Entry requirements

A good 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Materials, Engineering, Chemistry or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc programme is aimed at students with materials or engineering backgrounds who want to work in the fast-expanding area of polymer science – a field with real-life significance and practical application. The course material incorporates elements of engineering, chemistry, physics and materials science.

You'll work on a project with one of our internationally respected research teams and gain solid practical and theoretical skills to boost your chosen career trajectory.

  • Be taught by academics leading advancements in polymer science.
  • Gain significant practical experience in our world-class processing facilities, including the NanoVision Centre for Advanced Microscopy.
  • Professionally accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), demonstrating that our curriculum is closely aligned to industry needs.

What you'll study

This MSc stems from the university's research strengths in the innovative area of polymers and composites. You’ll be immersed in our research culture, joining one of our research teams to complete an independent research project related to these areas.

Your modules will prepare you for your research project, while also increasing your knowledge of the structure and behaviours of different polymer materials. You will cover topics in nanocomposites, nanotechnology and nanomedicine. You’ll learn how to decide which materials are most suitable for the design of different products, and how to take the environmental impact of these materials into account.


You’ll be taught by academics at the top of their fields, with specialist knowledge in topics such as bio-based polymers and composites, energy generation and storage, and sensors and rubber.

Our academic research feeds into our teaching at all levels, ensuring you share in the latest advancements.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions, as well as completing coursework for academic feedback.

You will be assigned an Academic Advisor who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.


  • Confocal Laser Scanning and Super Resolution Microscopy Lab
  • Hip Wear Simulator
  • Mechanical Testing Facilities
  • NanoVision Centre
  • Polymer Chemistry Laboratory
  • Spectroscopy Facility
  • Thermal Analysis Facility

Career paths

You can expect to leave this MSc as a well-qualified graduate, with opportunities for employment in many leading industries, as well as in research.

Graduates from our postgraduate programmes have gone onto a diverse range of job roles including:

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Clinical Technologist
  • Research Technician
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate

At organisations including:

  • NHS
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre
  • Stryker - Medical Devices and Equipment Manufacturing
  • Zimmer Biomet

Our Industrial Liaison Forum gives you a chance to network with our industrial partners and build your professional contacts while at university.

96% of Engineering and Materials Science postgraduates are in employment or study 15 months after graduation (GOS, 2019/20)

95% of those postgraduates are in highly skilled roles (GOS, 2019/20)

Information for international students

If you're an international student you'll need to get ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) approval

English language requirements apply, such as IELTS 6.5

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Full-time study

September 2024 | 1 year

Conditional deposit

  • Home: Not applicable
  • Overseas: £2000

Queen Mary alumni can get a £1000, 10% or 20% discount on their fees depending on the programme of study. Find out more about the Alumni Loyalty Award


There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Postgraduate loans (UK students)
  • Country-specific scholarships for international students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Engineering and Materials Science