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The MASt in Materials Science aims to train to Masters level students who already have a bachelors' degree in Materials Science. It is a predominantly taught course in which candidates work alongside the 4th-year students taking the integrated Cambridge BA/MSci Materials Science course. It is designed for students who may wish to pursue a professional career in Materials Science / Materials Engineering or related areas (in academic or industrial research) and who are already familiar with the subject.

The course allows students to continue a broad Materials Science education across a range of topics : the taught element consists of a series of approximately 16 modular lecture courses, covering a broad range of aspects of Materials Science, including Structural Materials, Device Materials, Materials Characterisation, Materials Chemistry and Biological & Pharmaceutical Materials. A research project is undertaken over 6 months, between October and March.

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Specific aims are:

- to build on the knowledge and ideas gained in prior Materials Science courses;
- to develop a more specialised and in-depth understanding of Materials Science in selected areas;
- to further develop analytical and presentational skills, both orally and in writing;
- to provide training in investigating research problems, including gaining an understanding of relevant research techniques and also of the design and interpretation of experiments.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should:

- be able to apply the ideas and concepts introduced in the course to solve problems, do calculations, make predictions and critically evaluate information and ideas;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the courses attended, and of their individual research projects;
- be able to demonstrate practical, organisational and presentational skills that will enable them to continue successfully with research or in other professional careers;
- be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and understanding required for a career in Materials Science.


There are approximately 16 lecture modules focusing on advanced topics across a broad range of aspects of Materials Science, including Structural Materials, Device Materials, Materials Characterisation, Materials Chemistry and Biological & Pharmaceutical Materials. Details of the modules available this year can be found at:

Students may choose which lecture modules they wish to attend, and must prepare a minimum of 10 courses for examination.

Students also undertake a substantial individual research project, chosen from a set of topics proposed by academic staff. Work on this project accounts for about a third of the final credit.


- A final report of up to 7000 words, worth 12% of the total credit.
- An interim report worth 4% of the total credit.
- A project viva worth 4% of the total credit.
- A project poster worth 4% of the total credit.
- A project oral presentation worth 4% of the total credit.
- Termly progress assessments from project supervisor worth 2% of the total credit.
- Vacation project written report worth 1% of the total credit.
- Three 3-hr written examination papers worth a total of 68% of the credit.
An oral presentation of a vacation project worth 1% of the total credit.


Students wishing to continue to PhD studies will usually be required to obtain at least a 'Commendable' result in the MASt.

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Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

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