MSc Materials Engineering
|Duration||Full time 1 year|
MSc Materials Engineering brings together the latest developments in materials science and the application of new materials in manufacturing and technology.
You will gain a strong understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances, from raw materials to finished products, identifying their strengths and limitations, enabling you to find solutions to complex contemporary problems.
Our particular research strengths are drawn into the masters programme, in areas including functional materials (those with extra functionality such as electro-magnetic screening, self-sensing and active materials, and materials with negative thermal expansion and Poisson’s ratios), polymers, composites and bio-materials.
Why this course?
- This programme focuses on the theory and computational simulation of material structures for application into automotive, aerospace, technology and energy sectors.
- Strongly aligned to our research expertise, and the latest developments in materials science
- A choice of pathways available so you can focus on your technical engineering skills through this programme, or combine these with management skills through the MSc Materials Engineering with Management programme
MSc Materials Engineering with Management pathway available
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 option 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.
Learning and teaching
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 placed 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 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.
Previous dissertation titles
- Analysis of the procedures conducted by UNICEF and WHO towards humanitarian supply chain and logistics
- How does the 4th industrial revolution impact on operations, logistics, and supply chain management in South Korean industries
- How to develop a sustainable supply chain - the case of FAW-Volkswagen company
- Discrete Event Simulation applied to SMEs: a case study of SMART Manufacturing
- Production planning at Bell plastics Ltd
- Enhancing business performance through information flow management: a case study of a SME in manufacturing industry
- Integration of Lean practices with Supply Chain performance – a case study of a retail company in Dubai
- Optimizing production floor layout in a plastics manufacturing company
- Applying lean principle to a SME company in Thailand
- Logistics service in the online shopping and its impact on consumers’ behaviour under the innovative logistics model by Alibaba
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.
Topics covered include:
- Complex numbers
- Differential equations
- Partial differentiation
- Vector calculus
- Numerical methods
- Probability and statistics
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.
Recent graduates have taken employment in a variety of sectors, including both large companies and small and medium sized enterprises.
The University of Exeter has an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds to a high standard, 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. All programmes are designed so you not only get a second to none education in your area of choice, but you also are equipped with the correct vocational skills to achieve success in the working world or in further study.
All students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is the home of 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.
A good degree (normally a 2:2) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
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.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency
Overall score 176. No less than 169 in any section.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £10,950 full-time
- International: £22,950 full-time
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.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.
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