University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Engineering Materials

This MSc programme is designed for engineering, mathematics and physical science graduates who want to specialise in this vibrant area of engineering. It is a multidisciplinary degree with many optional modules to reflect our students' interests. Students gain an in depth knowledge of how to apply key engineering principles through both practical experimentation and computer simulations.The taught element of the programme consists of a maximum of 12 modules and is followed by a substantial research project leading to a dissertation. The specific goals are: to enable students to acquire advanced knowledge and practical skills needed for a professional career in engineering materials and to provide you with specialist knowledge and skills relevant to this theme; to provide stduents with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles, operation requirements, design criteria and engineering applications in advanced mechanical engineering science; to enhance students' transferable skills, including critical analysis, problem solving, project management, decision making, leadership, and communication by oral, visual and/or written means; to equip students with specialist knowledge, scientific and technical expertise and research skills for further research in advanced mechanical engineering science, and engineering materials in particular.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or a related subject; those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements; applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Introduction to advanced mechanical engineering sciences; microstructural engineering for transport applications; surface engineering; failure of materials and components; microstructure and surface characterisation. Optional: Manufacturing and materials; biomaterials; finite element analysis in solid mechanics; composites engineering design and mechanics; experimental mechanics; aircraft structural design; advanced electrical systems; bio, nano and modelling aspects of tribology; aircraft propulsion; fuel cells, batteries and photovoltaic systems 1; advanced management.

Assessment methods

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects.Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through unseen written examinations and problem based exercises. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and oral presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

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