Materials

Apply your study of materials to nuclear engineering in this professionally accredited integrated Master’s degree.

Key information

Award

MEng

Duration

4 years

full-time

Typical offer

Three A-level offer: A*AA–A*A*A

See full entry requirements

Applications : admissions ratio

4.9 : 1

Based on 2015 application data

Professionally accredited

Read about this course's accreditation

  • UCAS course code: J5H8
  • ECTS: 270
  • Start date: October 2018

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Overview

Materials science and engineering are critical for innovation in fields such as healthcare, energy, environmental sustainability and transport. It is an exciting and dynamic subject to be a part of, particularly with new developments like ‘smart materials’, nanotechnology and biomimetics.

Materials are central to the nuclear industry, both in designing reactor parts that are safe under irradiation and in handling and processing waste.

This course focuses on understanding the relationship between the fundamental structure and properties of matter, and will provide you with a focused introduction to nuclear engineering.

You will learn how to manipulate existing materials and how to develop new and improved ones, with access to cutting edge equipment and tools for advanced materials imaging and characterisation.

During the first two years you follow a core series of modules that will provide you with a strong base of theoretical principles, and cover the widest possible range of materials, including:Materials student

  • biomaterials
  • metals and alloys
  • ceramics
  • glasses
  • polymers
  • composites
  • semiconductors

This is reinforced by laboratory work, industrial visits and lectures, as well as tutorials and case studies.

In your third year you will begin to focus on nuclear engineering, completing a mixture of core and optional modules.

You also have the opportunity to build on the BEng with a relevant four-month placement in industry or research.

Your study reaches Master’s level in the final year, with a wide choice of advanced modules and a substantial nuclear-focused research project. Studying to this level means that graduates require fewer years of work experience to become a Chartered Engineer (see Professional Accreditation below).

Transfer between courses

The common structure of the first two years of our Materials degrees means that transfer between courses is usually possible during this time.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.

Structure

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

Year 1

Core modules

  • Materials Chemistry and Biology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Physics
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Mechanical Behaviour
  • Microstructure and Properties of Materials

Year 2

Core modules

  • Electronic Properties of Materials
  • Materials Chemistry and Polymer Sciences
  • Materials Engineering 2
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Mechanical Behaviour
  • Microstructure

Year 3

Core modules

  • Integrated Materials Engineering
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Nuclear Chemical Engineering

Optional modules

You choose three modules from below.

  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Electronic Structures and Opto Electronic Properties
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Materials Modelling
  • Nanomaterials 1
  • Polymers and Composites
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
Humanities and Business options

Broaden your degree by substituting a choice above for one of the below.

Year 4

Core modules

  • Advanced Structural Ceramics
  • Comprehensive Paper
  • Nuclear Materials I or Nuclear Materials II
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
  • Research Project
  • Strategic Management
  • Work Placement

Optional modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Thin Films Manufacturing
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Electroceramics
  • High Performance Alloys
  • Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory
  • Nanomaterials I
  • Nanomaterials II
Inter-Departmental Exchange

You have the opportunity to substitute a module for an exchange with another department at Imperial.

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the IOM3 (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Achieving a professionally accredited degree demonstrates to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency.

It also provides you with a faster route to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in your chosen field by satisfying the educational requirements of this professional qualification. This means you won’t need to undertake any further academic study on your route to gaining Chartered status, though you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.

A CEng is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in engineering, which can lead to higher earning potential and better career prospects.

It also brings international recognition of your qualification, which is particularly useful for students preparing for a career abroad.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is renewed every five years.

The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2018–19 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.


Associateship

As your main Imperial degree, you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines on completion of this course.

The Royal School of Mines is one of three historic Colleges that came together to form Imperial College London in 1907.

Find out more about our Associateships.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching focuses on applied science, with a grounding in theory and a great emphasis on practical work. You’ll be expected to take part in challenging experiments with advanced equipment.

You can expect a balance of theoretical and practical work, through lectures and laboratory work. There is also the opportunity to complete a research project, which will rely on substantial individual study. In addition to those more traditional teaching methods, you can expect industrial visits and tutorials.

Assessment

Over the course of your studies you will experience different assessment methods in each module you complete. You will be assessed by written examinations, class tests and coursework.

Staff expertise

At Imperial, you will be taught by a range of teachers of all levels from Professors to PhD students, including some who undertake groundbreaking research and are regarded as experts in their field.

You may also experience peer teaching and be taught by specialists external to the College.

Compare this course

See how this course compares with similar courses at different institutions using the Unistats Key Information Set (KIS).

You can use the KIS to find out how this course compares in areas such as the proportion of time spent in timetabled teaching and independent study, how the course is assessed, student satisfaction and what our graduates are doing six months after completing this course.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis – see selection process below.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (see Contact us).

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.

A-levels

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying A-levels was A*AA–A*A*A.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • A*/A in Mathematics
  • A*/A in Physics
  • A*/A in Chemistry

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer range

As a guide, the typical offer made in 2016 to at least 85% of applicants studying IB was 38–40 points overall.

Subject and grade requirements (2018 entry)

We expect applicants for 2018 entry to meet the following grade requirements in these subjects:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level
  • 6 in Chemistry at higher level

Advanced Placements

Our minimum requirement for this course is grades 5, 5, 5 to include:

  • 5 in Calculus BC
  • 5 Chemistry
  • 5 Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism, or Mechanics)

Selection process

Assessing your application

Admissions Tutors consider all the evidence available during our rigorous selection process and the College flags key information providing assessors with a more complete picture of the educational and social circumstances relevant to the applicant.

Some applicants may be set lower offers and some more challenging ones. It is the College’s policy to not make offers below three A’s at A-level in relevant subjects, 38 IB points with at least a grade 6 at higher level in relevant subjects, or their equivalent.

A typical range of offers made by this Department in 2016 (encompassing at least 85% of applicants who studied A-level or IB) is shown above.

Post-application admissions day and interview

If your UCAS application indicates that you are likely to satisfy our requirements and you live within reasonable travelling distance of the College you will be invited for one of our post-application admissions days and an interview with a member of our academic staff.

The aim of this interview is to give the Department the opportunity to discuss your interest in materials and also to give you an opportunity to raise questions about both the course and the College.

During your visit you will be taken on a tour of the Department and the College by current students and you will have an opportunity to meet staff and students at an informal lunch.

English language qualifications (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 undergraduate applicants.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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 website.

Tuition fees and funding

We charge tuition fees for every year that your course lasts. The fee you will be charged is based on your fee status, which is determined by government regulations.

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
£9,250 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. This is the maximum rate of tuition chargeable by institutions that achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award under the first year of the UK government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

In its TEF: Year Two specification guidance document, the government confirmed that all institutions achieving a Bronze rating or higher in Year Two will be able to charge the maximum capped amount. These ratings will be announced in spring 2017.

You should expect the fee to increase for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

We expect EU students will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition as long as the UK remains in the EU, and for the duration of their course, provided this remains lawful.

Government funding

If you're a Home student, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK government to cover the entire cost of tuition for every year of your course. You can also apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards your living costs.

EU students entering university in the UK in 2017 also have access to the Tuition Fee Loan for the duration of their course. The government has not yet confirmed arrangements for EU students starting university in 2018.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£27,750 per year

The above fee applies to the academic year 2017–18 only. The fee for the 2018–19 academic fee has not yet been set by the College. We will update this page as soon as this fee information is available so please check back before submitting an application for 2018 entry.

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

Accommodation and living costs

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

Over 90 per cent of Imperial undergraduates choose to live in our halls of residence in their first year. 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.

Careers

A degree in Materials Science and Engineering can open the door to careers in a wide variety of sectors from chemicals manufacturing and pharmaceuticals to technical management and scientific research and development (R&D). There are lots of emerging sectors to think about too, such as nanotechnology, biomedical materials, high performance textiles and composites.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Power Electronics Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Management Consultant, Deloitte
  • Engineer, Rolls-Royce
  • Research Engineer, SIMTech
  • Materials Scientist, Morgan Advanced Materials

How to apply

UCAS key information

  • UCAS course code: J5H8
  • UCAS institution code: I50

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Application deadlines

All applications, other than those which include choices for medicine at Imperial, must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2018 for entry in October 2018.

The deadline for medicine courses at Imperial starting in 2018 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2017.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed and submitted your application through UCAS’s online Apply service, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

You may also be interested in the following related departments and the courses they offer:

Contact us

Materials Science

Got a question?

Miss Raj Gill
Undergraduate Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 7594 6728
E: raj.gill@imperial.ac.uk

Read more on the Department of Materials website.

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