MSc in Advanced Materials


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Programme Description


The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

The modules include lectures and tutorials and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for graduates with science, applied science, engineering or related degrees keen to pursue careers in the development or exploitation of materials; graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

Why this course?

There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study at Cranfield University, including:

  • Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research.
  • Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners.
  • Working alongside a strong research team.
  • Dedicated support including extensive information resources managed by Cranfield University's library.
  • Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes in relation to individual projects.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Our advisory panel has members from well-known companies as Bentley, NCC, Micro Materials, Rolls-Royce. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Introduction to Materials Engineering
  • Failure of Materials and Structures
  • General Management
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Materials Selection
  • Surface Science and Engineering
  • Composites Manufacturing for High-Performance Structures
  • Design Durability and Integrity of Composite Aircraft Structures
  • Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Technologies

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess, or be expected to achieve, a first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in relevant science, engineering or related discipline. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for the second year of study.

Your career

This qualification takes you on to a wide range of careers involving materials, with responsibilities in research, development, design, engineering, consultancy and management in industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, sports, food and drink processing, chemical processing and power generation.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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