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Full time September MSc 1 year FT

About the course

Course description

It is estimated that 70 per cent of innovations are due to an advance in materials. This course provides a solid grounding across a wide variety of materials, and aims to prepare you for a career in industry or research by teaching you the concepts and theories that make materials science and engineering possible. 

Our research-led teaching introduces you to all the latest developments. You’ll have the option to keep your course general or tailor your degree with optional modules to specialise in the area that interests you the most.


Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.

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Entry Requirements

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

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


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Student Profile(s)

Julia Ramirez Gonzalez

The rhythm of my days and weeks have been changing during this year.

During the first term, I took the core modules of my programme, as the lectures were divided during the week, this allowed me to take part in activities the Students’ Union offers. I had the opportunity to experience various activities including ultimate frisbee, Swedish back massage, fencing, and kayaking amongst others. During the weekends, they offer ‘Day Trips’, which was a great way to visit other cities, without taking time out from my studies.

By the second term, my project had been assigned and the lab work started, along with weekly meetings with my supervisor and the other MSc and PhD students. One of the extra activities that I continued to do, was going to the History Walks every Thursday, which is a wonderful way to get to know the City, from the Botanical Gardens to the City Centre.

During the exam period I loved going to the Library. If I had to revise by myself I liked going to the silent study area on Western Bank. It is a propitious place to concentrate, and in addition has a lovely view of the pond with ducks in Weston Park, which is very relaxing. But, if it is group study, I preferred to go to The Diamond, which has spacious general study areas, and group rooms.

When it reached June, lectures and exams had gone so it was time to focus on the project. I worked on the L-floor of the Hadfield building where research on Functional Materials and Devices takes place. I also got to use the XRD Research Facility to characterise the powder that I was working on.

Normally, I prepared lunch in the morning and I ate it in the Pam Liversidge building; an open space with couches and tables, where many of my classmates that were also working on their projects sat to eat.

On weekends I liked go to for dinner or a drink on Division Street as it has several places to choose from. But my favourite place to go and relax on Sundays is in Endcliffe Park, taking any of the walking paths that appear in front of me – you can even end up at the Peak District, where you can see sheep and flowers, and watch the City in the distance.



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/EU 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

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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