Overview: Technological advances, as well as methodological issues, have contributed to the transformation of materials and their functions. A number of challenges lie ahead, as manufacturing supply chains become global, involving companies in strategic alliances and partnerships. Materials research is of great use here, as competition can only be achieved through the development of innovative approaches to the design, development and manufacture of novel materials and their characterisation.
This long established programme provides rigorous training in both theoretical and applied research for those who wish to pursue their career as a professional materials scientist.
A substantial component of the programme is the research project. The research project is undertaken alongside taught modules throughout the academic year, and will be based within one of the materials-based research groups of the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The research project may be focused in the fields of ceramics, polymers, composites, elastomers, functional materials or manufacturing technologies.
This programme will:
- Build on your engineering background to gain an advanced, yet broad knowledge in materials science, with the freedom to specialise through a research project.
- Provide an insight into areas of manufacturing, planning and control systems, knowledge based systems and measurements and manufacturing systems. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.
The MSc in Materials Research includes 4 compulsory, and 1 optional taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.
Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project (60 credits), which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.
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.
- Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering
- Advanced Structure-Property Relationships in Materials
- Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques
- Research Project
- Materials Selection and Design
- Data Acquisition and Processing
- Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
- Environmental Properties of Polymeric Materials
- Polymer Physics
- Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
- Failure of Solids
- Manufacturing Processes
- Total Quality Management
- Chemical and Biological Sensors
- Advanced Polymer Synthesis
- Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8735
This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-02-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.
An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in Materials, Engineering, or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to contact us for guidance in specific cases. IELTS 6.5 is required.
International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.
Learning and teaching
As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.
The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.
A major part of the MSc is your research 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 taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.
Students are currently researching a range of topics for their projects including:
- Synthesis of degradable polymers with controlled degradation profiles
- Interactions of nanomaterials with electromagnetic wave
- Nanomaterials as secondary energy carriers.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2020/21 Academic Year
Full time £10,900
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2020/21 Academic Year
Full time £22,750
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
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:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Queen Mary’s Materials Science postgraduates go on to work in a variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers as materials scientists, while others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as education and management or sales roles in industry.
The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 75 % of the School’s graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation and 78 % were already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary postgraduates have an average earning power of £35,410 six months after graduation.
The broad range of skills gained through courses in this School coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:
- Scientist / Engineer – MERL
- Sales Representative – 3M, Greece
- Technologist – National Metals Technology Centre
- Production Management – Food Company
- Operations Executive – Worldwide Energy Logistics
- Graduate Trainee – Technical Production Corus
- Chemistry Teacher – School Sixth Form, UK
Throughout the programme, postgraduates have access to careers support to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. This includes workshops on job hunting, job applications and interview skills as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Annual career events open to the School’s postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, with thirty organisations including Accenture Technology Solutions and EADS Astrium, as well as an Engineering Industrial Liaison Forum featuring small and medium sized employers.
Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village redevelopment means that there are substantial opportunities for on campus and local part time work and work experience. On campus there are 1200 job and volunteer opportunities ranging from Research Assistant to Project Officer and from Society President to Student Mentor. QTemps job agency offers work suitable for current students and recent graduates, QMSU Volunteering facilitates volunteering and QM JobOnline hosts over 800 part time and full time job vacancies.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages.