MSc Advanced Materials Engineering

Postgraduate, Full-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:

    52739MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year, or 18 months for January start

  • 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.

Subjects include


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.

ATAS

Please note this course requires an ATAS certificate unless you are a UK, EEA or Swiss national. The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is designed to provide additional security checks on students who study certain courses in Science and Engineering. The scheme is managed by the ATAS Team based at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

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 £3,750 £5,850
Overseas £14,690 £15,150

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Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Ceramic and Composite Materials ( MEC11109 )

This module allows the student to have a critical knowledge of engineering ceramics and composites. Engineering ceramics and glasses are in important classification of material and an understanding of these materials from their crystal structure and imperfections to their many astonishing applications including – thermal, electrical, mechanical and optical properties are explored. To evaluate the properties and gain knowledge of the various ceramic and glass structures and manufacturing processes must be characterised. Composites in engineering are an amalgamation of metals, polymers or ceramics in various compositions or structures. This module will investigate the various manufacturing methods and properties of the different families of composites; metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, polymer matrix composites, natural and structural composites. Applications of composite materials are very important in the world today due to the nature of the composites being tailored for a specific job. Within both classes of materials the non-destructive testing, joining and failure mechanisms and will be considered.

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Energy Materials ( MEC11110 )

Materials in fuel cells, wind turbines, solar panels, offshore structures, pipelines, biomass, nuclear, hydrogen storage; catalytic materials, nanotechnology, processing techniques, heat transfer in materials, instrumentation.

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Forensic Materials Engineering ( MEC11112 )

Forensic materials engineering methods including macroscopic inspection, microscopic examination, chemical analysis and mechanical testing. Specifically this will cover: Mechanical testing: stress-strain, creep, fatigue, impact, hardness, fracture toughness, abrasion, friction, tear, compression. Thermal testing: Tg, Tm, flame testing, thermal analysis. Optical and Electron Microscopy: lighting variations, scanning/transmission electron microscopy, preparation of specimens. Detection and Identification: EDXA, chromatography, X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption, mass and emission spectrography. Optical testing: colour, haze, gloss, birefringence. Non-Destructive Testing: X-radiography, []-radiography, ultrasonic testing, dye-penetrant, magnetic particle inspection. Processability testing: viscosity, cure shrinkage, orientation. Test procedures: standards, need for testing Environmental testing: chemical resistance, stress cracking, ageing, accelerated corrosion. Fire performance testing: ignitability, spread of flame, smoke, toxic gases, LOI. Solderability testing: solder balance, microscopic evaluation. In addition to the above, the failure of products and processes will be considered together with case studies of major disasters where materials failures were considered significant contributors.

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MSc Project ( ENG11100 )

The student will learn about important elements of project management, such as planning, control, cost, problem solving skills, report writing and defend the outcome during a viva session. The project is normally completed during 13 weeks of full time research or part time equivalent, 26 weeks.

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Metallic Materials ( MEC11115 )

Metallic Structures: slip systems, imperfections, dislocation production and movement, diffusion. Phase Diagrams and Transformations: eutectic, solid solution, partial, peritectic, intermediate compounds; structural transformations, hardenability; heat treatments. Deformation: formability, superplasticity, hot and cold working processes; hardening and strengthening mechanisms. Failure Mechanisms: creep, fatigue, stress raisers, fracture toughness. Metal Processing: iron, steel, aluminium, copper, nickel

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Plastics Materials ( MEC11116 )

Structure, properties and applications of commodity, engineering and high performance thermoplastics and thermosets. Polymer blends, materials selection.

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Smart Materials and Surfaces ( MEC11118 )

Smart materials - structures, properties and applications Substrate/coating bonding: structure of surfaces and interfaces, adhesion theory, surface energy. Solid phase deposition: thermal spray, powder coatings, and enamels. Liquid phase deposition: electrodeposition, electroless, and conversion. Vapour phase deposition: CVD and PVD, ion implantation. Surface properties and performance: residual stress, adhesion, friction, wear, lubrication, thickness, and roughness.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.