Combine a foundation year with a traditional university degree in materials science.
Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in engineering with our integrated foundation programme, open to UK/EU and international students. You are guaranteed a place on one of the following programmes at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year, without having to re-apply through UCAS:
As a foundation student you’ll have full access to all student facilities, including welfare, library, social and sport. UK and EU foundation students are eligible for funding through the Student Loans Company. You’ll be taught on our Mile End campus by experienced university staff who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
You can choose your own pathway through this degree, with the option to carry out an additional year of advanced study to graduate with an MSci.
All the programmes except Materials Science and Engineering with Management are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).
You can complete your Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Materials Science) in four or five years.
Below is the course structure for your foundation year. The structure and modules of the rest of your degree depend on which programme you progress onto.
*You are allocated these modules automatically depending on your previous mathematics qualification.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Modules are dependant on your chosen degree programme, and whether you opt to study towards a BSc (four years) or MSci (five years). You can choose from:
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.
Take an extra year to study your choice of advanced modules and complete a high-level group project. Apply for the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme MEng if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.
I really enjoyed the student-centred learning module. The thought process involved in solving the tasks they set you is really engaging and extremely varied. One week I would be looking at characterisation techniques and the next I would be building a boat. I had a lot of fun with this module and developed a lot of other skills while doing it.
We use a mixture of teaching styles – lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.
A typical weekly workload is six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.
Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing and reading.
Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70% of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).
The schools offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.
Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.
Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.
We offer 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.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
You are guaranteed a place on a materials science programme at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year. You can also use your foundation qualification to study at other UK or overseas universities. Progression requirements vary depending on the course.
The materials industry is one of the world’s biggest industrial sectors, and is growing every year.
Graduates can work directly with materials, for example as a materials engineer, identifying
the best materials at all stages of the manufacturing process. Other potential careers include working as a metallurgist, research scientist, technical engineer, biomedical engineer, manufacturing systems engineer or patent examiner.
Recent Materials Science and Engineering graduates have been hired by:
We run a weekly careers session where employers provide information, advice and skills training. We also hold networking events for students to meet employers and alumni.
Finding your first job is made easier through our strong links with industry. We work with organisations offering graduate opportunities in banking, media, telecommunications and technology.
The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:
Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.
The School of Engineering and Materials Science attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).
Our academic staff have extensive contacts with major industrial companies in engineering and materials science, and there is constant interaction between industry, research and our teaching.
Our students benefit from personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.