Advanced Materials MSc

Why choose this course

Our Advanced Materials MSc is a springboard for career development, new employment opportunities and postgraduate research. It provides a strong platform for workplace-based continuing education, with many part-time students funded by their employers.

What you will study

Our Advanced Materials MSc is a broad-based, flexible modular programme, giving you a thorough understanding of advanced engineering materials, their manufacture, and the techniques used for their characterisation.

You’ll choose modules which are taught as one-week short-course modules, comprising a blend of lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorials. The modules cover a broad range of content including metals, polymers,
ceramics, composites, nanomaterials, bonding, surfaces, corrosion, fracture, fatigue, analytical techniques and general research methods. You’ll also undertake a materials-based research project, which is made up of the Research Project Planning and Project modules. The MSc in Advanced Materials is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) when a project is undertaken.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2018

Professional recognition

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
This programme is accredited by the IOM3 as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning for candidates with an accredited bachelors degree with honours in engineering or technology, who seek to satisfy the academic requirements for CEng registration.

Programme leader

WHITING MJ Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

For full-time students ENGM241 Research Project Planning and ENGM242 Project are compulsory modules as well as a further two modules.

In addition to this students choose five optional modules.

A minimum of three optional modules must be chosen from the following list:
ENGM102 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
ENGM103 Characterisation of Advanced Materials
ENGM099 Introduction to Physical Metallurgy
ENGM100 Polymers: Science, Engineering and Applications
ENGM174 Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings

All five of the above can be chosen as optional modules, if only three or four are chosen from above students choose their remaining optional modules from the following:
ENGM124 Nanomaterials
ENGM106 Materials Under Stress
ENGM107 The Science and Technology of Adhesive Bonding
ENGM114 Corrosion Engineering
ENGM104 Composite Materials Technology
ENGM244 Complete Materials Technology

Unstructured (3-5 years)

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

For part-time students students ENGM241 Research Project Planning is a compulsory module if undertaking ENGM242 Project.

Students undertaking ENGM242 project must choose five optional modules

Students undertaking ENGM170 Independent Study must choose seven optional modules.

A minimum of three optional modules must be chosen from the following list:
ENGM102 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
ENGM103 Characterisation of Advanced Materials
ENGM099 Introduction to Physical Metallurgy
ENGM100 Polymers: Science, Engineering and Applications
ENGM174 Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings

All five of the above can be chosen as optional modules. Students choose their remaining optional modules from the following:
ENGM124 Nanomaterials
ENGM106 Materials Under Stress
ENGM107 The Science and Technology of Adhesive Bonding
ENGM114 Corrosion Engineering
ENGM104 Composite Materials Technology
ENGM244 Complete Materials Technology

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or a related discipline. Relevant experience may also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Oversees fees
Full-time October 2018 £9,800 £20,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018/19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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