MEng Materials Science and Engineering (with a Year Abroad)

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Course Overview

MEng Materials Science and Engineering

As a student on the Materials Science and Engineering course, you will gain knowledge on the structure, mechanical performance and functional properties of advanced alloys, polymers, composites, ceramics, smart, functional and electronic materials.


You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

  • 8th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 4th in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 2nd in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DHLE)
  • Year in Industry + Year Abroad Schemes
  • Materials Scholarships available
  • Outstanding facilities on brand new beachside £450million Bay Campus

The Materials Engineering department offer a variety of scholarships throughout their degree programmes. These include entrance scholarships of up to £1500 for students with high A level grades (or equivalent), travel scholarships of £1000 for those on the year abroad schemes and high performance scholarships are given to students at the end of each year. To find out more details on these scholarship opportunities please email


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-168Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Professional Development
EG-180Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Materials Engineering
EG-182Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Manufacturing Technology I
EG-183Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Materials Resources
EG-184Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Properties of Materials
EG-185Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Practicals 1: structure / property links in metals
EG-187Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Analysis for Materials 1
EG-188Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Analysis for Materials 2
EGA110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
EGA113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Case Studies in Materials
EGA163Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Design and Laboratory Classes 1
Optional Modules
Materials Year 1 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of three modules from Module Group 1. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Chemistry but not Physics they must opt for EGA106. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Physics but not Chemistry they must opt for EGA103. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Physics and Chemistry they must opt for EG-108. In the unlikely event that a student has no chemistry or physics background they would be best advised to do EGA106.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Sustainability
EGA103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Foundation Chemistry
EGA106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Science

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials for Energy
EG-279Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Functional and Smart Materials
EG-280Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Microstructure Evolution and Control in Metallic Materials
EG-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polymers: Structure and Processing
EG-282Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Computational Materials 1
EG-283Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Deformation in Structural Materials
EG-284Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Manufacturing Technology II
EG-285Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Techniques in Engineering
EG-286Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Materials Practicals 2a: Microstructure Development in Alloy Systems
EG-287Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Practicals 2b: Applied examples in polymeric and metallic materials
EG-290Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Order and Disorder in Materials
EG-292Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Modelling and Simulation of Materials

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-353Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Research Project
EG-380Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computational Materials 2
EG-381Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fracture and Fatigue
EG-383Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ceramics
EG-385Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polymers: Properties and Design
EG-386Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Engineering Management
EG-387Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Metals: Advanced Manufacturing and Protection
EG-391Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Microstructure and Characterisation
EG-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Physical Metallurgy of Steels
EGA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Composite Materials

Year 4 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-R01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (Engineering)

Year 5 (Level 7)

FHEQ 7 Undergraduate / Advanced Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-M106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Polymer Processing
EG-M122Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Group Project (Mechanical & Materials)
EG-M37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Additive Manufacturing
EG-M47Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Leadership Development
EG-M83Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Simulation Based Product Design
EG-M85Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Strategic Project Planning
EGSM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Structural Integrity of Aerospace Metals
EGTM60Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Aerospace Materials Engineering
EGTM71Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Power Generation Systems
EGTM79Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Environmental Analysis and Legislation


The objectives of the Materials Science and Engineering programme are:

  • To introduce concepts of design, selection and processing of materials for a range of applications in engineering and other disciplines.
  • To provide students with a solid background in Materials’ Science, focusing on the link between structure and physical and functional properties of materials.
  • To provide students with the practical, experimental and technical writing skills demanded by our industrial partners and collaborators
  • To build a critical awareness of the effects of processing conditions on the structure and physical properties of a material 

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MEng Materials Science and Engineering degree are:

AAA - AAB at A level

Recommended subjects include:
Further Mathematics
Design Technology

Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.

Or 34 at IB to include 5 at HL or 6 at SL Mathematics and 4 at HL or 5 at SL English Language. 

Students studying for BTEC qualifications in relevant subjects require D*D*D* to include B at A Level Mathematics. If they are 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.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.


How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the MEng Materials Science and Engineering degree as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the MEng Materials Science and Engineering degree as an international student.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £19,750

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MEng Materials Science and Engineering degree do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


The MEng Materials Engineering course at Swansea University is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Further Learning for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on an accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Year Abroad

Students on a 5-year MEng degree scheme which includes a year abroad will also be able to study at a partner university after their second or third year, and before their final year. 

As a student on a Year Abroad course, you will select the university where you will spend your year abroad by submitting three choices to the course coordinator at the College of Engineering.

This information is then forwarded to the International Development Office at Swansea University so that exchange places can be allocated across the University.  There is a combination of Engineering specific and University-wide links available. University-wide links are subject to availability and negotiation as they service the entire institution, in principle.

The year abroad has to be passed in order to progress. Our study abroad schemes are not credit bearing in the sense that they do not act as substitutes for study in Swansea; so a standard 4-year MEng becomes a 5-year MEng with a year abroad.

To find out more about links to our partner institutions, visit the Global Opportunities website.

For more information on tuition fees during your Year Abroad, visit

Students are liable for the following costs:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal plans (depending on institution)
  • Health insurance (depending on destination)
  • Flights
  • Visa/Study permit