Polymer Materials Science and Engineering MSc

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Degree awarded: MSc

Duration: Full-time: 12-months;

Entry requirements:

You will need a UK 2.2 Honours degree in the following backgrounds; Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Engineering, Composite Materials and Engineering, Biofunctional Materials, Metallurgy and Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. We can consider Biomaterials, Material Physics and other backgrounds on a case by case basis. For more information please contact cor.admin@manchester.ac.uk .

Contact email: pg-materials@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 306 5777

How to apply:

You can apply on-line for all of our postgraduate masters programmes. Complete details are available on our website at www.manchester.ac.uk/pgapplication    If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact us. 

Demand for places on this course is normally very high and preference is given to those candidates who best meet our entry requirements.

Please note, if you meet our minimum entry requirements, but due to high demand for the course for 2018 entry we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on the waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available. If we make you an offer, you will have 8 weeks in which to accept. Any offers not accepted within 8 weeks will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate on the waiting list. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course description

The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary: it provides Chemists, Materials Scientists and Engineers with a rich understanding of both traditional commodity plastics and speciality polymers with increasing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology. The full range of issues, from fundamental polymer science, through polymer processing, to manufacturing are all covered.

Open days

Our Open Days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the School, discover more about our courses and research, and find out what Manchester has to offer you. Please contact the School to find out when our next Open Day will be or to arrange a visit.

International students - if you are based overseas and can't make our Open Days, please visit the international section of our website to see if a member of our International Team will be visiting your country soon. 

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £23,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Academic entry qualification overview:

You will need a UK 2.2 Honours degree in the following backgrounds; Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Engineering, Composite Materials and Engineering, Biofunctional Materials, Metallurgy and Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. We can consider Biomaterials, Material Physics and other backgrounds on a case by case basis. For more information please contact cor.admin@manchester.ac.uk .

English language:

If English is not your first language, you will need to take and meet minimum requirements for the following recognised English language qualifications:  IELTS (6.5 with no sub-test under 5.5); TOEFL (Internet based): speaking - 20, reading - 20, writing - 20, listening - 20, overall - 90). Please contact us if you have an alternative qualification and we will make an individual assessment.

English language test validity:

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Normally students will need a UKVI IELTS to gain entry on to a Pre-sessional English course. If you wish to apply for a Pre-sessional course and you do not have a UKVI IELTS, please contact the School of Materials for further information at pg-materials@manchester.ac.uk.

Professional entry qualification: A combination of educational and professional qualifications and industrial experience may also be approved for admission onto the programme. There is no specific entry requirement for registration for single units.

How to apply

You can apply on-line for all of our postgraduate masters programmes. Complete details are available on our website at www.manchester.ac.uk/pgapplication    If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact us. 

Demand for places on this course is normally very high and preference is given to those candidates who best meet our entry requirements.

Please note, if you meet our minimum entry requirements, but due to high demand for the course for 2018 entry we are unable to make you an offer immediately, you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on the waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available. If we make you an offer, you will have 8 weeks in which to accept. Any offers not accepted within 8 weeks will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate on the waiting list. 

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer for 2018 entry and decide not to accept it, should you subsequently wish to be considered for 2019 entry you would be required to reapply.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary: it provides Chemists, Materials Scientists and Engineers with a rich understanding of both traditional commodity plastics and speciality polymers with increasing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology. The full range of issues, from fundamental polymer science, through polymer processing, to manufacturing are all covered.

Progression and assessment

The taught part of the programme is based on discrete compulsory and optional taught course units.

Course units overview

Example of taught units on this course are:

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Principles of Polymers and Polymer Composites
  • Control and Design of Polymerisation Reactions
  • Polymer Physics and Physical Properties
  • Advanced Composites
  • Soft Matter

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates of this programme go on to fill key posts as materials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. Some advance to PhD programmes within the School.

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