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A fantastic time to be a specialist in aerospace materials, Sheffield is in the heartland of the UK aerospace industry, meaning many international aerospace companies look to the Department to discover ways to improve both materials and processes for use in their products. Read more

About the course

A fantastic time to be a specialist in aerospace materials, Sheffield is in the heartland of the UK aerospace industry, meaning many international aerospace companies look to the Department to discover ways to improve both materials and processes for use in their products.

You’ll develop knowledge of the manufacturing, processing and properties of the metals and composite materials used in airframes and aeroengines. You’ll also be trained in the fundamentals of thermodynamics, structure and mechanical behaviour.

A welcoming department

A friendly, forward-thinking community, our students and staff are on hand to welcome you to the department and ensure you settle into student life.

Your project supervisor will support you throughout your course. Plus you’ll have access to our extensive network of alumni, offering industry insight and valuable career advice to support your own career pathway.

Your career

Prospective employers recognise the value of our courses, and know that our students can apply their knowledge to industry. Our graduates work for organisations including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Saint-Gobain. Roles include materials development engineer, reactor engineer and research manager. They also work in academia in the UK and abroad.

90 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further study 6 months after graduating, with an average starting salary of £27,000, the highest being £50,000.

Equipment and facilities

We have invested in extensive, world-class equipment and facilities to provide a stimulating learning environment. Our laboratories are equipped to a high standard, with specialist facilities for each area of research.

Materials processing

Tools and production facilities for materials processing, fabrication and testing, including wet chemical processing for ceramics and polymers, rapid solidification and water atomisation for nanoscale metallic materials, and extensive facilities for deposition of functional and structural coatings.

Radioactive nuclear waste and disposal

Our £3million advanced nuclear materials research facility provides a high-quality environment for research on radioactive waste and disposal. Our unique thermomechanical compression and arbitrary strain path equipment is used for simulation of hot deformation.

Characterisation

You’ll have access to newly refurbished array of microscopy and analysis equipment, x-ray facilities, and surface analysis techniques covering state-of-the-art XPS and SIMS. There are also laboratories for cell and tissue culture, and facilities for measuring electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties.

The Kroto Research Institute and the Nanoscience and Technology Centre enhance our capabilities in materials fabrication and characterisation, and we have a computer cluster for modelling from the atomistic through nano and mesoscopic to the macroscopic.

Stimulating learning environment

An interdisciplinary research-led department; our network of world leading academics at the cutting edge of their research inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

Teaching and assessment

Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Core modules

Aerospace Metals; Design and Manufacture of Composites; Science of Materials; Materials Processing and Characterisation; Materials Selection, Properties and Applications; Technical Skills Development; Heat and Materials with Application; Advanced Materials Manufacturing; Deformation, Fracture and Fatigue; Research project in an area of your choice.

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This course addresses the vital need identified in various industry and Government reports for engineering graduates with the specialist skills to exploit future technologies for long-term economic growth in the aerospace sector. Read more
This course addresses the vital need identified in various industry and Government reports for engineering graduates with the specialist skills to exploit future technologies for long-term economic growth in the aerospace sector. The course combines Cranfield's long standing expertise for delivering high-quality Masters programmes in both aerospace and materials. Our courses receive strong support from the global aerospace industry, both the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce, as well as their tiers of supplier.

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This challenging inter-disciplinary programme spans the major classes of engineering materials used in modern high technology manufacturing and industry. Read more
This challenging inter-disciplinary programme spans the major classes of engineering materials used in modern high technology manufacturing and industry. The course has considerable variety and offers career opportunities across a wide range of industry sectors, where qualified materials scientists and engineers are highly sought after.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), allowing progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

Core study areas include advanced characterisation techniques, surface engineering, processing and properties of ceramics and metals, design with engineering materials, sustainability and a project.

Optional study areas include plastics processing technology, industrial case studies, materials modelling, adhesive bonding, rubber compounding and processing, and polymer properties.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/materials/materials-science-tech/

Programme modules

Full-time Modules:
Core Modules
- Advanced Characterisation Techniques (SL)
- Surface Engineering (SL)
- Ceramics: Processing and Properties (SL)
- Design with Engineering Materials (SL)
- Sustainable Use of Materials (OW)
- Metals: Processing and Properties (SL)
- MSc Project

Optional Modules
- Plastics Processing Technology (OW)
- Industrial Case Studies (OW)
- Materials Modelling (SL)

Part-time Modules:
Core Modules
- Ceramics: Processing and Properties (DL)
- Design with Engineering Materials (DL)
- Sustainable Use of Materials (OW or DL)
- Metals: Processing and Properties (DL)
- Surface Engineering (DL)
- Plastics Processing Technology (OW)
- MSc Project

Optional Modules
- Industrial Case Studies (OW)
- Adhesive Bonding (OW)
- Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW or DL)

Alternative modules:*
- Polymer Properties (DL)
- Advanced Characterisation Techniques (SL)
- Materials Modelling (SL)

Key: SL = Semester-long, OW = One week, DL = Distance-learning
Alternative modules* are only available under certain circumstances by agreement with the Programme Director.

Selection

Interviews may be held on consideration of a prospective student’s application form. Overseas students are often accepted on their grades and strong recommendation from suitable referees.

Course structure, assessment and accreditation

The MSc comprises a combination of semester-long and one week modules for full-time students, whilst part-time students study a mix of one week and distance-learning modules.

MSc students undertake a major project many of which are sponsored by our industrial partners. Part-time student projects are often specified in conjunction with their sponsoring company and undertaken at their place of work.

All modules are 15 credits. The MSc project is 60 credits.

MSc: 180 credits – six core and two optional modules, plus the MSc project.
PG Diploma: 120 credits – six core and two optional modules.
PG Certificate: 60 credits – four core modules.

- Assessment
Modules are assessed by a combination of written examination, set coursework exercises and laboratory reports. The project is assessed by a dissertation, literature review and oral presentation.

- Accreditation
Both MSc programmes are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), allowing progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

Careers and further Study

Typical careers span many industrial sectors, including aerospace, power generation, automotive, construction and transport. Possible roles include technical and project management, R&D, technical support to manufacturing as well as sales and marketing.
Many of our best masters students continue their studies with us, joining our thriving community of PhD students engaged in materials projects of real-world significance

Bursaries and Scholarships

Bursaries are available for both UK / EU and international students, and scholarships are available for good overseas applicants.

Why Choose Materials at Loughborough?

The Department has contributed to the advancement and application of knowledge for well over 40 years. With 21 academics and a large support team, we have about 85 full and part-time MSc students, 70 PhD students and 20 research associates.

Our philosophy is based on the engineering application and use of materials which, when processed, are altered in structure and properties.
Our approach includes materials selection and design considerations as well as business and environmental implications.

- Facilities
We are also home to the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre – its state of-the-art equipment makes it one of the best suites of its kind in Europe used by academia and our industrial partners.
The Centre supports our research and teaching activities developing understanding of the interactions of structure and properties with processing and product performance.

- Research
Our research activity is organised into 4 main research groups; energy materials, advanced ceramics, surface engineering and advanced polymers. These cover a broad span of research areas working on today’s global challenges, including sustainability, nanomaterials, composites and processing. However, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our research and frequently interact with other departments and Research Schools.

- Career prospects
Over 90% of our graduates were in employment and / or further study six months after graduating. Our unrivalled links with industry are
hugely beneficial to our students. We also tailor our courses according to industrial feedback and needs, ensuring our graduates are well prepared

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/materials/materials-science-tech/

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Materials Engineering at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Materials Engineering at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This MRes degree includes modules covering a range of areas within the Materials discipline, which are linked to the College of Engineering’s main research strengths of aerospace materials, environmental materials and steel technology.

Key Features of MRes in Materials Engineering

Through this course in Materials Engineering, you will be provided with training and experience in a broad range of topic areas, including metallurgy and materials selection, aerospace materials, recycling techniques, and modern business management issues and techniques.

The Materials Engineering course will provide you with the depth of knowledge and breadth of abilities to meet the demands of the international materials industry.

Combination of taught modules (60 credits) and a research thesis, which presents the outcome of a significant research project (120 credits) over 12 months full-time study. An MRes (Master of Research) provides relevant training to acquire the knowledge, techniques and skills required for a career in industry or for further research.

Modules

Modules on the Materials Engineering programme can vary each year but you could expect to study:

Strategic Project Planning
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
Aerospace Materials Engineering
Materials Recycling Techniques
Environmental Analysis and Legislation
Physical Metallurgy of Steel
MSc Research Thesis

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Engineering at Swansea University provides state-of-the-art facilities specific to Materials Engineering.

- Comprehensive computer systems for specialist and general purposes.
- World-leading equipment for characterisation of the mechanical properties of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.
- Extensive range of laboratories housing scanning electron microscopes with full microanalysis and electron backscatter diffraction capabilities.

Careers

Through this Materials Engineering scheme, you will be provided with the detailed technical knowledge and experience required for a successful career at a technical or management level within the modern steel industry.

At the end of the course, you will have a higher level qualification along with crucial experience of industry allowing you to more quickly enter into the world of work and contribute fully to this important sector.

Links with Industry

The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations including:

Rolls-Royce
Airbus
Tata Steel

Rolls-Royce

The Institute of Structural Materials at Swansea is a core member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials.

This venture supports a wide ranging research portfolio with a rolling value of £6.5 million per annum addressing longer term materials issues.

Airbus

Over £1m funding has been received from Airbus and the Welsh Government in the last three years to support structural composites research and development in the aerospace industry and to support composites activity across Wales.

Tata Steel

Funding of over £6 million to continue our very successful postgraduate programmes with Tata Steel.

Other companies sponsoring research projects include Akzo Nobel, Axion Recycling, BAE Systems, Bayer, Cognet, Ford, HBM nCode, Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis, QinetiQ, RWE Innogy, Timet, TWI (Wales), as well as many smaller companies across the UK.

These industrial research links provide excellent opportunities for great research and employment opportunities.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK

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Develop a specialised knowledge of materials engineering in this course which is fully accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Read more
Develop a specialised knowledge of materials engineering in this course which is fully accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

One of very few such courses offered at masters level in the UK. It's information rich but also provides a significant degree of hands-on practical work that utilises a wide range of manufacturing, testing and characterisation equipment. The limited number of graduates in this area, combined with the knowledge, expertise and practical skills developed in this specialised field, gives you a major advantage over other engineering graduates as you seek employment within the materials-related industries.

We have been successfully teaching a masters programme in materials engineering for more than 20 years, leading the way in the study of this field. Staff are very experienced and undertake both academic research and commercial projects, both of which support students’ learning experience.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Advanced-Materials-Engineering-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

Gain exposure to the latest trends in design, materials, manufacturing processes, testing and advanced applications by taking full advantage of our modern technology and computing facilities.

You'll benefit from our first class research and knowledge transfer partnerships with local, national and international companies. Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, we have excellent industry links and encourage you to interact with industry too.

All projects are practically focused, with an emphasis on using industry standard manufacturing and testing equipment. Many projects are live, meaning you'll be working for real clients.

Modules

• Metallic Materials
• Plastics Materials
• Ceramics and Composites
• Smart Materials and Surfaces
• Forensic Materials Engineering and Energy Materials
• MSc Project – a focused piece of industrially relevant research, normally carried out on placement

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

You'll have excellent job prospects with this pedigree of materials engineering skills, expertise and knowledge.

This will give you enhanced employment prospects in almost all engineering, science, design and manufacturing disciplines. In particular, you may find roles in:
• manufacturing
• design, energy engineering and renewables
• chemical engineering
• offshore engineering, materials testing
• advising and assuring companies
• regulatory authorities and automotive
• aerospace and defence industries

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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The Department of Materials Engineering offers opportunities for study in the following fields. Read more

Program Overview

The Department of Materials Engineering offers opportunities for study in the following fields: casting and solidification of metals; ceramic processing and properties; refractories; corrosion; composites; high temperature coatings; biomaterials; extractive metallurgy including hydrometallurgy, bio-hydrometallurgy, electrometallurgy, and pyrometallurgy; physical metallurgy; thermo-mechanical processing related to materials production; environmental issues related to materials productions; electronic materials; nanofibers; textile structural composites.

Materials Engineers are experts on the entire life cycle of materials, including recovery of materials from minerals, making engineered materials, manufacturing materials into products, understanding and evaluating materials performance, proper disposal and recycling of materials, and evaluating societal and economic benefits.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Applied Science
- Specialization: Materials Engineering
- Subject: Engineering
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Registration options: Full-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science

Research focus

Composites, Microstructure Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy, Solidification, Biomaterials & Ceramics

Research highlights

In our research, we work closely with industry partners internationally. We have faculty with world-renowned expertise in hydrometallurgy, sustainability, nanomaterials, biomaterials and ceramics. Recent research developments in the department are helping to reduce environmental impact in the mining industry and enabling new possibilities in medical treatments. We also have a leading role in MagNet, an initiative that aims to achieve significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector. We have a long history of providing excellence in education and offer one of the top-rated materials programs in North America. Graduates of our program are enjoying rewarding careers locally and internationally in a wide range of industries from mining to advanced electronics, health care and aerospace.

Related Study Areas

Biomaterials, Ceramics, Composites, Hydrometallurgy, Microstructure Engineering, Corrosion

Facilities

Research is carried out in both the Frank Forward Building and the Brimacombe Building (AMPEL) on UBC campus.

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Companies (many of whom are world leaders) specialising in advanced manufacturing of high value materials, which are vital across all sectors, require qualified specialists with the equivalent skillset of an MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Read more

About the course

Companies (many of whom are world leaders) specialising in advanced manufacturing of high value materials, which are vital across all sectors, require qualified specialists with the equivalent skillset of an MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

This course will suit students from a physics or chemistry background, looking to transition into a career in engineering. Through specific aerospace and advanced metallic materials options, you’ll be equipped with all the technical skills and personal qualities necessary for a high-level career in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Through our innovative Industrial Training Programme (ITP) you will have direct contact with CEOs and Managing Directors from industry, and will be encouraged to develop the attributes that mark you out as a future leader: adaptability, creativity and an entrepreneurial outlook.

A welcoming department

A friendly, forward-thinking community, our students and staff are on hand to welcome you to the department and ensure you settle into student life.

Your project supervisor will support you throughout your course. Plus you’ll have access to our extensive network of alumni, offering industry insight and valuable career advice to support your own career pathway.

Your career

Prospective employers recognise the value of our courses, and know that our students can apply their knowledge to industry. Our graduates work for organisations including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Saint-Gobain. Roles include materials development engineer, reactor engineer and research manager. They also work in academia in the UK and abroad.

90 per cent of our graduates are employed or in further study 6 months after graduating, with an average starting salary of £27,000, the highest being £50,000.

Equipment and facilities

We have invested in extensive, world-class equipment and facilities to provide a stimulating learning environment. Our laboratories are equipped to a high standard, with specialist facilities for each area of research.

Materials processing

Tools and production facilities for materials processing, fabrication and testing, including wet chemical processing for ceramics and polymers, rapid solidification and water atomisation for nanoscale metallic materials, and extensive facilities for deposition of functional and structural coatings.

Radioactive nuclear waste and disposal

Our £3million advanced nuclear materials research facility provides a high-quality environment for research on radioactive waste and disposal. Our unique thermomechanical compression and arbitrary strain path equipment is used for simulation of hot deformation.

Characterisation

You’ll have access to newly refurbished array of microscopy and analysis equipment, x-ray facilities, and surface analysis techniques covering state-of-the-art XPS and SIMS. There are also laboratories for cell and tissue culture, and facilities for measuring electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties.

The Kroto Research Institute and the Nanoscience and Technology Centre enhance our capabilities in materials fabrication and characterisation, and we have a computer cluster for modelling from the atomistic through nano and mesoscopic to the macroscopic.

Stimulating learning environment

An interdisciplinary research-led department; our network of world leading academics at the cutting edge of their research inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

Teaching and assessment

Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Core modules

Metallurgical processing; Advanced Materials Manufacturing; Deformation, Fraction and Fatigue; Introduction to Materials Modelling; Technical Skills Development; Heat and Materials with Application.

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This programme brings together the latest developments in materials science and their application into new technology, providing you with specialist knowledge and skills which will enhance your engineering career. Read more
This programme brings together the latest developments in materials science and their application into new technology, providing you with specialist knowledge and skills which will enhance your engineering career.

It focusses on the theory and computational simulation of material structures for application into automotive, aerospace, technology and energy sectors. You will gain a strong understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products, identifying their strengths and limitations, enabling you to find solutions to complex contemporary problems.

Our particular research strengths are drawn into the masters programme, in areas including functional materials (those with extra functionality such as electro-magnetic screening, self-sensing and active materials, and materials with negative thermal expansion and Poisson’s ratios), polymers, composites and bio-materials.

The programme will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in materials engineering.

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and consists of eight core engineering, modules totalling 165 credits, and one 15-credit option module.

Core modules

The core modules can include; Mechanics of Materials; Software Modelling; Advanced Materials Engineering; Computer Aided Engineering Design; Research Methodology; Sustainable Engineering; New Developments in Materials Engineering and Engineering MSc Project

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are Contemporary Advanced Materials Research and Functional Materials.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. It has particular value in developing transferable skills development including management skills, communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these skills will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

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This exciting programme brings together the latest developments in materials science and their application into new technology, providing you with specialist knowledge and skills which will enhance your engineering career. Read more
This exciting programme brings together the latest developments in materials science and their application into new technology, providing you with specialist knowledge and skills which will enhance your engineering career.

Alongside the core engineering modules, you will also study three management modules taught by the Business School which will help you develop transferable professional management skills that will enhance your study experience and improve your career prospects.

It focusses on the theory and computational simulation of material structures for application into automotive, aerospace, technology and energy sectors. You will gain a strong understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products, identifying their strengths and limitations, enabling you to find solutions to complex contemporary problems.

Our particular research strengths are drawn into the programmes, in areas including functional materials (those with extra functionality such as electro-magnetic screening, self-sensing and active materials, and materials with negative thermal expansion and Poisson’s ratios), polymers, composites and bio-materials.

MSc Materials Engineering with Management will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career, whether you have a desire to lead and manage teams, or wish to progress in a technical materials engineering role.

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and consists of seven core modules totalling 150 credits, and two 15-credit option modules.

Core modules

The core modules can include; Mechanics of Materials; Software Modelling; Advanced Materials Engineering; Computer Aided Engineering Design; Management Concepts; Professional Skills; and Engineering MSc Project

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are Contemporary Advanced Materials Research; Functional Materials. Strategic Innovation Management and Strategy.
The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. It has particular value in developing transferable skills development including management skills, communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these skills will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

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Aerospace engineering has evolved and diversified since the early days of powered flight. Employers now require skills ranging from aerodynamics and flight control to space engineering simulation and design. Read more
Aerospace engineering has evolved and diversified since the early days of powered flight. Employers now require skills ranging from aerodynamics and flight control to space engineering simulation and design. This diversity means that engineers need to be able to operate and develop advanced devices, and understand complex theoretical and computational models.

* This programme will give you advanced skills in computational modelling, numerical techniques and an in-depth understanding in engineering approaches to aerospace problems
* After your degree, you will be well prepared to develop new computational and technological products for the aerospace industries
* You will join research groups working at the cutting edge of aerospace engineering, and computational modelling
* This is a well established course with variety and choice for students - there are a wide number of engineering modules, but also the chance to specialise on your own area

Why study with us?

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research. Both Engineering and Materials are very well established at Queen Mary, with the Aerospace Department being the first established in the UK. Our aerospace teaching programmes were ranked number 2 in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey.

Studying Engineering has taught me to think, plan, organise and execute tasks in a systematic and methodical manner. Osman Bawa

* This MSc programme is available to students from a variety of non-engineering backgrounds such as Physics, Maths, and Electronic Engineering
* It was the first of its kind in the country; offering some unique modules including, Aeroelasticity, Crash worthiness, and Space engineering
* Students will collaborate with researchers working in alternative fuels sources, so it is relevant and timely
* Aerospace Engineering is an employment related field which allows you to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in design, aerodynamics, propulsion and technology.

Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities, including:

* Excellent computing resources such as a high-performance computing cluster, several high-performance PC clusters and parallel high-performance SGI computer clusters, an extensive unit of Linux and UNIX workstations.
* A wide range of experimental facilities from low speed wind tunnels with one of the lowest ever recorded turbulence level of 0.01% to supersonic wind tunnels, anechoic chamber dedicated to aeroacoustics problems, two new state-of-the-art electrospray technology laboratories, experimental propulsion, an advanced CueSim flight simulator and labs equipped with modern measurements techniques.
* Engineering and Materials Sciences postgraduates will also have access to the School's extensive experimental facilities used for materials, the latest electron microscopes and a brand new Nanovision centre.

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This course, which is accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society, provides a strategic overview of aerospace engineering and management issues. Read more
This course, which is accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society, provides a strategic overview of aerospace engineering and management issues. It will help you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the challenges facing the aerospace engineering industry, and includes subjects such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, research techniques and green environmental issues.

What will you study?

You will gain a broad understanding of the practical requirements of aerospace engineering, as well as an in-depth knowledge of aerospace stress analysis and advanced materials, alongside computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for aerospace applications. Complementary subjects covered include computer-integrated product development, advanced CAD/CAM plus green engineering and energy efficiency. In addition, the Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management module will develop your business and management skills. The Aerospace Group Design Project module provides you with the experience of working in a multidisciplinary team within an engineering organisation – with real industrial constraints. You'll get the chance to apply the theory you've learnt to real-world contexts and evaluate methodologies, whilst developing your critical thinking and creativity.
As well as the professional, analytical and management skills necessary for employment, the course will provide you with the transferable skills required in the workplace, such as communication, IT, teamwork, planning, decision making, independent learning ability and problem solving.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, industrial project.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.
-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management
-Computational Fluid Dynamics for Aerospace Applications
-Aerospace Stress Analysis and Advanced Materials
-Aerospace Group Design Project

Option modules (choose one)
-Green Engineering and Energy Efficiency
-Advanced CAD/CAM Systems
-Engineering Projects and Risk Management

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The Aerospace Engineering MSc aims to further develop students' knowledge of and expertise in specialist engineering subjects associated with the main application areas of aeronautical engineering. Read more
The Aerospace Engineering MSc aims to further develop students' knowledge of and expertise in specialist engineering subjects associated with the main application areas of aeronautical engineering. Particular prominence is given to Sustainable Aviation, Advanced Materials and Processes, Experimental Methods and Techniques, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Structural Analysis and Simulation, Flight Dynamics and Simulation, and Advanced Aircraft Systems, in particular Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

An emphasis on applied technical work will strengthen the engineering development skills of students from an academic background. The programme is delivered by a specialist team of academics. Access to state of the art laboratory and computing facilities within the new Engineering and Computing building. Personal tutor support throughout the postgraduate study. Excellent links with a number of industrial organisations enable access to the latest technology and real-world applications.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The work carried out on this course will provide the demonstrable expertise necessary to help secure professional level employment in related industries.

The Aerospace Engineering MSc curriculum consists of eight mandatory core topics and a substantial MSc project. Successful completion of all elements leads to the award of MSc in Aerospace Engineering. Completion of the taught modules without a project leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The mandatory study topics are as follows:
-Mathematical modelling in Aerospace Engineering
-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAV)
-Experimental Methods and Techniques
-Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
-Advanced Materials and Processes
-Design and analysis of Aerospace structures
-Flight Dynamics and Simulation
-Project Management
-Individual Project

The substantial individual project gives students the opportunity to work on a detailed area of related technology alongside an experienced academic supervisor. Some projects are offered in conjunction with the work of the Faculty’s research centres or industry. Typical project titles include:
-Integration of Advanced Materials into Aircraft Structures
-Sustainable Aircraft Development and Design
-Intelligent Power Generation
-UAV SWARM Systems

You will have access to:
-Unique Flight Simulator Suite (3 flight simulators, 2 UAV ground control systems plus the associated UAV,1 Air Traffic Control unit);
Harrier Jump Jet;
-New bespoke Mercedes-Petronas low speed wind tunnel and associated measurement;
-Faculty workshop (metal/woodwork), Composites Laboratory, Metrology Laboratory, Electrical Laboratory, Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory, Cogent Wireless Intelligent Sensing Laboratory
-Faculty Open Access Computer Facilities

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The specialist topics studied on the programme will prepare you for work in specialist companies involved with aeronautical engineering. There are also many roles in related industries that rely on the technology. Possible destinations include:
-Design, Development, Operations and Management;
-Projects/Systems/Structural/Avionics Engineers.

Typical student destinations include:
-BAE Systems
-Rolls-Royce
-Airbus
-Dassult

Opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree upon completion of the master’s course:
-Research at Coventry University
-Cogent Computing
-Control Theory and Applications Centre
-Distributed Systems and Modelling

Aerospace Engineering MSc has been developed to improve upon the fundamental undergraduate knowledge of aerospace/aeronautical students and help mechanical students learn more about the application of their subject to aircraft. The whole aerospace/aviation industry is committed to a more sustainable and a more efficient future. The techniques, methods and subjects covered in this degree explore the ever changing industrial environment in more detail.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance. Read more
Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance.

Research Focus

The research extends from fundamental science, and the `blue skies' development of novel technologies and techniques, to the very applied, with the aim of improving our understanding of the basic governing principles, process simulation and physical modelling. While our research is broad ranging, we focus on light alloys for aerospace and transport applications, high-temperature materials for aeroengines and power generation, and metal composites, as well as the failure of metallic materials, their environmental degradation and surface treatment. The research is supported by state of the art equipment for materials characterisation, testing, simulation and processing.

Examples of recent student PhD projects include; Microstructure Modelling for Friction Stir Welding, Laser Surface treatment of Aerospace Alloys, Advanced Strain Mapping for Structural Integrity application, Dynamic Grain Growth in Super Plastic Forming, Dynamics and Morphology of Stress Corrosion Cracking Using 3D X-ray Tomography, and Laser Depositioning of Nickel Base Superalloys.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry and the funding councils and sponsorship from global companies, including; Airbus, Alcan, Alcoa, British Energy, Rolls Royce, BNF and Jaguar. Major initiatives include the £6M EPSRC-Manchester Portfolio Partnership in Light Alloys for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and the Materials Performance Centre, a research alliance established with Nexia Solutions (supported by the NDA) in 2002, and partnered with British Energy, Serco Assurance, EDF and Westinghouse.

Facilities

To underpin the research and teaching activities, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.

To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.

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Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance. Read more
Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance.

Research Focus

The research extends from fundamental science, and the `blue skies' development of novel technologies and techniques, to the very applied, with the aim of improving our understanding of the basic governing principles, process simulation and physical modelling. While our research is broad ranging, we focus on light alloys for aerospace and transport applications, high-temperature materials for aeroengines and power generation, and metal composites, as well as the failure of metallic materials, their environmental degradation and surface treatment. The research is supported by state of the art equipment for materials characterisation, testing, simulation and processing.

Examples of recent student PhD projects include; Microstructure Modelling for Friction Stir Welding, Laser Surface treatment of Aerospace Alloys, Advanced Strain Mapping for Structural Integrity application, Dynamic Grain Growth in Super Plastic Forming, Dynamics and Morphology of Stress Corrosion Cracking Using 3D X-ray Tomography, and Laser Depositioning of Nickel Base Superalloys.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry and the funding councils and sponsorship from global companies, including; Airbus, Alcan, Alcoa, British Energy, Rolls Royce, BNF and Jaguar. Major initiatives include the £6M EPSRC-Manchester Portfolio Partnership in Light Alloys for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and the Materials Performance Centre, a research alliance established with Nexia Solutions (supported by the NDA) in 2002, and partnered with British Energy, Serco Assurance, EDF and Westinghouse.

Facilities

To underpin the research and teaching activities, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.

To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.

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The Aircraft Design option of the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) aims to provide a comprehensive overview of aircraft performance, structures and systems. Read more

Course Description

The Aircraft Design option of the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) aims to provide a comprehensive overview of aircraft performance, structures and systems. A holistic teaching approach is taken to explore how the individual elements of an aircraft can be designed and integrated using up-to-date methods and techniques. You will learn to understand how to select specific systems such as fuel systems, and their effect on the aircraft as a whole.
This course is suitable for students with a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering or those with relevant industrial experience.

Overview

Modern aircraft design focuses on the integration of new technologies and systems, with current and advanced configurations to lead us towards environmentally friendly and cost effective aviation in the civil arena and high performance and effective aviation in the military arena. This includes new structures, materials and manufacturing processes. New aircraft design is essential to address issues such as carbon footprint reduction, lower noise pollution and improved passenger comfort as well as contributing to national security.

Our work in this field covers all flying vehicles including civil and military aircraft, helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAVS), ultra-high capacity airlines and space vehicles. Current research being undertaken includes:

Advanced Configurations – such as blended wing and morphing wing aircraft design. This includes both fixed wing and rotorcraft vehicles.

Advanced Systems Integration – such as Distributed Propulsion using hydrogen or alternative fuels for power and high temperature superconducting materials technology.

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes – exploring the benefits achieved through the application of advanced composite materials.

Advanced Design Methodologies – developing techniques to ensure that optimum designs are achieved.

Airworthiness Compliance – ensuring new designs demonstrate the same safety requirements as traditional aircraft.

Operational Aspects – cost, performance, reliability and maintainability are important features of aircraft design as well as advanced techniques such as Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM). Vulnerability and susceptibility also have a major impact.

Biomimetics – taking lessons from nature for example insects and birds, and their application in aviation such as launch, recovery and flight.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

Structure

The Aircraft Design option consists of a taught component, a group design project and an individual research project.

Individual Project

The individual research project aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught element to research, and takes place from March to September. The project may be theoretical and/or experimental and drawn from a range of topics related to the course and suggested by teaching staff, your employer or focused on your own area of interest.

Group Project

The extensive group design project is a distinctive and unique feature of this course. This teamwork project takes place from October to March, and recreates a virtual industrial environment bringing together students with various experience levels and different nationalities into one integrated design team.

Each team member is given responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, forward fuselage, fuel system, or navigation system. The project will progress from the conceptual phase through to the preliminary and detail design phases. You will be required to run project meetings, produce engineering drawings and detailed analyses of your design. Problem solving and project coordination must be undertaken on a team and individual basis. At the end of the project, groups are required to report and present findings to a panel of 200 senior engineers from industry.

This element of the course is both realistic and engaging, and places the student group in a professional role as aerospace design engineers. Students testify that working as an integrated team on real problems is invaluable and prepares them well for careers in a highly competitive industry.

Assessment

The taught modules (10%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment. The Group Project (50%) is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. The Individual Research Project (40%) forms the remainder of the course.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Aircraft Design is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

This course prepares graduates for careers as project design engineers, systems design, structural design or avionic engineers in aerospace or related industries, with the aim of progressing to technical management/chief engineer. Graduates from the MSc in Aircraft Design can therefore look forward to a varied choice of challenging career opportunities in the above disciplines.

Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/AVD-Option-Aircraft-Design

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