Postgraduate study2016

MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Polymer Science and Technology

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2016

1 to 4 years

This programme provides professional training in polymer science and technology for graduates of science, engineering and technology subjects.

MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Polymer Science and Technology

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2016

1 to 4 years

This programme provides professional training in polymer science and technology for graduates of science, engineering and technology subjects.

Programme information

Lectures are supplemented by an extensive variety of laboratory exercises, spanning chemical and physical characterisation, and compounding and processing technology experiments on pilot-scale laboratory equipment.

Core study areas include polymer science, polymer process engineering, plastics and composites applications, polymer properties, polymer characterisation, polymerisation and polymer blends, plastics processing technology and a project.

Optional study areas include plastics processing technology, rubber compounding and processing, adhesive bonding, and sustainable use of materials.

Course structure, assessment and accreditation

The MSc comprises a combination of semester-long and one week modules for full-time students, whilst part-time students study a mix of one week and distance-learning modules.

MSc students undertake a major project many of which are sponsored by our industrial partners. Part-time student projects are often specified in conjunction with their sponsoring company and undertaken at their place of work.

All modules are 15 credits. The MSc project is 60 credits.

MSc: 180 credits – six core and two optional modules, plus the MSc project.
PG Diploma: 120 credits – six core and two optional modules.
PG Certificate: 60 credits – four core modules.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written examination, set coursework exercises and laboratory reports. The project is assessed by a dissertation, literature review and oral presentation.

Accreditation

Both MSc programmes are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), allowing progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

Entry qualification

Normally an upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in a science or engineering subject. Applicants with a lower second class degree will be considered.

Selection

Interviews may be held on consideration of a prospective student’s application form. Overseas students are often accepted on their grades and strong recommendation from suitable referees.

Bursaries and scholarships

Bursaries are available for both UK / EU and international students, and scholarships are available for good overseas applicants.

Careers and further study

Typical careers span many industrial sectors, including plastics, rubber, chemical and additives industries and packaging.

Possible roles include technical and project management, R&D, technical support to manufacturing as well as sales and marketing. Many of our best masters students who are interested in research stay with us to study for a PhD.

Programme modules

Full-time Modules

Core Modules

  • Polymer Science (SL)
  • Polymer Process Engineering (SL)
  • Plastics and Composites Applications (SL)
  • Polymer Properties (SL)
  • Polymer Characterisation (OW)
  • Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (SL)
  • MSc Project

Optional Modules

  • Biomaterials (SL)
  • Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)
Part-time Modules

Core Modules

  • Polymer Science (DL)
  • Plastics and Composites Applications (DL)
  • Polymer Properties (DL)
  • Polymer Characterisation (OW)
  • Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (DL)
  • Plastics Processing Technology (OW)
  • MSc Project

Optional Modules

  • Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW or DL)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)
  • Sustainable use of Materials (OW or DL) 

Alternative modules*

  • Design with Engineering Materials (DL)
  • Polymer Process Engineering (SL)
  • Materials Modelling (SL)

Key: SL = Semester-long, OW = One week, DL = Distance-learning

Alternative modules* are only available under certain circumstances by agreement with the Programme Director.

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 (Laboratory-based) £6,600 £18,950

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.