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Swansea University

Materials Science and Engineering with a Year in Industry

UCAS Code: J502

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

Including two required subjects (Required subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Further Mathematics, Design Technology, IT/Computing, Biology).

Considered on an individual basis.

Accepted in lieu of one non-subject specific grade at A Level.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

To include 5 at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level Mathematics and 4 at Higher Level or 5 at Standard Level English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D*-D*D*D

To include B at A Level Mathematics. Must be in relevant subject. If the student is not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Materials technology

**Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction by The Guardian University League Table 2018.**

Materials Science and Engineering looks at how the properties of matter can be controlled. It includes elements of physics and chemistry and links strongly to most other areas of engineering. Materials Engineers are at the cutting edge of almost all technological developments. Most innovations, from cars to sports equipment, are completely dependent on the choice of material and its performance.

This degree will train you for a rewarding career in a range of engineering sectors including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, sports, and energy generation. You will study specialist subjects on the structure, mechanical performance and functional properties of advanced alloys, polymers, composites and ceramics. You will have the opportunity to gain industrial insight through site visits to Tata Steel, Timet, Ensinger and Airbus. The degree will also provide a foundation for you to aim for the prized Chartered Engineer status.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include:
- Comprehensive computer systems for specialist and general purposes

- World-leading equipment for characterisation of the mechanical properties of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials

- Extensive range of laboratories housing scanning electron microscopes with full microanalysis and electron backscatter diffraction capabilities

Our internationally-renowned materials research is funded by organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, the European Space agency and Tata Steel. These links provide students with excellent industry placements.

Our Materials Science and Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

**95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DHLE) – the average salary for our Materials Science and Engineering graduates is £25,000.**

Modules

Year 1
Areas studied typically include:
- Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
- Manufacturing Technology
- Mechanical Properties of Materials

Year 2
Areas studied typically include:
- Computational Materials
- Functional and Smart Materials
- Mechanical Deformation in Structural Materials
- Microstructure Evolution and Control
- Modelling and Simulation of Materials
- Order and Disorder in Materials
- Polymers
- Statistical Techniques in Engineering

Year 3
Areas studied typically include:
- Ceramics
- Composite Materials
- Fracture and Fatigue
- Metals - Advanced Manufacturing and Protection
- Microstructure and Characterisation
- Physical Metallurgy of Steels

The Uni


Course location:

Bay Campus

Department:

Materials Engineering

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Materials technology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate
304

After graduation


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Materials technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

98%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a group of very specialised materials technology subjects, including furniture technology, engineering materials and gemmology - bear this in mind when you review the stats, as the employment prospects for each don't necessarily have much in common. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

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