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A Masters course providing the foundation for 21st century technologies - from fuel cells to aeroengines

The complete masters (MSc) course in Advanced Engineering Materials provides you with an in-depth understanding of the key factors that govern the design and selection of materials for use in advanced engineering applications, as well as their processing, properties and stability.


The programme aims to convey detailed knowledge of state-of-the-art materials systems, with a focus on composites, advanced alloys and functional and engineering ceramics. The students explore the technologies used in the manufacture and processing of advanced materials and develop an understanding of the relationships between composition, microstructure, processing and performance. The student learn how to assess materials performance in service and develop an understanding of the processes of degradation in hostile conditions. They are also trained in the essential skills needed to design and develop the next generation of high performance engineering materials, establishing a strong foundation for a future career in industry or research.

Course unit details

The taught units cover the structure and design of advanced engineering materials and provide graduates with an increased depth and breadth of knowledge of materials science, technology and engineering.

Taught units include:

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Principles of Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Superalloys and High Performance Materials
  • Advanced Metals Processing
  • Advanced Composites
  • Graphene and Nanomaterials

Overseas students will require and ATAS certificate for this course. The ATAS certificate will expire after 6 months so please wait until May before applying. For a full list of the course units, please contact  . The JACS code for this course is J511 or J5.

Scholarships and bursaries

Unfortunately, The University of Manchester does not have any funding opportunities at present. There may be external funding opportunities, please see the link for more information:


To underpin the research and teaching activities at the School, 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.

Disability support

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

Career opportunities

Our graduates of this programme have gone on to fill key posts as materials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. You may also be able to advance to PhD programmes within the School.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Advanced Engineering Materials is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) with the award of Further Learning. For more information, visit  

Visit the Advanced Engineering Materials (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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