Materials Science and Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Materials Science and Engineering MSc. These are the modules studied in 2021/22 and will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study in 2022/23. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project - 60 credits
You will undertake a research project during the summer months.
Recent projects include:
  • Microstructure development in drop-tube processed cast iron
  • Validation of cooling rate models of drop-tube processing
  • Characterisation of graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) produced by solvent exfoliation of graphite.
This module is designed to provide the skills and practical experience necessary to enable professional engineers to contribute to major industrial multi-disciplinary design team projects.
Phase Transformations and Microstructural Control - 15 credits 
Microstructure is not an intrinsic property of a material – it can be modified by judicious choice of processing route. In this module, the relationship of microstructural evolution to thermodynamic and kinetic principles will be quantitatively examined across all materials classes.
Materials Modelling - 15 credits 
This module familiarises you with the theory, application and significance of process simulation and modelling in materials science and engineering.
Structure-Property Relationships - 15 credits 
Structure-property relationships are at the heart of materials science and metallurgy. This module provides a secure theoretical understanding of the mechanisms whereby a materials’ microstructure determines its mechanical, physical and chemical behaviour.
Materials Selection and Failure Analysis - 15 credits 
Selecting the right material and process for a particular application is key to successful engineering design. This module looks a range of different approaches to optimising the selection process and at how forensic engineering may be employed to identify the causes of failures in service.
Materials Structures and Characterisation - 15 credits
Because of the importance of microstructure for a material’s properties, the ability to determine this on all scales is essential. This module examines materials microstructures and how they may be represented and provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the techniques used to characterise these.

Optional modules

Materials for Electronic Applications - 15 credits
This module is to provide students with a very clear understanding of the technological, engineering and commercial challenges underpinning the use of materials in the production of advanced electronic devices.
Nanomaterials - 15 credits 
This module provides a knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice governing a variety of preparative techniques which may be employed for the production of nanoparticles and bulk nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials.
Nanomagnetism - 15 credits
Magnetic materials underpin much of modern technology and thus our everyday lives, from electric motors to data storage, sensors and computing. An understanding of nanomagnetism requires knowledge in several areas of physics to be brought together, including classical and quantum mechanics, statistical physics and condensed matter physics.
Metals and Alloys - 15 credits
This module provides an in-depth understanding of the principles of physical metallurgy and the application of the processing-microstructure-property relationships to the design of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys for engineering applications.
Ceramics, Polymers and Composites - 15 credits 
This module builds on the fundamental principles of materials science covered earlier in the course and applies and extends this to understanding the design of conventional and advanced ceramics, polymers and composite materials for structural applications.
Extractive Metallurgy - 15 credits
This module provides students with an understanding of the physical chemistry of metal extraction and refining processes in ferrous, nonferrous and refractory metals.
This module helps to develop an understanding of the properties, behaviour and characterisation of soft matter and provides knowledge on main techniques for studying structure and dynamics in soft matter. 
This module introduces how concepts from physics help understand how biological systems function, from molecules and their nanoscale assemblies to cells and tissues.