About this course
Choosing the correct materials is crucial to the success or failure of an engineering project. On this 4-year, integrated Masters, you'll explore the properties and uses of common and new materials. You'll develop the skills to design materials and surfaces, from the atomic level up to their application. This advanced course will help you find a rewarding career as an engineer.
This course focuses on mechanics, structures and materials, and how they are managed. It will inspire you to use your knowledge and skills to address real engineering needs in society, in areas like:
You'll explore material use, including their design and manufacture, and you'll study how they behave throughout their service.
As part of this course you can:
showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show
choose from a range of optional modules, including microstructural and surface characterisation, and aircraft structures
put your skills into practice with an individual project and final year group design project
work with students from other engineering specialisms
The course draws on research from the Engineering Materials Research Group, which is actively involved in a broad range of activities in the advanced materials field.
You can take this course with an additional year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code H3H1 for the Industrial Placement Year option.
We're a designated university for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and offers a route to chartered status.
If you’d prefer a more general approach, or you’d like to focus on a different specialism, you can choose from our other pathways.
- Mechanical Engineering
- This 4-year degree puts you on the route to becoming a chartered engineer. Gain specialist knowledge and work experience with a year-long industry placement.
- Mechanical Engineering / Acoustical Engineering
- Study mechanical engineering and the positive and negative factors of acoustical engineering, from reducing aircraft noise to optimising sound for music venues.
- Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace Engineering
- Southampton has offered aerospace degrees since the 1930s. Join our many graduates who have secured successful careers in the space industry or defence sector.
- Mechanical Engineering / Automotive Engineering
- Prepare for a career as an engineer in the automotive sector. Specialise in areas that interest you, from race cars to automotive electronics.
- Mechanical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering
- Biomedical engineering is a fast-developing field. Explore human factors in engineering, alongside the biological and medical aspects of healthcare technology.
- Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Management
- Gain technical skills, and learn how to manage process, people and finances. This degree will prepare you for a career in the engineering sector and beyond.
- Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics
- Learn how to integrate electrical and mechanical systems into innovative products, from autonomous robots to self-driving cars. Gain skills that are in demand.
- Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering
- Learn and apply your engineering knowledge to the marine environment. Design cutting-edge ships and other maritime craft for the Royal Navy and private sector.
- Mechanical Engineering / Sustainable Energy Systems
- Gain in-depth training in emerging energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar cells, batteries and fuel cells. Graduate with strong engineering skills.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.