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University of Birmingham Masters Degrees in Materials Science

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New materials underpin development and progress across a wide variety of sectors. New technologies, from planes to batteries, from hip implants to electronic devices, are made possible, and often limited by, the materials we currently know and use. Read more

New materials underpin development and progress across a wide variety of sectors. New technologies, from planes to batteries, from hip implants to electronic devices, are made possible, and often limited by, the materials we currently know and use.

Materials Scientists and Engineers work hard to understand how and why materials behave the way they do, and exploit this knowledge to develop new materials with amazing properties.

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 and summer 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.

Course details

Studying Materials Science and Engineering, you will develop a fundamental understanding of how the properties of a material, such as strength, electronic properties and biocompatibility, are affected by the material’s structure, such as its crystal structure or microstructure.

This knowledge can then be used to formulate strategies to develop new materials, such as alloys able to operate at higher temperatures for jet engine blades or high-toughness ceramics for armour applications. This programme will equip you with the skills required to join a wide variety of industries in the capacity of materials specialist, or continue your education at a PhD level.

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 Communiation Skills and Effective Project Management.

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.

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Learning and teaching

All students take twelve modules for a total 120 credits, plus a research project.

The programme is currently delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods.

Employability

Our graduates go on to become engineers and scientists at a wide variety of industrial partners, or opt to continue their studies at PhD level.

Typical employers:

  • BAE Systems
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force
  • British Petroleum

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.



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This programme comprises a major research project and six taught modules, four compulsory and two optional. The research project can be taken full-time or part-time and can be carried out in the University or by industrial collaboration with a company. Read more

This programme comprises a major research project and six taught modules, four compulsory and two optional.

The research project can be taken full-time or part-time and can be carried out in the University or by industrial collaboration with a company.

Course details

This programme can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. This one-year Course (full-time) comprises a major research project (two-thirds of the year) and six taught modules (one-third of the year), which are taken intermittently throughout the year. 

Students with an appropriate technical background (a Materials Science first degree) can start the course at any time. Students without a background in Materials Science are required to take the Introduction to Materials module (see module section), and must start the MRes Course at the beginning of the academic year, in September. 

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Learning and teaching

The programme is currently delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods.

Examples of MRes in the Science and Engineering of Materials Research Projects

  • Reliability of optical fibre sensors for smart structures 
  • Mechanical reliability of optical fibres for telecommunications
  • Chemistry and stability of localised corrosion sites
  • High Resolution Synchrotron X-ray studies of pitting corrosion
  • Simultaneous thermal (DSC), spectral (FTIR) and physical (TMA) analyses of polymers
  • Design, fabrication and evaluation of a novel fibre optic acoustic emission sensor 
  • Detection (and modelling) of moisture ingress in composites using optical fibre sensors 
  • Self-sensing glass fibre composites: Chemical process monitoring
  • Self-sensing glass fibre composites: Damage detection
  • Characterisation of photo-curable dental resins using a non-contact probe

Employability

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.



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