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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Materials Science

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    06 September 2018

Engineering at Swansea University has key research strengths in materials for aerospace applications and steel technology. As a student on the Master's course in Materials Engineering, you will be provided with the depth of knowledge and breadth of abilities to meet the demands of the international materials industry.

Key Features of MSc in Materials Engineering

  • 8th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 4th in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 2nd in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Outstanding facilities on brand new beachside £450million Bay Campus

Through the MSc in Materials Engineering course you will be provided with training and experience in a broad range of topic areas, including metallurgy and materials selection, modern methods used for engineering design and analysis, the relationship between structure, processing and properties for a wide range of materials, ceramics, polymers, advanced composite materials and modern business management issues and techniques.

The MSc in Materials Engineering course is an excellent route for those who have a first degree in any scientific or technical subject and would like to become qualified in this field of materials engineering.


Modules on the MSc in Materials Engineering course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

  • Polymer Processing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Simulation Based Product Design
  • Strategic Project Planning
  • Structural Integrity of Aerospace Metals
  • Aerospace Materials Engineering
  • Environmental Analysis and Legislation
  • Communication Skills for Research Engineers
  • Composite Materials
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers: Properties and Design
  • Physical Metallurgy of Steels
  • Leadership Development
  • Group project (Aerospace)
  • Power Generation Systems


MSc in Materials Engineering course at Swansea University is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Further Learning for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on an accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

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 page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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