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Advanced Materials (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip)


Course Description

Course Description

This course is suitable for graduates with science, applied science, engineering or related degrees keen to pursue careers in the development or exploitation of materials; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience. Our students benefit from the expertise of our highly qualified academics. They have extensive contact with industry, through guest lectures from partner organisations and supporters of group and individual projects. Courses are regularly reviewed by an advisory panel of leading professionals from industry to ensure the content is relevant and meets the expectations of employers.

Overview

Industry needs materials experts. Developments in the design of aircraft, cars, electronic equipment, domestic appliances, etc., depend critically upon the availability of novel materials. Of equal importance is an understanding of both advanced processing techniques and the latest computer based design procedures, essential for product commercialisation from the concept phase. Technological, economic and environmental pressures will ensure that the demand for materials experts will increase in the future.

Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

Structure

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Core Modules

- Introduction to Materials Engineering
- Machining Moudling and Metrology
- Composites Manufacturing for High Performance Products
- Failure of Materials and Structures
- General Management
- Finite Element Analysis and Materials Modelling
- Materials Selection
- Surface Science and Engineering

The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. Covering both the technical aspects and training in technology management and transferable skills, they provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.

Individual Project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems.

Group Project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%.

Why this course

There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study within the Materials Department at Cranfield University, including:

- Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research

- Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners

- Work alongside a strong research team within the Manufacturing and Materials Department

- Dedicated support including extensive information resources managed by Cranfield University's library

- Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes, through group and individual projects.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to a wide range of careers involving materials, with responsibilities in research, development, design, engineering, consultancy and management in industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, sports, food and drink processing, chemical processing and power generation.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Advanced-Materials

Visit the Advanced Materials (MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Valentine Meyer

920.jpg Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
The Masters was very interesting for the wide range of backgrounds and nationalities of the fellow students. We learnt a lot from each other as much in the studies as in personal development and cultural perspective. It was a very enjoyable experience. The modules were very diverse, with introductions to many different subjects, with first individual assessments and group projects at the end of the year. These are quite interesting and instructive to learn working in a team, which will be the case for most of us in the future. The final Master’s thesis, of 3-4 months, is finally the last step of the postgraduate study, and to me the most important in the experience since it is what might define our personal profile when looking for a job.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
I acquired a scientific approach of the subjects and of the research that I did not gain in my engineer formation. The library resources and the software furnished by the university are very useful and complete to be able to do serious works.

Also, because I found and created my Master’s thesis subject along with my supervisor, I learnt the process of searching a home institution, looking at their current projects and what would be of interest to them, contacting them and writing a brief research proposal; I think this skill is very important in our future life and I am really glad to have learnt that from my supervisor.

Would you recommend the course? Why?
I would recommend this course as it enlarges skills and knowledge about a wide range of different subjects introduced along the year. It is a good opening course to achieve its studies and get experience in subjects most likely to be confronted to in our professional life (project management, environment economics, team work...). The individual thesis project at the end of the course allows a specialisation by personalising studies and improving skills in a particular topic chosen.

Do you have any advice for students considering postgraduate study?
I would recommend the students to do postgraduate studies to improve their skills, but also to make contacts and build a network (other students, teachers and industries during the Master’s thesis and other conferences) for future work research. I would say that postgraduate studies tend more to project the people in professional life and are more oriented toward our future work research.

(Student Profile)

Ahmed Murthaza

922.jpg Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
I can definitely say that I met experienced and competent academics during my life at Cranfield. The study environment and library resources were excellent. I have also made fantastic friends from various countries that I believe I can rely on and perhaps can work with in the future as needed.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
Professionalism, competency and working in the field without hesitation.

Were there any parts of the course that you found particularly enjoyable/useful?
The group project was excellent . It was undertaken professionally as a consultancy provided to a well established company. Therefore, it was really useful and I consider it provided me sort of international experience.

What was your individual project about?
Evaluation of best available technologies and best practical environmental options for waste management in the Maldives. The project was sponsored by the Government of the Maldives

Would you recommend the course? Why?
Yes, because the course provides all the necessary knowledge that a person will need for his/her further carrier development

Do you have any advice for students considering postgraduate study?
For anyone who is considering postgraduate study definitely without any further question it’s Cranfield University. This is because of several aspects, including its excellent reputation, great study environment and its experienced academics.

What are your plans for the future?
Back to work (EPA Maldives) with confidence, which I have been even before I started the course at Cranfield, as well as exploring to start up a consultancy business.

What do you most like about Cranfield?
Liked all about Cranfield, especially the invaluable assistance provided by the staff since my first day at Cranfield.



(Scholarship)

Cranfield - Mendeleev Scholarship - 3 Awards

Cranfield University has a limited number of Scholarships for chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry graduates with *up to £9k towards UK fees and living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9,000*

Eligibility

Applied Sciences Scholarships for chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry graduates

Application Procedure

Please indicate your interest in this scholarship on you application form

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/students/funding/funding%20in%20the%20school%20of%20applied%20sciences.html?id=fam


(Scholarship)

Cranfield - Euclid Scholarships - 3 Awards

Cranfield University has a limited number of Scholarships for mathematics graduates with *up to £9k towards UK fees and living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9,000*

Eligibility

UK mathematics graduates

Application Procedure

Please indicate your interest in these scholarships on your application form

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/students/funding/index.html?id=fam


(Scholarship)

Cranfield - Kirchhoff Scholarships - 3 Awards

Cranfield University has a limited number of Scholarships for physics graduates with *up to £9k towards UK fees and living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £9,000*

Eligibility

UK physics graduates

Application Procedure

Please indicate your interest in this scholarship on your application form.

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/students/funding/funding%20in%20the%20school%20of%20applied%20sciences.html?id=fam


(Scholarship)

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/loan?utm_campaign=commscpls&utm_source=fam&utm_medium=onlineprofile&utm_content=courselistingfunding



Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

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