MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21
This course 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.
Start date: October 2020
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Applications are now closed
This MSc is suited to talented engineers and scientists with a passion for understanding and creating innovative materials. It will equip you with core knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering that can be applied to any materials-based career, giving you flexibility in the job market.
This flexible MSc is a stand-alone qualification designed to prepare students to solve problems in materials science and engineering under the exacting conditions we encounter today.
The programme is broad, covering many aspects of both the science of materials and engineering applications, and includes course work and original research components.
Our students will have access to world leading knowledge and infrastructure by working on real projects as part of established research groups, and you will be motivated to develop your ability to research, design, assess, implement and review solutions to real-life engineering problems across a wide range of materials.
This course aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the key structural properties 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.
You begin by studying the two taught core modules and five optional modules in the Autumn and Spring terms. Your written examinations take place during the Summer term, and coursework assessment takes place throughout your studies.
Your research project is completed throughout your studies, with the majority of the work taking place after written examinations. The literature review is completed in February and the research thesis is submitted in September.
Nuclear engineering stream
You can choose the specialist nuclear engineering stream within MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering. The stream has been designed with the nuclear industry, and aims to create highly qualified personnel.
All students apply to the main MSc programme. Then, you choose the nuclear engineering modules in order to graduate with the MSc "Specialising in Nuclear Engineering". You can see which modules you would need to take in the structure section below.
This degree is professionally accredited by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.
Our accreditation agreement with The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is renewed every 5 years, and the current agreement runs between 2018 and 2022.
Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.
Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.
You study all of the modules below.
- Material Characterisation
- Materials Modelling
- Research Project
- Research Project Plan
- Art of Research
You choose 5 modules from below.
- Advanced Biomaterials
- Advanced Engineering Alloy
- Advanced Structural Ceramics
- Advanced Thin Film Manufacturing Technologies
- Ceramic and Glasses
- 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*
- Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics*
- Polymers and Composites
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Tissue Engineering
* In order to graduate with the nuclear engineering option, you must take all of the optional modules marked with an asterisk (*).
Teaching and assessment
- Oral presentations
- Practical sessions
- Small group discussions
- Written presentations
- Research project
You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Minimum academic requirement
Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in materials, mechanical/civil/chemical engineering, physics or chemistry.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
Making an application
ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)
An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.
To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:
|CAH10-02-02 (*old code still in use by FCO for ATAS applications)||Materials technology|
Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
|£14,000 per year|
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.
Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
|£32,500 per year|
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.
Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from 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 approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.
This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.
|Description||Mandatory/optional||Guide to cost|
|Personal Protective Equipment (safety goggles and lab coats)||Mandatory||Provided*|
* please note that you are required to replace these items at your own cost if lost.
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.
For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
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