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  • Academic Title
    Advanced Materials MSc/MTech/PgDip/PgCert
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    This course is suitable for graduates with science, applied science, engineering or related degrees keen to pursue careers in the development or exploitation of materials; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience. Our students benefit from the expertise of our highly qualified academics. They have extensive contact with industry, through guest lectures from partner organisations and supporters of group and individual projects. Courses are regularly reviewed by an advisory panel of leading professionals from industry to ensure the content is relevant and meets the expectations of employers.

    Start Months:

    Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year.





    Entry Requirements:

    A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.

    English Language:

    If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

    •     IELTS - 6.5
    •     TOEFL - 92
    •     Pearson PTE Academic - 65
    •     Cambridge English Scale - 180
    •     Cambridge English: Advanced - C
    •     Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

    In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.


    Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

    Course Format:

    • Taught
    • MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip

    Who is it for?

    This course is suitable for graduates with science, applied science, engineering or related degrees keen to pursue careers in the development or exploitation of materials; graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

    Why this course?

    There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study at Cranfield University, including:

    •     Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research
    •     Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners
    •     Working alongside a strong research team
    •     Dedicated support including extensive information resources managed by Cranfield University's library
    •     Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes in relation to individual projects.

    Informed by Industry:

    Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

    Your teaching team:

    You will be taught by industry-active research academics from Cranfield with an established track record, supported by visiting lecturers from industry. To ensure the programme is aligned to industry needs, the course is directed by an Industrial Advisory Committee.


    The MSc in Advanced Materials is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes), Instituition of Engineering & technology (IET) & Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

    •     Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    •     Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
    •     Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
    •     Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

    Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

    Course details:

    The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

    The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

    Group project:

    The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

    Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement, Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

    Individual project:

    Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge and overcome genuine problems.


    Taught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%

    Core modules:

    • Introduction to Materials Engineering
    • Machining Moulding and Metrology
    • Composites Manufacturing for High Performance Products
    • Failure of Materials and Structures
    • General Management
    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Materials Selection
    • Surface Science and Engineering

    Fees and funding:

    Home EU Student Fees

    • MSc Full-time     £9,000
    • MSc Part-time     £1,500 *
    • PgDip Full-time     £7,200
    • PgDip Part-time     £1,500 *
    • PgCert Full-time     £3,600
    • PgCert Part-time     £1,500 *

    Oversees Fees

    • MSc Full-time     £17,500
    • MSc Part-time     £17,500 **
    • PgDip Full-time     £14,000
    • PgDip Part-time     £14,000 **
    • PgCert Full-time     £7,000
    • PgCert Part-time     £10,800 **

        * The annual registration fee is quoted above. An additional fee of £1,300 per module is also payable.
        ** Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or to pay in four equal instalments at six month intervals (i.e. the full fee to be paid over the first two years of their registration).

    Fee notes:

    •     The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
    •     All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
    •     A deposit may be payable, depending on your course and will be deducted from your first payment.
    •     Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
    •     Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

    Funding Opportunities:

    To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

    Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

    The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

    Global Manufacturing Leadership Masters Scholarship

    The Cranfield Global Manufacturing Leadership (GML) scholarships provided by Cranfield Manufacturing contribute towards the costs of study (tuition fee plus £1000 maintenance grant). Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full time study.

    Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

    Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering

    Your career:

    This qualification takes you on to a wide range of careers involving materials, with responsibilities in research, development, design, engineering, consultancy and management in industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, sports, food and drink processing, chemical processing and power generation.

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