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).

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: MSc: 1 year full-time.

Start date: September

Contact

Mrs Jenny Henderson
Email: j.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5222

Details

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2014/2015 are as follows:

  • £5,940 for home/EU students
  • £17,355 for international students

Part-time programmes

Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. A small number of part-time programmes run for three years and in these cases the annual fees are one third of the total full-time cost. Contact us for further information.

UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.

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

Typical offer:

Home students:
Obtaining 2.ii 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%.

Learn more about entry requirements  

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

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

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.

Contact

Mrs Jenny Henderson
Email: j.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5222

Employability

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

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.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12 (postgraduate taught graduates)

The DLHE survey is conducted 6 months after graduation.

Examples of employers

  • Burhill Group Limited
  • BAE Systems
  • Softcat
  • Royal Air Force
  • Decathalon UK
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Corona Technology Limited
  • BP
  • KBR

Examples of occupations

  • Applications Engineer
  • Engineering Officer Cadet
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
  • Junior Accounts Manager
  • Graduate Consultant Engineer
  • Teaching Assistant
  • School Sports Partnerships Coach
  • Product Development Engineer

Further study - examples of courses

  • MSc Advanced Materials
  • MSc Material Science
  • MSc Diagnostic Radiography
  • MSc Energy Engineering
  • MRes Science and Engineering
  • PhD Metallurgy and Materials

Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.

Professional accreditation

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

Contact

Mrs Jenny Henderson
Email: j.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5222