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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12.3k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 33.2k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 31 July 2016
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 12883pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

    if a course becomes oversubscribed it can close earlier so early application is recommended

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    New aircraft and other challenging engineering applications are becoming increasingly dependent upon the unique capabilities of high performance composite materials. This programme addresses the broad field of advanced composites,  specifically the manufacturing and characterisation of composites and engineering design.

    Term one:
    Lecture Courses: Introduction to Fibre Reinforced Composites, Revision Stress Analysis, Revision
    Chemistry, Interfaces, Fibres, Manufacturing Science, Composite Systems (Plastic Matrix,
    Ceramic Matrix, Metal Matrix), Stiffness & Strength, Non-Destructive Evaluation, Mechanical
    Laboratory Sessions: Composite prepreg lay-up, Test piece preparation, Tensile testing, Flexural
    testing, Compression testing, Fracture toughness, Shear testing, Distortion of channels
    Literature Review (undertaken during non-timetabled time)
    Term Two:
    Literature Review (Completed in the first few weeks during non-timetabled time)
    Lecture Courses: Electrical Properties, Laminate Analysis, Joining, Stress Analysis, Fracture,
    Design, FE Analysis, Fatigue, Analytical Techniques, Environmental Effects, Impact
    Design Study: A group exercise to perform preliminary design of an appropriate composite
    Term Three (May-Sept inc.):
    Examinations take place during the first two weeks of term three.
    Research Project 

    Assessment includes:

    • written examinations
    • written laboratory reports
    • a literature review
    • a design study report
    • Major Individual Research Project

    Through links with industry, it is possible for projects to be supervised in part by staff from industry or to be carried out in industry.

    Programme Aims and Objectives

    By the conclusion of the programme, students will have achieved the following objectives:

    1. Developed a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles relating to the nature of composite materials and their constituents; the processes of production of composites; the engineering and other properties of composites; applications of current composite systems; and the analysis and design methods for composite components. This will necessarily involve reading of books and papers in addition to understanding material presented in the lectures.< /li>
    2. Demonstrated their ability to read the relevant scientific literature and to write an associated review.
    3. Demonstrated their ability to bring together all the aspects of the course by conducting a design study.
    4. Developed an understanding of the relevance and limitations of the destructive and non-destructive test methods used for composites.
    5. Demonstrated their ability to carry out a major research project.
    6. Demonstrated their ab ility to communicate clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing.
    7. Developed an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of co mposite materials and hence have the ability to communicate with and understand the problems of workers in specialities different from their own.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Applicants should have been awarded, or expect to be awarded, a first class (1st) or upper second class (2:1) or equivalent degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry.

    Documents for application

    1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    2. Personal Statement
    3. Transcript of your Studies to date
    4. 2 academic references

                                                                                                                                                          * the original English test certificate for overseas students 

    Aero MSc Bursary Scheme

    This scheme is open to Home students that are able to secure a place on an MSc programme accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Home students of both are MSc's are eligible for his bursary, and are encouraged to apply for this scheme without delay. Applicants need not hold an offer from Imperial when they apply for the bursary. The main criterion for the award of a bursary will be the candidate’s motivation and commitment to a career in UK aerospace.

    The bursaries fund MSc tuition fees up to £9,500. 

    Nominated applicants must be working in the UK on the first day of the MSc programme.
    Supported and independent applicants must be: 
    - Ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the MSc programme (with the 
    exception of frontier students2
    studying in the UK):
    - One of the following: 

    EU nationals (including UK nationals) including direct family members as long 
    as they have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for the last three years; or
    o Nationals of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland who are working in 
    the UK, including direct family members and who have been ordinarily resident 
    in the EEA for the last three years; or
    o UK residents with ‘settled immigration status’ (no restrictions on how long you 
    can stay) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years;  Refugees and people who have been granted humanitarian protection 
    including direct family members ordinarily residing in the UK on the first day of 
    the first academic year of the course; or
    o Children of Swiss nationals who have resided in the UK where the children have 
    been resident in the EU/EEA or Switzerland for the last three years; or
    o Children of Turkish nationals who have resided in the UK where the children 
    have been resident in the EU/EEA, Switzerland or Turkey for the last three 

                                 1Small or medium sized enterprise
    2“Frontier students” means frontier workers who work in the territory of one country and reside in the territory of another country, to which they return as a rule daily or at least once a week            

    You should apply as soon as possible for programmes of study starting between 
    September 2015 and July 2016. Once the available bursaries are awarded the competition 
    will close. 

    Phase 1 Download the Phase 1 Application ( then 
    complete it and send as an email attachment to
    Phase 2 If you appear to meet the eligibility criteria you will be sent a Phase 2 
    Application to be completed and returned by email, along with any 
    additional information it asks for.
    Interview If you are shortlisted you will be invited to interview, normally in London. 
    These are scheduled at monthly intervals. Interviewers are senior 
    members of the aerospace engineering profession and Fellows of the 
    RAEng and/or the RAeS.
    Result You will be informed of the result within 3 weeks. If successful you will 
    receive a bursary offer setting out the amount and conditions of the 
    award. When we receive your acceptance, the award will be confirmed.
    Bursary payments are made to universities one month after enrolment.


    Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are not available in the Department of Aeronautics.


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