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Materials and Design

J590 BEng (Hons) 3 years


This is a practical programme where your creativity and materials science principles are improved. You will take part in original design work and will combine your creative and scientific skills to carry out a major industry-sponsored individual design project. By the end of the programme, you will be able to work effectively in a design role within a range of manufacturing and design industries.


You will start with specialist modules from the first year, while gaining a solid foundation in materials engineering and design by studying core materials modules. In the 3rd year you will choose modules from a broad range of materials course options (see Programme Structure below).  You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Year 1

Semester A:MAT100 (4)
Materials Science 1: Properties of Matter
MAT102 (4)
Materials Selection and Mechanical Modelling
MAT106 (4)
Student Centred Learning 1
DEN126 (4)
Design Studio
Semester B:MAT115 (4)
Mathematics for Materials Scientists
MAT206 (4)
Materials Science 2: Processing and Applications
MAT106 (4)
Student Centred Learning 1
DEN126 (4)
Design Studio

Year 2

Semester A:DEN5100 (5)
Management of Design
MAT321 (5)
MAT308 (5)
Student Centred Learning 2
DEN212 (5)
Studio Practice Course Year 2
Semester B:MAT313 (5)
MAT400 (5)
Structural Characterisation
MAT308 (5)
Student Centred Learning 2
DEN212 (5)
Studio Practice Course Year 2

Year 3

Semester A:MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
Semester B:MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience
MAT515 (5)
Materials Industrial Experience

Year 4

Semester A:MAT500 (6)
Final Year Undergraduate Research Project
MAT501 (6)
Failure of Solids
MAT522 (6)
MAT507 (6)
Environmental Properties of Materials
Semester B:MAT500 (6)
Final Year Undergraduate Research Project
MAT601 (6)
Manufacturing Processes
MAT602 (6)
Materials Selection in Design
MAT427 (7)
Renewable Energy Materials


The numbers in brackets indicate the academic level of each module, where a typical first year module is delivered at a level 4, whilst a master's module is delivered at level 7.

Entry requirements

Typical grades required: ABB, must include two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design Technology. The third subject can be any subject excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

International Baccalaureate
Subjects and grades required: 32 points or above overall, with 3 subjects at Higher level with 6,6,5 points (including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Design Technology).

Further info
To find out the entry requirements for other qualifications, please visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website.

You may also contact the Admissions Coordinator:
Marian Langbridge
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8736

Information for applicants from outside the United Kingdom, including English language qualifications.


Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, problem-solving classes, laboratory practicals, problem-based learning and a variety of coursework. 
In the third year you will undertake a major project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the first two years of study while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

Industrial experience:
All our programmes are available with an option to spend a year in industry as part of your course (normally after the second year). The year will significantly develop your communication, problem solving and team working skills. It will also give you invaluable experience to draw on when applying for positions after graduation. The School exploits its strong links with industry to help students find appropriate placements. Our Industrial Liaison Forum also encourages employers to sponsor and support students and to provide real design case studies to engage you throughout the course. Recent case studies were delivered by Bridgestone, DePuy, Apatech, Artis, Corus, BAE, DSTL and Rolls Royce. Find out more on the School of Engineering and Materials website.

All our degree programmes are structured with eight modules per year, split over two semesters. Some modules, such as the research and design projects, count for two or four modules. In the third and fourth years, you select from a range of module options allowing you to tailor your degree to specific areas of interest within your specialist degree programme, working in the SEMS laboratory Facilities. Assessment is continuous throughout your degree, with written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams (exams take place in the summer).

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £17,450

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Graduates from QMUL's School of Engineering and Materials Science go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as graphic design and design engineering, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as consultancy, IT or finance.

The national 2012 destination survey confirmed that 70.3% of QMUL’s graduates with Materials related degrees were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 69.2% already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary Engineering graduates have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £32,500.

The broad range of skills gained, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience has enabled graduates from this school to move into careers such as:

  • Graduate Design Engineer - Dyson
  • Industrial Designing Engineer - Axon 56
  • Graphic Designer - Discovered Authors
  • Designer - Heath Nash
  • Designer - Monorex
  • Graphic and Product Designer - Self Employed
  • Senior Design Engineer - Ministry of Defence

Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 70 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers events in the School of Engineering and Materials Science include a large employer and alumni networking forum and a weekly timetabled careers slot in which large and small employers provide information, advice and skills training. Last year over 100 companies and alumni came to speak to Queen Mary Engineering students, including Transport for London, Rolls Royce, BAA, EADS Astrium, Bose, Microsoft, Siemens, De Puy and Land Rover.

Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers and Enterprise Centre pages.



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