MSc Composites: the Science, Technology and Engineering Application of Advanced Composites
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This course addresses the broad field of advanced composites, specifically the manufacturing and characterisation of composites and engineering design.
About the course
New aircraft and other challenging engineering applications are becoming increasingly dependent upon the unique capabilities of high performance composite materials.
This course addresses the broad field of advanced composites, and is presented by experts in the field from the College, other universities, major aerospace companies and government research organisations.
It will appeal to graduates of engineering, materials science, physics or chemistry.
You will develop an outstanding knowledge of composite technology, allowing you to take up specialist roles in industry and research.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Lectures take place during the first two terms and are arranged in a series of modules, including:
- Analytical techniques, fractography
- Composite systems (polymer, metal, ceramic)
- Design, joining, finite element analysis
- Detection of defects, non-destructive evaluation
- Fatigue, impact, environment
- Fibre/matrix interfaces
- Introduction to composites; fibres
- Laminate analysis
- Manufacturing science
- Mechanical testing; fracture
- Stiffness and strength
- Stress analysis
- Lifecycle Assessment
Students undertake a laboratory programme and an extensive literature review in the autumn term.
During the spring term you undertake a group structural design study. During both terms there are a number of assessed coursework assignments.
After the written examinations in April/May, full-time students undertake a full-time project until September. It may be possible for projects to be carried out in industry. Part-time students are expected to undertake the bulk of their project in industry.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in engineering (aeronautical or mechanical), materials science, physics or chemistry.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College; our requirement is usually higher.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
- £12,000 full-time
- £6,000 per year part-time*
Islands and overseas students
- £29,000 full-time
- £14,500 per year part-time*
* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Funding from Imperial
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online. For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.
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