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MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Polymers / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

Polymeric materials find a huge range of applications, from traditional commodity plastics to specialist polymers used increasingly in pharmaceutical, electronic, and nanotechnology sectors. This course provides specialist options covering the production, processing and applications of polymeric materials, taught by research specialists in the field. A six-month research project and optional industrial placement will provide you with further opportunity to explore your interests in depth.


  • 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 achieve 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 facilities and equipment that students are both allowed and encouraged to use
  • The average salary of our graduates 6-months after graduation is in excess of £20,000, which is significantly above the sector value.
  • The School of Materials has excellent Research ratings

Teaching and learning

In addition to excellent academic reputations in teaching and research, we pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere, and high level of staff-student contact both on a formal and informal basis.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examinations. The subject is by nature practical and this is reflected in the teaching and assessment methods which as well as lectures and exams include:
  • Laboratories
  • Problem Classes
  • Computing Exercises
  • Team Projects
  • Case Studies
  • Essays

Coursework is a key element across all units, with a minimum of 20% coursework based assessment for each unit

Course content for year 1

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

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

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
Polymer Synthesis & Characterisation MATS31902 10 Mandatory
Multiphase Polymers & Nanocomposites MATS32402 10 Mandatory
Themed Research Project MATS31702 20 Optional
Drug Delivery & Biosensors MATS31802 10 Optional
Metallurgy of Engineering Alloys MATS32102 10 Optional
Corrosion Science & Engineering MATS32202 10 Optional
Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering MATS32302 10 Optional
Textile Manufacturing Techniques MATS32602 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

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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