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University of Manchester

Materials Science and Engineering

UCAS Code: J501

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Grades AAA. This should include two subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. If you are not taking an A Level in Maths, Grade A at GCSE is required. Typical Contextual Offer: Grades AAB including two from Maths, Physics or Chemistry, excluding General Studies.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. The specific course requirements are: Access to HE Diploma in Science or Engineering - Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits awarded at Level 3, 30 credits must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit. This must include modules on Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Level 3.

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 in the Pre-U certificates and Grade A at A level in three distinct subjects. This must include two subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

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. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your application and at interview.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points to include 6,6,6, at Higher level to include two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D-DD

We will consider the Technical Diploma for entry to our programme 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 Diploma with Grades DD/D*D plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at Grade A.

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 Extended Certificate with Grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at Grades AA.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

We will consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to our programme 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.

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 Foundation Diploma with Grades D/D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at Grades AA.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D-DD

We will consider the National Diploma for entry to our programme, 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 Diploma with Grades DD/D*D plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at Grade A.

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* plus additional level 3 qualification such as A Levels at Grades AA.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

We will consider the National Extended Diploma for entry to our programme 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.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We will only consider the National Foundation Diploma, at Grade D, in conjunction with Grades AA in two A Level subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry

Two Advanced Highers in two subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Grade A plus two Highers at Grade A (any subjects) 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.

Two Advanced Highers in two subjects from Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Grade A plus two Highers at Grade A (any subjects) 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.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We require minimum Grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be considered for the course. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Materials science

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. The extensive (half year) final year project enables you to tackle a topic at the forefront of Materials Science in depth. It will develop further practical and analytical skills. Formal teaching in communication and transferable skills, including basic management and organisational behaviour, 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 achieve 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Department of Materials

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Materials science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Materials science

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

44%
UK students
56%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Materials science

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject isn't very common for undergraduates — so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Many people studying in this fast-moving and often very specialist area take a first degree in another subject and then do a postgraduate course in materials science, and so not many went into work in the UK last year. If you're interested specifically in polymers or textiles, then there is the option to study it as a degree on its own. Because these degrees are very specialist, starting salaries for graduates are pretty good though, so if you fancy something a bit different and cutting-edge, this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Materials science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£31k

£31k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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