Materials Design and Engineering (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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About Materials Design and Engineering at Newcastle University

Our Materials Design and Engineering MSc provides an understanding of the role and application of materials. It also examines the science of materials properties.

About this course

The study of materials lies across the engineering and science disciplines. This course focuses on tackling practical industrial problems through knowledge and analytical skill. The insight you develop will bridge the gap between science and engineering.

This course is suitable if you have a science or engineering background. The broad nature of this study means that our graduates go into a variety of roles in a range of industries.

What you'll learn

You will study a range of traditional and modern topics, such as joining technology and nanomaterials. The course will provide you with a high level of understanding of:

  • new material
  • current materials
  • applications of material
  • design issues related to the use of material

Your development

You will complete an individual research project in the second semester. The projects are often linked to staff research interests and industrial problems. You can also create links to companies to generate a suitable project topic.

You'll get to experience working in a research laboratory with other research students. Depending on the nature of your project, you may prepare and test specimens followed by post-test examination by electron microscopy and surface analysis techniques. Many successful graduates go on to do PhD research with us.

Our staff

Our materials academics have a broad research base covering:

  • alloys
  • polymers
  • nano-particulates
  • computational modelling
  • corrosion
  • tribology.

The staff keep their teaching topics up-to-date through their own research activities.


You will complete taught modules in the first and second semesters. In the third semester, you will complete a major research project with support from a supervisor. The course will be delivered through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • small group teaching sessions
  • practical sessions.


The School of Engineering has a wide range of attractive facilities. Our chemical engineering facilities include:

  • Bioprocessing laboratory
  • Centre for Process Innovation
  • ExxonMobil Design Suite
  • Hiden Catlab
  • StuBrew.

Chemical Engineering is based in Merz Court. We also provide a Student Common Room and a separate Student Study Space.

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 - 24 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • chemical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • chemistry.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills) 

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

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