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Advanced Materials Science - MSc

Course Description

With a growing world population, there is increasing need for scientific experts and entrepreneurs who can develop novel materials with advanced properties - addressing critical issues from energy to healthcare - and take scientific discoveries to the commercial world. This degree combines frontline research-based teaching from across UCL to train the next generation of materials scientists.

Degree information

The programme aims to equip students with advanced, comprehensive knowledge of materials science and related state-of-the-art technologies, an understanding of the structure, properties and applications of materials, scientific research skills, and the insight and capability to be an entrepreneur in the field. In addition, students will engage in a literature project and a six-month cutting-edge research project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a literature project (15 credits) and a research project/dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Advanced Materials Characterisation
-Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing
-Materials Design, Selection and Discovery
-Microstructural Control in Materials Science
-Research Methodology

Optional modules
-Students choose one or two optional modules to a total value of 30 credits from the following:
-Advanced Topics in Energy Science and Materials (15 credits)
-Biomaterials Applications (15 credits)
-Mastering Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
-Materials and Fatigue/Fracture Analysis (15 credits)
-Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices (15 credits)
-Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry (30 credits)

All students undertake a literature project and a research project an independent research project which culminates in a 20-minute oral presentation and a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered by lectures, interactive tutorials, case discussions, and modelling projects. Assessment is by a combination of ongoing coursework, presentations, a group project and/or a written examination, a dissertation and a viva voce.


On graduation students will be equipped for a future career as a materials scientist or engineer in academia or industry, or as an entrepreneur.

In addition to the specific skills and knowledge students acquire by taking this programme, they also develop managerial and entrepreneurship skills, and transferable skills in areas including literature search, design of experiments, materials research, critical data analysis, teamwork and effective communication skills using real-life case scenarios and student-led group projects.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Advanced Materials Science MSc relates scientific theories to research and applications of advanced materials, encourages innovation and creative thinking, and contextualises scientific innovation within the global market and entrepreneurship.

The programme aims to deliver innovative teaching; from the group design projects where students are challenged to design the next advanced material to the module, Mastering Entrepreneurship, where students learn how to apply research in the commercial world.

Students on this interdisciplinary programme benefit from UCL’s emphasis on research-based learning and teaching and research input from departments across UCL in mathematical and physical sciences, and in engineering.

Visit the Advanced Materials Science - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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