Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

Material Science and Engineering is at the heart of many of the more well know engineering, science, and design subjects. Everything is made of something by something and therefore materials are involved. Material science explores how the structure of a material at the micro, or even atomic scale can influence the final properties of product or component and how materials respond to external influences such as mechanical loading or environment. A degree in Materials will provide you with a huge range of career options across multiple sectors. Our graduates are enjoying roles in renewable energy, developing new solar cells and wind turbines, they are protecting our cars from degradation and improving fuel efficiency through the development of lightweight materials. A number of graduates have pursued a career with top aerospace companies where their skills in materials properties and failure analysis are invaluable when pushing jet engines to the limits. You will meet representatives from the more than 40 companies, including Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, BASF, NSG Airbus, Timet and GE, who support us through guest lectures, funded placements, PhDs, career guidance as well as providing us advice on what needs to be included in the degree. We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.


Areas studied typically include: Year one: gives students a solid grounding in chemistry and analysis along with modules in materials resources (raw materials and how we recycle products), laboratory sessions introduce you to the equipment and modules in material properties and structure introduce you to the basics of materials engineering. Year two: you will dive in deeper to the material science. You will learn about smart and functional materials used in energy generation and how they can be applied to solve challenges with global warming and climate change. Courses on microstructure evolution and control will teach you about how metals solidify and why that is important for final properties. There are practical classes looking at material failure case studies and computation labs investigating how we can be smarter in the way we design new materials and manufacturing processes. A module on Manufacturing technology details how different materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites) are used to make a range of components and products. Modules such as Deformation and Order and Disorder in materials will study how materials behave under stress and what this does to their internal structure. Year three: modules on composites, polymers, ceramics and metals will become more advanced and applied. A Propulsion module will focus specifically on the aerospace sector where materials are being used at their limits, and a module on Degradation will study how the environment can damage materials and what we can do to prevent it. Finally, a large Research Project will run throughout the year where you will apply your knowledge to a project that can be on anything related to materials. Students can put forward their own proposals or they can work on a proposal developed by our academic staff or our industrial partners. Year four (MEng): Aerospace Materials Engineering, Entrepreneurship for Engineers, Environmental Analysis and Legislation, Power Generation Systems, Simulation Based Product Design

Professional bodies

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  • Materials, Minerals and Mining, Institute of

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: Mathematics C, English Language C.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University - UCAS