About this course
Develop specialist knowledge of mechanical engineering materials on this master's degree in engineering materials. Explore material properties and how they are transforming the aviation, aerospace and manufacturing industries.
Our MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering pathways combine the traditional aspects of mechanical engineering with interdisciplinary subjects, so you can specialise to suit your career plans. Our international centre for research and teaching has a global reputation for excellence.
Our MSc Engineering Materials degree explores the latest techniques and methods in this growing area of advanced mechanical engineering. You’ll study different material properties and discover their limitations and use in engineering.
New materials are transforming industry with their strong, lightweight and flexible properties. Materials engineers are needed in the aviation, aerospace and manufacturing industries to continue important research into composites.
On this master's programme you’ll learn about microstructural and surface characterisation and investigate the performance of structural materials in application.
You’ll explore key topics and choose specialist modules on subjects like biomaterials, fuel cells and photovoltaic systems. You’ll also study materials manufacture, design and their use in transport applications in the following industries:
As part of this materials science and engineering course, you’ll need to complete a research project. You’ll be able to use our facilities, including a 3D computed tomography imaging lab, used to study internal structures of materials.
You’ll learn from academics at the forefront of their fields, they teach the latest in technology advancements. Studying at Southampton gives you access to a global network of companies, shared facilities and specialist expertise to enhance your learning.
This course is led by Professor John Atkinson. John is a professor of engineering science and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Microelectronics International. Read Professor Atkinson’s staff profile to learn more about their work.
We offer 3 other pathways on this advanced mechanical engineering degree. Your other options are:
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of the following subjects:
- physical sciences
- a engineering related subject
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need an overall score of 6.5 and the following scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking:
IELTS score requirements
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This master’s degree in engineering materials runs for 12 months. The first 8 months are mainly spent studying taught modules. Your lectures will be divided into two 12-week periods (semesters 1 and 2).
You'll study a mix of compulsory modules and modules that we'll ask you to choose from a list of options. Exams take place at the end of each semester
Your final 4 months are spent on your research project. You will start your preparation in semester two.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
The modules you study will depend on what Advanced Mechanical Engineering pathway course you apply for.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include:
- classes and tutorials
- practical work
- individual and group planning exercises
- knowledge share
- one-to-one tutorials
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- oral presentations
- coursework in the form of:
- problem-solving exercises
- lab reports
- design exercises
- individual and group projects
- research project
Your research project is run through our Engineering Materials research group, the leading research group in structural materials in the UK.
Your research project and dissertation can be based on any topic you study as part of this course. It should bring together the skills you’ve learned and demonstrate your knowledge of at least one subject area.
You’ll need to source information, demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation, and develop you presentation skills. The project must contain your own original ideas and explore a problem that requires the application of new research.
You’ll have your own personal academic tutor and also have access to our team of administrators who are a key point of contact for advice and information.
This master’s course will prepare you to work in a range of application sectors. These sectors usually have a reputation for good starting salaries and career progression opportunities.
In the UK our graduates work across different organisations and application areas, including in the following sectors:
- power generation
In addition to engineering careers, many of our graduates go into other employment such as finance and consultancy, where the numeracy and excellent communication skills developed on the programme are highly valued.
You'll graduate with excellent analytical skills as well as significant project management and leadership skills.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
If you're an international student you'll need to have approval from the UK's Academic Approval Scheme before you can study this course.
The ATAS certificate is required for certain sensitive postgraduate subjects.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000