MSc Advanced Materials Science (Sustainability)

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    MSc 1 year full-time

Course Description

As climate change continues to affect our lives and we realise its direct link to continuous production and consumption of goods, there is an urgent need to educate the next generation and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to manage these global challenges. Sustainable development is an evolving concept needed in all disciplines and will play an integral part of our  approach to tackling these global problems. Our MSc Advanced Materials Sciences (Sustainability) will  prepare new materials scientists for supporting initiatives, such as net zero emission targets, recently outlined by many governments around the world including the UK, and promoting research and discovery of sustainable ways to manage critical resources related to commodity materials.

This programme aims to equip students with advanced, comprehensive knowledge of materials sciences and related state-of-the-art technologies aimed at achieving sustainable developments. This will give students an understanding of the structure, properties and applications of the main groups of materials. The course will also cover relevant scientific research skills, preparing students with the insight and capability to contribute to a better future for all, aiming for a lower environmental impact, while also enhancing the durability of goods.

This course will be delivered through seven compulsory taught modules. In addition, students will engage in a route specific literature project and a six-month research project with sustainable developments in mind. Studying at UCL allows you to participate in research and projects that can  have an impact on society today.  At our campus in the heart of East London, UCL gives you the ability to access the wide range of cultural, entertainment and academic resources that the UK has to offer.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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Student Destinations

Graduates from this programme are prepared to enter a variety of fields such as aerospace, biomedical, engineering and other multidisciplinary industrials, with students being offered roles at companies including Shell, Johnson Matthey, Rolls-Royce, Merck, Oxford Instruments, Huawei, Bytedance, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola.

This programme has also provided students with an excellent foundation for the pursuit of further academic study such as another postgraduate degree or doctoral research. Graduates have gone on to be awarded full PhD studentships in Purdue University in the USA, Universities of Oxford, Queen Mary, Nottingham, Bath, St Andrews, and UCL in the UK, as well as other top universities in Australia and Hong Kong.


On graduation students will be equipped for a future career as a materials scientist or engineer in academia or industry, or as an entrepreneur.

Module Details

Compulsory modules

  • Microstructural Control in Advanced Materials
  • Materials Design, Selection and Discovery
  • Advanced Materials Characterisation
  • Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing
  • Research Methodology
  • Literature Project
  • Research Project

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


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