Advanced Materials MSc


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MSc Advanced Materials
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides a broad and deep understanding of the processing, nature and properties of engineering materials.
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This 12 month programme  provides a broad and deep understanding of the processing, nature and properties of a range of engineering materials. Only by understanding these can materials be truly designed for purpose. The course integrates materials behaviour and materials processing relevant to a wide range of industrial sectors.

The programme will provide students with specific skills suitable for a wide range of careers within UK and international organisations involved in materials and product development, and provides a firm foundation for a research path in Materials Engineering.

Key facts

  • The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top ten universities for engineering.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact


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Course details

The MSc Advanced Materials offers a good degree of flexibility by combining core compulsory modules with a range of elective modules – this means you can create a programme of study that reflects your interests.

The course consists of 120 credits of core and optional taught modules along with a 60 credit major individual research-based project undertaken during the summer term. Please be aware modules are subject to change.

Through a mixture of core and optional modules, you will develop the following: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of materials and the necessary background science.
  • Knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing technology relevant to industry.
  • Understanding of the relationships between the mechanical properties of materials, their microstructure and their processing history.
  • The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups.
  • Ability to exercise original thought.
  • Ability to plan and undertake an individual project.
  • Ability to understand and apply the theory, method and practice of materials manufacture in a wide range of industries.
  • Interpersonal, communication and professional skills.
MSc Advanced Materials (part time)
The MSc programme is a full- time degree course studied over a period of one calendar year beginning in late September. However the programme may be taken part-time over up to three years. This can be done by taking the taught modules flexibly in each semester to accumulate 120 credits in total. (The basic structure of each taught semester is 11 weeks of teaching followed by a period for revision and examinations). The individual project worth 60 credits can be started any time after at least 80 credits of taught modules are passed.
The taught subject programme consists of modules totalling 120 credits, which comprise six compulsory modules and five option modules (each 10 credits). The individual project module has 60 credits. A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of student learning, teaching and assessment. To gain an MSc the number and level of credits must abide by the University Qualifications Framework.
Of the 180 credits for the MSc, at least 150 credits must be at level 4. Of the 120 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma, at least 90 credits must be at level 4.
The contribution of each core module to the learning outcomes can be seen in the associated curriculum map where each module has been analysed in detail regarding its contribution to the learning outcomes.


The core modules offered on this course are:

Choice of 1 of 3 modules, 100% coursework, case study based modules:

A further 2 out of 5 optional modules are required. Possible examples are:

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Further funding may be available through the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



This course produces graduates who are able to think and function in an integrated manner across the areas of materials science and engineering. 

It will provide you with specific skills suitable for a wide range of careers in UK and international organisations involved in materials and product development. 

As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within industry and related areas, the MSc programmes offered by the department provide an excellent foundation for further research and a significant number of our students continue their studies to PhD level and beyond. 

Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.


Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  



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