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The MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering provides you with a thorough training in corrosion and its control. Initially, you will study the fundamental chemistry, physics, and metallurgy underpinning corrosion processes. Read more

The MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering provides you with a thorough training in corrosion and its control. Initially, you will study the fundamental chemistry, physics, and metallurgy underpinning corrosion processes. Subsequently, you will learn about approaches to corrosion control, ranging from material selection, through cathodic protection, to corrosion inhibition and protective coatings. Finally, you will cover industrial scenarios where knowledge of corrosion and its control is paramount, e.g. oil production. This MSc is the ideal preparation for a career either in industry as a corrosion scientist or engineer, or for cutting-edge academic research.

Aims of the course:

  • To produce competent, professionally qualified graduates who are appropriately trained and will secure immediate, rewarding and useful employment in UK, European or overseas industries as corrosion scientists or engineers.
  • To provide conversion training, which is intellectually challenging, as well as being industrially relevant.
  • To satisfy the needs of practising engineers, scientists and technologists wishing to develop professional competence in the areas of corrosion and corrosion control methods.

Aims

Aims of the course:

  • To produce competent, professionally qualified graduates who are appropriately trained and will secure immediate, rewarding and useful employment in UK, European or overseas industries as corrosion scientists or engineers.
  • To provide conversion training, which is intellectually challenging, as well as being industrially relevant.
  • To satisfy the needs of practising engineers, scientists and technologists wishing to develop professional competence in the areas of corrosion and corrosion control methods.

Special features

Embarking upon the Corrosion Control Engineering MSc gives you direct access to the knowledge, skills and expertise of 10 leading academics in the field of corrosion. They will teach you the fundamentals of corrosion, and provide you with insight into cutting-edge corrosion engineering problems and solutions in their specialist fields. Latterly, you will work more closely with one of these academics, becoming an active member of their research group during your dissertation project. Further to the teaching by academics, eminent guest speakers from industry are a key feature of the course, delivering invaluable first-hand practical knowledge and case studies.

Coursework and assessment

Unit 1 is assessed by an in-sessional exam at the end of the Unit. Units 2-6 are examined by both exam (75%) and coursework (25%). The nature of the coursework differs from Unit to Unit, but is largely a mix of laboratory reports and case studies. As regards the research project, the mark for this section of the course is based upon the independent assessment of two academics.

Course unit details

The taught units include:

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Principles of Corrosion
  • Oxidation and Corrosion Processes
  • Corrosion and Control for Industrial Processes
  • Oilfield Corrosion and Control

Research project

You will spend 4 months carrying out research on a topic of interest, working in one of the corrosion focused research groups. Both fundamental and more applied projects are available. You will produce a dissertation detailing your results and their interpretation at the end of this period.

Scholarships and bursaries

Unfortunately, The University of Manchester does not have any funding at present. There may be external funding opportunities, please see the link for more information:http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/

Facilities

Most of the MSc course is hosted within The Mill, where corrosion research activities are centred. There is a lecture theatre, and a dedicated laboratory for corrosion teaching. Also, there is a computer cluster, which students can access at any time to study and prepare coursework. There is also a coffee lounge, where students can socialise and meet with other members of the corrosion family.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Opportunities for our graduates are wide ranging, with the majority of graduates going on to fill key posts as corrosion scientists, engineers, managers, and consultants in industry, or proceeding towards a career in academia. Our graduates are highly sought after and employed across a diverse range of sectors such as oil and gas, nuclear, energy production, and manufacturing. Leading industrial players target our students, with many going on to develop their careers in world renowned companies, e.g. Shell, Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, and BP.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IoM3). 



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Surface engineering, coatings and tribology are all essential in understanding the science of interaction between the surface of a material and its environment in order to control its use, performance and operational lifetime. Read more

Surface engineering, coatings and tribology are all essential in understanding the science of interaction between the surface of a material and its environment in order to control its use, performance and operational lifetime. This course provides a thorough professional knowledge of surface engineering and coatings, which includes advanced understanding of tribology, wear, corrosion, electroplating, composite coatings, and vapour deposition.

Introducing your degree

Led by world-class experts from the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), this masters course provides a comprehensive and academically challenging exposure to modern issues ranging from the traditional concepts of friction and wear to the cutting edge developments in surface engineering.

Overview

This one-year industry-led course will explore cutting edge developments in tribology and surface engineering. You will develop an advanced understanding of wear, corrosion, electroplating, composite coatings and vapour deposition.

The course is led by world-class experts from the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), providing you with a professional insight into surface engineering.

The year is divided into two semesters. You will study core modules, as well as having the opportunity to select specialist modules, from Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring to Biomaterials.

Practical sessions form a large part of the course. You will design, operate and test tribological systems and assess the sustainability and limitations of machines. The last four months will be spent working on an industry-relevant research project. You will also benefit from nCATS state-of-the-art facilities and its many partnerships with industry.

The course is designed for those with a mechanical engineering or scientific background. Careers in surface engineering and coatings are available in a range of engineering industries; from automotive, aerospace and oil and gas, to marine and medical engineering.

View the specification document for this course



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Materials Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Materials Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

With our main research strengths of aerospace materials, environmental materials and steel technology, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Materials Engineering.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Materials Engineering

Swansea is one of the UK’s leading centres for Materials Engineering in teaching and research. The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations. These industrial research links provide excellent research opportunities.

Key research areas within Materials Engineering include:

Design against failure by creep, fatigue and environmental damage

Structural metals and ceramics for gas turbine applications

Grain boundary engineering

Recycling of polymers and composites

Corrosion mechanisms in new generation magnesium alloys

Development of novel strip steel grades (IF, HSLA, Dual Phase, TRIP)

Functional coatings for energy generation, storage and release

MSc by research in Materials Engineering typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Facilities

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

Within Engineering at Swansea University there are 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.

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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Who is it for?. This course is for professional engineers who want to specialise in structural engineering or move into this area of expertise to advance their career. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is for professional engineers who want to specialise in structural engineering or move into this area of expertise to advance their career. Normally students have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related discipline. Students who don’t have qualifications in civil engineering usually have relevant work experience in civil engineering structures so they are familiar with working within the specific technical domain.

Objectives

From analysing how carbon nanofibers can reduce the effect of corrosion in concrete to gaining insight from experts developing the new Forth Bridge, this MSc in Civil Engineering Structures has been designed to be broad in scope so you can develop your own area of structural engineering expertise.

As a department, we have broad interests from defining new structural forms to practical application of new materials. We believe civil engineering is a creative and collaborative profession, as much as a technical one. This course gives you the tools to immerse yourself in both the analytical and experimental side of the subject, so you can investigate diverse problems to generate your own structural solutions.

The Civil Engineering Structures MSc mirrors industry practice, so you will work in groups with your peers from the first term onwards and learn from a group of world-leading engineers with diverse research strengths. From earthquake engineering to sustainable construction, you have the opportunity to learn in breadth and depth using high-end industry software to develop safe solutions for real-world projects.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. the JBM website for further information.

Academic facilities

There is a large dedicated lab on site equipped with facilities to investigate different structures and construction materials from concrete to timber. You also have access to other workshops where you can liaise with mechanical or electrical engineers to develop innovative scale models. There is access to specialist soil labs and large-scale equipment including wind tunnels.

We have an extensive library housing all the references, journals and codes of practice that you will need during your studies.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by the staff team within the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering and also from visiting industry experts from around the world.

Teaching mainly takes the form of lectures, but IT sessions and seminars also form part of the Masters degree. Modules are shared between two ten-week teaching terms running from October to December and January to March. Although work for the MSc dissertation starts during the second term, you will conduct most of the research work during the summer months.

The length of the full-time degree is 12 months. A part-time route is also available where you can spend either two or three years completing the programme. If you follow the two-year part-time study route, you will need to attend lectures for up to two days each week. Alternatively, you can complete the degree over three years by attending a single day each week. The timetable has been designed to offer flexibility for part-time students.

In the first term you will consider core technical topics and be introduced to new concepts such as structural reliability. In the second term you will begin to focus your studies by selecting your dissertation topic and by selecting options getting involved in a specific areas of your own interest. Spread over the year you will have design presentations, class tests and reports.

If you select an experimental dissertation you will have the opportunity to use a range of materials. Skilled technical support is available in the workshop and you have access to recently refurbished facilities, including specialist geotechnical labs which accommodate a large flexible laboratory space used for centrifuge model preparation and testing. Adjacent to this you have concrete mixing and casting facilities, a temperature-controlled soil element testing laboratory and a concrete durability laboratory.

Assessment

For the theoretical modules, you will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. For the design-oriented modules you are normally assessed by coursework only, where you will work both in groups and individually on challenging projects.

Modules

There are six core modules which give you a strong technical foundation and three elective modules from which you can choose two. These reflect the specialist expertise on offer within the academic team. These modules will give you unique insight into computer analysis of structures for blast and fire, bridge engineering, and earthquake analysis where you may look at techniques for analysing structures and safe design. In the final part of the programme you undertake a dissertation in which you can explore an area of interest from a proposed list of themes, some of which are industry-related.

Core modules

  • EPM717: Advanced Structural Analysis and Stability (20 credits)
  • EPM707: Finite Element Methods (15 credits)
  • EPM704: Dynamics of Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM719: Structural Reliability and Risk (10 credits)
  • EPM711: Design of Concrete Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM712: Design of Steel and Composite Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM949: Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

You will be able to study two of the following elective modules:

  • EPM720: Earthquake Analysis of Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM718: Analysis of Steel and Concrete Structures for Blast and Fire Exposure (15 credits)
  • EPM715: Bridge Engineering (15 credits).

Career prospects

Graduates have secured employment with leading civil engineering consultants, research institutes and government agencies and pursued doctoral studies both in the UK and internationally. The cohort of 2015 have moved on to jobs and further study working within the following organisations:

  • Arup
  • Gant
  • Kier
  • Robert Bird Group
  • Skanska


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Who is it for?. This course is for professional engineers who want to specialise in structural engineering or move into this area of expertise to advance their career. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is for professional engineers who want to specialise in structural engineering or move into this area of expertise to advance their career. Normally students have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related discipline. Students who don’t have qualifications in civil engineering usually have relevant work experience in civil engineering structures so they are familiar with working within the specific technical domain.

Objectives

From analysing how carbon nanofibers can reduce the effect of corrosion in concrete to gaining insight from experts developing the new Forth Bridge, this MSc in Civil Engineering Structures has been designed to be broad in scope so you can develop your own area of structural engineering expertise.

As a department, we have broad interests from defining new structural forms to practical application of new materials. We believe civil engineering is a creative and collaborative profession, as much as a technical one. This course gives you the tools to immerse yourself in both the analytical and experimental side of the subject, so you can investigate diverse problems to generate your own structural solutions.

The Civil Engineering Structures MSc mirrors industry practice, so you will work in groups with your peers from the first term onwards and learn from a group of world-leading engineers with diverse research strengths. From earthquake engineering to sustainable construction, you have the opportunity to learn in breadth and depth using high-end industry software to develop safe solutions for real-world projects.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. the JBM website for further information.

Academic facilities

There is a large dedicated lab on site equipped with facilities to investigate different structures and construction materials from concrete to timber. You also have access to other workshops where you can liaise with mechanical or electrical engineers to develop innovative scale models. There is access to specialist soil labs and large-scale equipment including wind tunnels.

We have an extensive library housing all the references, journals and codes of practice that you will need during your studies.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by the staff team within the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering and also from visiting industry experts from around the world.

Teaching mainly takes the form of lectures, but IT sessions and seminars also form part of the Masters degree. Modules are shared between two ten-week teaching terms running from October to December and January to March. Although work for the MSc dissertation starts during the second term, you will conduct most of the research work during the summer months.

The length of the full-time degree is 12 months. A part-time route is also available where you can spend either two or three years completing the programme. If you follow the two-year part-time study route, you will need to attend lectures for up to two days each week. Alternatively, you can complete the degree over three years by attending a single day each week. The timetable has been designed to offer flexibility for part-time students.

In the first term you will consider core technical topics and be introduced to new concepts such as structural reliability. In the second term you will begin to focus your studies by selecting your dissertation topic and by selecting options getting involved in a specific areas of your own interest. Spread over the year you will have design presentations, class tests and reports.

If you select an experimental dissertation you will have the opportunity to use a range of materials. Skilled technical support is available in the workshop and you have access to recently refurbished facilities, including specialist geotechnical labs which accommodate a large flexible laboratory space used for centrifuge model preparation and testing. Adjacent to this you have concrete mixing and casting facilities, a temperature-controlled soil element testing laboratory and a concrete durability laboratory.

Assessment

For the theoretical modules, you will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. For the design-oriented modules you are normally assessed by coursework only, where you will work both in groups and individually on challenging projects.

Modules

There are six core modules which give you a strong technical foundation and three elective modules from which you can choose two. These reflect the specialist expertise on offer within the academic team. These modules will give you unique insight into computer analysis of structures for blast and fire, bridge engineering, and earthquake analysis where you may look at techniques for analysing structures and safe design. In the final part of the programme you undertake a dissertation in which you can explore an area of interest from a proposed list of themes, some of which are industry-related.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Core modules

  • EPM717: Advanced Structural Analysis and Stability (20 credits)
  • EPM707: Finite Element Methods (15 credits)
  • EPM704: Dynamics of Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM719: Structural Reliability and Risk (10 credits)
  • EPM711: Design of Concrete Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM712: Design of Steel and Composite Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM949: Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

You will be able to study two of the following elective modules:

  • EPM720: Earthquake Analysis of Structures (15 credits)
  • EPM718: Analysis of Steel and Concrete Structures for Blast and Fire Exposure (15 credits)
  • EPM715: Bridge Engineering (15 credits).

Career prospects

Graduates have secured employment with leading civil engineering consultants, research institutes and government agencies and pursued doctoral studies both in the UK and internationally. The cohort of 2015 have moved on to jobs and further study working within the following organisations:

  • Arup
  • Gant
  • Kier
  • Robert Bird Group
  • Skanska


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This programme has been developed to meet the increasing demand for advanced engineering skills within manufacturing and engineering sectors as well as the demand for professional development for practising and graduate engineers. Read more
This programme has been developed to meet the increasing demand for advanced engineering skills within manufacturing and engineering sectors as well as the demand for professional development for practising and graduate engineers. The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study advanced topics in engineering, developing their knowledge at an advanced level while gaining a understanding of issues affecting mechanical engineering considerations.

Course Overview

This programme has been developed around the growing need for highly skilled mechanical engineers while recognising the need for graduate engineers to enhance their skills and gain professional recognition. The programme as split into two parts and will examine key areas in mechanical engineering such as; structural integrity and materials evaluation, simulation and modelling, mechanisms of material failure and the importance of strategic implications.

Part 1
Develops knowledge acquired from previous studies in more detail while providing an in depth understanding of areas that a mechanical engineer would wish to investigate. The MSc Mechanical Engineering programme enables students to gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of engineering design, mechanisms of material failure, structural integrity and simulation and modelling

Part 2
This gives the students the opportunity to put ideas into practice by researching an area of interest or a project within the working environment. This could be evaluating materials and their applications to prevent failures in service, modelling fluid flow in processes, or studying the influences or effects of corrosion on materials and how it can be prevented.

Modules

Part I (120 Credits) comprises the following taught modules:
-Research Methods
-Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
-Engineering Design and Analysis
-Structural Integrity and Material Evaluation
-Simulation and Modelling
-Mechanisms of Material Failure
-Leadership, Product Development and Innovation
-Design for Manufacture

Part II (60 credits)
-Major Project

Assessment

Assessment used within this programme is mostly coursework based with examinations utilised in two modules. Assessments are designed to develop the students ability to analyse complex problems in advanced engineering environments while at the same time understanding what the problem is and developing relevant solutions through practical work, research, case studies and critical evaluation. In some modules students are required to present their research/findings to their lecturers and peers followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are utilised by the programme team to generate student lead work.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of professional skills and competencies that are transferable within businesses and from sector to sector. Our graduates will have gained expertise designed to enhance their employability within the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy and oil and gas sectors.

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Materials underpin nearly all engineering applications. Materials engineering plays a significant role in a range of applications from developing new biomedical engineering devices, to creating sustainable energy solutions and better manufacturing processes and products. Read more

Materials underpin nearly all engineering applications. Materials engineering plays a significant role in a range of applications from developing new biomedical engineering devices, to creating sustainable energy solutions and better manufacturing processes and products.

By creating new materials or improving existing ones, materials engineers make a valuable contribution to the design of new products and devices and the improvement of existing ones. You will gain insight into the processing-structure-property relationships of a range of materials, such as metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials and composites.

You will learn the fundamental concepts of atomic bonding, atomic scale structure, phase equilibria and methods of characterisation from materials engineering experts who are conducting world leading research in areas such as biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanomaterials, polymers, ceramics, materials modelling and characterisation.

CAREER OUTCOMES

The Master of Engineering (Materials) will equip graduates for careers as metallurgists, plastics engineers, ceramists, adhesive scientists, process and quality control engineers and corrosion engineers. You will work in industrial design, manufacturing, processing and recycling, and select and design materials for: aerospace vehicles; ground transportation systems; automotive industry; solar energy and battery devices; tissue engineering and drug delivery; information and communication systems; electronic and magnetic devices and systems; and optical and opto-electronic components.

You will conduct failure analysis of materials in a variety of applications including those mentioned above.

Employment opportunities exist working in research and development, academia, national laboratories including the Defence Science and Technology Group and industry for companies such as: AECOM, Deloitte, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, Orica, BlueScope Steel, Morgan Advanced Ceramics, Austral Bricks and Qenos. Materials engineers are in demand and receive some of the highest salaries in the engineering industry.



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This programme offers a broad range of advanced subjects across the mechanical engineering disciplines. It’s aimed at graduate engineers who wish to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques, or those who want to gain in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia. Read more

This programme offers a broad range of advanced subjects across the mechanical engineering disciplines. It’s aimed at graduate engineers who wish to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques, or those who want to gain in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.

We emphasise the application of computational methods and packages in mechanical engineering analysis design and manufacture to solve complex engineering problems, but you’ll choose from a wide variety of options that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests or career ambitions. You could gain specialist knowledge in mechatronics and robotics, automotive engineering, tribology, aerospace engineering and many more.

You’ll be taught in world-class facilities by researchers who are making breakthroughs in their fields. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career.

Specialist facilities

We have an impressive range of world-class facilities to support your studies. In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis.

There’s also a well-equipped workshop with CNC machinery, 3D printing facilities and wire EDM for building parts and extensive lab facilities for solid and fluid dynamics, erosion, corrosion, tribology, combustion, control and dynamics, robotics and optical measurement.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council



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The MPhil and PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering attract students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as statistics, maths, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics. Read more
The MPhil and PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering attract students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as statistics, maths, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics. You may work on multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues across the University or from external organisations.

Research in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials is cross-disciplinary and our strategy is to ensure that our research groups grow and provide a balanced portfolio of activities for the future. This is achieved in part through MPhil and PhD supervision.

Advanced materials

Every article, instrument, machine or device we use depends for its success upon materials, design and effective production. We work on a wide range of materials topics including:
-New material development
-Optimising of materials processing
-Testing and evaluation at component scale and at high spatial resolution
-Modelling
-Failure analysis

Much of our work relates to materials and processes for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage. We also use biological and bio-inspired processes to develop new functional materials.

The Group Head is Professor Steve Bull, Cookson Group Chair of Materials Engineering – high spatial resolution mechanics. His research focuses on development and testing of compliant and porous materials, and the use of sustainable materials. Professor Bull is the 2013 recipient of the Tribology Silver Medal presented by the Tribology Trust, the top national award in this area.

Electrochemical engineering science

Electrochemical Engineering Science (EES) arose out of the pioneering fuel cell research at Newcastle in the 1960s. We are continuing this research on new catalyst and membrane materials, optimising electrode structures and developing meaningful fuel cell test procedures.

We are investigating electrochemical methods for surface structuring, probing and testing at the micron and nanoscale. More recently, we have been using electrochemical analysis to understand cellular and microbial catalysis and processes.

Applications of our research are in:
-Energy production and storage
-Micro and nanoscale device fabrication
-Medical and health care applications
-Corrosion protection

The Group Head is Professor Sudipta Roy. Professor Roy's research focuses on materials processing, micro/nano structuring and corrosion.

Process intensification

Process intensification is the philosophy that processes can often be made smaller, more efficient and safer using new process technologies and techniques, resulting in order of magnitude reductions in the size of process equipment. This leads to substantial capital cost savings and often a reduction in running costs.

The Group Head is Professor Adam Harvey. Professor Harvey's research focuses on Oscillatory Baffled Reactors (OBRs), biofuel processing and heterogeneous catalysis.

Process modelling and optimisation

Our goal is to attain better insight into process behaviour to achieve improved process and product design and operational performance. The complexity of the challenge arises from the presence of physiochemical interactions, multiple unit operations and multi-scale effects.

Underpinning our activity is the need for improved process and product characterisation through the development and application of process analytical techniques, hybrid statistical and empirical modeling and high throughput technologies for chemical synthesis.

The Group Head is Professor Elaine Martin. Professor Martin's research focuses on Process Analytical Technologies, Statistical and Empirical Process Data Modelling, and Process Performance Monitoring.

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Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including power production, waste management, nuclear fuel production, etc. Read more

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including power production, waste management, nuclear fuel production, etc. The Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (BNEN) combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN.

What is the Master of Nuclear Engineering about? 

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including:

  • power production
  • nuclear fuel production
  • radioelement production
  • engineering
  • accelerator design and fabrication
  • waste management
  • safety management
  • nuclear medicine
  • research

 The Belgium Nuclear Higher Education Network combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. 

Structure

The current programme can be divided into three core blocks:

  • Introductory courses allowing refreshing or first contact with the basic notions of nuclear physics, materials sciences and the principles of energy conversion through use of nuclear phenomena, supplemented by a core block of nuclear engineering applied to electricity generation and reactor use; theory of reactors and neutronics, thermal hydraulic phenomena during reactor operation, the nuclear fuel cycle and specific material-corrosion problems.
  • A block of elective courses that allow students to deepen certain topics of their choice.
  • A Master’s thesis.

The collaboration with SCK*CEN makes it possible to include actual use of facilities in the curriculum, supporting the development of skills and competences in a research environment. All subjects are taught by academics appointed by the partner universities, whereas the practical exercises and laboratory sessions are supervised by the experts of SCK*CEN. The Master’s thesis offers an opportunity for internship in industry or in a research laboratory.

All teaching activities take place on the premises of SCK*CEN. Courses are organised in English and in a modular way; teaching in blocks of one to three weeks for each module allows optimal time management for students and lecturers, facilitates registration for individual modules, and allows easy exchange with international students.

BNEN has served as a role model for the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) which now has become an association of over 60 members (universities, industry, regulators, research centres), aiming at facilitating mobility in Europe for students in nuclear engineering.

One particular aspect of the BNEN degree is that it automatically leads to the recognition as Class I Expert by the Federal Agency of Nuclear Control. In order to receive this accreditation the programme must at least offer 24 credits in Nuclear Safety and 12 credits in Radioprotection. 

Spotlight 

The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering programme is an internationally oriented, interuniversity programme organised by BNEN in close collaboration with nuclear research centres and industry. The aim of the BNEN programme is to provide students with all the skills and scientific and technical background necessary to carry out duties at a high level of responsibility in order to ensure the safe and economical operation of nuclear power plants, the regulation and control of nuclear installations or to design new nuclear systems.

A major strength of the BNEN programme, as to its sustainability, is that it allows providing high quality academic education by experts from (or appointed by) the main Belgian universities at low individual cost and thus very efficiently harmonised/rationalised. In addition, the participation of the nuclear research centre SCK*CEN in the consortium provides superb realistic experimental facilities in a difficult (radioactive) environment at low cost for the universities.

A further fundamental strength of the programme can be found in the fact that a well-balanced curriculum is offered where the contents and format have been discussed at length with representatives of the major nuclear companies that are the first potential employers of the graduates. Objectives and programme outcomes were defined that encompass in depth disciplinary specific competences as well as, but in a less pronounced way, transferable skills and competences that are needed for an efficient integration of a graduate in a larger engineering team. There is a nearly complete overlap between objectives and realised competences in courses, electives, exercises and Master’s thesis. This can be ascribed to the following contributing factors:

  • There is a good balance between theory and practical skills. This is implemented through an appropriate diversity of didactic formats, including exercises and/or labs for nearly all courses.
  • There is a good balance between basic subjects and advanced subjects through elective course modules and topical days organized by SCK*CEN.
  • There is appropriate care for multidisciplinary scientific competences and for transferable skills through the importance given to the Master’s thesis.
  • The competences of the teaching staff (lecturers and assistants) with respect to the theoretical background are strong.
  • There is a good mix of junior and senior lecturers.
  • The education in programmes is backed by world-class research at the universities, the research center and the involvement of teachers working in international research institutes.
  • The involvement of several professors who have their principal employment in nuclear companies.
  • There is a large and dynamic group of young researchers involved in the course teaching (seminars), labs and exercises sessions and as mentors of Master’s theses.
  • Both the professors and the young researchers are very active in the major international research programmes and associations related to applications of nuclear phenomena.

Career perspectives

Graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out duties at a high level of responsibility in:

  • nuclear power plants
  • nuclear research reactors
  • nuclear regulatory organisations
  • nuclear engineering firms
  • nuclear fuel fabrication
  • nuclear waste treatment
  • radio-isotope production

In addition, the degree itself is an important part of the legal qualifications necessary to become a safety professional in a major nuclear installation.



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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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What is the Master of Welding Engineering all about?. The Advanced Master is the ideal stepping-stone to a high-level job in the field of welding and joining technology. Read more

What is the Master of Welding Engineering all about?

The Advanced Master is the ideal stepping-stone to a high-level job in the field of welding and joining technology. In many countries, there is a permanent and growing demand for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at an academic level in the field of welding engineering.

The programme is indispensable (and obligatory) for engineers seeking to work as Responsible Welding Coordinators. Engineers interested in R&D, quality, design, production, maintenance and particularly welding metallurgy will also find the programme instructive.

Structure

4 Clusters in the programme:

  • Welding processes and equipment
  • Materials and their behaviour during welding
  • Construction and design
  • Fabrication, applications engineering

Degrees and certifications

Upon successful completion of the entire programme (60 ECTS), you will be awarded the degree of MSc in Welding Engineering

Upon successful completion of the course (40 ECTS), you gain access to the International Institute of Welding oral examination. A passing score results in IIW accreditation as a certified International Welding Engineer (IWE) and European Welding Engineer (EWE).

Technology Campus De Nayer, Authorised Training Body

The green KU Leuven Technology Campus De Nayer, near Mechelen, is certified as an Authorised Training Body for International Welding Engineering by the Belgian Welding Association (BVL), which represents the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

Objectives

This advanced master's programme strives to offer students a complete training in the professional niche of Welding Engineering. The programme has the following goals:

  • Guaranteeing a complete accordance with the minimal requirements of the International Institute of Welding as described in its IIW Guideline in document IAB 252r2-14 "Minimum Requirements for the Education, Examination and Qualification for Personnel with Responsibility for Welding Coordination";
  • Provide broad and in-depth knowledge and skills of all kinds of courses related to welding necessary for a welding engineer to function in the current social and economic context. These courses include welding processes, materials science, metallurgy of high and low alloy steels, non-ferrous materials, metallurgy of compounds of heterogenous materials, the prevention of corrosion and abrasion, construction codes, welding standards, design exercises, quality control, production and manufacturing techniques.

To this end, students must acquire sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities in order to:

  • Work as a qualified welding engineer with a sufficient scientific background in welding (i.e. materials science, corrosion and protection, welding processes, standards and codes, quality, workshop lay-outing) to tackle welding-related problems individually or as part of a team.
  • Be well acquainted with legal aspects, business economics, professional ethics and safety.
  • Obtain a professional attitude that demonstrates a clear volition towards technological innovation, creativity and lifelong learning.
  • Use available information sources in a fast and efficient manner (scientific databases, patent databases, norms and codes).

Career Options

This programme opens up a wide spectrum of professional possibilities and exposes you to an extremely varied field of action: petrochemistry, the aviation and aero-space industry, civil construction, assembly plants, the nuclear sector, shipping and logistics, general construction, and more. As a welding engineer, you will carry out a wide range of duties, including research, design, production, maintenance, sales and quality inspection. 

Our graduates find employment in local SMEs, large multinational industrial companies as well as private and public organisations at home and abroad. There is a real need for experts with the capability to conduct research, carry out quality control analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of welding. Some graduates start a career as independent consultants. 



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Offered as part of the. Continuing Professional Development. (CPD) programme. Full-time and part-time students study a number of one-week short-course modules comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. Read more

Offered as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

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.

Programme structure

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.

Example module listing

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.

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

Global opportunities

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.



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Study online for a masters in Subsea Engineering. The Masters in Subsea Engineering is aimed at engineers who already have some relevant offshore oil and gas experience and high calibre graduates who wish to enhance their employability in the subsea industry. Read more

Study online for a masters in Subsea Engineering. The Masters in Subsea Engineering is aimed at engineers who already have some relevant offshore oil and gas experience and high calibre graduates who wish to enhance their employability in the subsea industry.

A broad range of topics is covered including well engineering and topside processing facilities as well as the core areas of subsea engineering including: subsea systems, subsea control, pipelines & risers, corrosion and subsea reliability. Current and emerging technologies and their design limitations as applied to deepwater, long tie-back and HP/HT wells are also covered.

This subsea engineering course has been developed and is supported by experienced oil and gas industry professionals and academics using current standards and fundamental engineering practices.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and follows guidelines set out by the Energy Institute (EI). Read more

This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and follows guidelines set out by the Energy Institute (EI). This ensures the specialist subject areas relevant to the oil and gas life-cycle covered are up to date and provide the essential knowledge and skills required for an engineering career within the upstream oil and gas industry.

RGU’s position in the Energy capital of Europe ensures that we have direct access to the world’s energy giants and national professional bodies.

The course combines academic engineering study with current, real-world industry practice. This is achieved by combining the strengths of the School of Engineering's full-time staff with the knowledge and skills of industry specialists and visiting lecturers, providing you with access to world-class teaching and research.

Using RGU State-of-the-art Dynamic Drilling Simulator, geology trip, industrial visits and industry case studies are developed within the course.

This course is accredited by Energy Institute allowing you to work towards your chartered status. An additional strength is that the students may apply for student membership of the Institute of Corrosion, Energy Institute or the Society of Petroleum Engineering. Upon graduation, you may apply for active member of these Societies.

RGU Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter invites professional speakers from industry to increase the industrial networking opportunities for students and to enhance their learning knowledge and skills and employment opportunities in a wide range of energy sector.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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