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Composite Materials MSc by Research

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Degree awarded
MSc by Research
Duration
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

You will need to be a science and engineering graduate with at least a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent.  Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transfer to PhD at the end of the degree, requiring a further two years full-time study, or four years part-time.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

You can apply on-line for all of our postgraduate masters programmes.  If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact us.

Programme options

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Programme description

The Composite Materials research degrees are part of a forward-thinking area of research in the school.  We have close links with the Northwest Regional Development Agency and other leading companies such as, Quickstep, a manufacturer of autoclave processing equipment, as well as a large number of suppliers in the aircraft industry.

Active research

Current research covers interfacial phenomena in composite materials, natural composites and rapid composites manufacture.  The deformation mechanics of a range of high performance synthetic reinforcement fibres for composites are explored, as are those of natural and regenerated cellulose fibres.  In the later case the main emphasis is on understanding the relationships between the microstructure and molecular structure of these materials and their mechanical properties.  Molecular dynamics modelling together with experimental studies have been used to gain an improved insight into the behaviour of natural fibres.

Northwest Composites Centre

We are actively involved with the Northwest Composites Centre, a collaboration which incorporates researchers from several schools in the university, together with colleagues from the University of Liverpool, University of Bolton and Lancaster University covering a wide range of polymer and metallic composites.  The hub of this activity is based here at the School of Materials, established through a £2.1m grant from NWDA, and has facilities for rapid processing of composites through a variety of new technologies, including microwave and radio frequency heating as well as Quickstep.  There are also extensive facilities for the characterisation of composites.

There are a large number of researchers working in the centre, nearly all on the rapid processing of composites with a view to improving the cycle time and properties of composites.  These involve not just the use of rapid curing techniques, but also textile structures for next generation 3 D composites.  The evaluation of these materials is also an important part of the projects and therefore supported by state-of-the-art equipment.

Open days

Our Open Days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the School, discover more about our courses and research, and find out what Manchester has to offer you. Please contact us to find out when our next Open Day will be held or to arrange a visit.

International students - if you are based overseas and can't make our Open Days, please visit the international section of our website to see if a member of our International Team will be visiting your country soon.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc by Research (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,400
    International students (per annum): Standard £18,000, Low, £19,150, High £20,100
  • MSc by Research (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200
    International students (per annum): Standard £9,000, Low £9,575, High£10,050

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

You can apply for a range of scholarships and studentships - http://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/studentships/

Contact details

Academic department
School of Materials
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 3559
Email
Website
www.manchester.ac.uk/materials/

Academic department overview

See: About Us

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