Research course

Advanced Aerospace Materials Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Materials
MSc by research

Entry requirements

You will need to be a science and engineering graduate with at least a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent. Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transfer to PhD at the end of the degree, requiring a further two years full-time study, or four years part-time.

Months of entry


Course content

The Advanced Aerospace Materials Engineering MSc by Research degree is an industrially relevant programme, developed at a time of great change within the aerospace industry. The move from aluminium airframes to carbon fibre reinforced polymers, the continuous drive to improve aeroengine efficiency and drive down cost, and the movement of the supply chain up the skills ladder are all driving dramatic change and creating demand for new skills, which this programme will provide.

The programme

One third taught, two thirds research project, the programme is divided into two semesters. The taught modules in semester one are made up of compulsory and optional units and include:

  • Concepts of Metals and Ceramics
  • Mechanical Properties of Metals and Ceramics
  • Composites, Principles and Practice
  • Deformation Processing
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Engineering Ceramics and Glasses
  • Joining Materials

In semester two, you will complete an eight-month supervised research project. The research project may be undertaken at the Schools of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering or Materials at The University of Manchester, or at one of our prestigious partner institutions in China, India, Singapore and USA, or even in industry.

Career prospects

Developed in co-ordination with major international aerospace companies, as a graduate of this programme, you will be qualified for key positions as a material scientist, engineer, manager or consultant within the aerospace sector. The course is also a launch-pad into an accelerated PhD in UK academia or study at one of our international partner institutions.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to take and meet minimum requirements for the following recognised English language qualifications: IELTS (6.5 with no sub-test under 5.5); TOEFL (570 with 5.0 in TWE); CBTOEFL (230 with 5.0 in TWE). Please contact us if you have an alternative qualification and we will make an individual assessment.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,000, High £25,000

School of Materials Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Account (DTA) Award

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Materials
+44 (0)161 306 3559