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Materials underpin almost all industrial sectors and the global challenges have increased the demand for new materials. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for materials engineers and researchers worldwide and in rapidly developing countries in particular. Read more
Materials underpin almost all industrial sectors and the global challenges have increased the demand for new materials. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for materials engineers and researchers worldwide and in rapidly developing countries in particular. The School of Metallurgy and Materials has long been a centre of excellence in materials research and education.

This one-year master course comprises 12 taught modules (two-thirds of the year) taken in Semesters I and II and an individual research project (one-third of the year) carried out in Semester III & summer. In addition to technical modules, the course also provides training for transferable skills such as the Team Skills Development module undertaken in a residential environment to facilitate the development of the team ethos and interpersonal skills.

Research projects can be carried out in a broad range of topics related to Materials Science and Engineering in any of the Research Groups within the School of Metallurgy and Materials or in industry. The project involves full-time research for one third of the academic year. The project report (which should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length) will be internally assessed by two academic staff.

About the School of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering

The School of Metallurgy and Materials ranked in the top quartile in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Overall 86% of the research in the School was recognised as internationally excellent of which 31% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading.
We are considered to be the leading school for many areas of metallurgical research. Our numerous interactions with industry span agreements lasting between three months and twelve years.
We are proud to encompass a wide range of interests in the processing, characterisation, assessment and modelling of materials, including:
- Alloy Processing
- Characterisation and Modelling
- Engineering Properties of Materials
- Functional Materials Processing

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Metallurgy and Materials and the IRC in Materials Processing together make up the largest centre for materials research in the UK. Read more
Metallurgy and Materials and the IRC in Materials Processing together make up the largest centre for materials research in the UK. Our Research School comprises more than 20 full-time academic staff in addition to 30 honorary and visiting staff, 30 research fellows and close to 150 postgraduate students.

Our diverse research portfolio ranges from fundamental aspects of materials science to practical high performance engineering applications. Research is funded from a wide range of sources including the UK research councils, the EU and a cross-section of UK and overseas industry. Our research income is around ?4 million per annum.

Most of our research projects involve active collaboration with industrial partners.

This EPSRC-sponsored programme can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. The programme comprises a major research project, which can be based in the University or in industry, and six taught modules, four compulsory and two optional.

We recommend that you start the course at the beginning of the academic year. However, if your background is in Materials Science, then you may start at any time of the year.

About the School of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering

The School of Metallurgy and Materials ranked in the top quartile in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Overall 86% of the research in the School was recognised as internationally excellent of which 31% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading.
We are considered to be the leading school for many areas of metallurgical research. Our numerous interactions with industry span agreements lasting between three months and twelve years.
We are proud to encompass a wide range of interests in the processing, characterisation, assessment and modelling of materials, including:
- Alloy Processing
- Characterisation and Modelling
- Engineering Properties of Materials
- Functional Materials Processing

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Studying a PhD / MSc by Research at the University of Birmingham offers you a wealth of opportunities to expand and transform your thinking through independent inquiry. Read more
Studying a PhD / MSc by Research at the University of Birmingham offers you a wealth of opportunities to expand and transform your thinking through independent inquiry. By undertaking an intensive research project, backed by intellectual and scientific knowledge, you will be joining a vibrant and proactive research environment. All doctoral researchers are brought together by the University Graduate School, providing an abundance of opportunities to meet fellow researchers.

Metallurgical studies date back at Birmingham to 1881, but the School of Metallurgy and Materials continues to advance materials research and discovery. The School (including the IRC in Materials Processing) has more than 25 full-time academic staff and in addition to 40 honorary staff, up to 15 visiting staff, 65 research staff and close to 150 postgraduate students.

Our diverse research portfolio ranges from fundamental aspects of materials science to practical high performance engineering applications. Research is funded from a wide range of sources including the UK research councils, the EU and a cross-section of UK and overseas industry, giving a total income of around £4 million per annum.

Research focuses on active collaboration with industrial partners across four main themes: Alloy Processing, Characterisation and Modelling, Engineering Properties of Materials and Functional Materials Processing.

MSc by Research:

Our MSc by Research programme is a one-year programme open to those with an upper second-class Honours degree in science or engineering. Competion of a Metallurgy and Materials MSc by Research consists of undertaking an extensive period of advanced research under the supervision and guidance of one or more experienced members of staff. To be awarded, you must complete an original work of merit in the form of a 30,000-word thesis.

Learning and Teaching:

Every doctoral researcher is assigned two academic supervisors as well as a mentor. Meetings with your supervisors take place typically every week or few weeks, depending on your need for support and the stage you are at in your research. Most PhD projects have industrial involvement, sometimes with formal industrial supervisory input. This provides you with useful experience of industry and adds a different perspective to your research.

Within the School, supports will be offered to train new students to use the equipment needed in research project. We also regularly run some specialised courses for doctoral researchers, such as the electron microscopy course, doctoral research induction course and courses to offer you guidance on how to write the report which you will need to submit during your first year.

To support you acquiring extra skills to advance your academic, personal and professional development a development needs analysis is undertaken. Throughout your research programme we keep track of your progress and invite you to reflect on your own academic and personal development, helping to offer you new directions in your research area. Normally, routine progress reviews are collaboratively completed by doctoral researchers and their supervisors, but for some PhD projects presentations with links to industry presentations may be required. There are more formal annual progress reviews, particularly at the end of the first and second years.

About the School of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering

The School of Metallurgy and Materials ranked in the top quartile in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Overall 86% of the research in the School was recognised as internationally excellent of which 31% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading.
We are considered to be the leading school for many areas of metallurgical research. Our numerous interactions with industry span agreements lasting between three months and twelve years.
We are proud to encompass a wide range of interests in the processing, characterisation, assessment and modelling of materials, including:
- Alloy Processing
- Characterisation and Modelling
- Engineering Properties of Materials
- Functional Materials Processing

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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