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MEng Materials Science and Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Materials Science is a synthesis of physics, chemistry, and engineering. It is the building block on which modern industry has and will continue to advance.

This programme provides a thorough grounding in the scientific principles governing the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of all solid materials, and the opportunity to specialise in the study of a particular class of material (metal, ceramic, or polymer) through a choice of options.

The extensive (half year) final year project enables you to tackle a topic at the forefront of Materials Science in depth. It will develop further practical and analytical skills. Formal teaching in communication and transferable skills, including basic management and organisational behaviour, computing and presentation techniques, is given to complement the academic training.

Lectures and tutorials are led staff who are all experts in their field with a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach.  Our courses are constantly revised with inputs from both students and industry to cover the latest developments and deliver learning in the most effective way. Students on our courses have access to library and computer facilities that are dedicated to supporting their learning.

Aims

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum in Materials Science and Engineering, meeting the requirements for accreditation with the professional body, in order to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue successful careers in both industrial and research environments.
  • Provide a teaching environment in which undergraduate students can interact with academic staff at the forefront of research in Materials Science and Engineering, through advanced course units and project work.
  • Foster subject-specific and transferable skills, including experience of materials processing and characterisation methods, oral and written communication, group work and IT skills.
  • Provide students with effective academic and pastoral support, to cater for students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and enable all students to acheive their full potential.
  • Monitor, review and enhance educational provision to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of student progression and to current developments in research and industry.

Special features

  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Materials (IOM 3 ) and counts as academic training towards the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer
  • A high staff to student ratio means students receive excellent individual attention and frequent tutorial sessions
  • A final year research project enables students to gain an in-depth experience of working in a research team conducting a cutting-edge project., providing a grounding for working in R&D or going on to study at PhD level
  • On-site factilities and equipment that students are both allowed and encouraged to use
  • The average salary of our graduates 15-months after graduation is £28,356 (Graduate Outcomes survey 2019).
  • The Department of Materials has excellent Research ratings.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in Materials Science and Engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including: 

  • Lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Individual research projects
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring 

Some activities will be delivered face-to-face and others online, following a blended learning approach.

The course contains strong practical elements: practical activities and laboratories associated to specific units in year one and two, a practical group project in Year 3, and an individual research project in Year 4. Each year is designed to build your skills, knowledge, and confidence towards becoming a materials scientist or engineer. 

A typical week in your first year of study will comprise on average up to 35 hours of activity, of which approximately 10 hours will be timetabled study, 2 hours of laboratory/hands on activities and up to 25 hours will be independent or self-directed study.

As you progress through the course, an increasing emphasis will be placed on independent study, and this reflects you applying your knowledge and skills in substantial individual and group projects. In your third year of study, between 20 and 30 hours each week will typically be independent study. You will be supported by staff through all of your independent study, and this transition to being able to explore your own ideas through project work is an important attribute of a graduate engineer. The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, written examinations, online examinations, and presentations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.  

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring

We're proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning  

Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate, helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

Coursework and assessment

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, written examinations, online examinations, and presentations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.

Coursework is a key element across all units, with a minimum of 30% coursework based assessment for each unit.

Course content for year 1

Year one provides an overview of the full range of engineering materials used today and the key principles of Materials Science and Engineering that will be used throughout the course.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Mathematics 1G1 MATH19731 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1G2 MATH19732 10 Mandatory
Physics of Materials MATS15101 10 Mandatory
Equilibrium Thermodynamics MATS15201 10 Mandatory
Microstructures of Materials MATS15301 10 Mandatory
Computing & Communication MATS15501 20 Mandatory
Preliminary Chemistry Materials MATS15551 0 Mandatory
Mechanical Behaviour MATS16102 10 Mandatory
Structure of Solids MATS16202 10 Mandatory
Functional Properties MATS16302 10 Mandatory
Materials - Shaping the World MATS16402 20 Mandatory
Preliminary Physics MATS16661 0 Mandatory
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Course content for year 2

Year two builds on the foundations established in the first year by focusing more on the processing, design, selection and application of different materials types in real industrial situations.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Mechanics of Materials MATS23101 10 Mandatory
Materials Synthesis and Sustainability MATS23201 10 Mandatory
Phase Transformations and Microstructure Control MATS23301 10 Mandatory
Materials Processing MATS23401 10 Mandatory
Deformation Mechanisms MATS23502 10 Mandatory
Functional Behaviour MATS23602 10 Mandatory
Design, Management and Team Project MATS23702 20 Mandatory
Biomaterials & Biological Interactions MATS23801 10 Optional
Smart & Nano Materials MATS23901 10 Optional
Engineering Alloys in Service MATS24102 10 Optional
Performance Polymers, Fibres and Textiles MATS24112 10 Optional
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Course content for year 3

In year three, alongside core units, you will have the opportunity to specialize through a choice of options

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Modelling and Data Tools for Materials Scientists MATS31101 10 Mandatory
Materials Characterisation and Analytical Techniques MATS31201 10 Mandatory
Composite & Advanced Materials MATS31301 10 Mandatory
Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Microfabrication MATS31401 10 Mandatory
Functional Materials & Devices MATS31501 10 Mandatory
Structural Integrity MATS31601 10 Mandatory
Themed Research Project MATS31702 20 Mandatory
Drug Delivery & Biosensors MATS31802 10 Optional
Polymer Synthesis & Characterisation MATS31902 10 Optional
Metallurgy of Engineering Alloys MATS32102 10 Optional
Corrosion Science & Engineering MATS32202 10 Optional
Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering MATS32302 10 Optional
Multiphase Polymers & Nanocomposites MATS32402 10 Optional
Textile Manufacturing Techniques MATS32602 10 Optional
Nanotechnology MATS32702 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

In year four, students on the MEng course undertake a core of eight research level modules on technical topics covering the full range of materials technologies. A six-month research project is undertaken, enabling you to gain in-depth experience of working in a research team conducting a cutting-edge project. Students have the option to complete the research project in industry or in one of the research groups within the School. For students interested in higher level study (for example, leading towards a PhD) the research project provides an ideal experience of the research environment and methodologies.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Individual Research Project or Industrial Project MATS42101 60 Mandatory
Group Management Project MATS42302 15 Mandatory
Natural Materials & Biological Matrices MATS42402 15 Optional
Lab to Clinic MATS42502 15 Optional
Soft Matter MATS42602 15 Optional
Control & Design of Polymerisation Reactions MATS42702 15 Optional
Polymer Physics & Physical Properties MATS42802 15 Optional
Advanced Metals Processing MATS43102 15 Optional
Superalloys & High Performance Materials MATS43202 15 Optional
Corrosion management MATS43402 15 Optional
Corrosion & Control for Industrial Processes MATS43502 15 Optional
Oilfield Corrosion & Control MATS43602 15 Optional
Advanced Textile Technology MATS43702 15 Optional
Textiles Evaluation & Clothing MATS43802 15 Optional
Technical & Biomedical Textiles MATS43902 15 Optional
Advanced Composites MATS44102 15 Optional
Graphene & Nanomaterials MATS44202 15 Optional
Applied Functional Materials & Devices MATS44302 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our the Department funding pages.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk