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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (January 2021 intake)

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc (PGDip and PGCert available as exit awards only)
Programme title Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
Programme code MPPT15-16
Length of programme MSc study is available on a full-time and part-time basis. Full time: One year. Part time: Maximum 5 years.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full and Part-Time MSc - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/masters-degrees/a-z/advanced-materials-science-engineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:27:35 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To prepare students for an effective professional role in industry through in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key industrial processes, design and operation of materials science;
  • To enhance the careers of those already in full-time employment in industry via part-time study;
  • To enable students to develop the appropriate skills to undertake research and development related to all aspects of materials, processing methods, characterisation and end-use products;
  • To equip students with the professional competence to evaluate the use and application of materials in relation to product design, specifications and quality control, as well as environmental impact;
  • To equip students with both experimental and numerical skills and approaches to solving materials engineering problems.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications  

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Materials 2017

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of…

K1 mathematics, science and engineering principles for the solution of complex materials science and engineering problems

K2 the health and safety, societal and environmental issues related to materials science and engineering

K3 a wide range of methodologies used in the analysis of complex materials science and engineering problems

K4 the key research procedures involved in the solution of complex materials science and engineering problems including project planning and experimental design

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

C1 interpret and analyse complex materials science and engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions

C2 design experiments to investigate problems in materials science and engineering

C3 critically evaluate a materials engineering solution against the specifications

C4 critically appraise research evidence relating to concepts in materials science and engineering

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

P1 apply the appropriate analysis techniques to analyse complex materials science and engineering problems

P2 plan, design and execute a research project and communicate the results

P3 evaluate the structures and properties of materials using advanced materials characterisation techniques

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

T1 plan and optimise the use of resources and time for project planning and self-learning

T2 communicate effectively, in verbal, written and visual forms

T3 work effectively as part of a team

T4 solve complex technical problems using qualitative and quantitative methods informed by the literature and other appropriate sources

T5 critically appraise their own work with respect to given objectives

T6 undertake safe and effective laboratory practice

4. Programme structure

Semester 1 and 2, 2020/2021 (January/February 2021)

Compulsory modules (30 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

MPP567

Advanced Materials Characterisation

15

MPP001

Research Methods

15

 

Semester 2, 2020/2021 (February to June 2021)

Compulsory modules (45 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

MPP560

Group Design Project

15

MPP565

Advanced Processing of Materials

15

MPP556

Materials Modelling

15

 

Optional modules (Students should select one module totalling 15 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

MPP509

Advances in Biomaterials

15

CGP010

Colloid Science and Engineering

15

 

Semester 3, 2020/2021 (June to September 2021)

Compulsory module (60 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

MPP010

MSc Project

60

 

Semester 1, 2021/2022 (October 2021 to January 2022)

Compulsory module (15 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CGP070

Clean Energy, Materials and Sustainability

15

 

Optional modules (Students should select one module totalling 15 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

MPP561

Nanomaterials and Composites

15

MPP564

Advanced Joining Methods

15

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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