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Swansea University

Materials Science and Engineering with a year abroad

UCAS Code: J510
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

  • Materials technology not otherwise specified
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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.

International Baccalaureate

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

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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.


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

Swansea University

Singleton Campus

Swansea University offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. A modern approach to learning is backed by excellent facilities and high standards of teaching. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, Swansea surely offers one of the best university locations in the world.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
20% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
22% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
304 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
61% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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