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The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary. Read more
The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary: it provides Chemists, Materials Scientists and Engineers with a rich understanding of both traditional commodity plastics and speciality polymers with increasing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology. The full range of issues, from fundamental polymer science, through polymer processing, to manufacturing are all covered.

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates of this programme go on to fill key posts as materials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. Some advance to PhD programmes within the School.

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Due to the high volume of applications, this course is now over-subscribed. Applications for this course can still be made, and successful applicants will be added to a waiting list. Read more
Due to the high volume of applications, this course is now over-subscribed. Applications for this course can still be made, and successful applicants will be added to a waiting list. Places will be allocated from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis should places become available.

Please note, having a space on the waiting list is not a guarantee of an offer.

Aims

The programme aims to convey detailed knowledge of state-of-the-art materials systems, with a focus on composites, advanced alloys and functional and engineering ceramics. The students explore the technologies used in the manufacture and processing of advanced materials and develop an understanding of the relationships between composition, microstructure, processing and performance. The student learn how to assess materials performance in service and develop an understanding of the processes of degradation in hostile conditions. They are also trained in the essential skills needed to design and develop the next generation of high performance engineering materials, establishing a strong foundation for a future career in industry or research.

Course unit details

The taught units cover the structure and design of advanced engineering materials and provide graduates with an increased depth and breadth of knowledge of materials science, technology and engineering.

Taught units include:
-Introduction to Materials Science
-Industrial Processing of Materials
-Advanced Composite Materials
-High Performance Alloys
-Advanced Analytical Techniques
-Functional and Engineering Ceramics

Facilities

To underpin the research and teaching activities at the School, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.

To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.

Career opportunities

Our graduates of this programme have gone on to fill key posts as materials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. You may also be able to advance to PhD programmes within the School.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Advanced Engineering Materials is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) with the award of Further Learning.

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Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance. Read more
Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance.

Research Focus
The research extends from fundamental science, and the ‘blue skies’ development of novel technologies and techniques, to the very applied, with the aim of improving our understanding of the basic governing principles, process simulation and physical modelling. While our research is broad ranging, we focus on light alloys for aerospace and transport applications, high-temperature materials for aeroengines and power generation, and metal composites, as well as the failure of metallic materials, their environmental degradation and surface treatment. The research is supported by state of the art equipment for materials characterisation, testing, simulation and processing.

Examples of recent student PhD projects include; Microstructure Modelling for Friction Stir Welding, Laser Surface treatment of Aerospace Alloys, Advanced Strain Mapping for Structural Integrity application, Dynamic Grain Growth in Super Plastic Forming, Dynamics and Morphology of Stress Corrosion Cracking Using 3D X-ray Tomography, and Laser Depositioning of Nickel Base Superalloys.

Industry links
We have strong links with industry and the funding councils and sponsorship from global companies, including; Airbus, Alcan, Alcoa, British Energy, Rolls Royce, BNF and Jaguar. Major initiatives include the £6M EPSRC-Manchester Portfolio Partnership in Light Alloys for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and the Materials Performance Centre, a research alliance established with Nexia Solutions (supported by the NDA) in 2002, and partnered with British Energy, Serco Assurance, EDF and Westinghouse.

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Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance. Read more
Student research degrees in Metallic Materials are based within a vibrant research group, which is one of the largest in the UK. The research encompasses all aspects of metals alloys and composites, including their design, processing, forming, joining and performance.

Research Focus
The research extends from fundamental science, and the ‘blue skies’ development of novel technologies and techniques, to the very applied, with the aim of improving our understanding of the basic governing principles, process simulation and physical modelling. While our research is broad ranging, we focus on light alloys for aerospace and transport applications, high-temperature materials for aeroengines and power generation, and metal composites, as well as the failure of metallic materials, their environmental degradation and surface treatment. The research is supported by state of the art equipment for materials characterisation, testing, simulation and processing.

Examples of recent student PhD projects include; Microstructure Modelling for Friction Stir Welding, Laser Surface treatment of Aerospace Alloys, Advanced Strain Mapping for Structural Integrity application, Dynamic Grain Growth in Super Plastic Forming, Dynamics and Morphology of Stress Corrosion Cracking Using 3D X-ray Tomography, and Laser Depositioning of Nickel Base Superalloys.

Industry links
We have strong links with industry and the funding councils and sponsorship from global companies, including; Airbus, Alcan, Alcoa, British Energy, Rolls Royce, BNF and Jaguar. Major initiatives include the £6M EPSRC-Manchester Portfolio Partnership in Light Alloys for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and the Materials Performance Centre, a research alliance established with Nexia Solutions (supported by the NDA) in 2002, and partnered with British Energy, Serco Assurance, EDF and Westinghouse.

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The Textile Science and Technology research degrees are part of a multi-disciplinary School of Materials. State-of-the-art facilities and a leading academic team, the largest and most comprehensive in Europe, are complemented by innovative research areas, and make this an exciting and forward-looking area for research. Read more
The Textile Science and Technology research degrees are part of a multi-disciplinary School of Materials. State-of-the-art facilities and a leading academic team, the largest and most comprehensive in Europe, are complemented by innovative research areas, and make this an exciting and forward-looking area for research.

Innovation
Textiles are a platform for innovation. Our research draws on the natural flexibility and versatility of fibres to produce novel fibre structures and physical properties. Through an integrated approach, our research expertise has been established across a broad technological base allowing multi-disciplinary problems to be solved.

High Performance Textiles
A huge manufacturing and commercial area in the textile science and technology sector is High Performance Technical Textiles. Such textiles require the specialist equipment infrastructure and critical scientific mass available at Manchester and in turn, allow us to carry out focused research and collaborate with important industry sectors, such as aerospace composites, where 3D textile structures are critical to lowering weight, maintaining strength and improving efficiency and economy.

International links
We work closely with various international research centres. Collaboration with the Faraday Technitex Centre, focusing on Technical Textiles, has assisted UK industry to develop novel performance materials and technology. We also have an important partnership in novel chemical processing with the Lenzig supported Christian Doppler Laboratory, which is primarily focused on the development of the sustainable cellulosic materials sector.

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The Textile Science and Technology research degrees are part of a multi-disciplinary School of Materials. State-of-the-art facilities and a leading academic team, the largest and most comprehensive in Europe, are complemented by innovative research areas, and make this an exciting and forward-looking area for research. Read more
The Textile Science and Technology research degrees are part of a multi-disciplinary School of Materials. State-of-the-art facilities and a leading academic team, the largest and most comprehensive in Europe, are complemented by innovative research areas, and make this an exciting and forward-looking area for research.

Innovation
Textiles are a platform for innovation. Our research draws on the natural flexibility and versatility of fibres to produce novel fibre structures and physical properties. Through an integrated approach, our research expertise has been established across a broad technological base allowing multi-disciplinary problems to be solved.

High Performance Textiles
A huge manufacturing and commercial area in the textile science and technology sector is High Performance Technical Textiles. Such textiles require the specialist equipment infrastructure and critical scientific mass available at Manchester and in turn, allow us to carry out focused research and collaborate with important industry sectors, such as aerospace composites, where 3D textile structures are critical to lowering weight, maintaining strength and improving efficiency and economy.

International links
We work closely with various international research centres. Collaboration with the Faraday Technitex Centre, focusing on Technical Textiles, has assisted UK industry to develop novel performance materials and technology. We also have an important partnership in novel chemical processing with the Lenzig supported Christian Doppler Laboratory, which is primarily focused on the development of the sustainable cellulosic materials sector.

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The Paper Science research degrees are part of a dynamic research area within the school. We have close links with industry and much of our research impacts directly on current industry practice. Read more
The Paper Science research degrees are part of a dynamic research area within the school. We have close links with industry and much of our research impacts directly on current industry practice. Our academic team are highly rated within the paper science sector, and are regarded as experts in their field.

The subject
The range of materials classed as paper is diverse, from bathroom tissue to cardboard; but, despite the physical differences, they have the same chemical composition, consisting primarily of natural cellulosic fibres. The difference in the type of paper arises from the choice of raw material and the influence of the manufacturing process.

Our research
Our research covers the influence of factors, such as recycling and process chemistry, on the physical properties of the sheet, and looks at ways to improve them. We also look at improving the efficiency of raw materials and energy in manufacturing processes.

Industry links
We have strong ties with industry, including collaboration with Aylesford Newsprint, Billerud, Abitibi Consolidated, and M-Real. Our research impacts directly on paper manufacturers, and their suppliers and customers, and we are consistently approached by industry to collaborate and give expert advice on research projects.

Research projects
Some of our recent research projects include:
• Analysis of factors affecting the pore size distribution of paper
• Measurement and modelling of paper shrinkage during manufacture
• The influence of sheet uniformity and starch on the strength of recycled board

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The Paper Science research degrees are part of a dynamic research area within the school. We have close links with industry and much of our research impacts directly on current industry practice. Read more
The Paper Science research degrees are part of a dynamic research area within the school. We have close links with industry and much of our research impacts directly on current industry practice. Our academic team are highly rated within the paper science sector, and are regarded as experts in their field.

The subject
The range of materials classed as paper is diverse, from bathroom tissue to cardboard; but, despite the physical differences, they have the same chemical composition, consisting primarily of natural cellulosic fibres. The difference in the type of paper arises from the choice of raw material and the influence of the manufacturing process.

Our research
Our research covers the influence of factors, such as recycling and process chemistry, on the physical properties of the sheet, and looks at ways to improve them. We also look at improving the efficiency of raw materials and energy in manufacturing processes.

Industry links
We have strong ties with industry, including collaboration with Aylesford Newsprint, Billerud, Abitibi Consolidated, and M-Real. Our research impacts directly on paper manufacturers, and their suppliers and customers, and we are consistently approached by industry to collaborate and give expert advice on research projects.

Research projects
Some of our recent research projects include:
• Analysis of factors affecting the pore size distribution of paper
• Measurement and modelling of paper shrinkage during manufacture
• The influence of sheet uniformity and starch on the strength of recycled board

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Our Polymer Science and Engineering research programmes have a long and esteemed history and today span a diverse range of themes and topics that have relevance to industrial needs worldwide. Read more
Our Polymer Science and Engineering research programmes have a long and esteemed history and today span a diverse range of themes and topics that have relevance to industrial needs worldwide.

Focus for polymer research
Our polymer research is closely integrated and encompasses the research of several members of academic staff, both individually and in collaboration. The research is built around fundamental studies of structure-property relationships for polymer materials of current and future importance.

Active areas of polymer research include:

Biopolymers
Coatings and Films
Composites
Deformation Micromechanics
Fibres
Multiphase Polymers
Polymer Colloids
Polymerisation
Polymer Processing
Responsive Polymers

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Our Polymer Science and Engineering research programmes have a long and esteemed history and today span a diverse range of themes and topics that have relevance to industrial needs worldwide. Read more
Our Polymer Science and Engineering research programmes have a long and esteemed history and today span a diverse range of themes and topics that have relevance to industrial needs worldwide.

Focus for polymer research
Our polymer research is closely integrated and encompasses the research of several members of academic staff, both individually and in collaboration. The research is built around fundamental studies of structure-property relationships for polymer materials of current and future importance.

Active areas of polymer research include:

Biopolymers
Coatings and Films
Composites
Deformation Micromechanics
Fibres
Multiphase Polymers
Polymer Colloids
Polymerisation
Polymer Processing
Responsive Polymers

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The complete Masters (MSc) course in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern technical textiles, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career. Read more
The complete Masters (MSc) course in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern technical textiles, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.
Graduates of this programme are expected to understand the whole process of converting fibrous materials into the end product and to be able to identify and analyse the appropriate material and production route for a specific end product. You will also have developed the expertise and skill to conduct quality evaluation of textile products.

The complete MSc programme is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation. The taught course units are delivered through a combination of lectures and practical laboratory work.

Special features

The Masters programme in Technical Textiles enables you to develop a high level of understanding of the advanced Technical Textiles sector, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industries as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.
After successfully completing the programme, you will have gained a thorough grounding and understanding of the whole process of converting fibrous polymeric materials to the end product. This successful delivery to the Technical Textiles sector involves materials performance, Computer Aided Design (CAD), 2D/3D product design and specification, sustainability, effective supply chains and an understanding of diverse product sectors such as textile composites, protective wear, filtration, sportswear, medical textiles and the integration of electronics into textile structures.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. The coursework supports the development of your transferable skills such as literature review and report writing. You will complete your MSc programme with a dissertation project. Your dissertation is an opportunity to apply your learning on a five-month technical textiles project. It also enables you to further develop your knowledge and skill in your chosen field. Your choice of topic, in consultation with your personal tutor, will range in purpose from investigatory and problem-solving work, through studies of state-of-the-art technology and current practice, to experimental and analytical research.

Accrediting organisations

Accredited by the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (IOM 3 ) as meeting the Further Learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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The masters programme in Textile Technology enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern textile technology, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industry as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career. Read more
The masters programme in Textile Technology enables you to develop a high level of understanding of modern textile technology, preparing you for a career in the textile or related industry as a manager or researcher, or for an academic career.

After successfully completing the programme, you will have gained a thorough grounding and understanding of the whole process of converting fibre materials to the end product and you will be able to identify and analyse the appropriate materials and production route for a specific end product. You will also have developed the expertise and skill to conduct quality evaluation of textile products.

The programme
The complete MSc programme is made up of taught course units and a research dissertation. The taught course units are delivered through a combination of lectures and practical laboratory work. The course units cover a wide range of topical subjects:

Textile Materials and Performance Evaluation
Yarn and Nonwoven Technology
Weaving and Weave CAD
Knitting and Knit CAD
Colouration Technology
Technical Textiles

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. The coursework supports the development of your transferable skills such as literature review and report writing. You will complete your MSc programme with a dissertation project.

Your dissertation is an opportunity to apply your learning on a five-month textile science, technology or management project. It also enables you to further develop your knowledge and skill in your chosen field. Your choice of topic, in consultation with your personal tutor, will range in purpose from investigatory and problem-solving work, through studies of state-of-the-art technology and current practice, to experimental and analytical research.

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The Master of Research (MRes) in Materials and Surface Design is a new practice-based design programme that encourages innovation, lateral approaches and the creative exploration of materials within the design discipline. Read more
The Master of Research (MRes) in Materials and Surface Design is a new practice-based design programme that encourages innovation, lateral approaches and the creative exploration of materials within the design discipline. Students will examine how existing materials and technologies can be exploited, adapted and applied to new design contexts, considering potential business development from their ideas. This exploration is supported by a thorough grounding in research methods, enabling students to make the links between prior work in the field, new developments, and their own experimental design research work.
Course aims

The programme aims to encourage students to develop new aesthetic qualities from existing materials and processes, and consider wider issues such as sustainability. Students will explore materials performance qualities to generate new products and design solutions for different markets, developing their design practice and considering commercial applications for their design work. The practical design elements are a key component of the programme and enable students to make use of the wide range of technology and expertise available in the School of Materials.

The programme offers core taught units in research methods, materials aesthetics and business creation and development, and option units with a technology or business focus, concluding with a substantial design-led individual research project and written thesis.

Taught units are delivered in semester 1 (September to January) and in semester 2 (February to June), with the individual research project and thesis developed in the second semester and submitted in September.

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The research degrees in corrosion and protection benefit from one of the world’s largest academic based activities dedicated to corrosion and its control. Read more
The research degrees in corrosion and protection benefit from one of the world’s largest academic based activities dedicated to corrosion and its control. We work closely with the world’s leading companies, consultancies and industrial research groups to create a forward-looking and strategic research activity.

Industry driven
Corrosion science and technology are key to the development of new materials and innovative production processes for use in industries driven by the need to improve their capital productivity, operational reliability, efficiency, performance and health and safety of the world’s physical assets.

Our industry-driven, fundamental and strategic research is organised into four overlapping themes: corrosion mechanisms, prediction and control; environmental degradation and protection by coatings; high-temperature protection; performance of light alloys.

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The research degrees in corrosion and protection benefit from one of the world’s largest academic based activities dedicated to corrosion and its control. Read more
The research degrees in corrosion and protection benefit from one of the world’s largest academic based activities dedicated to corrosion and its control. We work closely with the world’s leading companies, consultancies and industrial research groups to create a forward-looking and strategic research activity.

Industry driven
Corrosion science and technology are key to the development of new materials and innovative production processes for use in industries driven by the need to improve their capital productivity, operational reliability, efficiency, performance and health and safety of the world’s physical assets.

Our industry-driven, fundamental and strategic research is organised into four overlapping themes: corrosion mechanisms, prediction and control; environmental degradation and protection by coatings; high-temperature protection; performance of light alloys.

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