edge techniques including electron microscopy, X-ray scattering and chemical spectroscopy.
In addition to core material, your third year will enable you to choose from options courses from across the full range of the Department’s research themes: bio- and soft materials, ceramics and composites, engineering alloys, functional materials, nanotechnology, and theory and simulation of materials.

These focused courses reflect the Department’s expertise and bring you towards the cutting edge of your chosen fields. 

The MEng qualifications are designed to enable students who may wish to follow careers in science or engineering. Hence we encourage all such MEng students to carry out a science/engineering work placement during the summer period between the third and fourth year. Typically, this placement
is at an external organisation such as an industrial company or a UK or international university.

The highlight of the 4th year being a major experimental or theoretical research project based in one of our research streams. In this, you will aim to carry out Materials Science and Engineering at a genuine professional level, and may well find yourself addressing a novel and outstanding problem in your chosen field. This intense project work is complemented by a programme of taught courses that will bring you close to the research frontier of your chosen field.


Ceres scholarship

ValueAvailableRequirementsHow to apply
 £5,000 /year  1

Exceed the standard entry requirements for Materials courses at Imperial, and excel at the admission interview. You will also need demonstrate an interest in the areas of Energy.

To continue with the scholarship into years 3 and 4 you will need a 1st average in each of the previous two years, and to choose energy related modules. The scholar will also be considered for summer placements at Ceres Power. 

To be eligible for these scholarships, UCAS applications must be submitted 15th October. Note that there is no need to apply separately for these scholarships, as all applications submitted to UCAS by the deadline will
be automatically considered.

Applicants to the Ceres scholarship will be selected through a second interview with one of our Admissions tutors.
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About Ceres Power

Ceres Power is a world leading alternative energy company based in the UK. They are a leading fuel cell business, committed to providing alternative energy solutions to address the global challenges of reducing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and improving energy security.

Departmental scholarships

ValueAvailableRequirementsHow to apply
 £1,000 /year  4 Exceed the standard entry requirements for Materials courses at Imperial, and excel at the admission interview.

To continue with the scholarship into years 3 and 4 you will need a 1st average in each of the previous two years
To be eligible for these scholarships, UCAS applications must be submitted 15th October. Note that there is no need to apply separately for these scholarships, as all applications submitted to UCAS by the deadline will
be automatically considered.
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How to apply

For all full-time undergraduate higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, you must make an online application via UCAS. The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Undergraduate courses in the Department of MaterialsCourse typeUCAS code
 Materials Science and Engineering  (BEng) 3 years  JF52
 Materials with Management  (BEng) 3 years  J5N2
 Materials Science and Engineering  (MEng) 4 years  JFM2
 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering  (MEng) 4 years  BJ95
 Materials with Nuclear Engineering  (MEng) 4 years  J5H8
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For all applicants, there are full instructions on the UCAS website to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called 'Applying Online', which can be downloaded from their website. UCAS allows you to apply to up to five courses per year.

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.

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 to an MEng degree 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.