Polymer Science and Nanotechnology

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


Polymer Science and Nanotechnology are extremely rapid growing fields in advanced materials and engineering. New techniques to produce nanometer sized particles and new functional polymers are being discovered every day. There is a huge need from companies for well-trained engineers or scientists with a good knowledge on polymer science and nanotechnology.

If you have a materials or engineering background and want to develop your knowledge of the polymer materials sector, this programme is for you. Taking into account the needs of the industry and the direction of the leading scientific achievements, we have designed an MSc course on Polymer Science and Nanotechnology. This course capitalises on research strengths that already exist within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, particularly within the area of polymers and composites. The course focuses on polymers synthesis and polymer composites and conclude with an independent research project related to these areas. 

Students choose modules based on their interests and these modules prepare students for independent research projects while also increasing their knowledge of the structure and behaviours of different polymer materials. Students also learn how to decide what materials are the most suitable for the design different products, depending on the environmental impact that results. There is an emphasis on the various different types of materials processes that are currently used as well as the techniques that are still being developed.


The MSc in Polymer Science and Nanotechnology includes 4 compulsory, and 4 optional taught modules, choices for these are shown on the structure below. Please note the modules are based on information that was correct for 2018 entry. We constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future

Core modules
Advanced Polymer Synthesis
Advanced Structure-property Relationships in Materials
Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques
Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering

Optional modules 
Polymer Physics
Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
Manufacturing Processes
Environmental Properties of Polymeric Materials
Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management

Research Project
The programme also includes an extensive research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Entry requirements

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, Chemistry, 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

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research
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.

Research Project
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.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250
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.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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

Graduate employment

Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Baxter, Atkins, JRI Orthopaedics. Upon graduation students will be able to develop new materials or design high technology products for a wide range of industries. The development and design of polymer components for those sectors that develop advanced lightweight materials for a wide range of applications, including the aerospace, medical and sports fields. Students will also be prepared to continue with research at PhD level upon successful completion of this course.

Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied. Some graduates use their MSc to secure positions within the wider fields of general engineering. Others work in areas beyond those directly related to their degree, including regulatory bodies, teaching, finance and the NHS. The range of skills developed through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extracurricular activities and work experience, has enabled our graduates to move into careers across many successful companies both in the UK and worldwide. 
We have strong links with many industrial partners in terms of both research collaboration and funding. We host a biannual engineering Industrial Liaison Forum - potential employers, industry representatives and alumni working in industry attend sharing their experiences and offering advice. These strong industrial links, combined with the skills and training you will acquire during your studies, are highly valued by potential employers. 



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