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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Advanced Materials Science and Engineering

Specialise in materials for energy transition and develop your passion for exploring and creating innovative materials.

Study this professionally accredited degree and foster your interest in exploring and creating innovative materials

Access high-level knowledge by working alongside our established research groups

Produce a specially designed independent project within an active research area

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £17,600 Home

    • £40,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 degree in materials, mechanical/civil/chemical engineering, physics or chemistry

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Course overview

Learn how to solve problems in materials science on this Master's course, designed to suit talented engineers and scientists with a passion for understanding and creating innovative materials.

You'll acquire core knowledge of materials science and engineering that can be applied to a wide range of materials-based careers. This flexible programme covers many aspects of both the science of materials and engineering applications through coursework and original research components.

You'll advance your understanding of the characterisation of materials, in particular their structural, thermal, morphological and chemical properties.

This course also offers you the chance to work on real research projects as part of established research groups. This collaborative work will see you design, assess, implement and review solutions to real-life engineering problems.

You will be given the option to specialise in materials for the energy transition, and if you meet the additional criteria will be eligible for the following extra annotation on your degree certificate: Specialising in Materials for the Energy Transition.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

If you’ve previously taken the first two modules on an undergraduate Materials degree at Imperial, then you must take the alternative form.

Core modules

You’ll choose four optional modules from the list provided. 


General optional modules

Materials for the Energy Transition modules

Undertake a significant independent investigation of a research topic and present the results in a report and talk.

You’ll also learn about the ethics of research.

Professional accreditation

This course 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.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Independent study

  • 7% Lectures
  • 2% Workshops
  • 91% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Oral presentations and small group discussions
  • Practical sessions
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Written reports

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examinations

  • 70% Coursework
  • 30% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Practical
  • Research project

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 3 closes on Friday 24 May 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Engineers and scientists from a variety of backgrounds can build on their expertise and experience with this broad and flexible degree.

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Supplement your engineering and science experience with transferable skills, and training that will prepare you for a career in academia or industry.

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With specialised knowledge, Materials graduates are highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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These include: nuclear power, aerospace, biomedical, automotive, energy, manufacturing & technology, communications and electronics industries.


Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications