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Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2024
Location: South Kensington campus
ECTS: 90 credits
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Why study an MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering?

Why study an MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering?
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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.

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).

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

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
  • Scanning Probe Microscopies
  • 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.

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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

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in materials, mechanical/civil/chemical engineering, physics or chemistry. Please note, a first class degree (or equivalent) is strongly preferred. Applicants with relevant industrial experience would also be considered.

  • For international qualifications equivalences, please visit the Postgraduate Academic Requirements - Country Index webpage.

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.

  • For English Language requirements, please visit the English Language Requirement and accepted qualifications webpage. 

Modules and projects

Core modulesOptions - choose four:
Characterisation of the Structure of Materials Advanced Biomaterials
Theory and Simulation of Materials Advanced Engineering Alloys
The Art of Research Advanced Nanomaterials
Research Project Advanced Structural Ceramics
  Advanced Tissue Engineering
  Ceramic and Glasses
  Engineering Alloys
  Machine Learning
  Modelling Materials with Density Functional Theory
  Nuclear Chemical Engineering*
  Nuclear Materials for Reactor Systems*
  Nuclear Reactor Physics*
  Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics*
  Optoelectronic Materials*
  Quantum Mechanics 
  Surfaces and Interfaces*
*You must complete all options with an asterisk to graduate with an MSc in energy specialism, including your project.


The course strongly focuses 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 developing a research plan in the Autumn Term, students are 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 produce original research of a standard sufficient for peer-reviewed publications.

How to apply/ Deadlines

Applications for MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering for 2024/25 will open in mid-October 2023. For more information about admissions deadlines, please visit our Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Study Page.

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Departmental MSc scholarships

We offer nine MSc Academic Potential Scholarships.


The MSc Academic Potential Scholarship is available to applicants 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 interested in discipline-hopping to Materials Science. 

Application Process        

There is no separate application process. Outstanding candidates who have accepted our offer will be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to the candidates with the strongest academic potential, judged on the basis of the material provided with the application.  Successful candidates will be notified by the end of August. 


A stipend of £5,000 (paid in equal instalments over 12 months)

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Energy Transition specialisation

Advances in materials are key towards delivering affordable, reliable and green energy. This includes materials for solar cells, materials for the low-carbon production of hydrogen and other chemicals or materials for nuclear technology.

If you are keen to learn more about these cutting-edge materials and want to contribute to the energy transition, you can choose the specialisation in Materials for the Energy Transition as part of your MSc degree programme. This specialisation will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed in the field of sustainable energy.

*No separate application is needed. This will be confirmed once you've registered for the course.

*You need to complete all options with an asterisk in the 'modules and projects' section in order to graduate with an MSc in energy specialism. This includes your project.