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Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Develop knowledge of the manufacturing, processing and properties of the metals and composite materials used in airframes and aeroengines.

Course description

It’s a fantastic time to be a specialist in aerospace materials. Sheffield is at the heart of the UK aerospace industry. Many international aerospace companies look to the department to discover ways to improve both materials and processes for use in their products.

You’ll develop knowledge of the manufacturing, processing and properties of the metals and composite materials used in airframes and aeroengines. You’ll also be trained in the fundamentals of thermodynamics, structure and mechanical behaviour.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in materials, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept


Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Student Profile(s)

Gloria Taiwo

Why did you choose your course?
I chose to do a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Materials as a follow-on from my undergraduate degree in the same subject. I chose this course due to my love for aircraft and my fascination in understand how and why such heavy objects fly. I also appreciate the transfer of materials which were initially created for aerospace applications which are now being used in many other sectors. I am very interested in creating and improving efficient aerospace materials.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?
I have enjoyed that we constantly apply the knowledge we gain in lectures into real life problems. For example, in my Design & Manufacture of Composites module, we are encouraged to think critically about applications, by being ambitious but aware of physical, societal and sustainability constraints.

What do you think about Sheffield as a city?
I fell in love with the clean air of Sheffield when I attended an open day in 2010. Its close proximity to the Peak District has given me the opportunity to explore many villages several times since I returned in September. Sheffield is a great city for students, with opportunities for all types of people and with many social events both in the daytime and later. Additionally, Sheffield is a city where many industries and companies have great relationships with the university, so there are job opportunities awaiting students once we complete our degrees.

What are your ambitions for the next few years?
I am now working towards an Engineering Doctorate (EngD), which involves research into solutions for current and relevant industrial applications and problems.

What did you study and where before starting your course?
I studied A-level Physics, Chemistry and Maths as well as AS-Level Biology and Further Maths before commencing an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Materials in 2011. I completed by undergraduate degree in 2014 and worked in the industry before coming back to do a Master’s Degree in 2017.

What would you say to students if they are considering studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield?
Just do it! Materials Science will definitely provide the best platform for your future and career. You will always be connected with a network of alumni who span different industries around the world and have come from a city with deep roots in materials science through its history in steelmaking.

Shitong Luo

Degree: MSc(Eng) Aerospace Materials

Job title: Teacher and Postdoctoral Researcher, North University of China

Main responsibilities: Manage two course modules; the reading aspect of the pre-courses of international education and Engineering Graphics, delivered in Chinese and English.

What skills are most important for this area of work?
Patience and the courage to keep digging at research is the most important for a teacher or researcher in a university, and I think a little bit of creativity and information management ability is also required.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Sheffield?
In Sheffield there are woodland areas, although this might not be for everyone, I love it very much. I could spend a whole day wandering around, losing track of time, and forgetting about those so called ‘important things’.

Has how your degree helped in preparing for your job, what are your future plans?
The experience of studying in the UK can be very rewarding, in particular for developing English speaking skills which are handy when collaborating with researchers from other countries. Additionally, one year and above academic experience in a foreign country is necessary if you desire an academic career, leading to promotion of Professor at the North University of China and in many other Chinese universities. Next year I have the opportunity to visit Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as a joint doctorate training student; after I complete my doctorate degree, I want to apply for a research fellowship and continue research in the area of acoustic metamaterials.

What advice do you have to current students at the University of Sheffield?
I would suggest engineering students, especially Chinese students, absorb as much cutting-edge technology and practical experience as possible. You'll need it upon completing your degree and looking for a job. Plus enjoy your days in the UK, you will miss it when it's gone.


Scholarships of up to £3000 are available on the basis of academic excellence and Access and Participation criteria. The amount awarded will be determined by the number of criteria you meet and your application statement. The scholarship will be paid directly to you so you can use it towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.

Access and Participation criteria:
• You have been in care as a looked-after child for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and be aged under 25 on the first day of your course.
• You have a disability.
• You are estranged from your parents and are aged under 25 on the first day of your course.
• You are a carer for an ill or disabled family member.
• As an undergraduate student you were/are in receipt of support from the Student Loans Company which indicates that your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less.
• You were/are in receipt of a Maintenance Grant as an undergraduate (if you started your undergraduate course after August 2016 you will need to provide evidence from the Student Loans Company to confirm your household income was assessed as £40,000 or less).
• You are from a black or minority ethnic group.
• You are a woman applying for a postgraduate taught course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
• You come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. If your postcode IMD value is 16,250 or less, you meet this criteria. You can check your postcode ranking using the IMD website. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students who live in England.
• You come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university. This is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criteria your address must fall into quintile 1 or 2 in the young participation quintile or the Adult HE qualification quintile. You can check your postcode quintile using the POLAR search tool. You should check the postcode for the address you lived at during your last year of school or college. Please note this criteria only applies to students from the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £3000


You must:
• Be a UK student for fee purposes.
• Be applying for any Masters course in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
• Hold, or are predicted to obtain, a first class undergraduate degree *or* you meet one or more of our Access and Participation criteria.

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the form on this page https://finance.ssid.shef.ac.uk/users/sign_in

Your statement should be no more than 750 words and explain how receipt of this scholarship will benefit you. Particular attention will be given to:

• Achievements to date.
• Clearly articulated future ambitions. These goals relate to the postgraduate degree you have applied for, and they should involve appropriate and credible contributions from which others will benefit.
• Why the particular course is the best route to help you achieve these goals.
• How the course will help you build on your current skills and abilities and the benefits of this.

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