University of Bristol


MSc Advanced Composites


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Advanced Composites

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Composite materials are increasingly replacing traditional metallic components in several industrial applications, such as aerospace engineering, wind turbine blades and the automotive industry. This MSc provides you with an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of advanced composite materials.

The programme is based in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), one of the world's leading centres in composite materials, which houses a number of state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facilities.

ACCIS has strong industrial and research links with companies like Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems and GE Aviation as well as government research labs such as the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the European Space Agency and the US Army International Technology Centre.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Composites Design and Manufacture
    (design of composite structures; composites manufacture and practices)
  • Elements of Polymer Composite Materials
    (advanced composites processing method; properties of composites constituents)
  • Research Skills
    (literature review: research project related; journal club: advanced composites topics)
  • Mechanics of Composites
    (experimental mechanics of composites; numerical analysis of composite materials)
  • Composites Product Development
    (modelling of manufacturing processes; axiomatic design and CAD modelling)

Optional units

  • At least one of these materials units must be chosen:
    • Smart Materials
      (capabilities, understanding and modelling of smart materials and structures)
    • Nanocomposites and Nano engineering
      (properties, characterisation, processing, modelling and engineering applications of nanocomposites)
    • Nature's Materials - Biomimetics, Biomaterials and Sustainability
      (structure-function relationship of natural materials adaptivity and functional biological materials and biomaterials)
  • One of these structural units must be chosen:
    • Advanced Composites Analysis
      (finite element modelling of composite structures lamination theory, shell and plate theory damage and failure theories of composite materials)
    • Structures and Materials 1
      (architecture and properties of engineering materials)
    • Structures and Materials 2
      (generalised beam theory; introduction to elasticity theory and finite element modelling; processing and properties of advanced engineering materials)
    • Structures and Materials 3
      (laminate plate theory, finite element analysis; analysis of aircraft structures; manufacturing of aerospace materials and structures)
  • Other options might include:
    • Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
    • Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing
    • Structural Engineering 4
    • Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design
    • Nonlinear Behaviour of Materials


To complete the MSc programme you will carry out a research project, which may be either academically or industrially led.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 19,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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