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BEng Materials Science and Engineering

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Engineering)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of:
1. possessing a detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of materials science and engineering topics including, materials structure and characterisation, nano- and micro-structural control in materials and the processing and applications of materials;
2. possessing a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles of chemistry and physics underpinning the performance and properties of materials;
3. being capable of undertaking a group project involving the detailed design of a materials processing operation and be able to plan, execute and evaluate the results from an appropriate programme of work, as well as reporting their findings in both written and verbal form;
4. being able to deploy accurate standards of analysis and enquiry involved in materials science and engineering;
5. appreciating the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the discipline;
6. being capable of describing and commenting on particular aspects of research in materials science and engineering and make use of appropriate scholarly reviews and other sources of information;
7. being able to conform to professional and materials engineering-specific boundaries as appropriate.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
1. the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
2. the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
3. the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
4. the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
5. the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


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 a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
2. work that draws on a wide variety of material;
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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