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MSc Materials Science and Engineering

Programme code:MSC-MS&E-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr RF Cochrane Contact

The part time variant will be delivered by blended learning.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A good Second Class Honours (or equivalent) degree in a physical science, engineering or technology discipline. Appropriate industrial experience at a professional level will be considered.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

In addition to a secure background knowledge of materials science, the programme is designed to equip all graduates with a range of advanced skills in engineering materials, thereby enhancing their career prospects in the materials or metallurgical production industries as well as those industries where correct selection, specification and processing of materials is a key to their success. The programme structure is designed to cater for entrants with a diverse range of science or engineering backgrounds: to this end an open learning course will be made available to all registered students in advance of the commencement of their programme which will bring all students to a common minimum level of knowledge and understanding. Upon graduation, students will be specialists in materials science and engineering, functional materials, metallurgy, nanomaterials or soft solids (through an appropriate combination of optional modules and a short design project organised in line with guidelines prescribed by the IoM3 for accreditation).

The MSc programme consists of a number of compulsory and optional modules as well as a major research project, totalling 180 credits. The taught modules cover a range of advanced topics and current process technologies in materials science and engineering and metallurgy. There is also the opportunity to satisfy particular interests through the research project topic. The project accounts for one-third of the credits/marks for the MSc programme and enables students to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting on work of the type they will undertake in an industrial or academic environment.

Programme Aims:

At the end of the programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the areas of materials science and engineering;
- demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of, and an ability to critically analyse, concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of materials science;
- exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research;
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and develop professional relationships with others;
- formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans to evaluate these;
- evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in materials science and engineering.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CAPE5000MResearch Project (MSc)60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
CAPE5705MPhase Transformations and Microstructural Control15 creditsSemester 1
CAPE5720MStructure-Property Relationships15 creditsSemester 1
CAPE5730MMaterials Selection and Failure Analysis15 creditsSemester 1
CAPE5750MMaterials Structures and Characterisation15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following optional modules:

CAPE5020MTeam Design Project15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5710MMaterials Modelling15 creditsSemester 2

CAPE5020M is compulsory for candidates who have not already met the UK-SPEC engineering design requirements for CEng status by virtue of their first degree.

Candidates will be required to study one of the following subsets of modules (45 credits):

CAPE5725MMaterials for Photonic Applications15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5735MMaterials for Electronic Applications15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5770MNanomaterials15 creditsSemester 2

This subset is not available for graduates of BEng Chemical and Materials Engineering

CAPE5701MBiomaterials and Applications15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5715MMetals and Alloys15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5760MCeramics, Polymers and Composites15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5715MMetals and Alloys15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5780MProcess Metallurgy15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5790MExtractive Metallurgy15 creditsSemester 2
CAPE5770MNanomaterials15 creditsSemester 2
CHEM5702MProperties and Applications of (Nano)Materials15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5900MNanomagnetism15 creditsSemester 2
CHEM5701MPolymer Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Properties15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5342MSoft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5530MPhysics of Biological Systems15 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 29/05/2019


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