MSc Advanced Materials

General

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Program Description

New materials can save lives, help us to protect the environment and transform transport, agriculture and the products we use every day in our homes. Put simply, the expertise to create advanced materials gives us the power to change the world we live in.

From clean energy to cleaner water, advanced materials provide the building blocks of improvement and innovation in a range of sectors and disciplines. MSc Advanced Materials offers the chance to get to grips with the design, development and analysis of these materials, with a multi-disciplinary approach that offers a fascinating combination of chemistry, engineering and project management.

The course is suited to talented engineers and scientists with a passion for analysing and creating innovative materials. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the structure and performance of different materials, the fundamental principles driving the development of innovative products and strategies for the design and development of novel materials.

Features and Benefits

  • Cutting-edge equipment – Learn the latest analysis and monitoring techniques, with state-of-the-art facilities in our Department of Natural Sciences.
  • Research expertise – We’re home to leading research groups like PrintCity, our 3D additive and digital manufacturing centre, and Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, which is leading the way in harnessing renewable energy.
  • Professional impact – With a mix of practical skills, research-led understanding and industry-standard project management techniques, this programme offers the professional tools you’ll need for your career in the field.
  • Optional placement year – Boost your career prospects and put theory into practice with an industry placement.

Course Information

You’ll cover a range of units, learning about recent developments in materials science, nanotechnology and how to enhance material properties and characteristics, as well as improve production methods and design. From there, you’ll also learn a variety of advanced techniques, from the spectroscopic, surface and structural analysis techniques used by materials scientists as characterisation methods, to the management skills vital for delivering successful projects.

While the course includes a set programme of nine core units, both our Innovative Materials and Energy Materials units offer the flexibility to focus on areas that we’re working on in our Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering Research Centre. That means you can explore issues like Energy Storage, Electrochemical Techniques, 3D printing or the Chemistry of Recycling, to name just a few potential topics. You’ll have the chance to specialise in your studies, exploring your passions. Then, in your final term, your final research project offers the chance to specialise even further, designing your own materials investigation to develop both your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills.

Year 1

This course is taught full-time for over 1 year. 

All units are core and include Innovative Materials and Energy Materials, Management of Projects Fundamentals and Professional Practice and Advanced Analysis Methods in Materials Science.

The full list of core units is as follows:

  • Applied Materials for Modernisation
  • Innovative Materials
  • Energy Materials
  • Bulk Characterisation Techniques in Material Science
  • Electron-spectroscopy and Imaging Techniques for Surface Analysis
  • Management of Projects Fundamentals
  • Management of Projects Professional Practice
  • Advanced Project and Personal Development
  • Nanotechnology

Placement options

Strengthen your skillset by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment. This course is available with an optional industrial placement year, giving students the chance to tailor their knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill set. Learning things that can’t be taught or experienced in a classroom, you’ll gain hands-on experience and inside knowledge of industry practice. This is an excellent opportunity to put theory into practice and gain transferable workplace skills, providing a real boost to your CV when you graduate.

The University’s Careers Service will assist students in finding suitable placements. There will also be plenty of help and advice from the University staff within the Department of Natural Sciences. After finding a placement, your tutors will be on hand to ensure this is the right choice for you and your career aspirations, to make sure that you get the most from your time in the industry.

A placement fee of £1,850 applies.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in materials or chemistry-related subject. Graduates with engineering degrees may be considered on an individual basis to ensure that they have the chemistry background skills required for the individual research project. Applicants with relevant and extensive professional experience in the relevant fields will be considered.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU Students

  • Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island Students

  • Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

  • Total optional cost: £600

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing. 

Career Prospects

With a mix of chemistry, engineering and project management, MSc Advanced Materials will equip you with the skills to join the next generation of materials scientists and engineers. From academia to industry, whether in a technical role driving discovery or a managerial role leading teams, this course can help you prepare for a future at the forefront of materials development. 

Whether you are a recent graduate looking to extend your skills, or already in practice and looking to progress your career, our programme develops a range of professional-standard skills and opens up a variety of specialist career paths. It will help you take a significant step towards your future career goals.

We place employability at the heart of your learning and teaching, regularly reviewing our courses to ensure that they are up-to-date and relevant to the needs of the industry. You will be taught and supervised by research experts, most of whom are at the forefront of their specialist field and who will give you support and guidance throughout your studies.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years ... Read More

Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old, which is a measure of its commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Manchester Metropolitan provides its students with regular employability events including advice workshops, industry networking, guest speakers and careers fairs. The University also has industry links with many global companies, including IBM, Bentley Motors, Bosch, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, Manchester City Football Club and Walt Disney. A range of scholarships exclusive to international students is also available, up to the value of £5,000. Read less