Composites

Key information

Start date: October 2017
Campus South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Course Director
Dr Emile Greenhalgh

Closed for 2017 entry
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Overview

This course addresses the broad field of advanced composites, specifically the manufacturing and characterisation of composites and engineering design.

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.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Core modules

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

Project

You will complete an extensive final project which can be undertaken in industry.

Full-time students will complete their project between May and September, either on campus or in industry.

Part-time students are expected to undertake the bulk of their project in industry.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
Full-time £12,000
Part-time £6,000 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

 

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £29,000
Part-time £14,500 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in engineering (aeronautical or mechanical), materials science, physics or chemistry.

International qualifications

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.

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 requirement (all applicants)

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.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

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.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

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.

Further information

Where it all begins video

Contact us

T: +44(0) 20 7594 5066
E: aero.msc-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

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Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.