MEng Materials Engineering with International Study

UCAS codeH198
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


Materials Engineers are at the forefront of discovering the best material solutions for products. From designing the perfect combination of components for an aeroplane wing to developing materials for medical implants, they build the foundations of new technology and groundbreaking progress.

Currently in high demand, graduates of Materials Engineering have a vast range of employment opportunities awaiting them. The employment market straddles many manufacturing sectors, such as construction, power generation and biomedical engineering.

Here at Exeter, the emphasis of our programme is not just on understanding materials science but on putting this theory into practice by teaching you the hands-on practicalities of designing and manufacturing with the materials you study. Our main aim is to equip you with a thorough understanding of how materials behave and are best used in design and manufacture, as well as how this applies to the latest advancements in real world components and industry.

Group project work plays an important part of your course, in preparation for real industry practice. Our strong links with engineering companies also allows us to bring the subject theory to life by providing, for example, fieldtrips to Airbus to experience composite manufacturing in action.

Why choose Materials Engineering at Exeter?

  • This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council. Visit the Careers tab for further information.
  • Our multidisciplinary first year encourages you to explore other engineering disciplines, such as electronic or civil engineering; broadening your subject knowledge as you progress with materials.
  • Practical, hands-on experience starts from your first year when you use our Additive Layer Manufacturing technology to construct a water-wheel.
  • You will use first-class equipment and facilities with access to the extensive materials, structures, fluids and mechanics labs.
  • Our staff capitalise on their strong links with industry  to arrange industry tours and help you gain summer work placements with companies like Airbus and Rolls Royce.
  • Our research-active academics continually adapt the programme to encompass new technology and systems being used in the materials industry, such as rapid manufacturing and powder techniques.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Year 1

The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds your theoretical and practical knowledge in mechanical, civil, materials, manufacturing, electronic and engineering mathematics.

By the end of this year's course you will have experienced your first encounter with "Solidworks" as well as gained more experience with AutoCAD, have been introduced to every phase involved in engineering a new artefact and will be more confident in writing and presenting your findings. Speakers from engineering institutions also visit to offer an introduction to the benefits of joining their professional bodies.

Year 2

From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on your chosen degree

Year 3

In year three you will narrow down your specialist areas to materials engineering and computational engineering which are complementary to each other. You will learn ways to calculate the failure mode of materials, theoretical and numerical approaches in analysing mechanical systems and also the use of software packages to design products.

Year 4

The final year of study for MEng students offers a wide range of advanced specialist modules such as those offering advanced practical project work this year and courses such as Industrial Case Studies which gives you the opportunity to visit companies, learning hands-on skills from top-class manufacturing experts.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Students applying for this programme will be invited to attend an academic interview. Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not take part in an interview.

Required subjects

GCE AL Maths grade B and another science subject at grade B; IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Applied Science, Building Services Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability. In place of science requirement only, A level Maths still required.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment. Our student-centred approach to teaching is validated by our excellent results in the National Student Survey.

Our programmes make use of a variety of teaching styles with contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study. These include:

  • Lectures for the presentation of new topics and class exercises;
  • Workshops where you have hands-on use of equipment, discussion and solution of sample problems, with experts available to answer questions and provide support;
  • Tutorials involving small group work on problems relating to topics covered in lectures;
  • Projects of longer term practical work undertaken either individually or in teams, with sessions for consultation with staff;
  • Engineering Design Activities (EDAs) which provide direct experience of putting engineering design into practice while learning the underpinning principles and mathematical skills in other modules.

There are plenty of opportunities to discuss material in more detail with members of staff. Our academics are happy to meet with students individually during their advertised office hours or receive questions by email.

A research and practice led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment, industrially linked projects and staff expertise.

Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners. Recent projects have involved the design and construction of an autonomous hovering platform, modelling of airflow around a car and 3D CAD representation of the Met Office headquarters in Exeter, which has close research links with the College.


Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.

All of our programmes are assessed in a similar way. During the first two years you will have an even mix of examinations and coursework, each accounting for about 50%. In the third year 25% of the year is taken up by the individual project.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. Written examinations are held in January and June of the first and second years and in the third term of the third year. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.

International study

We strongly encourage our Engineering undergraduates to consider a period of studying abroad as part of their degree. This is most commonly realised under the Erasmus programme and is available to all students taking the MEng Materials Engineering with International Study.

It is possible to transfer on to the 'with International Study' variant during the first two years of your degree and all students are invited to explanatory presentations during their second year to encourage them to take-up this exciting option in the third year.

The benefits of taking part in the Erasmus programme include:

  • The opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects, often with an industrial component involving world-class companies such as Daimler-Chrysler and Ferrari
  • The chance to spend four months in some of the most attractive places in Europe, learning the language and immersing yourself in the culture 
  • An enhanced CV

More information on Erasmus funding can be found on the Erasmus website.

Study abroad modules

The MEng Materials Engineering with International Study programme is specifically structured to retain full professional accreditation. This is achieved by studying two modules whilst abroad during the second and third terms of the third year and by taking a credit-rated language module appropriate to your chosen study destination in the first term preceding this.

Individual Project Abroad

The purpose of this module is to apply the knowledge and skills obtained from taught modules to a real engineering situation at a professional level. It encourages the use of initiative, imagination and creativity and allows study in a greater depth than is appropriate in a taught module.

Engineering in an International Society B

In this module you will study at a university in a European, American or Southern Hemisphere country with the goal of understanding the challenges involved in working in a foreign culture. You will observe the transnational issues facing engineers in all countries. This experience will help you gain the confidence to function in a professional manner wherever you choose to work, even when you are faced with conflicting and diverse sources of information.


Materials engineering is a discipline at the interface between materials science and engineering. Many of the most exciting current developments in the technological world are in materials engineering, such as nanotechnology, artificial replacement organs and tissues, and smart composites for aerospace applications. These and other topics are covered in these programmes including manufacturing, CAD/CAM, elasticity and solid mechanics. These programmes would suit those who aim to work in any technology field or in a management role in related industries.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.

We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Employability web page to find out more.

Industrial experience

All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.

Students can also request permission to temporarily interrupt their studies and spend a year working in industry, as long as they work in a suitably demanding Engineering role.

Industry-led projects

Our undergraduate engineering programmes are enriched by a network of industry links which have been established through collaborative research and consultation. Project work is a core element of each programme, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and working in multidisciplinary teams. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.

Employer visits

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the College to hold mock interviews and to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.

Further information

Find out more about the  industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.

Professional accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

An accredited MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

An accredited BEng (Hons) degree 1. fully satisfies the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and 2. partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The Engineering Council provide an accredited course search web page and further information for prospective students where you can find a list of all our accredited degree programmes.


Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Website: Visit the Engineering website