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We’ll give you a solid grounding in the science of materials and show you how to apply your knowledge to problems in the real world. You’ll learn how to tailor the structure, composition and processing of materials to meet design requirements.

You can keep your study broad for the whole course, or focus on a particular material after the second year. If you’re already interested in a certain area, you can follow a specialism from the beginning, for instance metals, aerospace materials and mechanical design, or materials engineering.

The course involves contact with industry in every year. This could mean visits to manufacturing plants, projects with global companies such as Rolls-Royce and summer placements.

In the first year, you’ll take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses, you’ll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It’s designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

In the third year, you’ll complete a five-month industry placement in the engineering sector. This is followed by a group industrial project in your final year.

Our new Industrial Training Programme for this course enables you to work closely with employers and gain valuable experience working in a professional environment.

Programme structure

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Introduction to Microstructure, Kinetics and Mechanical Properties of Materials
Mathematics (Materials)
Biomaterials I
Introduction to Materials Properties
Introduction to Structural Materials Engineering
Introduction to the Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Materials
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Optional modules:

Cradle to ?: Materials and the Environment
Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials

Second year

Core modules:

Industrial Materials Processing
Microstructure and Thermodynamics of Materials
Computational Methods with MATLAB
Deformation and Failure of Materials
Functional Materials
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
Mathematics II (Materials)
Structure of Solid Materials
Engineering – You’re Hired

Optional modules:

Biomaterials II
Materials and Energy
Perspectives in Materials Research

Third year

Core modules:

Industrial Placement: Part 1
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Engineering Alloys
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 1: Nuclear Materials
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 2: Amorphous Materials
Advanced Ceramics
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to finite element modelling
Surface Degradation and Protection

Fourth year

Core modules:

Research Project & Literature Review
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 3: Aerospace Materials
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part II
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 4: Metals Processing
Metallurgical Processing
Industrial Placement: Part 2

Optional modules:

Design and Manufacture of Composites
Glasses and Cements
Materials Modelling
Materials for Energy Applications
Nanostructures and Nano-structuring
Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal

Career opportunities

Our graduates work for international companies in a variety of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, health care, construction, sports and energy. They work in areas ranging from research and development to process engineering.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States