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Advanced Mechanical Engineering: Engineering Materials (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020 and January 2021

COVID-19: this course has two start dates

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: 

  • aerospace 
  • marine 
  • automotive 

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.  

Course lead

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. 

Related pathways

We offer 3 other pathways on this advanced mechanical engineering degree. Your other options are:


This course is accredited by:

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.