BEng Materials with Management
Combine your study of materials with management modules delivered by Imperial College Business School.
Three A-level offer: A A A
Applications : admissions ratio
4 : 1
Based on 2018 entry data
Many of the technological advances that have transformed our lives are founded in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Modern life would be impossible without the thousands of manufactured items we use every day, from the clothes we wear, to our phones, cars, computers and the buildings we inhabit, as well as more advanced and life-changing technologies like biomedical devices or satellite communications.
The motivation to invent or improve materials comes from our need to solve real societal problems, in fields such as healthcare, energy, environmental sustainability and transport. New opportunities are growing in areas such as biomedical engineering, 3D printing, robotics and quantum computing.
This course focuses on learning about what underpins the foundations of the discipline: processing, structure, properties and performance of materials, with opportunities in the final year to tailor your own studies by choosing optional modules that map onto the Department’s research themes, with access to cutting edge equipment and tools for advanced materials imaging and characterisation.
This course focuses on learning about what underpins the foundations of the discipline: processing, structure, properties and performance of materials, alongside management modules delivered by Imperial College Business School.
During the first two years you follow a core series of modules that will provide you with a strong base of theoretical principles, and cover the widest possible range of materials, including:
Experimental work is a core part of all our courses. This starts with a series of laboratory tutorials that introduce foundational ideas and key techniques in a practical setting.
You 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 such as electron microscopy, X-ray scattering and chemical spectroscopy.
Your third year is spent in the Business School which is triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The core modules including accounting, entrepreneurship and marketing equip you with an understanding of the management of the operating environment of business organisations and prepare you for a career in management roles. You also choose from a selection of optional materials modules.
Transfer between courses
The common structure of the first two years of our Materials degrees means that transfer between courses is usually possible during this time.
If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.
Please note that the curriculum of this course 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.
- Mathematics and Computing
- Materials Chemistry and Biology
- Mechanical Behaviour
- Microstructure and Properties of Materials
- Materials Physics
- Materials Engineering
- Mathematics and Computing
- Materials Chemistry and Polymer Sciences
- Mechanical Behaviour
- Electronic Properties of Materials
- Materials Engineering 2
- Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition
- Integrated Materials Engineering
- Managing Innovation
- Materials Characterisation
You choose three modules from below.
- Engineering Alloys
- Polymers and Composites
- Electronic Structures & Opto Electronic Properties
- Metal Processing
- Ceramics and Glass
- Nanomaterials I
- Materials Modelling
Download the programme specification [PDF] – this is the most up-to-date version available for this course. It may change for your year of entry. If/when changes to this course are approved by the College, we will update this document and the information on this course page.
This degree is professionally accredited by the IOM3 (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) on behalf of the Engineering Council.
Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency.
Like our MEng degrees, our BEng degree counts towards the educational requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects. It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.
While our MEng degrees fully satisfy the educational requirements of this professional qualification, BEng graduates will need to undertake further study on graduation to demonstrate that their knowledge is at Master's degree level.
All applicants for CEng status will also need to demonstrate their ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.
Our accreditation agreement with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is renewed every five years.
The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2023–24 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.
As well as your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines on completion of this course.
The Royal School of Mines is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.
Find out more about our Associateships.
Teaching and assessment
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.
You can expect a balance of theoretical and practical work, through lectures and laboratory work. There is also the opportunity to complete a research project, which will rely on substantial individual study. In addition to those more traditional teaching methods, you can expect industrial visits and tutorials.
Teaching, independent study and placement hours
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures, seminars and similar||404 hours||376 hours||164 hours|
|Independent study||1,096 hours||1,124 hours||1,336 hours|
|Based on the typical pathway through the course|
Over the course of your studies you will experience different assessment methods in each module you complete. You will be assessed by written examinations, class tests and coursework.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Based on the typical pathway through the course; percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number|
At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.
You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.
Compare this course
See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats information below.
You can use the Unistats website to find out how this course compares in areas such as student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum entry standards
Our minimum entry standard for 2020 entry is AAA overall, to include:
- A in Mathematics
- A in Chemistry or Physics
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Typical offer range
As a guide, here are the typical offers made in 2017-18 to at least 80% of applicants studying A-levels:
Three A-level offer: A*AA
Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)
If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.
The practical endorsement is part of the reformed English linear A-levels.
Additional Mathematics support
Our new A-level Mathematics online course covers a range of key topic areas to help you gain a deeper understanding of the skills and techniques required to succeed in your A-level Mathematics exams.
This optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus with the aim of developing your thinking skills, fluency and confidence.
Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is available free of charge via the EdX website. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.
Minimum entry standards
Our minimum entry standard for 2020 entry is 38 points overall, to include:
- 6 in Mathematics at higher level
- 6 in Chemistry or Physics at higher level
Typical offer range
As a guide, the typical offer made in 2017-18 to at least 80% of applicants studying IB was 38 points overall.
Mathematics Higher Level for award in 2021
For entry in 2021, the Mathematics Analysis and Approaches or the Applications and Interpretation syllabi will be accepted at higher level with no preference.
Additional Mathematics support
We have recently launched an A-level Mathematics online course, which is available free of charge via the EdX website.
Although this optional course has been built around the A-level syllabus, it is relevant to your curriculum too.
Please note: this course is not compulsory and does not form part of the entry requirements for this course. It is self-paced so you can start it at any time.
The grades detailed below are the minimum requirements for students offering only Advanced Placements as their exams for entry to Imperial.
If you are studying a High School Diploma that is accepted by Imperial alongside Advanced Placements, requirements may apply to both your Diploma and Advanced Placements.
Please consult our country index to check whether we accept your High School Diploma programme for admission.
Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:
- 5 in Calculus BC
- 5 in Chemistry or Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism) or Physics C (Mechanics)
Additional Mathematics support
Assessing your application
Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.
Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.
A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2017-18 (encompassing at least 80% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.
Post-application admissions day and interview
If your UCAS application indicates that you are likely to satisfy our requirements and you live within reasonable travelling distance of the College you will be invited for one of our post-application admissions days and an interview with a member of our academic staff.
The aim of this interview is to give the Department the opportunity to discuss your interest in materials and also to give you an opportunity to raise questions about both the course and the College.
During your visit you will be taken on a tour of the Department and the College by current students and you will have an opportunity to meet staff and students at an informal lunch.
Pilot admissions schemes (Home students)
From 2020 entry, we will be using information about our applicants in three new pilot admissions schemes, to consider the wider context of Home students from groups underrepresented at the College.
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 undergraduate applicants.
Tuition fees and funding
We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
The fee for Home students is controlled by the UK government and has not yet been confirmed for the 2020–21 academic year.
As a guide, the Home rate of tuition for the 2019–20 academic year was £9,250.
Please note that the fee you pay may increase annually by an amount linked to inflation and approved by Parliament under the Student Fees (Inflation Index) Regulations 2006 – currently the measure of inflation used is the RPIX.
If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course.
You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.
The UK government has not yet confirmed the fees and funding arrangements for EU students entering UK universities in 2020–21.
Please see the Imperial and the European Union webpages, which will be updated as soon as more information is available.
Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
The fee for Overseas and Islands students is controlled by the College and has not yet been confirmed for the 2020–21 academic year.
As a guide, the Overseas and Islands rate of tuition for the 2019–20 academic year was £30,250 per year.
You should expect and budget for your tuition fee increasing each year by an inflationary amount. 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.
Additional course costs
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|
|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 information on the costs listed in the table.|
You are provided with laboratory books and materials (such as experiment samples) for your practical classes.
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 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:
- Lab coat
You are provided free computer software, which is required to complete coursework, including:
- Office 365
- Solid Works
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. 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.
Bursaries and scholarships
A degree in Materials Science and Engineering can open the door to careers in a wide variety of sectors from chemicals manufacturing and pharmaceuticals to technical management and scientific research and development (R&D). There are lots of emerging sectors to think about too, such as nanotechnology, biomedical materials, high performance textiles and composites.
Recent graduates of the Department have become:
- Power Electronics Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
- Management Consultant, Deloitte
- Engineer, Rolls-Royce
- Research Engineer, SIMTech
- Materials Scientist, Morgan Advanced Materials
How to apply
UCAS key information
- UCAS course code: J5N2
- UCAS institution code: I50
UCAS Apply system
To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can view this course on the UCAS website.
All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2020 for entry in October 2020.
The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2020 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2019.
Tracking your application
Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.
See our How to apply section for further guidance.
You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:
- Chemical Engineering
- Design Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
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