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Advanced Materials (MSc)

Cranfield University    Manufacturing

Full time & Part time October MSc, PGCert, PGDip See website for details

About the course

The discovery, development and application of advanced materials are at the heart of engineering innovation. Informed by our close research collaborations with industry we are developing the next generation of talented materials scientists and engineers. With a fundamental interest in materials science, this course will develop your understanding of materials’ properties, selection, processing and advanced design procedures.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

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Student Profile(s)

Valentine Meyer

Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
The Masters was very interesting for the wide range of backgrounds and nationalities of the fellow students. We learnt a lot from each other as much in the studies as in personal development and cultural perspective. It was a very enjoyable experience. The modules were very diverse, with introductions to many different subjects, with first individual assessments and group projects at the end of the year. These are quite interesting and instructive to learn working in a team, which will be the case for most of us in the future. The final Master’s thesis, of 3-4 months, is finally the last step of the postgraduate study, and to me the most important in the experience since it is what might define our personal profile when looking for a job.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
I acquired a scientific approach of the subjects and of the research that I did not gain in my engineer formation. The library resources and the software furnished by the university are very useful and complete to be able to do serious works.

Also, because I found and created my Master’s thesis subject along with my supervisor, I learnt the process of searching a home institution, looking at their current projects and what would be of interest to them, contacting them and writing a brief research proposal; I think this skill is very important in our future life and I am really glad to have learnt that from my supervisor.

Would you recommend the course? Why?
I would recommend this course as it enlarges skills and knowledge about a wide range of different subjects introduced along the year. It is a good opening course to achieve its studies and get experience in subjects most likely to be confronted to in our professional life (project management, environment economics, team work...). The individual thesis project at the end of the course allows a specialisation by personalising studies and improving skills in a particular topic chosen.

Do you have any advice for students considering postgraduate study?
I would recommend the students to do postgraduate studies to improve their skills, but also to make contacts and build a network (other students, teachers and industries during the Master’s thesis and other conferences) for future work research. I would say that postgraduate studies tend more to project the people in professional life and are more oriented toward our future work research.

Ahmed Murthaza

Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
I can definitely say that I met experienced and competent academics during my life at Cranfield. The study environment and library resources were excellent. I have also made fantastic friends from various countries that I believe I can rely on and perhaps can work with in the future as needed.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
Professionalism, competency and working in the field without hesitation.

Were there any parts of the course that you found particularly enjoyable/useful?
The group project was excellent . It was undertaken professionally as a consultancy provided to a well established company. Therefore, it was really useful and I consider it provided me sort of international experience.

What was your individual project about?
Evaluation of best available technologies and best practical environmental options for waste management in the Maldives. The project was sponsored by the Government of the Maldives

Would you recommend the course? Why?
Yes, because the course provides all the necessary knowledge that a person will need for his/her further carrier development

Do you have any advice for students considering postgraduate study?
For anyone who is considering postgraduate study definitely without any further question it’s Cranfield University. This is because of several aspects, including its excellent reputation, great study environment and its experienced academics.

What are your plans for the future?
Back to work (EPA Maldives) with confidence, which I have been even before I started the course at Cranfield, as well as exploring to start up a consultancy business.

What do you most like about Cranfield?
Liked all about Cranfield, especially the invaluable assistance provided by the staff since my first day at Cranfield.


Scholarships are available to students for postgraduate master's study in the area of manufacturing and materials in academic year 2021-2022. Funding opportunities are available to recognise academic success and enable you to enrol at Cranfield University to continue your studies as a postgraduate learner.

The Cranfield University Manufacturing and Materials master's programmes have helped to develop many management and technology leaders through the intense, 12-month learning that bring synergies between academia, industry and policymakers. Alumni are in senior positions across the world.

The scholarships aim to contribute to the education of professionals with the capabilities required to lead manufacturing and materials development into the future.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, the equivalent of a UK first-class honours degree in a relevant subject area. Applicants from anywhere in the world are welcome.

This scholarship replaces the Global Manufacturing Leaders scholarship.


Scholarships are available to students for postgraduate master's study in the area of manufacturing and materials. Funding opportunities are available to recognise academic success and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

Application Procedure

Applicants wishing to be considered for a Cranfield Scholarship should indicate their interest on their course application form including a short statement of why they should be considered. At the discretion of the Course Director, you may be required to complete a short interview via video call or telephone.

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The Hingston Scholarship is available to UK-born students for postgraduate master's study, in the area of manufacturing. The award is between £5,000 and £10,000 toward tuition fees. The amount will be decided by the award panel.

The Hingston Scholarship was established in 2018 with a generous gift from John and Jenny Hingston. John Hingston graduated in 1968 with an MSc Industrial Engineering and Administration. John feels a strong sense of gratitude for the opportunities that he benefitted from at Cranfield at the time, and the purpose of The Hingston Scholarship is to assist others to benefit in the same way. The Scholarship contributes towards the tuition fee of study for UK-born applicants on Full-Time Manufacturing- or Engineering-related Masters Programmes at Cranfield University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £5,000 and £10,000 toward tuition fees


The scholarships are only open to applicants born in the UK.

Application Procedure

You should submit an application for one of the eligible courses. Application links are available on the course pages, which are linked to above. Your online application will form part of our evaluation of your academic achievement. We will send you your six-digit student ID once we have received and processed your application form.
Applications to the Hingston Scholarship should be made online using the link below. The online form is the only means of applying and you must also submit a Justification for Support statement no more than 1000 words. There is no pre-defined format for the Justification for Support statement and you are encouraged to prepare this to best reflect your personality. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to a video interview.

The Justification for Support will be evaluated based on:
- Academic achievement;
- Evidence of leadership potential;
- Significance of the award to your career;
- Communication ability.

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