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.
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.