MSc Advanced Materials


Program Description

Course content

The MSc Advanced Materials offers a good degree of flexibility by combining core compulsory modules with a range of elective modules – this means you can create a programme of study that reflects your interests.

The course consists of 120 credits of core and optional taught modules along with a 60 credit major individual research-based project undertaken during the summer term. Please be aware modules are subject to change.

Through a mixture of core and optional modules, you will develop the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of materials and the necessary background science.
  • Knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing technology relevant to the industry.
  • Understanding of the relationships between the mechanical properties of materials, their microstructure and their processing history.
  • The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups.
  • Ability to exercise original thought.
  • Ability to plan and undertake an individual project.
  • Ability to understand and apply the theory, method and practice of materials manufactured in a wide range of industries.
  • Interpersonal, communication and professional skills.

Course structure

The MSc programme is a full-time degree course studied over a period of one calendar year beginning in late September. However, the programme may be taken part-time over up to three years.

This can be done by taking the taught modules flexibly in each semester to accumulate 120 credits in total. (The basic structure of each taught semester is 11 weeks of teaching followed by a period for revision and examinations). The individual project worth 60 credits can be started any time after at least 80 credits of taught modules are passed.

The taught subject programme consists of modules totalling 120 credits, which comprise six compulsory modules and six optional modules (each worth 10 credits). The individual project module has 60 credits. A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of student learning, teaching and assessment. To gain an MSc the number and level of credits must abide by the University Qualifications Framework.

Of the 180 credits for the MSc, at least 150 credits must be at level 4. Of the 120 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma, at least 90 credits must be at level 4.

The contribution of each core module to the learning outcomes can be seen in the associated curriculum map where each module has been analysed in detail regarding its contribution to the learning outcomes.

Compulsory modules


  • Advanced Materials Characterisation: 10 credits
  • Making Metal Perform: 10 credits
  • Environmental Failure of Materials: 10 credits


  • Advanced Materials: 10 credits
  • Materials Design against Failure: 10 credits
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design: 10 credits


  • Individual Postgraduate Project: 60 credits

Specialist Materials modules

You must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 credits from the following group:


  • High-Performance Ceramics and Glasses: 10 credits
  • Polymer Engineering: 10 credits


  • Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering: 10 credits

Other optional modules

A further 30 or 40 credits are needed. A total of 60 credits should be taken in each semester. Some possibilities are shown below:


  • Advanced Engineering Research Preparation(recommended): 10 credits
  • Conservation and Recycling of Materials: 10 credits
  • Surface Engineering Technology: 10 credits


  • Electron-Optical and X-ray Techniques: 10 credits
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: 10 credits
  • Joining Technology: 10 credits
  • Advanced Technology Review: 10 credits
For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


This course produces graduates who are able to think and function in an integrated manner across the areas of materials science and engineering.

It will provide you with specific skills suitable for a wide range of careers in UK and international organisations involved in materials and product development.

Students in the department have gone on to a variety of different careers, including civil engineers, engineering technicians, quality assurance and regulation officers and engineering professionals.

As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within the industry and related areas, the MSc programmes offered by the department provide an excellent foundation for further research and a significant number of our students continue their studies to PhD level and beyond.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 87.5% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,300 with the highest being £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: A high 2:2 or equivalent
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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