MEng Materials Science and Engineering

2017 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2017 on a range of programmes. Entry requirements might vary from those shown below. For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2017 Clearing and Adjustment pages.

Course Overview

MEng Materials Science and Engineering

Materials at Swansea is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016. We are also recognised as one of the Top 200 departments in the world (Shanghai Global Rankings). We are one of the UK’s leading centres for materials teaching with funding from prestigious organisations including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Tata Steel. As a student on the MEng Materials Science and Engineering course, you will receive excellent teaching driven by world-class research and strong links with industry.


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

Materials at Swansea is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Times and Sunday Times. We are also recognised as one of the Top 200 departments in the world (Shanghai Global Rankings).

Materials Engineering combines science with engineering to give an understanding of how designing the structure of materials can control their properties. Most new innovations are completely dependent on the choice of material and its performance. 

Why study Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University?

As well as our course being ranked highly for student satisfaction, the Graduate Prospects for our degrees is ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, all students found staff were good at explaining things and they felt they received sufficient advice and support on the course. Here at the College of Engineering, we are proud of the supportive learning environment we provide.

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for materials teaching and research.

Scholarships: Entrance scholarships worth up to £1,500 available to students with high A level grades (or equivalent).

Industrial experience is enhanced with site visits to Tata Steel, Timet, Ensinger and Airbus.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / 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)10Basic Engineering Analysis 1A
EG-188Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Basic Engineering Analysis 2a
EGA110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
EGA113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Case Studies
EGA163Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Design and Laboratory Classes 1
Optional Modules
Materials Level 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 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
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
EGA216Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Strength of Materials

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-353Semester 1 and 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 2 (Jan - 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 7)

FHEQ 7 Integrated Degree
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-M106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Polymer Processing
EG-M37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Additive Manufacturing
EG-M47Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Entrepreneurship for Engineers
EG-M62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Group project
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


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

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 - 33 at IB (preferably to include good marks at HL Mathematics).

Students studying for BTEC qualifications require DDD - DDM in BTEC plus grade B in Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics A level. Students not studying A levels alongside their BTEC qualification, require D*DD - DDD with D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’, plus minimum GCSE grades of B in Mathematics and 2 x B grades in Science/Engineering/Manufacturing . Studying ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ is highly recommended.

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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £18,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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 Science and Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for 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). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills 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.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the Materials Science and Engineering Level 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Materials Engineering Timetable

What do our students say?

Zak Barrett, Materials and Processes Engineer at Airbus, Materials Science and Engineering graduate

"I decided to study at Swansea University primarily because the degree is well-recognised by industry. The location by the sea is also great as I like to surf. Swansea has a very good reputation for metallurgy and materials science. The University is particularly well-regarded by the aerospace industry. Swansea’s reputation helped secure my current job.

My role as a Materials and Processes Engineer involves using materials science knowledge like forensics, looking at failure analysis. It is a great job!

My favourite memories of Swansea is how it was such a lovely place to work. The relaxed atmosphere helps you to study. I’m an outdoors person so the Gower and Swansea Bay were great to have close by."

Chris MelvinChris Melvin, studied Materials Science and Engineering, before progressing to postgraduate programmes at Swansea University

"I completed my Materials Science and Engineering degree and continued to study here on the MRes Steel Technology and then an EngD as it is a fantastic chance to complete an industry-led research project. I decided to study at the College of Engineering because of the links with industry and I would like to stay here and become a researcher.

What are my career options?

We prepare our students for their future careers. This is recognised by The Complete University Guide 2016, which placed the graduate prospects for our Materials Engineering students as best in the UK

The MEng Materials Science and Engineering degree combines science with engineering to give an understanding of how designing the structure of materials can control their properties.

Our graduates are equipped to secure excellent jobs or to progress further with high-level research degrees.

Career paths include advanced research and development, product design and production management, consultancy and technical marketing in industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, sports, and energy generation.

Career destinations of some of our recent graduates include:

  • Design Engineer with MBA Polymers Ltd
  • Materials Engineer with Airbus
  • Applications Engineer with Solent & Pratt
  • Materials Engineer with Rolls-Royce
  • Graduate Engineer with Chevron
  • Operational Specialist with Tata

In addition, about 40% of our graduates go on to postgraduate study, normally on funded industry-collaborative places.

What skills will I gain?

Materials Engineering teaching Materials Engineering teaching at Swansea University

The technical content of the Materials Science and Engineering degree covers the fundamental science of materials, the links between structure, processing and properties and engineering design of materials.

Hands-on experience includes laboratory investigations using state-of-the-art equipment and computer applications including materials modelling.

In the research project, you will gain further experience in project management, information review and the use of advanced research equipment such as electron microscopy or X-Ray tomography.

Examples of recent final year projects

  • Metallurgy of a samuri sword
  • The effect of processing method on the mechanical response of titanium alloys
  • Intelligent-release coatings for the protection of metal surfaces
  • The effects of prodegradants on weathering of polymers used for tree shelters
  • Modelling of the laser melting of metallic powders
  • Recycling of carbon fibres
  • Growth of zinc oxide nanostructures
  • Water purification using solar energy photocatalysis

Our student societies

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs an Engineering student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other Engineering disciplines through events, socials, and industrial visits. You can find out more about the Society at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.

Swansea University Race EngineeringAt Swansea University, you can design and build a single-seater racing car to compete against other universities, as part of our Formula Student team. This on-going competition is highly regarded by the engineering industry since it provides an excellent source of innovative ideas and highly motivated graduates. Find out more at

Our Materials Engineering facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Within Engineering at Swansea University there are state-of-the-art facilities specific to Materials Engineering. 

  • 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.

Find out more about the Materials Engineering facilities at Swansea University.

Our research is ranked in the Top 10

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations such as:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Airbus
  • The European Space Agency
  • Tata Steel

The Materials Research Centre has pioneered postgraduate degrees that are tailored to the needs of industry and produce top quality research. This successful approach is demonstrated by a research grant portfolio in excess of £40 million.