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MEng, BEng Materials Science and Engineering

Year 4

(Award available for year: Master of Engg & Bach of Engg)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of:
1. an in-depth, specialist, knowledge of a range of advanced topics in materials science and engineering, including the selection of materials and the determination of failure modes;
2. being able to appreciate and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of new developments and advances in the field of materials science and engineering;
3. being able to use a range of IT modelling software to solve specific problems related to the design and processing of materials;
4. being able to demonstrate a detailed appreciation of published research and other information relevant to materials science and engineering;
5. being capable of undertaking an individual research project on a materials related topic and being able to plan, research, execute, evaluate and report the results of an appropriate programme of work in a variety of forms, including written, verbal and poster presentations;
6. being capable of taking a proactive and self-reflective role in their working and be able to develop professional relationships with others;
7. being able to proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses;
8. appreciating the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the discipline;
9. being capable of conforming to standards of professional conduct in materials science and engineering compatible with Chartered Engineer status through the IoM3.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
1. a practical and working understanding of the discipline;
2. the skills required to conduct multi-disciplinary research;
3. the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in professional practice;
4. ability to evaluate their own achievement and that of others;
5. self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
6. independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
7. critical engagement in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
1. demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
2. drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
3. the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
4. evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline;
5. work that is typically both evaluative and creative.


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