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Advanced Engineering Materials MSc

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Course description

A Masters course providing the foundation for 21st century technologies - from fuel cells to aeroengines

The complete masters (MSc) course in Advanced Engineering Materials provides you with an in-depth understanding of the key factors that govern the design and selection of materials for use in advanced engineering applications, as well as their processing, properties and stability.

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- to convey detailed knowledge of current, state of the art materials systems, with a focus on composites, advanced alloys and functional and engineering ceramics

- to explore the technologies used in the manufacture and processing of advanced materials

- to provide an understanding of the relationships between composition, microstructure, processing and performance

- to explore how materials perform in service and survive in hostile conditions

- to train students in the essential skills needed to select and design the next generation of high performance engineering materials

- to provide a sure foundation for a future career in industry or research.

Course unit details

The taught units cover the structure and design of advanced engineering materials and provide graduates with an increased depth and breadth of knowledge of materials science, technology and engineering.

Taught units include:

Introduction to Materials Science: The aims of this unit are to provide an introduction to (i) The crystallography, phase relations and diffusion processes that control the structure of metals and ceramics. (ii) The critical mechanical properties used to characterize metallic and ceramic materials.

Industrial Processing of Materials: This unit provides an understanding of the basic elements of the mechanics of deformation processing and the relationship between mechanical deformation and microstructure in plastic deformation processing; the principles governing microstructure formation during casting and other liquid metal solidification processes and their relationship to the solidification conditions and alloy composition; and how ceramic materials are produced via the powder processing route.

Advanced Composite Materials: On completion of this unit the student will (i). Be familiar with the types of composites used and their advantages. (ii) Understand the technologies for the production of components from composite materials. (iii) Understand the theory which underlies composites processing operations.

High Performance Alloys: The aim of this unit is to apply the principles of phase transformations and physical metallurgy to understand the microstructure, properties, processing and applications of ferrous and non-ferrous engineering alloys.

Advanced Analytical Techniques: The principles and applications of electron, X-ray and neutron diffraction and of transmission electron microscopy will be explained in relation to the examination of the atomic structure and microstructure of materials. Electron spectroscopic tools for chemical and electronic structure analysis of thin foils will also be presented.

Engineering Design and Communication: This unit encourages students to develop a range of skills that are essential both for successful completion of the Masters course and for any future career. It provides an introduction to the process of design and the application of materials science in the manufacture of artefacts and to the process of materials selection. It also introduces the common failure processes in engineering materials, to outline how to manage component integrity to select materials to provide optimal performance.

Functional and Engineering Ceramics:  This unit introduces the important classes of inorganic materials used in structural/mechanical and functional applications; it provides the knowledge and skills required to appreciate the difficulties in using inherently brittle materials in structural applications, appreciate the benefits of controlled inhomogeneity in materials for functional applications, and appreciate the interaction between processing, microstructure and properties of these materials.

What our students say

Who better to tell you about the MSc in Advanced Materials Engineering than the students themselves?

MSc - Yu-Hsiang Chen


To underpin the research and teaching activities at the School, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials.  These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.

To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: