Taught course

Materials Science

University of Cambridge · Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree or its international equivalent. Applications are considered as they are received. A decision on whether to interview a candidate is made by a panel of 3 members of academic staff. Such a decision will normally be communicated within 2 weeks of the application being made.

Months of entry


Course content

The MASt in Materials Science aims to train to Masters level students who already have a bachelors' degree in Materials Science. It is a predominantly taught course in which candidates work alongside the 4th-year students taking the integrated Cambridge BA/MSci Materials Science course. It is designed for students who may wish to pursue a professional career in Materials Science / Materials Engineering or related areas (in academic or industrial research) and who are already familiar with the subject.

The course allows students to continue a broad Materials Science education across a range of topics : the taught element consists of a series of approximately 16 modular lecture courses, covering a broad range of aspects of Materials Science, including Structural Materials, Device Materials, Materials Characterisation, Materials Chemistry and Biological & Pharmaceutical Materials. A research project is undertaken over 6 months, between October and March.

Specific aims are:

  1. to build on the knowledge and ideas gained in prior Materials Science courses;
  2. to develop a more specialised and in-depth understanding of Materials Science in selected areas;
  3. to further develop analytical and presentational skills, both orally and in writing;
  4. to provide training in investigating research problems, including gaining an understanding of relevant research techniques and also of the design and interpretation of experiments.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

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