MSc Advanced Materials

If you have a good first degree in science or technology and wish to continue your studies into M.Sc. level, you may want to consider studying M.Sc. in Advanced Materials at University of Bolton. This one year full-time or two years part-time course enables you to specialize in any of the following five areas:

  • Technical Textiles
  • Medical Textiles
  • Fire Retardant Textiles
  • Intelligent Materials
  • Smart Microsystems

Scholarship Opportunity

Students who achieve outstanding results in their M.Sc. at IMRI and wish to continue their studies into PhD could qualify for a year's scholarship covering fees in their third year of the PhD programme.

Course Overview

The MSc Advanced Materials is for you if you are a scientist looking to further develop your skills and knowledge in the field of advanced materials.

You will be working with modern and advanced materials and have the opportunity to extend your understanding of the methodologies and applications used in high technology and science-based industries. You will use your already extensive understanding of the properties and behaviour of materials in order to envisage and devise novel applications in response to technological problems and shortcomings.

This is a unique and flexible course in which you may choose to specialise in a particular area of advanced materials. Alternatively, you may study a combination of modules from any of the five pathways which will result in a non-specific award of MSc in Advanced Materials.

The department will also consider the development of a tailor-made module if you are in a particular group of students with an interest in a specific area, for example one that that is relevant to the organisation in which you are working.

About the course

The course offers six distinct pathways. Each pathway consists of an individual project and four taught modules. Teaching for each module is delivered as a short-course lasting no more than ten days.

If you do not wish to select a specific pathway you may choose a combination of modules from any of the five pathways. This will lead to a non-specific award of MSc in Advanced Materials.

Written work for each module is in the form of an assignment or an integrated learning package (ILP) and consists of three parts, each with set times and deadlines for submission. This work may take the form of essays, assignments, projects, seminars and case study analyses. It is assessed in parts and feedback will be given during the allocated period of self study.

Key skills will be developed, and assessed at appropriate stages during each part of the assignment. Oral presentation of ILPs will be required in all modules as well as Poster production.

You will be required to complete the ILP within three months of finishing the module to be awarded full credits.

Individual project work will be undertaken within your workplace wherever possible, ensuring relevance to the employer, access to appropriate facilities and allowing sufficient time to be spent on practical work. Where this is not feasible, projects may be based and carried out at the university.

Each module with its completed integrated learning package is worth 30 credits and your project is worth 60 credits. Accumulation of 180 credits in total leads to the award of MSc.

Your subject of study and your personal project means you have the opportunity to work in an area that is of personal interest or that is related to your career.

If you choose to progress to doctoral studies at the university after graduation on the MSc, you may qualify to pay for two years of your PhD studies.

What you will learn

You will build on your understanding of modern and advanced materials and the methodologies and applications used in high technology and science-based industries, equipping you with the potential to lead future developments in the field of advanced materials.

You will develop your knowledge so that you are able to relate the physical and chemical structure of materials to their macroscopic properties and provide an insight into materials requirements for current scientific and commercial applications.

Your prior knowledge and understanding in your field will enable you to envisage and devise novel applications – particularly for high technology materials – and develop diagnostic and novel approaches to technological problems and shortcomings through the interdisciplinary use of materials.

Your studies will include considerations of the technological, environmental, economical and cultural factors that may influence material choice, manufacturing design, processing conditions and mode of application.

What you will study

The MSc Advanced Materials consists of five pathways, each of which leads to a specific qualification: 

MSc in Advanced Materials (Medical & Healthcare)

The following modules are studied in this pathway: Fibre Fundamentals; Technical Textiles; Medical Textiles; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.

MSc in Advanced Materials (Technical Textiles)

The following modules are studied in this pathway: Fibre Fundamentals; Technical Textiles; Geosynthetics; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.

MSc in Advanced Materials (Fire Retardancy)

The following modules are studied in this pathway: Fundamentals of Fire Behaviour; Materials and Fire Retardants; Materials' Burning Behaviour; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.

MSc in Advanced Materials (Intelligent Materials)

The following modules are studied in this pathway: Properties, Processing and Characterisation of Smart Materials; Modelling Methods and Design of Advanced Materials; Smart Materials; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.

MSc in Advanced Materials (Smart Microsystems)

The following modules are studied in this pathway: Advanced Materials Processing; Microsystems Design; Functional Materials for Microsystems; Research Methods; Research Project.

Provided there is sufficient interest in a particular subject, we could tailor make a module to suit company or groups of individuals' interest area. Prior consultation is essential.

Further information

Mrs Donna Zarei

++44 (0)1204 903101

D.Zarei@bolton.ac.uk

Dr Mohsen Miraftab

++44 (0)1204 903663

m.miraftab@bolton.ac.uk

Student Services

++44 (0)1204 903903

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

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Overseas Enquiries

For overseas admission, please contact the International Office at

International Office

University of Bolton
Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903110 Fax: 01204 903809
intadmissions@bolton.ac.uk