Materials Science and Engineering Masters/MSc

Postgraduate degree course in Materials Science and Engineering Masters/MSc:

Materials underpin almost all industrial sectors and the global challenges have increased the demand for new materials. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for materials engineers and researchers worldwide and in rapidly developing countries in particular. The School of Metallurgy and Materials has long been a centre of excellence in materials research and education. 

This one-year master course comprises 12 taught modules (two-thirds of the year) taken in Semesters I and II and an individual research project (one-third of the year) carried out in Semester III & summer in a broad range of topics related to Materials Science and Engineering in any of the Research Groups within the School of Metallurgy and Materials. All students must start the MSc Course at the beginning of the academic year and finish at the end of the academic year (September).

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This one-year master course comprises 12 taught modules (two-thirds of the year) taken in Semesters I and II and an individual research project (one-third of the year) carried out in Semester III & summer. In addition to technical modules, the course also provides training for transferable skills such as the Team Skills Development module undertaken in a residential environment to facilitate the development of the team ethos and interpersonal skills.

Research projects can be carried out in a broad range of topics related to Materials Science and Engineering in any of the Research Groups within the School of Metallurgy and Materials or in industry. The project involves full-time research for one third of the academic year. The project report (which should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length) will be internally assessed by two academic staff.

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Why study this course

Materials underpin almost all industrial sectors and the global challenges have increased the demand for new materials. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for materials engineers and researchers worldwide and in rapidly developing countries in particular. The School of Metallurgy and Materials has long been a centre of excellence in materials research and education. 

The course is designed for graduates who want to acquire knowledge, concepts and research skills in advanced materials in order to seek a research or technology development career in materials. It will also provide excellent preparation for those wishing to undertake the classic PhD, new PhD with integrated studies and EngD.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016/17 are as follows:

£7,200 for UK/EU students
£18,900 for international students

Further funding information

Standard fees apply 
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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

2.2 or above in engineering/technical subjects (such as materials, engineering, physics or chemistry) or equivalent for International students.

Typical offer:

Home students:
Obtaining 2.2 or above in engineering/technical subjects (such as materials, engineering, physics or chemistry).
International students: 
Obtaining your degree with a final grade average of at least 80%.

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.
Standard English language requirements| apply.

How to apply

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All students take twelve modules for a total 120 credits. Each module (10 credits) involves a one-week intensive course, with the equivalent of another week of effort involving student-centred learning. 

The modules will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods.

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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Professional accreditation

It is expected that accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) will be sought.