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Surface engineering, coatings and tribology are all essential in understanding the science of interaction between the surface of a material and its environment in order to control its use, performance and operational lifetime. This course provides a thorough professional knowledge of surface engineering and coatings, which includes advanced understanding of tribology, wear, corrosion, electroplating, composite coatings, and vapour deposition.

Introducing your degree

Led by world-class experts from the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), this masters course provides a comprehensive and academically challenging exposure to modern issues ranging from the traditional concepts of friction and wear to the cutting edge developments in surface engineering.


This one-year industry-led course will explore cutting edge developments in tribology and surface engineering. You will develop an advanced understanding of wear, corrosion, electroplating, composite coatings and vapour deposition.

The course is led by world-class experts from the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), providing you with a professional insight into surface engineering.

The year is divided into two semesters. You will study core modules, as well as having the opportunity to select specialist modules, from Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring to Biomaterials.

Practical sessions form a large part of the course. You will design, operate and test tribological systems and assess the sustainability and limitations of machines. The last four months will be spent working on an industry-relevant research project. You will also benefit from nCATS state-of-the-art facilities and its many partnerships with industry.

The course is designed for those with a mechanical engineering or scientific background. Careers in surface engineering and coatings are available in a range of engineering industries; from automotive, aerospace and oil and gas, to marine and medical engineering.

View the specification document for this course

Visit the Surface Engineering and Coatings (Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science) - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!






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