MEng course - topics included

    First semester content - 450 hours
          The first semester provides the fundamental principles that underpin Materials Science and Engineering, and involves Introduction to Materials Science, Structure of Materials, Transforming Materials, Mechanical Properties of Materials, Origin and Production of Materials, Microstructures of Materials, Characterisation of Crystalline Materials, and Processing of Materials. Integrated into the modular programme are lectures, laboratory projects and tutorial sessions, designed to develop practical skills and creative thinking. In addition supporting Computing, e. g. Computer Aided Materials Selection (CAMS) and Computer Aided Materials Design (CAMD) modules enhance the students' broader skills base, as well as materials modelling across a spectrum of time scales, particularly emphasising the interplay between theory, simulation, and experiment.

    Second semester content - 330 hours
          Students build on the fundamental knowledge base by studying specialist areas such as Physical Metallurgy, Ceramic Materials, Electromagnetic Properties of Materials, Failure of Materials, Degradation of Materials, Deformation and Strengthening, Phase Equilibrium and Transformations, Chemical and Physical Surface Characterisation. In addition the innovative project-based Design components involve the students working as part of a team to develop the skills and insight necessary to provide the solutions to "real-life" problems. Theory and simulation of materials based on structure parameters calculations, simulations Monte Carlo, microstructure-level techniques such as finite-element methods, and continuum equations.

    Third (final) semester content - 240 hours
          In the final semester students study core modules in Composites, Phase Transformations, Engineering Alloys, Engineering Ceramics, Joining of materials, Functional Materials, Materials Case Study and can also choose from advanced modules in Nanotechnology, Functionally Graded Materials, Residual Stress and Damage. Technology-driven projects involve the students working as part of a team where the interplay between experiments and modelling is crucial to success, linking different techniques of materials modelling across time scales, addressing issues of performance and degradation of materials systems, lifetime extensions, environmental interactions through modelling and simulation and parallel computing and scientific visualisation relevant to materials design as a multidisciplinary enterprise. During the final semester students undertake an extended research MEng thesis which is designed to enhance their research and analytical abilities, and develop their personal skills.