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Materials Science and Engineering, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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The primary mission of the course is to develop a strong technical understanding of materials science and engineering, preparing you for a career in either materials-related industry or in academic research. 

About

Technical lecture information will be consolidated, using data analysis and problem-solving classes, to build critical investigative capability, badly needed in the workplace. Project management skills will also be honed through taught material, research projects and industrial placements, where appropriate.

Materials Science and Engineering Highlights

Professional Accreditations

  • The course will seek relevant professional accreditation once the first year of the course has been delivered.

World Class Facilities

  • The programme is supported by well-equipped laboratories, digital network and computing facilities, library access and lecture rooms. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject means that you will experience materials-related activity in a number of different environments across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, in which both fundamental and applied research is done.

Career Prospects

Advanced technology materials-related manufacturing companies are economically extremely significant to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Multinationals, such as Intel, Bombardier, Seagate, Thales and Kyocera have major research, development and production facilities on the island. Such companies employ many thousands and are all keen to ensure a steady stream of technically informed, problem solving graduates to augment their workforces. Advanced, specialist understanding (beyond BSc level) of how materials properties underpin existing and new commercial activities is key to maintaining the health of these companies and their presence on the island in the future.

Equally, materials-based industries act as major employers throughout the rest of the world, so there is no limitation to career location. Careers in materials-related research in both academia and industry may be pursued.

Employment after the Course

Examples of employment: Research or Production Engineer; Technical Management; Academic Researcher; Technical Consultant.

 

Programme Structure

Topics covered
  • Microstructure and microstructural development;
  • Mechanical properties of materials;
  • Functional properties of materials;
  • Manufacturing and processing;
  • Polymers and composites;
  • Materials selection;
  • Materials characterisation;
  • Project management and data handling.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    80

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    6

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    169

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  • Minimum required score:

    55

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Lower Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Normally a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
  • Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold relevant professional qualifications or can demonstrate appropriate and relevant experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Belfast

  • 561 - 890 GBP/month
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