Materials Engineering courses are designed to provide the student with a knowledge of the principles involved in relating the mechanical and physical properties of materials to their structure and constitution.

Emphasis is given to the way in which structures may be controlled to allow the development of industrial materials, based upon advanced design criteria.

The origins of specific physical and mechanical properties will be traced to the variables involved in the process of manufacture.

The undergraduate Materials Engineering courses may be taken by students in the BSc Engineering programmes, and by students in some BSc programmes. Consult your student advisor.

Postgraduate degree programmes are offered to graduates with BSc and BSc(Eng) degrees.

BSc(Hons) in Materials Science

  • One year intensive training in Materials Science
  • Open to BSc graduates with three-year degree in Chemistry, Physics or Geology
  • Must have completed BSc in minimum time
  • The structured programme of 148 credits of coursework includes a laboratory project

The curriculum for the Materials Science honours programme:

Core courses:   Credits
MEC4091S Research project 40
MEC4096Z Manufacture & properties of Composites 12
MEC4097Z Manufacture & properties of Ceramics 8
MEC4098Z Manufacture & properties of Metallics 16
MEC4100Z Manufacture & properties of Polymers 12
MEC4XXXF Advanced experimental methods 16
  Total of 104 core credits  
Elective courses:   Credits
MEC3045F Experimental methods 12
MEC3060F Materials under stress 8
MEC4099Z Phase transformations 8
END5044F Professional communications 16
  Total of 44 elective credits  


MEC5070W By research and dissertation 180


MEC6004W By research and thesis