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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering MSc

Materials Science and Engineering - Masters Course

Overview

Throughout history, major technological advancements have almost always been linked to developments in metallurgy or materials engineering. This is by the availability of new or improved materials or processes, which open up new potential applications or by the development of new materials, which are required to enable the evolution of existing technologies.

There is a high demand for qualified materials scientists, materials engineers and metallurgists. This course has been designed for graduates from science, mathematics and other engineering disciplines, who wish to convert to a specialism in materials science and engineering or metallurgy. It will also benefit professional engineers already working in the materials sector who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise, which in turn, will enhance and develop future careers.

It will enable you to acquire the understanding and skills to contribute towards the present needs and future challenges of advanced materials and manufacturing within transportation, bioengineering, energy, electronics and information technology, sport, sustainable development amongst other areas.

Flexible study methods are available to suit your situation; choose to study full time and complete your course in 12 months or take 24 months studying by blended learning (combining distance learning with 1 week and intense Summer schools at the University of Leeds). The part-time option is designed specifically to appeal to students already in part-time or full-time employment who wish to study to masters level or convert their specialisation in order to advance their career prospects.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,000
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Course brochure: Available shortly.
Accreditation: The course is designed to provide graduates with the educational base required for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Accreditation is currently being sought from IoM3.

Modules

The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download our 2015 brochure to give you a flavour of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 60 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Flexible study methods are available to suit your situation; choose to study full time and complete your course in 12 months or take 24 months studying by blended learning.

Full Time (12 months)

Compulsory modules
Credits
Research Project (MSc)
60
Materials Structures and Characterisation
15
Structure-Property Relationships
15
Phase Transformations and Microstructural Control
15
Materials Selection and Failure Analysis
15
   
Optional modules (15 credits)
Materials Modelling
15
Interdisciplinary Design Project
15
   
Optional modules (45 credits)  
Metals and Alloys
15
Nanomaterials
15
Process Metallurgy
15
Materials for Functional Applications
15
Ceramics, Polymers and Composites
15
Biomaterials and Applications
15
Extractive Metallurgy
15

Part Time (24 months)

Year 1 
Semester 1 Credits
Materials Structures and Characterisation 15
Materials for Functional Applications 30
Structure-Property Relationships 15
Semester 2
Metals and Alloys (Materials science stream) 15
Phase Transformations and Microstructural Control 15
Metals and Alloys (Metallurgy stream) 15
Process Metallurgy 15
Materials Selection and Failure Analysis 15
Ceramics, Polymers and Composites 15
Year 2
Semester 1
Research Project (MSc) 60
Materials Modelling or Interdisciplinary Design Project 15
Semester 2
Nanomaterials 15
Biomaterials and Applications 15
Extractive Metallurgy 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Research project examples:

• Hydrothermal synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles
• Temperature variable X-ray diffraction of high temperature piezoelectric material BiFeO3-KBiTiO3-PbTiO3
• Fabrication of glass waveguide devices by femtosecond laser inscription
• 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
• Studies of the effect of milling variables in the production of nanoparticles
• Microstructural investigation of spray atomized powders.

Career options

There is currently an increasingly high demand for qualified materials scientists, materials engineers and metallurgists. Career prospects are excellent and cover a wide range of industries concerned with the research and development of new and improved materials, materials synthesis and commercial production, and materials exploitation in cutting-edge applications in engineering and technology.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a UK second class honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, in engineering, a physical science or mathematics. Relevant professional qualifications and experience may also be considered.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: pgchemical@leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 2343.