Course descriptionThe Advanced Engineering Materials programme provides you with an in-depth understanding of the key factors that govern the design and selection of materials for use in advanced engineering applications, as well as their processing, properties and stability. The course has direct relevance to the automotive and aerospace industries and encompasses materials ranging from composites and foams, for light weight structures, to advanced metallic alloys and engineering ceramics. The programme is delivered by academics, who are active researchers in the field, and complemented by strong industrial input.This is a progressive and forward-thinking subject which will expose you to the next generation of high performance engineering materials. As a graduate of this programme, you will be equipped to begin a career as a material scientist in industry, or to join a PhD programme to further develop your research skills.By the end of the programme you will be familiar with the structure and design of materials and have an increased depth of knowledge of materials engineering, and the physical mechanisms that govern the microstructural development and performance of materials. In parallel, you will study more novel materials, such as metallic foams and metal matrix composites, and you will learn the basics of advanced characterisation techniques and design methods, with application to advanced structural materials.The MSc dissertation projects are supervised by leading materials scientists in metals, ceramics and biomaterials research field. The students have access to a wide range of world-class facilities. Most of the projects have links with multinational companies, including Rolls-Royce, British Airways, and BNFL.Module detailsThe taught part of the programme is based on discrete compulsory and optional taught units. All units are of two-weeks duration and are given between September and March. Typical course units include: Concepts of Polymer Materials Science and Engineering; Industrial Polymer Processing; Composites Principles and Practice; Introduction to Corrosion; Light Alloys Design and Performance; Engineering Ceramics and Glasses; Joining Lightweight Materials; Mechanical and Engineering Properties of Polymers; Functional Ceramics; Functional Polymers; Engineering, Manufacture and Design with Polymers; Corrosion Control in the Oil and Gas Industries; Corrosion Control in the Process and Power Industries; Residual Stress and Damage Characterisation; Cellular Materials; Polymer Processing and Manufacture.