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MSc (T) Materials Science for Innovative Engineering

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Materials Science for Innovative Engineering

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

PHY-MSC-MI

UCAS Code

JACS Code

F200 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

2(ii) UK honours-equivalent first degree in: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, based on the recognition of prior learning.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Mathematics & Physics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Materials (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr S Heutz

Imperial College London

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Examinations
Assessment criteria are linked to the learning outcomes for each module. A range of assessment instruments is used including laboratory/simulation-based assignments, individual projects, presentations, written coursework and unseen written exams.
The pass mark for all taught modules is 50%. Students are normally permitted one further attempt to pass a failed module with the mark used in calculating the final award capped at 50%. The pass mark for the individual research project module is 50% and there is no resit.
Students, who, at the first attempt, have failed modules with a combined value of 40 CATS points, will be referred to the Pastoral Care Committee.
Progression
Students who obtain 120 CATS points in the taught modules are required to undertake an individual materials science related research project and submit a dissertation to proceed with the MSc. The Materials Science Research Project must be passed at 50% or more for the award of the MSc.
All students must have satisfactorily completed all of the required taught modules (120 CATS points) before they will be permitted to begin their research project.
Students who, at the first attempt, have failed taught modules with a combined value greater than 40 CATS points will normally not be permitted to proceed to the research project and will be required to transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma in Materials Science. Students are normally only allowed two attempts at passing a module.
Awards

Students who fail the Materials Science Research Project will not be eligible for the MSc award.
Students who have failed the Individual Research Project will be considered for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. Normally, students who fail the Materials Science Research Project will not have the opportunity to resubmit their original project or retake a new project.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Understand the principal facts, theories and characterisation methods associated with materials science.

be self-directed and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

be capable of presenting work in written form at a professional level.

be directly employable in a considerable range of careers within materials based industries, or if already employed within industry have developed capability and knowledge that will enhance work performance.

Independently critically evaluate written information in specialist areas of materials science.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Learn independently.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Because of the distance learning method of deliver, students will by necessity have to learn independently, under guidance, to succeed in this course. This will also require ability to structure and organise their own work, so that the assessment of these skills are implicit in all forms of assessment, though they are not explicitly measured

Methods of Assessment

Both the Materials Science Case Study and the Research Project explicitly require the students to analyse problems and situations, using the knowledge gained in the other modules, as well as previous learning situations, to achieve this.

Carry out structured organisation of their own work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Because of the distance learning method of deliver, students will by necessity have to learn independently, under guidance, to succeed in this course. This will also require ability to structure and organise their own work, so that the assessment of these skills are implicit in all forms of assessment, though they are not explicitly measured

Methods of Assessment

Both the Materials Science Case Study and the Research Project explicitly require the students to analyse problems and situations, using the knowledge gained in the other modules, as well as previous learning situations, to achieve this.

Critically analyse problems and situations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Because of the distance learning method of deliver, students will by necessity have to learn independently, under guidance, to succeed in this course. This will also require ability to structure and organise their own work, so that the assessment of these skills are implicit in all forms of assessment, though they are not explicitly measured

Methods of Assessment

Both the Materials Science Case Study and the Research Project explicitly require the students to analyse problems and situations, using the knowledge gained in the other modules, as well as previous learning situations, to achieve this.

Combine their knowledge and understanding both gained in this course and from previous learning situations, to solve a variety of physical and engineering sciences problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Because of the distance learning method of deliver, students will by necessity have to learn independently, under guidance, to succeed in this course. This will also require ability to structure and organise their own work, so that the assessment of these skills are implicit in all forms of assessment, though they are not explicitly measured

Methods of Assessment

Both the Materials Science Case Study and the Research Project explicitly require the students to analyse problems and situations, using the knowledge gained in the other modules, as well as previous learning situations, to achieve this.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Organisation and time-management.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The distance learning aspect of this programme means that organisation and time-management become even more important for successful completion of the course than a more traditional course. The participation in the on-line discussions and completion of the assignments require both presentation skills and ability to work to deadlines. The on-line discussions also develop the students’ ability to work with others, as does the Materials Science Case Study module.

Methods of Assessment

Problem solving skills form part of all modules and are generally assessed in both assignments and formal examinations. The successful completion of the Materials Science Research Project also heavily relies on problem solving skills.

Presentation skills, oral and written.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The distance learning aspect of this programme means that organisation and time-management become even more important for successful completion of the course than a more traditional course. The participation in the on-line discussions and completion of the assignments require both presentation skills and ability to work to deadlines. The on-line discussions also develop the students’ ability to work with others, as does the Materials Science Case Study module.

Methods of Assessment

Problem solving skills form part of all modules and are generally assessed in both assignments and formal examinations. The successful completion of the Materials Science Research Project also heavily relies on problem solving skills.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The distance learning aspect of this programme means that organisation and time-management become even more important for successful completion of the course than a more traditional course. The participation in the on-line discussions and completion of the assignments require both presentation skills and ability to work to deadlines. The on-line discussions also develop the students’ ability to work with others, as does the Materials Science Case Study module.

Methods of Assessment

Problem solving skills form part of all modules and are generally assessed in both assignments and formal examinations. The successful completion of the Materials Science Research Project also heavily relies on problem solving skills.

Ability to work with and for others, including as part of a team.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The distance learning aspect of this programme means that organisation and time-management become even more important for successful completion of the course than a more traditional course. The participation in the on-line discussions and completion of the assignments require both presentation skills and ability to work to deadlines. The on-line discussions also develop the students’ ability to work with others, as does the Materials Science Case Study module.

Methods of Assessment

Problem solving skills form part of all modules and are generally assessed in both assignments and formal examinations. The successful completion of the Materials Science Research Project also heavily relies on problem solving skills.

Problem solving skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The distance learning aspect of this programme means that organisation and time-management become even more important for successful completion of the course than a more traditional course. The participation in the on-line discussions and completion of the assignments require both presentation skills and ability to work to deadlines. The on-line discussions also develop the students’ ability to work with others, as does the Materials Science Case Study module.

Methods of Assessment

Problem solving skills form part of all modules and are generally assessed in both assignments and formal examinations. The successful completion of the Materials Science Research Project also heavily relies on problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The underpinning principles of materials science.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the knowledge and understanding content will be presented in structured notes on-line. To supplement this there will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. For project work the knowledge and understanding will be assessed through formal written reports, oral presentations and continual assessment throughout the project.

Material characterisation techniques.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the knowledge and understanding content will be presented in structured notes on-line. To supplement this there will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. For project work the knowledge and understanding will be assessed through formal written reports, oral presentations and continual assessment throughout the project.

Material selection, including knowledge of interaction between composition, microstructure and properties of materials.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the knowledge and understanding content will be presented in structured notes on-line. To supplement this there will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. For project work the knowledge and understanding will be assessed through formal written reports, oral presentations and continual assessment throughout the project.

At least one specific area of material science, depending on choice of module.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the knowledge and understanding content will be presented in structured notes on-line. To supplement this there will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. For project work the knowledge and understanding will be assessed through formal written reports, oral presentations and continual assessment throughout the project.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Select and critically discuss the appropriate materials for an engineering application, taking into account final materials properties and production methods.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the content will be presented in structured notes on-line, which includes subject specific skills.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. The ability to plan and carry out research tasks will be developed and assessed to some extent in the Materials Science Case Study, but most strongly in the Materials Science Research Project.

Choose the appropriate materials characterisation methods for a materials science / engineering problem.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the content will be presented in structured notes on-line, which includes subject specific skills.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. The ability to plan and carry out research tasks will be developed and assessed to some extent in the Materials Science Case Study, but most strongly in the Materials Science Research Project.

Interpret and critically analyse data from materials characterisation techniques.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the content will be presented in structured notes on-line, which includes subject specific skills.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. The ability to plan and carry out research tasks will be developed and assessed to some extent in the Materials Science Case Study, but most strongly in the Materials Science Research Project.

Plan and carry out research tasks in materials science

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As this programme is delivered through a web-based distance learning method the core of the content will be presented in structured notes on-line, which includes subject specific skills.

Methods of Assessment

There will be assignments in all modules as well as on-line discussions. These will both form part of the assessment of the modules, together with formal examinations for most modules. The ability to plan and carry out research tasks will be developed and assessed to some extent in the Materials Science Case Study, but most strongly in the Materials Science Research Project.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Materials Science Case Study

PHY9033

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Fundamentals of Materials Science

PHY9031

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

50%

30%

Materials Characterisation

PHY9032

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

50%

30%

Magnetic & Electronic Materials

PHY9034

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

50%

30%

Optical and Plasmonic materials

PHY9035

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

50%

30%

Electron Microscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy

PHY9036

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Thin Film Techniques and Sensor Technology

PHY9037

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Materials modelling and simulation

PHY9038

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

85%

0%

15%

Materials Science Research Project

PHY9040

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

In the first year the students take the three compulsory modules PHY9031, PHY9032 and PHY9033. In the second year students take three optional modules of 20 CATS points each. It is also possible to include one level M 20 CATS point module from another physical science or engineering programme, such as the Plasma Physics MSc, instead of one optional module. In the third year students must take the Research Project module PHY9040. It should be noted that two options exist for taking the module PHY9033 Materials Science Case Study:
A residential case study using the materials characterization facilities in the School to obtain experimental data
A distance learning case study using simulated or theoretically obtained data supplemented with experimental data provided by the module coordinator