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Advanced Materials - MSc

Course Description

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 Methods
-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
-Corrosion Engineering

-Advanced Materials Independent Study (part-time only)
-Advanced Materials Project (part-time only)
-Project (part-time only)


-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


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.

Visit the Advanced Materials - MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Professor Julie Yeomans; Director of the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Micro and Nanomaterials and Technologies

"The Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences has a wealth of opportunities for anyone thinking about postgraduate study. From aerostructures, Alzheimer’s disease and adhesion to vehicle dynamics, water pipes and wind engineering, our research tackles issues that make a real difference to people’s lives."


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in an appropriate science or engineering subject. Alternatively a combination of academic qualifications, training and several years of relevant experience may also be considered to be a suitable background for the programme.

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