MSc Advanced Materials

Create the new materials of the future

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Overview

New materials can save lives, help us to protect the environment and transform transport, agriculture and the products we use every day in our homes. Put simply, the expertise to create advanced materials gives us the power to change the world we live in.

From clean energy to cleaner water, advanced materials provide the building blocks of improvement and innovation in a range of sectors and disciplines. MSc Advanced Materials offers the chance to get to grips with the design, development and analysis of these materials, with a multi-disciplinary approach that offers a fascinating combination of chemistry, engineering and project management.

The course is suited to talented engineers and scientists with a passion for analysing and creating innovative materials. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the structure and performance of different materials, the fundamental principles driving the development of innovative products and strategies for the design and development of novel materials.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

With a mix of chemistry, engineering and project management, MSc Advanced Materials will equip you with the skills to join the next generation of materials scientists and engineers. From academia to industry, whether in a technical role driving discovery or a managerial role leading teams, this course can help you prepare for a future at the forefront of materials development. 

Whether you are a recent graduate looking to extend your skills, or already in practice and looking to progress your career, our programme develops a range of professional-standard skills and opens up a variety of specialist career paths. It will help you take a significant step towards your future career goals.

We place employability at the heart of your learning and teaching, regularly reviewing our courses to ensure that they are up-to-date and relevant to the needs of industry. You will be taught and supervised by research experts, most of whom are at the forefront of their specialist field and who will give you support and guidance throughout your studies.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a materials or chemistry-related subject. Graduates with engineering degrees may be considered on an individual basis to ensure that they have the chemistry background skills required for the individual research project. Applicants with relevant and extensive professional experience in the relevant fields will be considered.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

English requirements: IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

You’ll cover a range of units, learning about recent developments in materials science, nanotechnology and how to enhance material properties and characteristics, as well as improve production methods and design. From there, you’ll also learn a variety of advanced techniques, from the spectroscopic, surface and structural analysis techniques used by materials scientists as characterisation methods, to the management skills vital for delivering successful projects.

While the course includes a set programme of eight core units, both our Innovative Materials and Energy Materials units offer the flexibility to focus on areas that we’re working on in our Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering Research Centre. That means you can explore issues like Energy Storage, Electrochemical Techniques, 3D printing or the Chemistry of Recycling, to name just a few potential topics. You’ll have the chance to specialise in your studies, exploring your passions. Then, in your final term, your final research project offers the chance to specialise even further, designing your own materials investigation to develop both your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills.

This course is taught full-time over 1 year. 

All units are core and include Innovative Materials and Energy Materials, Management of Projects Fundamentals and Professional Practice and Advanced Analysis Methods in Materials Science.

The full list of core units is as follows:

  • Applied Materials for Modernisation
  • Innovative Materials
  • Energy Materials
  • Bulk Characterisation Techniques in Material Science
  • Electron-spectroscopy and Imaging Techniques for Surface Analysis
  • Management of Projects Fundamentals
  • Management of Projects Professional Practice
  • Advanced Project and Personal Development
  • Nanotechnology

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Core Units

Advanced Project and Personal Development

In this unit, you will undertake an advanced practical research project, developing an integrated knowledge base and critical understanding of theory, concepts and practical skills relating to chemistry.

Management of Projects Fundamentals

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the fundamentals of project management and the management of projects through the Body of Knowledge (APM) and Book of Knowledge (PMI).

Management of Projects Professional Practice

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the management of projects in a professional practice setting via problem based learning. Students will be expected to analyse, critique and recommend solutions for an existing project.

Using a problem based learning approach, with a case study provided by an industrial partner, students will explore the management strategies, processes and stakeholders involved in the project, and develop communication and coordination plans to monitor and control the project information.

Applied Materials for Modernisation

Materials Science is one of the key disciplines of the 21st Century. Innovations in the design and modification of materials will make significant contributions in the years and decades to come, providing intelligent products for areas such as health, energy, mobility and communication, as well as environment and climate management.

You will learn about the impact of the latest developments in materials science, and how material properties and characteristics can be enhanced using appropriate additive methods, to improve production methods and engineering design in general.

Innovative Materials

This unit explores emerging technologies at the frontiers of research which is focused on innovative materials. Students will be able to select between different topics running in parallel to provide some flexibility within the course and showcase current research expertise in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Choices will vary depending on departmental research strengths, emerging technologies and sector demands. Specialist areas may include photo and laser chemistry, 3D printing, and chemistry of waste and recycling.

Energy Materials

This unit explores emerging technologies to develop next-generation energy and links to the research frontiers being explored by researchers at our Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre. Students will be able to select between different topics running in parallel to provide some flexibility within the course. Choices to specialise will vary depending on departmental research strengths, emerging technologies and sector demands. Specialist areas may include energy conversion materials, energy storage applications and electrochemical techniques.

Bulk Characterisation Techniques in Material Science

This unit will cover operational principles, sample preparation requirements and interpretation of results of characterisation methods typically used by materials scientists. Methods include, but are not limited to, FT- IR spectroscopy (including DRIFTS, micro-FT-IR and ATR); micro Raman Spectroscopy; X-ray fluorescence spectrometry; X-ray Diffraction; Energy dispersive X-ray techniques, thermal analysis, and hyphenated techniques. The unit will also include research method development to underpin the individual project unit.

Electron-spectroscopy and Imaging Techniques for Surface Analysis

This unit will cover operational principles, sample preparation requirements and interpretation of results of characterisation methods typically used by materials scientists. Methods include, but are not limited to, Surface & Structural Analysis Techniques (XPS, Auger electron spectroscopy, Secondary ion mass-spectrometry, STM/AFM, SEM/TEM). The unit will also include research method development to underpin the individual project unit.

Nanotechnology

This unit will introduce students to basic concepts in nanotechnology, including definitions, properties of nanomaterials, general synthetic methods to prepare nanomaterials and methods of arranging nanomaterials into advanced functional materials. Applications of nanomaterials in conventional and interdisciplinary areas based on recent journal articles and reviews will be critically discussed.

Placement options

Strengthen your skillset by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment. This course is available with an optional industrial placement year, giving students the chance to tailor their knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill set. Learning things that can’t be taught or experienced in a classroom, you’ll gain hands-on experience and an inside knowledge of industry practice. This is an excellent opportunity to put theory into practice and gain transferable workplace skills, providing a real boost to your CV when you graduate.

The University’s Careers Service will assist students in finding suitable placements. There will also be plenty of help and advice from University staff within the Department of Natural Sciences. After finding a placement, your tutors will be on hand to ensure this is the right choice for you and your career aspirations, to make sure that you get the most from your time in industry.

A placement fee of £1,850 applies.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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