This modular course in Polymer Engineering and Science is designed to be a flexible means of education at postgraduate level. The course aims to address the teaching of the fundamental principles of polymer engineering and science to students with a wide range of first degrees in chemistry, engineering, materials science and biological sciences.
Outline of programme
The course is modular in structure.
* Synthesis of Polymers: Industrial Aspects of Polymerisation
* Molecular Characterisation: Theoretical Aspects
* Science of Rubber: Rubbers and Elasticity and Rubber Technology
* Basic Morphology
* Synthetic Biopolymers: Biomedical Polymers and Design Fabrication and Performance
* Ultimate Fate of Polymers: Degradation and Stabilisation
* Mechanical Properties of Polymers
* Processing/Engineering of Polymers: Additives and Reactive Processing and Processing
* Materials in Sport.
* Designer Polymerisation
* Experimental Techniques of Characterisation
* Characterisation of Polymers by NMR
* Crystalline and Amorphous State
* Electrical Properties
* Disposal/Thermal Degradation
* Thermal Properties
* Adhesives and Paints
* Business Studies and Management
* Health and Safety.
* Core Practical Courses
* Synthesis and Characterisation
* Elective Fabrication and Testing
* Elective Biomaterials
* Core Extended Project.
Most taught modules are assessed on the basis of a combination of coursework, 20%, and examination, 80%. Some modules, including practical modules, are assessed as 100% coursework. The extended project is assessed by written project report, 25,000 words, and contributions from two Powerpoint presentations and one poster.
Graduates find employment in the traditional plastics and rubber industries, including the surface coatings and adhesives industries. Increasingly employment opportunities are available in the electronics and healthcare industries.