Taught course

Polymer Materials Science and Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Materials

Entry requirements

MSc qualification: You will need a UK 2.2 Honours degree in a Science, Engineering or Technology field, or equivalent International degree. If you do not meet the minimum requirements and / or have a mix of other postgraduate or professional qualifications and relevant work experience, then your application will be considered for the progressive entry route, which means that you will be registered for the Certificate or Diploma level and you will be assessed at the end of each level before you progress to the next stage.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary: it provides Chemists, Materials Scientists and Engineers with a rich understanding of both traditional commodity plastics and speciality polymers with increasing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology. The full range of issues, from fundamental polymer science, through polymer processing, to manufacturing are all covered.

Programme content and delivery:

You can choose to study for a postgraduate qualification ( MSc, PG Diploma, PG Certificate ) or you can choose individual units as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Additionally, you can choose to build up the individual units to lead to a postgraduate qualification.

You can complete the programme in the following formats:

- Campus-based - Full-time and Part-time format

- Online Distance-learning (Part-time)

Information for international students

IELTS (6.5 with no sub-test under 5.5); TOEFL (570 with 5.0 in TWE); CBTOEFL (230 with 5.0 in TWE).

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
Up to 60 months
part time
Up to 60 months


distance learning
Up to 60 months
full time
9 months
part time
Up to 60 months


full time
6 months
part time
Up to 60 months
distance learning
Up to 60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
0161 306 3612