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The discovery, development and application of advanced materials is 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.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for graduates with science, applied science, engineering or related degrees keen to pursue careers in the development or exploitation of materials; graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

Why this course?

Cranfield University has an enviable track record in the development and application of advanced materials and their associated processing and manufacturing technologies. This spans from our surface engineering coatings used to increase the operating temperature of gas turbine engines to the development of composite materials structures for application in some of the world’s most exotic super cars.

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to solve a wide range of engineering challenges.

Our research and commercial work with industry shape our taught programmes where our academic teams are leading in their fields.

We have centres in enhanced composites and structuressurface engineering and precision and welding engineering. Our research and teaching teams are passionate in sharing their knowledge and experience in materials. 

The group and individual projects are often sponsored by industry giving you highly relevant context to your studies and practical work. With access to many of our unique laboratories and facilities, working alongside our leading research teams Cranfield is the perfect environment to launch your career.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Our advisory panel has members from well-known companies as Bentley, NCC, Micro Materials, Rolls-Royce. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.


The MSc in Advanced Materials is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes), Instituition of Engineering & technology (IET) & Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Your career

On completion of this MSc, graduates have a broader network of global contacts, increased opportunities for individual specialism and a wide range of careers options involving materials with responsibilities in research, development, design, engineering, consultancy and management.

Our graduates find careers with global industries alongside innovative start-ups and SMEs which have included:

  • Airbus
  • Cytec industries
  • Marshalls Aerospace
  • National Composites Centre
  • Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Solvay

Some graduates prefer to stay in academia and enter into research in Universities across Europe. Most continue in a career associated with Engineering and Materials, seeking solutions to Industries challenges across the whole spectrum of civil, electrical, energy, industrial, manufacturing and transportation activities.

Visit the Advanced Materials (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!






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