This long established programme provides rigorous training in both theoretical and applied research for those who wish to pursue their career as a professional materials scientist. Technological advances, as well as methodological issues, have contributed to the transformation of materials and their functions. A number of challenges lie ahead, as manufacturing supply chains become global, involving companies in strategic alliances and partnerships. Materials research is of great use here, as competition can only be achieved through the development of innovative approaches to the design, development and manufacture of novel materials and their characterisation.
The MSc in Materials Research will provide an insight into areas of manufacturing, planning and control systems, knowledge based systems and measurements and manufacturing systems. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.
A substantial component of the programme is the research project. The research project is undertaken alongside taught modules throughout the academic year, and will be based within one of the materialsbased research groups of the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The research project may be focused in the fields of Ceramics, Polymers, Composites, Elastomers, Functional Materials or Manufacturing Technologies.
The programme includes four core modules, one option module and a research project.
Materials Selection and Design
Operational and Financial Management
Option modules may include:
Advanced Topics in Biomaterials
Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transformations
Environmental Properties of Materials
Nanotechnology and Advanced Functional Materials
The methods of assessment include coursework and formal examinations. Many modules will include continuous assessment and some or all of the work during the module will count towards the final mark. The MSc Research Project will be conducted under close supervision throughout the academic year, and is evaluated by thesis, presentation and viva examination at the end of the summer term.
Undergraduate degree (minimum second class honours or equivalent) in Materials Science, Engineering or a related discipline.
For international students, please refer to the International Students section.