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The Research Masters (MRes) programme in Materials Research is designed following guidelines provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It provides graduates with the foundations for a research career in industry, the service sector, the public sector or academia. It serves both as a qualification in its own right for an immediate entry into a research career or as an enhanced route to a PhD through further research. The taught modules within this programme are designed to provide high quality training in the methods and practice of research, as well as providing complementary transferable skills through the optional modules which focus on business and management related topics. A substantial component of the MRes Materials Research programme is the research project. This is undertaken alongside taught modules throughout the academic year, and will be based within one of the materials-based research groups of the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The MRes Materials Research may be focused in the fields of ceramics, polymers, composites, elastomers, functional materials or manufacturing technologies.

This programme will:

  • Build on your engineering background to gain an advanced, yet broad knowledge in materials science, with the freedom to specialise through a research project.
  • Provide an insight into areas of manufacturing, planning and control systems, knowledge based systems and measurements and manufacturing systems. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.

Structure

The MRes in Materials Research includes 3 compulsory, and 2 optional taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project (60 credits), which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Core modules

  • Research methods
  • Materials selection and design
  • Operational and financial management
  • Research project

Optional modules may include

  • Manufacturing processes
  • Advanced ceramics
  • Advanced topics in biomaterials
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations
  • Composites
  • Environmental properties of materials
  • Nanotechnology and advanced functional materials

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.

Assessment

The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.

Research Project

A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

Students are currently researching a range of topics for their projects including:

  • Synthesis of degradable polymers with controlled degradation profiles
  • Interactions of nanomaterials with electromagnetic wave
  • Nanomaterials as secondary energy carriers.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000

Part time £5,000

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250

Part time £10,625

Part-time study is not available for this course

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:


Visit the MRes/MSc Materials Research page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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