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With our main research strengths of aerospace materials, environmental materials and steel technology, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Materials Engineering.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Materials Engineering

Swansea is one of the UK’s leading centres for Materials Engineering in teaching and research. The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations. These industrial research links provide excellent research opportunities.

Materials Engineering Facilities

The Bay Campus includes an extensive Engineering Quarter, designed to capitalise on our research expertise and our collaboration with major companies.

The £450 million development project includes specialist laboratories and excellent computing facilities. £0.4 million was spent on Materials Engineering research facilities at the Bay Campus.

Within the College of Engineering there are state-of-the-art facilities specific to Materials Engineering:

  • Comprehensive computer systems for specialist and general purposes
  • World-leading equipment for characterisation of the mechanical properties of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials
  • Extensive range of laboratories housing scanning electron microscopes with full microanalysis and electron backscatter diffraction capabilities
  • Facilities at SMaRT and SPECIFIC that house state-of-the-art equipment for characterising aerospace materials and creating functional coated materials for steel and glass respectively

Institute of Structural Materials

The Institute of Structural Materials building on the Bay Campus forms part of the College of Engineering and will house a mix of academic research and commercial activities.

Major Institute of Structural Materials research sponsors include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, TWI and Timet, with funds geared by a number of EPSRC, TSB and EU initiatives.

One of the prominent research groups operating within the ISM is the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Materials, supporting 12 post-doctoral research staff and approximately 40 post graduate students.

The substantial mechanical test laboratories within the Institute of Structural Materials building will be managed by Swansea Materials Research & Testing Ltd (SMaRT).

SMaRT is an exemplar of the academia-industry knowledge transfer model at the heart of the development.

Key facts

  • 3,200 sqm building.
  • BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • Swansea Materials Research and Testing (SMaRT) Ltd. facility.
  • Accredited laboratory for testing of Structural Materials.
  • Postgraduate Materials Research Centre.
  • Building funded by Welsh Government.

Visit the Materials Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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