If you have a materials or engineering background and want to develop your knowledge of the polymer materials sector, this programme is for you.

This is a specialist materials programme with a variety of relevant and current industrial applications including: liquid polymer actuators used in the touch screens; polyester fabrics with industrial properties; and, lightweight and flexible polymers for disposable devices.

This course capitalises on research strengths within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, particularly within the area of polymers and composites. The course focuses on polymers and polymer composites and concludes with an independent research project related to these areas.

This programme will:

  • Prepare you for independent research while also increasing your knowledge of the structure and behaviours of different polymer materials.
  • Teach you how to decide what materials are the most suitable for the design different products, depending on the environmental impact that results.
  • Teach you about the various different types of materials processes that are currently used, as well as the techniques that are still being developed.
  • Allow you to pursue a wide range of independent projects in areas where current research is being undertaken by the department.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year Full time

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Nanocomposites
  • Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques
  • Research Project
  • Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering

Option modules

  • Polymer Physics
  • Composites
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Environmental Properties of Polymeric Materials
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
  • Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.


Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £9,250 International students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £19,500

Entry Requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The JACS code for this course is J510.

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