Research course

Science and Engineering of Materials

University of Birmingham · Department of Metallurgy and Materials

Entry requirements

To qualify for EPSRC support, candidates must have at least a 2.1 degree in an experimentally-based physical science or engineering first degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This EPSRC-sponsored programme can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. The programme comprises a major research project, which can be based in the University or in industry, and six taught modules, four compulsory and two optional.
The four compulsory modules are:
  • Introduction to Materials*
  • Effective Project Management
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Presentation and Communication Skills/Team Skills Development
You may choose two (or three*) options from:
  • Advanced Electron Microscopy
  • Biomaterials
  • Design Against Failure
  • Environmental Degradation of Alloys
  • Functional Materials
  • Intermetallics, Metal Matrix Composites and Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Materials in Microsystems Engineering
  • Materials for Sustainable Environmental Technologies
  • Net Shape Manufacturing
  • Polymer Science and Soft Matter
  • Sensors and Composites
  • Surface Engineering
*If you have a background in Materials Science, you will take an additional option in place of Introduction to Materials.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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0121 414 5005