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MSc Materials Engineering brings together the latest developments in materials science and the application of new materials in manufacturing and technology.

You will gain a strong understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products, identifying their strengths and limitations, enabling you to find solutions to complex contemporary problems.

Our particular research strengths are drawn into the masters programme, in areas including functional materials (those with extra functionality such as electro-magnetic screening, self-sensing and active materials, and materials with negative thermal expansion and Poisson’s ratios), polymers, composites and bio-materials.

Why this course?

  • This programme focuses on the theory and computational simulation of material structures for application into automotive, aerospace, technology and energy sectors.
  • Strongly aligned to our research expertise, and the latest developments in materials science
  • A choice of pathways available so you can focus on your technical engineering skills through this programme, or combine these with management skills through the MSc Materials Engineering with Management programme

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc Materials Engineering consists of eight core engineering modules totalling 165 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project, and one 15-credit option module.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The Engineering MSc project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Core modules

The core modules can include:

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Computer Aided Engineering Design
  • Research Methodology
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Contemporary Advanced Materials Research
  • Engineering Materials and the Environment
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Programme for Engineering

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now placed in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.


Visit the MSc Materials Engineering page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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