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.

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP9486, EU: GBP9486, Overseas: GBP24069

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months



A final report of up to 7000 words, worth 12% of the total credit.

An interim report worth 4% of the total credit.

A project viva worth 4% of the total credit.

A project poster worth 4% of the total credit.

A project oral presentation worth 4% of the total credit.

Termly progress assessments from project supervisor worth 2% of the total credit.


Vacation project written report worth 1% of the total credit.


Three 3-hr written examination papers worth a total of 68% of the credit.

Other Assessment

An oral presentation of a vacation project worth 1% of the total credit.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733