Materials Science and Engineering


The properties of materials are crucial for driving technology forward - they can act as instruments in global societal change.

Our new taught Masters (MSc) in Materials Science and Engineering will develop a strong technical understanding of materials science and engineering, preparing you for a career in either materials-related industry or the academic research.

All Academic Backgrounds Welcome

The purpose of the MSc is to allow students with generic degrees in the physical sciences and engineering to become experts in materials-related themes.

A Wealth of Placement / Career Options

Advanced technology materials-related manufacturing companies are economically extremely significant to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Multinationals, such as Intel, Bombardier, Seagate, Thales and Kyocera have major research, development and production facilities on the island.

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Taught by our world-renowned academics across the Faculty, you will see this as a pathway to jobs in advanced technology materials.

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Accreditation Pending

Now that the first year has been delivered, the courses will seek relevant professional accreditation
MSc Materials Science and Engineering

“Understanding and controlling the properties of materials is crucial for driving technology forward. This has always been the case: throughout human history, societal developments have relied on the materials used from stone to bronze, to iron and finally to silicon ages. This course will take graduates who have been educated in the physical sciences or engineering and build their knowledge of the fundamental and applied aspects of materials science.” Prof Marty Gregg, Course Director for MSc in Materials Science and Engineering

The programme is supported by well-equipped laboratories, digital network and computing facilities, library access and lecture rooms. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject means that you will experience materials-related activity in a number of different environments across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, in which both fundamental and applied research is done.

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 140 Universities in the world for Graduate Prospects

(QS Graduate Employability rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

The Perfect Balance

The course is all about balancing theory and practice. You’ll hear from practitioners as well as academics. You’ll get an insight into how industrial companies work, and a foot in the door with those companies, who are always interested in Queen’s graduates.

Career-Ready Graduates

Technical lecture information will be consolidated, using data analysis and problem-solving classes, to build critical investigative capability, badly needed in the workplace.

Project Management Focused

Project management skills will also be honed through taught material, research projects and industrial placements, where appropriate.

Conversion Options

The MSc is primarily intended as a conversion course, for those with primary degrees in the conventional physical sciences (Chemistry and Physics for example) or engineering. Equally, however, it may be used as part of a continuing professional development programme for those already employed in materials-related industry.