MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Engineering with Honours
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking A-level Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Typical contextual A-level offer

AAB including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking A-level Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Find out more about contextual admissions.
Refugee/care-experienced offer

Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.

Find out more about contextual admissions.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

36 points overall with 6,6,6 at Higher Level, including two subjects from Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

We will accept Mathematics: analysis and approaches only at HL as one of the HL subject specific requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
1400 applications for 250 places across all first year courses
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Europe's largest and most diverse university activity devoted to materials
  • Generous scholarships scheme for students achieving a high level of performance
  • Our MEng course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM 3 ) as fully meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng)/Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.      
  • From September 2022, learn in our brand-new, £400m purpose built engineering and material science building, MECD. See more
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Fees

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set. For entry in 2022 the tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2023 entry.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Materials
Contact name
Tracy Bate
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4019
Email
Website
https://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk
School/Faculty overview

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

A-level

AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking A-level Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

If you do not have the required grades or subjects you may want to consider our integrated foundation year.  

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A-level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

Contextual offer

AAB including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking A-level Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Duration of A-level study

Your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course if you either:

a) sat your examinations early;

or

b) followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years.

If you are studying an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for that subject.

AS-level

AS-level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of your offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science.

GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall with 6,6,6 at Higher Level, including two subjects from Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

We will accept Mathematics: analysis and approaches only at HL as one of the HL subject specific requirements.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country .

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required as below:

Two Advanced Highers in two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at AA plus two Highers at AA (any subjects)

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A-levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A-level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

Typically we require an average of 80% and 80% in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and assessed by a final written examination. 

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A-levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. The A-level requirements for the Department of Materials are AAA including two subjects from: Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. 

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve AAA (to include two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) and an EAP score of Grade C (with nothing below a D)

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve AAA (to include two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) and an EAP score of Grade C (with nothing below a D) .

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We will consider the National Extended Diploma for entry to our programme provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We will consider the National Diploma for entry to our programme, provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD/D*D plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A-level at grade A. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We will only consider the National Foundation Diploma, at Grade D/D*, in conjunction with A-level Grades AA in two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We will only consider the National Extended Certificate in conjunction with A-levels. The combination of A-levels and the National Extended Certificate must cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualification such as A-levels at grades AA. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma

We will consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to our programme provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma

We will consider the Technical Diploma for entry to our programme provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD/D*D plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A-level at grade A. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma

We will only consider the Technical Foundation Diploma in conjunction with A-levels. The combination of A-levels and the Technical Foundation Diploma must cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD*/DD plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at grades AA. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate

We will only consider the Technical Extended Certificate in conjunction with A-levels. The combination of A-levels and the Technical Extended Certificate must cover sufficient material in Mathematics and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A-levels at grades AA. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Maths, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact us.

Access to HE Diploma

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are normally: Access to HE Diploma in Science or Engineering - Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits awarded at Level 3, 40 credits must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit in an academic subject. This must include modules on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Level 3. If you are not taking a stand-alone qualification in Mathematics, Grade 7/A at GCSE/iGCSE Mathematics is required.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, D3 in Principal subjects to include two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A-level subjects, in three distinct subjects.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A-level in three distinct subjects. This must include two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University recognises the value of Level 3 Core Mathematics qualifications. Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer we make. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider a student's application, particularly for courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element that does not require A-level Mathematics. Academic Departments may also choose to take a student's performance in Core Mathematics into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Mathematics will not be accepted in lieu of an A-level in Mathematics.

A-level and GCSE Mathematics requirements for our courses vary according to subject so we advise students to contact us to discuss their portfolio of qualifications.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information please contact us.

Non-standard educational routes

Mature applicants who are returning to studies after a break from formal education will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the Department of Materials directly. Find out further information for mature students .

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4, or;
  • IELTS 6 with no subtest less than 5.5 , or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification .

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Factors contributing to a successful application include:

  • past academic performance;
  • predicted academic performance;
  • enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme;
  • evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements.

Further guidance on how to apply can be found on our How to Apply webpage .

Where you have mitigating circumstances these should be reported to your education provider and relevant exam board, we cannot make further allowances.

We would normally expect recent relevant study. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss your particular circumstances if this is not the case.

If you have applied for one of our MEng courses and do not meet the grades we will automatically consider you for our BSc course.

If you are taking 4 A-levels together at a first sitting and/or taking a relevant EPQ this will also be taken into consideration when making confirmation decisions.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of the UCAS form. Candidates may be interviewed online or in person. Strong examination results and interview performance are the main factor in admitting students to our courses. We consider other information to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This is assessed within a structured framework and includes prior and predicted grades. Your referee should give realistic grade predictions for all qualifications that you are currently studying at the top of their reference. If you attend a non-UK school or college that does not provide predicted grades your referee should explain this policy within their reference.

All applicants should be aware that information provided in the personal statement may be used as the basis for further discussion during your interview with an academic member of staff.

Further information and advice on writing your personal statement and the UCAS application process can be found on the UCAS website .

Interview requirements

All students who apply to us through UCAS, and who live on the UK mainland and meet our application criteria, are invited to a Virtual Visit Day which will include an interview as part of the application process. (We have not yet planned for 2023 entry.) These are held from November through to March and will consist of a presentation by the Admissions Tutor and a Q&A session with current staff and students. The interview will be informal and no specific preparation needs to be done for it. Parents / guardians are encouraged to attend the Virtual Visit Day. 

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation.

Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and two years at the maximum in exceptional circumstances. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change, subject to availability of places.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in more than one sitting, provided they are taken over the standard two-year period.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through Clearing you are required to meet the Clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

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. 87% of our students agree staff are good at explaining things to them.

Our staff are passionate about their subject. 80% of our students report that staff are enthusiastic about what 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. 82% of our students agree that the time they spend in teaching activities is used efficiently

Students on our courses have access to library and computer facilities that are dedicated to supporting their learning. 90% of our students agree that IT resources are easy to access and meet their needs.

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

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    • 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.
    • We're getting ready to move into a £400million Manchester Engineering Campus Development. Learn more
    • The Department 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

    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 for Sustainability MATS43402 15 Optional
    Corrosion Control for Industrial Practice MATS43502 15 Optional
    Corrosion Control for Oilfield and Renewable Energy 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.

    What our students say

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    Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Materials blog .

    Facilities

    The Department of Materials is home to an extensive array of unique facilities and equipment, across both its materials science and engineering, and fashion business and technology arms.

    We also benefit from close ties to a long list of leading centres, institutes and research hubs, including but not limited to, the National Graphene Institute, the Photon Science Institute, Henry Royce Institute, Electron Microscopy Centre, Dalton Cumbrian Facility and BP International Centre for Advanced Materials.

    Manchester's Engineering Campus Development, MECD

    Get ready to collaborate, create and innovate in a brand-new £400m purpose-built building which will allow you, our future engineers and material scientists, to come together and make your mark on the world. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will officially open from September 2022 and will include hundreds of flexible teaching and learning spaces with unrivalled world-class research facilities - whatever your inspiration, with MECD the possibilities are endless. Learn more  

    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

    Careers

    Career opportunities

    MEng Science and Engineering - Ella Podmore

    "The opportunities are there at Manchester, make sure you grab them and become the best person you can be."

    "Manchester prepared me greatly for my move into a high-performance company like McLaren, because the potential of the university is phenomenal. If you have an interest and a drive to discover, learn, develop, you can find a way at Manchester to do it."

    Ella Podmore / Fault Analysis Engineer, McLaren and 2018 graduate

    Materials science and engineering graduates are highly sought after and are recognised by employers for their knowledge, advanced research skills and independent thinking, so you will finish your degree with an excellent chance of gaining meaningful employment.

    The University of Manchester is one of the most targeted universities in the UK for top graduate employers. Graduate with a degree from us and you'll be in high demand, according to The Graduate Market in 2021 - High Fliers Research

    Typically, our graduates progress to rewarding careers in research and development; management; and technical roles with both large materials manufacturing and end-users. Other graduates choose to apply their technical and analytical skills in fields such as patent law or accountancy, while your degree can also open up opportunities in careers as diverse as teaching, engineering, consultancy and technical development.

    Some of the roles our recent graduates have gone on to include:

    • Materials scientist
    • Materials engineer
    • Development scientist
    • Materials technologist
    • Research associate
    • Materials chemist
    • Product development scientist.

    Our recent graduates have gone on to work for:

    • Rolls Royce
    • Jaguar Land Rover
    • BP
    • 3M
    • Airbus
    • Smith and Nephew
    • DePuy
    • BAE Systems
    • Siemens
    • Bentley Motors.

    A materials science and engineering degree also provides an ideal springboard for higher level study (towards a PhD, for example), while the course - accredited by the Institute of Materials - can count as academic training towards Chartered Engineer status.

    Careers Service

    We are committed to helping you get the best start after graduation, that's why The University of Manchester's award-winning Careers Service will continue to support you two years after graduation.

    Department of Materials Blog

    Explore more about our students' experiences, our alumni and where they are now, and our department in our blog .

    Accrediting organisations

    Associated organisations