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Materials Science and Engineering with a Year in Industry

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

Including Mathematics.

Considered on an individual basis.

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

To include 5 at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level Mathematics or, if following the new Maths Curriculum, 5 at HL (or 6 at SL) “Mathematics: analysis and approaches”, or 5 at HL (or 7 at SL) “Mathematics: applications and interpretation”. Plus 4 at Higher Level or 5 at Standard Level English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D*

To include B at A Level Mathematics. Must be in relevant subject. If student is not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.

Accepted in lieu of one non-subject specific grade at A Level.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Materials engineering

Material Science and Engineering is at the heart of many of the more well know engineering, science, and design subjects. Everything is made of something by something and therefore materials are involved. Material science explores how the structure of a material at the micro, or even atomic scale can influence the final properties of product or component and how materials respond to external influences such as mechanical loading or environment.

A degree in Materials will provide you with a huge range of career options across multiple sectors. Our graduates are enjoying roles in renewable energy, developing new solar cells and wind turbines, they are protecting our cars from degradation and improving fuel efficiency through the development of lightweight materials. A number of graduates have pursued a career with top aerospace companies where their skills in materials properties and failure analysis are invaluable when pushing jet engines to the limits. Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea is ranked **1st** in the UK for **Graduate Prospects** ( on track) (Complete University Guide 2022).

You will meet representatives from the more than 40 companies, including Rolls Royce, Tata Steel, BASF, NSG Airbus, Timet and GE, who support us through guest lectures, funded placements, PhDs, career guidance as well as providing us advice on what needs to be included in the degree.

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

Year 1
Areas studied typically include:
- Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
- Manufacturing Technology
- Mechanical Properties of Materials

Year 2
Areas studied typically include:
- Computational Materials
- Functional and Smart Materials
- Mechanical Deformation in Structural Materials
- Microstructure Evolution and Control
- Modelling and Simulation of Materials
- Order and Disorder in Materials
- Polymers
- Statistical Techniques in Engineering

Year 3
Areas studied typically include:
- Ceramics
- Composite Materials
- Fracture and Fatigue
- Metals - Advanced Manufacturing and Protection
- Microstructure and Characterisation
- Physical Metallurgy of Steels

Year 4 (MEng)
- Areas studied typically include:
- Aerospace Materials Engineering
- Entrepreneurship for Engineers
- Environmental Analysis and Legislation
- Power Generation Systems
- Simulation Based Product Design

The Uni


Course location:

Bay Campus

Department:

Materials Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

93%
high
Materials engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Materials technology

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Materials technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Engineering professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Materials and technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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