MSc Advanced Materials Science

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    MSc 1 year full-time

Course Description

With global challenges in climate, environment, healthcare and economy demand, there is increasing need for scientific experts and entrepreneurs who can develop novel materials with advanced properties – addressing critical issues from energy to healthcare – and take scientific discoveries to the commercial world. This degree combines frontline research-based teaching from across UCL to train the next generation of materials scientists.

This programme aims to equip students with advanced, comprehensive knowledge of materials science and related state-of-the-art technologies, an understanding of the structure, properties and applications of materials, scientific research skills, and the insight and capability to be an entrepreneur in the field. In addition, students will engage in a literature project and a six-month research project.

Who this course is for

This programme is designed for those with a background in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, polymers, materials science and engineering, or biotechnology and prepares students for a career discovering the advanced materials that will shape the future of our world.

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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Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

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

Optional modules

  •  Biomaterials for Healthcare and Biomedical Applications
  •  Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  •  Advanced Topics in Environmental and Energy Materials
  •  Nanoscale Processing and Characterisation for Advanced Devices
  •  Materials and Fatigue
  •  Mastering Entrepreneurship

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 are subject to change.


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