- MSc Materials Engineering brings together the latest developments in materials science and the application of new materials in manufacturing and technology
- Be immersed in the theory and computational simulation of material structures for application into automotive, aerospace, technology and energy sectors
- Gain a strong understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products, identifying their strengths and limitations to find solutions to complex problems
- Our teaching is strongly aligned to our research expertise, and the latest developments in materials science
- Focus on your technical engineering skills with this programme, or combine these with management skills with MSc Materials Engineering with Management.
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MSc Materials Engineering and MSc Materials Engineering with Management are accredited by the Institution of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.
It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualification for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if the wish to progress to CEng.
All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
- Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
- Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
- 58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Please visit our entry requirements entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.
MSc Materials Engineering consists of eight core engineering modules totalling 165 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project, and one 15-credit optional module.
The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The Engineering MSc project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.
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.
- MSc Materials Engineering with Management brings together the latest developments in management, materials science and the application of new materials in manufacturing and technology
- Taught in partnership with the University of Exeter Business School.
- Gain a strong understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products, identifying their strengths and limitations to find solutions to complex contemporary problems
- Designed for engineers seeking to study their subject at an advanced level before moving quickly into management or leadership positions
- Learn the theory and computational simulation of material structures, and apply that expertise to the automotive, aerospace, technology and energy sectors.
UK fees per year:
International fees per year:
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
Teaching and assessment
The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.
You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.
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. Plus, you’ll 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.
Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.
Sample mathematics test
Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.
There is considerable demand in the workplace for graduates with knowledge in both a specialist technology area and in management, particularly in the modern tools and techniques to support the management of a dynamically changing engineering business.
We have an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds, so when it comes to life after graduation you can be confident that you are starting your next professional adventure in a prime, leading position.
Dedicated careers support
You will receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team, who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of career planning. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is home to a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.
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