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University of Chester

Materials Science and Engineering

UCAS Code: J500

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

To include two Science/Engineering subjects, one of which must be Maths, Chemistry or Physics

Access to HE Diploma (Engineering or Science) to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit. Level 3 units must include Physics units

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Including 5 in HL Maths and 5 in one further HL Core Science

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

To include Maths, Chemistry or Physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

1080 GLH. Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

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

DMM

BTEC (Engineering)

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

To include Physics, Maths or Chemistry

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Materials science

Where Physics, Chemistry and Engineering combine to develop and exploit the materials technologies of the future.

Materials scientists and engineers develop advanced materials technologies. On this course you will gain a thorough grounding in key chemical, physical, and engineering concepts and their application to modern materials-focused technologies.

The course is based at Thornton Science Park, a unique location that combines a variety of different science and technology-based companies with academic expertise on one site to give unique placement, knowledge exchange and employment opportunities.

Through the diverse nature of materials as a discipline, you will study a variety of topics ranging from fundamental chemistry, physics, mathematics, and characterisation techniques alongside advanced topics such as nanotechnology, composite materials, and modelling skills. You will benefit from access to high quality equipment and laboratories, and enjoy the flexibility to choose from a range of specialist final year modules taught by research-active staff.

Taking advantage of the Faculty’s links with industry, both on and off site, there are opportunities for practical work experience in state-of-the-art materials technologies.

Modules

For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed through coursework in the form of laboratory sessions, presentations and reports, plus examinations. Individual modules vary in assessment from 100% coursework to 100% exam, with an overall average of approximately 40% by coursework.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Chester

Department:

Science and Engineering

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
22%
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.

Physical sciences

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.

£18,750
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Conservation and environment professionals
16%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
16%
Other elementary services occupations

This subject isn't very common for undergraduates — so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Many people studying in this fast-moving and often very specialist area take a first degree in another subject and then do a postgraduate course in materials science, and so not many went into work in the UK last year. If you're interested specifically in polymers or textiles, then there is the option to study it as a degree on its own. Because these degrees are very specialist, starting salaries for graduates are pretty good though, so if you fancy something a bit different and cutting-edge, this might be worth thinking about.

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