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  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Materials Science and Engineering

Develop your appreciation of materials science and engineering and build your research expertise through to Master's level.

Develop your research expertise in materials science and engineering with this professionally accredited degree

Build your practical skills through laboratory tutorials and design your own experiments 

Work alongside world-leading researchers on an extended individual project

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2025

  • UCAS course code

    JFM2

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • Not set Home

    • Not set Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    5 : 1 (2023)

Minimum entry standard

  • AAA (A-level)

  • 38 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Further your understanding of materials science and engineering (MSE) on this four-year Master's degree.

You'll assess how technological advances relating to materials are helping transform our lives, from the clothes we wear through to emerging, life-chasing technologies.

You'll investigate how the motivation to invent or improve materials can solve problems in areas including healthcare and transport.

You'll also consider the latest innovations in fields such as biomedical engineering, robotics and quantum computing.

This course will help you engage with both the scientific and engineering aspects of the discipline as you learn about the processing and performance of materials.

Experimental work in a laboratory setting is designed to help you build practical experience of key materials research techniques.

This includes the opportunity to design your own experiments and carry out investigations using electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

You'll then start to specialise across a series of optional modules during your third and fourth years.

Your final year will see your studies reach Master's level, with your work culminating in an individual research project.

You are embedded within a research theme of your choosing within the department as you build your research expertise alongside world-leading academics and researchers.

Subject to university approval.

Structure

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 study all core modules.

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Computing 
  • Performance of Structural Materials
  • Engineering Practice 
  • Fundamentals of Processing
  • Structure 1
  • Properties 1 

You’ll study all core modules.

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Computing 2
  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Properties 2
  • Structure 2
  • Performance of Functional Materials

You’ll study all core modules.

You’ll also choose four optional modules.

Core modules

  • Materials Processing
  • Processing Laboratory
  • Theory and Simulation of Materials
  • Managerial Economics
  • Research Techniques
  • I-Explore

Optional modules

  • Engineering Alloys
  • Ceramics and Glasses
  • Nanomaterials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Optoelectronic Materials
  • Mathematics and Quantum Mechanics
  • Biomaterials

I-Explore
Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

You’ll complete a research project and choose four optional modules.

Core modules

  • Individual Project

Optional modules

  • Density Functional Theory
  • Advanced Engineering Alloys
  • Electroceramics
  • Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Advanced Structural Ceramics
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Machine Learning for Materials
  • Nuclear Materials

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

With a professionally accredited degree, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. Professional accreditation also provides international recognition of your qualifications, which you can use to launch a career abroad.

With this integrated Master’s degree, you’ll fully meet the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Becoming a Chartered Engineer can further enhance your career prospects and earning potential. It demonstrates your competencies and commitment to lifelong learning – providing you with recognition in your field and greater influence and opportunities.

Our accreditation agreement with IOM3 is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed in August 2028.

Associateship

In addition to your degree, you’ll receive the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM) upon completion of this course. This associateship is awarded by one of our historic constituent Colleges.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Examination

Year 1

  • 40% Coursework
  • 60% Examination

Year 2

  • 35% Coursework
  • 65% Examination

Year 3

  • 38% Coursework
  • 62% Examination

Year 4

  • 67% Coursework
  • 33% Examination

Assessment methods

  • Microscope for lab work
    Laboratory performance
  • Laboratory reports
  • Code on a computer screen
    Online programming tests
  • Person completing coursework
    Written coursework
  • Group project reports
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Oral presentations

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

When applications open, you will be able to start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Applications open on 14 May 2024

Application deadlines – 29 January 2025 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Home fee for 2024–25 was £9,250 per year

Overseas fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Overseas fee for 2024–25 was £40,940 per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Matter for materials science

Pursue career opportunities related to materials science and engineering.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Aerospace, healthcare & research and development (R&D) are just some of your options.

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You’ll also be highly sought after in emerging sectors such as nanotechnology, biomedical materials, energy materials and quantum technologies.

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Other potential career paths include automotive engineering, software development engineering, management consulting & manufacturing and technology.

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