MSc Advanced Materials Engineering

Postgraduate, Part-time

Develop a specialised knowledge of materials engineering in this course which is fully accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

  • Napier code:

    52740MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

One of very few such courses offered at masters level in the UK. It's information rich but also provides a significant degree of hands-on practical work that utilises a wide range of manufacturing, testing and characterisation equipment. The limited number of graduates in this area, combined with the knowledge, expertise and practical skills developed in this specialised field, gives you a major advantage over other engineering graduates as you seek employment within the materials-related industries. 

We have been successfully teaching a masters programme in materials engineering for more than 20 years, leading the way in the study of this field. Staff are very experienced and undertake both academic research and commercial projects, both of which support students’ learning experience.


Gain exposure to the latest trends in design, materials, manufacturing processes, testing and advanced applications by taking full advantage of our modern technology and computing facilities.

You'll benefit from our first class research and knowledge transfer partnerships with local, national and international companies. Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, we have excellent industry links and encourage you to interact with industry too.

All projects are practically focused, with an emphasis on using industry standard manufacturing and testing equipment. Many projects are live, meaning you'll be working for real clients.

Part-time study is flexible. Normally students will take three years to complete the programme if they undertake one module per week but the length of the course can be reduced to two years, if two modules are taken each week. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work.

Subjects include

  • Metallic Materials
  • Plastics Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Smart Materials and Surfaces
  • Forensic Materials Engineering and Energy Materials
  • MSc Project – a focused piece of industrially relevant research, normally carried out on placement

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You'll have excellent job prospects with this pedigree of materials engineering skills, expertise and knowledge.

This will give you enhanced employment prospects in almost all engineering, science, design and manufacturing disciplines. In particular, you may find roles in:

  • manufacturing
  • design, energy engineering and renewables
  • chemical engineering
  • offshore engineering, materials testing
  • advising and assuring companies
  • regulatory authorities and automotive
  • aerospace and defence industries


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in physical science, engineering, physics, chemistry or sports science in order to be eligible for this programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£890
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £530
Overseas-Taught modules *£2,204 *£2,250
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,470 £1,550
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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