MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Course Director: Dr Martyn McLachlan (
The MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering is a course offered by the Department of Materials to be completed over one year of full time study commencing in October each year.
This MSc is a stand-alone qualification designed to prepare students to solve problems in Materials Science and Engineering under the exacting conditions we encounter today. The programme is broad, covering many aspects of both the science of materials and engineering applications. It will include course work, projects, exams and original research.
Course Structure
Formal teaching extends from October through to the end of March with examinations taking place during the summer term.  During the autumn term, students will select a research project, and will conduct a review of relevant literature during the spring. The research will be carried out after the exams.
Core Courses

  • Materials Characterisation

  • Materials Modelling

  • Creativity in research (a general course that includes transferable skills, problem solving and attendance at scientific seminars)

Course Options
Eighteen options are offered, from which 5 must be selected. The subjects they cover include: ceramics and glasses; electroceramics; optoelectronics; metals processing; engineering alloys; polymers and composites; aerospace materials; surfaces and interfaces; nanomaterials; nuclear materials; biomaterials; tissue engineering; thin film manufacturing technologies; thermodynamics; kinetics; electronic structure of materials.
Entry Requirements
Normally a first or good 2:1 honours BEng or MEng degree or equivalent overseas qualification in Materials Science and Engineering is required. Alternatively a BSc or MSci degree or equivalent overseas qualification in Physics or Chemistry or other engineering subject will be considered if the applicant demonstrates sufficient background in materials. All applicants must satisfy the College’s English proficiency requirements.
The application deadline is 30th June 2013, however, later applications may be considered. Follow the link for further information on
how to apply.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Fiona Thomson, Student Administration Manager on or 020 7594 6726.
Course Preparation
Preparatory material, to be studied prior to arrival at Imperial College for the MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering course, is available for download (Exams 2010 and Module Content).  If you have difficulties downloading this material please contact Fiona Thomson at