Materials Science and Engineering

Entry Year: 2020

7 study options

Materials Science and Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
J511
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£22,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Materials Science with Foundation BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
JJX3
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level.
Full entry requirements
Fees
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.

Materials Science and Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
JM11
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Materials Science and Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
J51Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Materials Science and Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
J512
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Materials Science and Engineering with Industrial Experience MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
JM10
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
Fees
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.

Materials Science and Engineering with Year Abroad MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
J52Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

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Overview

Have you ever wondered how a Formula One car can weigh so little, how the touchscreen on your mobile works or what an artificial heart valve is made of?

The Materials Science and Engineering programme will give you a thorough grounding in the physical and chemical structure, properties, manufacturing and design of materials.
Academically, the programme bridges the pure and applied sciences. Vocationally, it teaches skills across a range of disciplines, so graduates are in demand throughout industry and business.

We cover all materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Knowledge of these materials is essential if you wish to work in sectors, such as automotive or aerospace manufacture, where material selection is critical.

If you choose the MEng degree, you’ll take part in a high-level group project, often sponsored by industry. The experience provides a valuable insight into real-life engineering design and project management.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). 

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Structure

You can complete your Materials Science and Engineering degree in three, four or five years. If you are a BEng student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are an MEng student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 4 and Year 4 modules will be studied in Year 5.

Year 1

You'll study a range of core principles including:

  • Mathematics
  • Introduction of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Design Methods
  • Material Mechanics
  • Scientific and laboratory Practices

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

You'll cover the following specialist topics:

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Materials and Composites
  • Plastic Deformation of Metals
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Structural Characterisation

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Research project

In the third year, students undertake an individual research project alongside six taught modules. This provides an opportunity for students to get involved with the exciting research taking place in the School. The project allows students to apply the skills and techniques learnt from previous years’ studies and to focus on an area that particularly interests them.

Modules cover topics including:

  • Failure of Solids
  • Inorganic Materials
  • Materials Selection in Design and Sustainability
  • Energy Materials

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MEng only

Students choosing the MEng option spend an additional year studying advanced specialised modules and working on a group project. Recent projects include Design and Fabrication of a Futuristic Concept Bike; Smart cord-rubber composites with integrated sensing.

Specialist 4th year modules include:

  • Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques
  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Advanced Structure-property Relationships in Materials
  • Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

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.

Integrated foundation year

Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree, and students who do not meet their UCAS Conditional offer may be considered for the 4 year degree (foundation year plus the 3 year degree). 

International students with Year 12 or a completed international high school certificate qualify for the one year foundation programme commonly known as the ISEFP.

The foundation programme offers a range of transferable skills and an opportunity to improve on your knowledge content for relevant Maths and Science subjects.

You will enrol on a Materials Science MEng, BEng/BSc with Foundation which will offer progression to a range of degrees in the School of Engineering and Material Sciences including BEng or MEng Materials Science and Engineering.  At the end of the foundation programme, students will be required to meet the progression requirements for admission to BEng or MEng Materials Science and Engineering.

Year in industry

Apply for our Materials Science and Engineering BEng or MEng with Industrial Experience to spend a year in industry. You'll have the opportunity to put your understanding of materials science and engineering into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Take an extra year to gain specialised knowledge through a high-level group project and your choice of advanced modules. Apply for our Materials Science and Engineering MEng, ideal if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Materials Science and Engineering BEng or MEng with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

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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.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a mix of traditional lectures and student-centred approaches, such as problem-solving classes, laboratory practicals and coursework.

You should plan for 14-17 hours of formal teaching each week, plus time spent on group projects. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further one to two hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • materials characterisation laboratory, including spectroscopy and thermal analysis
  • mechanical testing laboratory
  • NanoVision Centre
  • wet chemistry laboratory
  • maker space
  • computer modelling facilities.
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Studying Materials Science

Our undergraduate students talk about their experience of studying a Materials Science subject.

Entry requirements

Materials Science and Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. At least two subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are required at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Materials Science with Foundation - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.

Materials Science and Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. At least two subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are required at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Before a decision is made, applicants will be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary, normally in April. This Maths test will assess whether an applicants ability in Maths is at the required level. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the test with a decision on their application.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Materials Science and Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. At least two subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are required at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Before a decision is made, applicants will be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary, normally in April. This Maths test will assess whether an applicants ability in Maths is at the required level. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the test with a decision on their application.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Materials Science and Engineering - MEng (Hons)

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.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. At least two subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are required at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Materials Science and Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng (Hons)

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.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. At least two subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are required at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Before a decision is made, applicants will be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary, normally in April. This Maths test will assess whether an applicants ability in Maths is at the required level. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the test with a decision on their application.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Materials Science and Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

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.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include at least two A-Level subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. At least two subjects of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are required at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Before a decision is made, applicants will be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary, normally in April. This Maths test will assess whether an applicants ability in Maths is at the required level. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the test with a decision on their application.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

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.

English language

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.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Support from Queen Mary

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:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

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:

  • Aflex Hose Ltd
  • Alcoa
  • Arup Group
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Stone Foundries.

Career support

The School of Engineering and Materials Science holds a weekly careers session where employers provide information, advice and skills training. We also run networking events for students to meet employers and alumni.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

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.

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