Materials Science and Engineering University of Manchester

Undergraduate

Materials Science is a synthesis of physics, chemistry, and engineering. It is the building block on which modern industry has and will continue to advance.

This programme provides a thorough grounding in the scientific principles governing the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of all solid materials, and the opportunity to specialise in the study of a particular class of material (metal, ceramic, or polymer) through a choice of options. An extensive final year project enables you to develop further practical and analytical skills and formal teaching in communication and transferable skills, including computing and presentation techniques, is given to complement the academic training.

Lectures and tutorials are led staff who are all experts in their field with a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach. 87% of our students agree staff are good at explaining things to them.

Our staff are passionate about their subject. 80% of our students report that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach

Our courses are constantly revised with inputs from both students and industry to cover the latest developments and deliver learning in the most effective way. 82% of our students agree that the time they spend in teaching activities is used efficiently

Students on our courses have access to library and computer facilities that are dedicated to supporting their learning. 90% of our students agree that IT resources are easy to access and meet their needs.

Aims

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum in Materials Science and Engineering, meeting the requirements for accreditation with the professional body, in order to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue successful careers in both industrial and research environments.

  • Provide a teaching environment in which undergraduate students can interact with academic staff at the forefront of research in Materials Science and Engineering, through advanced course units and project work.

  • Foster subject-specific and transferable skills, including experience of materials processing and characterisation methods, oral and written communication, group work and IT skills.

  • Provide students with effective academic and pastoral support, to cater for students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and enable all students to acheive their full potential.

  • Monitor, review and enhance educational provision to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of student progression and to current developments in research and industry.

Special Features

  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Materials (IOM 3 ) and counts as academic training towards the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer

  • A high staff to student ratio means students receive excellent individual attention and frequent tutorial sessions.

  • A final year research project enables students to gain an in-depth experience of working in a research team conducting a cutting-edge project., providing a grounding for working in R&D or going on to study at PhD level.

  • On-site factilities and equipment that students are both allowed and encouraged to use.

  • The average salary of our graduates 6-months after graduation is in excess of £20,000, which is significantly above the sector value.

  • The School of Materials has excellent Research ratings.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code J500
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A A B Grades AAB. This should include two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking A Level Maths, Grade A at GCSE Maths is required.

Typical contextual offer: Grades ABB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, excluding General Studies.

For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with Grades DDD.
Access to HE Diploma Applicants with Access to HE qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis. Please contact the academic School for further information before applying.
Scottish Higher B B AA in Advanced Higher in two subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry plus at least BB in Higher Level

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C / Intermediate 2 Grade C / Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.
AS Not accepted
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3/M1 in the Pre-U certificates and Grade A/B at A level in three distinct subjects. This must two subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Extended Project The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum Grade C (Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs) in English Language, Dual Science and Mathematics. If you are not taking A Level Maths, a Grade A (Grade 7) in GCSE Mathematics is required. New Applied GCSE Mathematics courses will only be accepted at Grade 7.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three subjects at Higher Level. Must include two from Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D - DD We consider the Technical Diploma in conjunction with A Levels only. The Technical Diploma must be in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken must cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades D*D/DD and Grade A/B at A Level.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D* - D We will only consider the Technical Extended Certificate in conjunction with A Levels. The combination of A Levels and the Technical Extended Certificate must cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades D*/D and Grade AA/AB at A Level.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with Grades DDD.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma We will only consider the Technical Foundation Diploma in conjunction with A Levels. The combination of A Levels and the Technical Foundation Diploma must cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades D*/D and Grade AA/AB at A Level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD - D*D We consider the National Diploma in conjunction with A Levels only. The National Diploma must be in a subject relevant to the chosen course and the modules taken must cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with Grades DD/D*D and Grade A/B at A Level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D - D* We will only consider the National Extended Certificate in conjunction with A Levels. The combination of A Levels and the National Extended Certificate must cover sufficient material in Maths and Science. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with Grades D/D* and Grades AA/AB at A Level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D - M We will only consider the National Foundation Diploma, at Grade D, in conjunction with Grades AB in two A Level subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, or at Grade M, with Grades AA in two A Level subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Scottish Advanced Higher A A AA in Advanced Higher in two subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry plus at least BB in Higher Level

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C / Intermediate 2 Grade C / Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the School directly.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. Grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core can be used in lieu of one A Level subject (excluding Maths and Science A Levels).

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Audition


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With no sub-test below 5.5. OR an equivalent qualification.

GCSE Grade C (Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs).


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £23,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/