Our Advanced Materials MSc is a broad-based, flexible modular programme, giving you a thorough understanding of advanced engineering materials, their manufacture, and the techniques used for their characterisation.
This programme is a springboard for career development, new employment opportunities and postgraduate research. It provides a strong platform for workplace-based continuing education with many part-time students funded by their employers.
Full-time and part-time students study a number of one-week short-course modules comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials.
The modules cover metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, nanomaterials, bonding, surfaces, corrosion, fracture, fatigue, analytical techniques and general research methods. Each module is followed by an open book assessment of approximately 120 hours.
There is also a materials-based research project, which is made up of the Research Project Planning and the Project modules.
The MSc in Advanced Materials is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) when a Project is undertaken.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a compulsory Project. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Introduction to Materials Science
-Research Project Planning
-Introduction to Composite Materials Science
-Characterisation of Advanced Materials
-Introduction to Physical Metallurgy
-Polymers: Science, Engineering and Applications
-Structural Ceramics and Hard Coatings
-Surface Analysis: XPS, Auger and SIMS
-Materials Under Stress
-The Science and Technology of Adhesive Bonding
-Composite Materials Technology
-Advanced Materials Independent Study (part-time only)
-Advanced Materials Project (part-time only)
-Project (part-time only)
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
-To provide students with a broad knowledge of the manufacture, characterisation and properties of advanced materials
-To address issues of sustainability such as degradation and recycling
-To equip graduate scientists and engineers with specific expertise in the selection and use of materials for industry
-To enable students to prepare, plan, execute and report an original piece of research
-To develop a deeper understanding of a materials topic which is of particular interest (full-time students) or relevance to their work in industry (part-time students) by a project based or independent study based thesis
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-The different major classes of advanced materials
-Routes for manufacturing and processing of advanced materials
-Characterisation techniques for analysing bonding and microstructure
-Mechanical, chemical and physical properties of advanced materials
-Processing -microstructure - property relationships of advanced materials
-Material selection and use
-Appropriate mathematical methods
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Reason systematically about the behaviour of materials
-Select materials for an application
-Predict material properties
-Understand mathematical relationships relating to material properties
-Plan experiments, interpret experimental data and discuss experimental results in the context of present understanding in the field
Professional practical skills
-Research information to develop ideas and understanding
-Develop an understanding of, and competence, in using laboratory equipment and instrumentation
-Apply mathematical methods, as appropriate
Key / transferable skills
-Use the scientific process to reason through to a sound conclusion
-Write clear reports
-Communicate ideas clearly and in an appropriate format
-Design and carry out experimental work
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.