Our Materials Science and Engineering courses are all about giving you the ability to tackle situations that materials scientists and engineers encounter on an everyday basis. You will learn how to tailor the properties of materials to meet design requirements, using an understanding of their structure, composition and processing. We provide you with a solid basis in the underlying science and we use a hands-on approach and exposure to real situations to give you a good understanding of practical applications. Case studies, design projects, group industrial projects, laboratory work, manufacturing plant visits, tutorials and the five-month paid placement in industry (MEng option only) are all designed to aid your development as a scientist and engineer. A key feature of our degrees is their flexibility. We offer courses leading to either BEng or MEng qualifications, involving three or four years of study respectively. You do not need to decide between a BEng or MEng until the end of Year Two, when you will have enough knowledge and experience to make an informed decision. If you already know which area of materials you are most interested in, you may wish to take one of our specialised courses in metals or materials applications for aerospace from Year One. Alternatively, you can follow the broader-based materials degree for three or four years, or decide to specialise in a particular material - such as metals or polymers - from the end of Year Two. Our high level of research funding provides excellent resources that are used by undergraduate students as well as postgraduate students and staff. Financial assistance: The Department offers first-year Entrance Bursaries to students on this course with high entry qualifications.