This MSc programme has been tailored-made to provide you with the scientific and commercial expertise in advanced materials to design innovative, problem solving, sustainable materials for the commercial world.

The IMD has a wide range of industrial connections from various sectors: from aviation to oil and gas, solar energy to biomedical. You will gain first-hand insight from these industry experts through guest lecturers and research projects.

Is this course for you?

Do you want a future career as a materials scientist? Or perhaps as an engineer? Whether you want to remain in academia or move into the industry this course will provide you with essential materials-research experience!

Designed for students from a range of backgrounds who are interested in a career discovering advanced materials:

  • Materials Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Polymer Science
  • Biology

What topics are covered?

Fundamental materials knowledge

  • Metals
  • Alloys
  • Ceramics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Polymers
  • Coatings
  • Soft materials
  • Composites

Practical knowledge in

  • Processing & manufacturability
  • Performance characterisation
  • Life cycle design
  • Medical device certification

Materials applications including

  • Wearable electronics
  • Personalised healthcare
  • Adaptive materials
  • Sustainable energy

Mastering Entrepreneurship

  • Targeting specific advanced materials markets
  • Identify potential products

What core skills are developed?

Enhanced transferable skills: learn from real-life case studies and student-led group projects:

  • Analysis of academic-commercial and landscape
  • Effective and efficient critical data analysis
  • Productive and collaborative teamwork and effective communication skills

Managerial skills & entrepreneurship: work with academic experts and commercial leaders

  • Commercially relevant product development and project management
  • Problem-solving, creative thinking and innovation process
  • Basic financial skills

Core Modules

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


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.

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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1 year
9,020 GBP
- UK/EU; £25,140 - International fees
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