The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary: it provides Chemists, Materials Scientists and Engineers with a rich understanding of both traditional commodity plastics and speciality polymers with increasing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology. The full range of issues, from fundamental polymer science, through polymer processing, to manufacturing are all covered.
Programme content and delivery
You can choose to study for a postgraduate qualification ( MSc, PG Diploma, PG Certificate ) or you can choose individual units as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Additionally, you can choose to build up the individual units to lead to a postgraduate qualification.
You can complete the programme in the following formats:
- Campus-based - Full-time and Part-time format
- Online Distance-learning (Part-time)
The full MSc programme is made up of six taught course units and a five month research project. The taught units are:
- Control and Design of Polymerisations
- Polymer Characterisation
- Structure and Mechanical Properties of Polymers
- Polymer Processing
- Engineering Design and Communication
- Soft Matter and Nanotechnology (option)
- New Directions in Polymerisation (option)
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.