Taught course

Materials Research

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Engineering and Materials Science

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (minimum second class honours or equivalent) in materials science, engineering, dentistry or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This long established programme provides rigorous training in both theoretical and applied research for those who wish to pursue their career as a professional materials scientist. Technological advances, as well as methodological issues, have contributed to the transformation of materials and their functions. A number of challenges lie ahead, as manufacturing supply chains become global, involving companies in strategic alliances and partnerships. Materials research is of great use here, as competition can only be achieved through the development of innovative approaches to the design, development and manufacture of novel materials and their characterisation.

The MSc in Materials Research will provide an insight into areas of manufacturing, planning and control systems, knowledge based systems and measurements and manufacturing systems. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.

A substantial component of the programme is the research project. The research project is undertaken alongside taught modules throughout the academic year, and will be based within one of the materials-based research groups of the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The research project may be focused in the fields of Ceramics, Polymers, Composites, Elastomers, Functional Materials or Manufacturing Technologies.

Programme outline
The programme includes four core modules, one module option and a research project.

Core modules:

Research Methods
Materials Selection and Design
Operational and Financial Management
Research Project
Option modules may include:

Manufacturing Processes
Advanced Ceramics
Advanced Topics in Biomaterials
Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phase Transformations
Environmental Properties of Materials
Nanotechnology and Advanced Functional Materials

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Dissertation70 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Co-ordinator
44 (0)20 7882 8735