Metallurgy and Materials Science at Birmingham is a major research centre with world-class facilities. Our research is at the leading edge of Materials Science and Engineering, and we work closely with a range of industrial partners to ensure that the potential of our discoveries is maximised.
New materials underpin development and progress across a wide variety of sectors. New technologies, from planes to batteries, from hip implants to electronic devices, are made possible, and often limited by, the materials we currently know and use. Materials Scientists and Engineers work hard to understand how and why materials behave the way they do and exploit this knowledge to develop new materials with amazing properties.
Studying Materials Science and Engineering, you will develop a fundamental understanding of how the properties of a material, such as strength, electronic properties and biocompatibility, are affected by the material’s structure, such as its crystal structure or microstructure.
This knowledge can then be used to formulate strategies to develop new materials, such as alloys able to operate at higher temperatures for jet engine blades or high-toughness ceramics for armour applications. This programme will equip you with the skills required to join a wide variety of industries in the capacity of materials specialist, or continue your education at a PhD level.
Why study Materials Science and Engineering Masters at Birmingham?
Materials underpin almost all industrial sectors and the global challenges have increased the demand for new materials. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for materials engineers and researchers worldwide and in rapidly developing countries in particular. The School of Metallurgy and Materials has long been a centre of excellence in materials research and education.
The course is designed for graduates who want to acquire knowledge, concepts and research skills in advanced materials in order to seek a research or technology development career in materials. It will also provide excellent preparation for those wishing to undertake the classic PhD, new PhD with integrated studies and EngD.
One of the best centres for materials research in the UK.
World-leading and unique facilities, such as the £60M High-Temperature Research Centre.
Strong collaborations with a large number of industrial partners, including Rolls-Royce, Baosteel and many others.
Wide range of research activities, from the atomic scale to components.
The specialty of my course is that it’s a combination of project and learning. We have many lectures to enrich our knowledge, and a final project to put this knowledge to use.
Yingzi Xi, MSc Materials Science and Engineering
This course consists of 180 credits distributed over 12 months. Two-thirds of the content (120 credits) consists of taught modules. One-third of the content (60 credits) is the individual research project, which is carried out in the summer.
The core modules will ensure you will gain an adequate background to tackle most aspects of Materials Science and Engineering and ensure you will develop key professional and research skills. You will learn the fundamentals of materials science, and how materials can be analysed and studied.
Introduction to Materials * - 10 credits
Materials Characterisation - 10 credits
Presentation and Communication Skills/Team Skills development - 10 credits
Effective Project Management - 10 credits
Research Project - 60 credits
*module is only compulsory for those students who do not have a materials background from their undergraduate degree.
Choose 30 or 40 credits from the below semester 1 module (all 10 credits), depending on whether you have taken the Introduction to Materials module:
Design Against Failure
Polymer Science and Soft Matter
Sensors and Composites
Choose 5 options from Semester 2, all modules 10 credits:
Advanced Casting and Solidification
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Materials for Energy Generation and Storage
Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
Materials for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (MSET)
Net Shape Manufacturing
Physical Metallurgy (Titanium and Nickel)
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
The annual tuition fee for 2021/22
UK students: £10,260
International students £24,480
How To Apply
International applicants requiring visasApplications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close July 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.
International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here.
UK and non-Tier 4 applicantsApplications will close in mid-September 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.