MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Start date: October 2018
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This MSc is suited to talented engineers and scientists with a passion for understanding and creating innovative materials. It will equip you with core knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering that can be applied to any materials-based career, giving you flexibility in the job market.
This flexible MSc is a stand-alone qualification designed to prepare students to solve problems in materials science and engineering under the exacting conditions we encounter today.
The programme is broad, covering many aspects of both the science of materials and engineering applications, and includes course work and original research components.
Our students will have access to world leading knowledge and infrastructure by working on real projects as part of established research groups, and you will be motivated to develop your ability to research, design, assess, implement and review solutions to real-life engineering problems across a wide range of materials.
This course aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the key structural properties of different classes of materials. You will gain skills in characterisation of materials, in particular their structural, thermal, morphological and chemical properties.
You will use the principles and underlying theory of a range of characterisation methods – including X-ray Diffraction, Focussed Ion Beam, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, Atomic Force Microscopy, Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopies – as well as a range of modelling tools, applicable to a broad spectrum of materials types at different length scales.
You begin by studying the two taught core modules and five optional modules in the Autumn and Spring terms. Your written examinations take place during the Summer term, and coursework assessment takes place throughout your studies.
Your research project is completed throughout your studies, with the majority of the work taking place after written examinations. The literature review is completed in February and the research thesis is submitted in September.
This course is accredited by Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).
Our accreditation agreement with IoM is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2018–19 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
You study all of the modules below.
- Material Characterisation
- Materials Modelling
- Research Essay
- Research Project
- The Art of Research
You choose five modules from below.
- Advanced Biomaterials
- Advanced Structural Ceramics
- Advanced Thin Film Manufacturing Technologies
- Ceramic and Glasses
- Electronic Structure and Optoelectronic Behaviour
- Engineering Alloys
- High Temperature Alloys
- Modelling Materials with Density-Functional Theory
- Nanomaterials I
- Nanomaterials II
- Nuclear Materials
- Polymers and Composites
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Tissue Engineering
Teaching and assessment
- Oral presentations
- Practical sessions
- Small group discussions
- Written presentations
- Research project
You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.
Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)
Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
Minimum academic requirement
Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in materials, mechanical/ civil/ chemical engineering, physics or chemistry.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirement (all applicants)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.
You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.
How to apply
Making an application
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.