Materials student in the labECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time
LocationSouth Kensington

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This MSc is suited to talented engineers and scientists with a passion for understanding and creating innovative materials. It will equip you with core knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering that can be applied to any materials-based career, giving you flexibility in the job market.

About the course

Overview

This flexible MSc is a stand-alone qualification designed to prepare students to solve problems in materials science and engineering under the exacting conditions we encounter today.

The programme is broad, covering many aspects of both the science of materials and engineering applications, and includes course work and original research components.

Our students will have access to world leading knowledge and infrastructure by working on real projects as part of established research groups, and you will be motivated to develop your ability to research, design, assess, implement and review solutions to real-life engineering problems across a wide range of materials.

This course aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the key structural properties of different classes of materials. You will gain skills in characterisation of materials, in particular their structural, thermal, morphological and chemical properties.

You will use the principles and underlying theory of a range of characterisation methods – including X-ray Diffraction, Focussed Ion Beam, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, Atomic Force Microscopy, Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopies – as well as a range of modelling tools, applicable to a broad spectrum of materials types at different length scales.

 

Structure

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

Formal teaching extends from October through to the end of March, with examinations taking place during the summer term.

During the autumn term, students will select a research project and will conduct a review of relevant literature during the spring. The research will be carried out after the exams.

Core modules

  • Material Characterisation
  • Materials Modelling
  • Research Essay
  • Research Project
  • The Art of Research

Optional modules

You choose five modules from below.

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Structural Ceramics
  • Advanced Thin Film Manufacturing Technologies
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramic and Glasses
  • Electroceramics
  • Electronic Structure and Optoelectronic Behaviour
  • Engineering Alloys
  • High Temperature Alloys
  • Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory
  • Nanomaterials I
  • Nanomaterials II
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Polymers and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Tissue Engineering

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Matlab
  • Oral presentations
  • Practical sessions
  • Small group discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Written presentations

Assessment

  • Examination
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Research project

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in an engineering or science discipline (e.g. materials; mechanical, civil or chemical engineering; 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 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 postrgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£12,000

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£29,000

Government funding

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

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.

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.

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.