Institution / Queens University Belfast

Materials Science for Innovative Engineering

Materials Science is the foundation for much of the technological advances in recent decades, and continues to drive development of new devices and functionalities in a wide variety of fields. This programme is designed to cater for those in full-time employment who are interested in such fields.

Why Queen's?
• Flexibility: on-campus attendance is not required as teaching is entirely web-based.

• Choice: certificated modules can be taken individually without consideration of entrance requirements.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, based on the University's RPL policy.

Please see for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


* Online Distance Learning: 3 years part-time (1 year full-time equivalent.)

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Examples of possible career areas include microelectronics, nanotechnology, medical and bioengineering, and the aerospace and automotive industry.

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Further enquiries

Dr Solveig Felton
Centre for Nanostructured Media,
School of Mathematics and Physics
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3338

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The programme runs over three years, part-time, with students taking three compulsory modules introducing them to the fundamentals of materials science and materials characterisation in their first year. The third module is a mini-project where the students apply the knowledge from the other two modules to a materials science problem.

In the second year, the students take three further taught modules covering more advanced topics in materials science. Choices include modules on magnetic and electronic materials, optical and plasmonic materials, and materials modelling and simulation.

The third year is dedicated to a masters research project on a materials science topic. The teaching on the programme is delivered through a dedicated course website, where students engage in online discussions with each other and the teachers, as well as taking quizzes and submitting assignments.

Please note: modules can also be taken individually with certificates awarded upon successful completion of the assessments.

Modules include:
Compulsory modules
• Fundamentals of Materials Science (30 CATS)
• Materials Characterisation (20 CATS)
• Materials Science Case Study (10 CATS)

Specialist modules for PgDip and MSc
• Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy (20 CATS)
• Magnetic and Electronic Materials (20 CATS)
• Materials Modelling and Simulation (20 CATS)
• Plasmonic and Optical Materials (20 CATS)
• Thin Film Techniques and Sensor Technology (20 CATS)

Please note all modules may not be offered in a given year.

MSc only
• Materials Science Research Project (60 CATS)

This module may be undertaken as a project with the student’s employer, if a relevant research topic can be identified.

Assessment method

A range of assessment instruments are used including laboratory / simulation-based assignments, individual projects, presentations, written coursework and unseen written exams.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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