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MSc by Research Advanced Aerospace Materials Engineering / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
MSc by Research
1 Years. [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

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc by Research Y Y N N

Programme description

The Advanced Aerospace Materials Engineering MSc by Research degree is an industrially relevant programme, developed at a time of great change within the aerospace industry.  The move from aluminium airframes to carbon fibre reinforced polymers, the continuous drive to improve aeroengine efficiency and drive down cost, and the movement of the supply chain up the skills ladder are all driving dramatic change and creating demand for new skills, which this programme will provide.

The programme

One third taught, two thirds research project, the programme is divided into two semesters.  The taught modules in semester one are made up of compulsory and optional units and include:

Concepts of Metals and Ceramics

Mechanical Properties of Metals and Ceramics

Composites, Principles and Practice

Deformation Processing

Engineering Alloys

Engineering Ceramics and Glasses

Joining Materials

In semester two, you will complete an eight-month supervised research project.  The research project may be undertaken at the Schools of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering or Materials at The University of Manchester, or at one of our prestigious partner institutions in China, India, Singapore and USA, or even in industry.

Career prospects

Developed in co-ordination with major international aerospace companies, as a graduate of this programme, you will be qualified for key positions as a material scientist, engineer, manager or consultant within the aerospace sector.  The course is also a launch-pad into an accelerated PhD in UK academia or study at one of our international partner institutions.

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.

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.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc by Research (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £22,000, Low £23,000, High £25,000
  • MSc by Research (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): Standard £11,000, Low £11,500, High £12,500

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.


Contact details

Academic department
School of Materials
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 306 3559
Academic department overview
See: About Us

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