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MPhil in Materials Science and Metallurgy

Course Description


This full time course is designed to provide further training in research in Materials Science after a minimum of at least 3 years’ university-level education to UK Bachelor’s level, or overseas equivalent. Students admitted to this course may apply to continue to PhD level research (which takes a minimum of a further 3 years) in Materials Science.

MPhil students are encouraged to participate in many of the training opportunities and other activities available to students in the University, and become fully integrated members of the Department’s Research School.

Students carry out a one-year research programme under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the Department of Materials Science.

The main aims of the programme are:
- to give students with relevant experience at first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and
- to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/pcmmmpmsm

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:
- a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research, research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Students wishing to continue to PhD level research (which takes a minimum of a further 3 years) may apply during the masters year. A conditional offer may be made, contingent on successful completion of the MPhil. Students will be expected to have demonstrated the potential to carry out a further programme of research during their MPhil programme.


This course is exclusively by research. Applicants should identify potential supervisors, and provide a short project description, in section A(12) of the GradSAF, so that their papers can be considered by appropriate members of academic staff working in their field(s) of scientific interest.

- Feedback
Students can expect a formal discussion with their supervisor, and a written report (via the University's on-line system) on their progress, at least once a term. Written feedback will be provided on drafts of the dissertation.


- Thesis
Assessment is based entirely on a viva voce examination of a 15,000 word dissertation which must be submitted by 31 August (students starting in October of each academic year) on a topic approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics and Chemistry. The dissertation is examined in an oral examination by one external and one internal examiner appointed individually for each candidate.

Funding Opportunities

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

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Find out how to apply here http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/pcmmmpmsm/apply

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/pcmmmpmsm

Visit the MPhil in Materials Science and Metallurgy page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree. Students should have achieved at least an upper second honours degree prior to admission. The department will take into consideration academic results, content of references, and prior relevant research or work experience when deciding whether or not to shortlist a candidate.

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