Advanced Materials Engineering

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016 / January 2017
  • Course duration: 1 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
This course is ideal if you have a strong materials background and wish to gain more specialised knowledge of advanced engineering materials. It will provide you with the advanced knowledge, skills and attributes required for a career in analytical chemistry and its sub-disciplines.

Why study this course?

This course enables you to develop and further your knowledge with a range of core modules and select a materials engineering-led research project within one of our diverse range of research groups.

Throughout the course you'll study the functional roles of nanocomposites and inorganic solids, develop an understanding of the interplay between structure and observed properties, and explore investigation methods. You'll also study biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry.

Gain hands-on experience

As well as working and studying under the direction of world-leading pharmaceutical and medicinal science staff, you will gain hands-on experience of a variety of modern instrumentation, including multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR), mass spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Academic staff

The Chemistry team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Teaching and student satisfaction are very important to us and we have won awards and recognition for this aspect of our work.

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We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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What you'll study

How will I study?

Terms One and Two: taught modules
Term Three: research project

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Physical Properties of Solid-state and Nano-composite Materials20 Credit Points (CP)This module covers the fields of solid-state and nanocomposite materials chemistry. You'll understand the functional roles, characteristics and synthesis of nanocomposites and inorganic materials.

    Inorganic Chemistry Beyond the Molecule20 CPUnderstand the use of the biomimetic and supramolecular approaches in materials chemistry. You'll learn the importance of interfaces in structure regulation and recognition in the generation of new materials, including the recognition and incorporation of materials into the human body.

    Research Methods and Independent Study20 CPThis module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources, including relevant IT packages.

    Research Project120 CP
    You will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. You will design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, poster, and a written thesis.

    Examples of project titles

    • MRI Contrast Agents
    • Peptide-mineral Interactions
    • Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
    • Multiplexing, Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
    • Fluorescence Microscopy

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

  • written exam
  • oral presentation
  • assignment
  • poster presentation
  • research project.

Careers and employability

Your career development

At Nottingham Trent University we know that your employability and job prospects are crucial factors in your choice of university. You need to know that your postgraduate degree will be worth the time and money you spend on it.

91% of our postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2011/12).

Our strength lies in the relevance of our degrees to the real world. In all subject areas, we encourage students to recognise their transferable skills and their application to a multitude of careers. By taking an MRes in Advanced Materials Engineering you will benefit from the progressive development of a variety of skills, such as advanced laboratory techniques and the critical analysis and synthesis of a breadth and depth of relevant chemistry-specific research.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of job markets including:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymers
  • food and drinks
  • liquid crystals
  • advance materials engineering
  • defence
  • teaching
  • finance and sales.

Many graduates choose to undertake further study and this course provides a good basis for progressing onto a PhD.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with industry.

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a chemistry-related subject including forensic science, pharmacology and pharmacy
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered
  • International students please see the English language requirements section

How to apply

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the University via the online application form.

You will need to provide documents to support your application. Please prepare all relevant academic transcripts and certificates to support your qualifications. Copies are accepted at the time of application; however, you need to show the originals when you arrive at the University.

Application advice

  • Show in your personal statement that you have a clear plan and a purpose which clearly indicates your motivations for selecting the course and how you expect to benefit from it.
  • When you submit your application please ensure it is completed fully as we will make our initial decisions based on information that you have provided.
  • You need to allow two weeks for an initial decision. This may vary substantially by course, depending on what the selection process involves, e.g. applications involving work submission or interviews may take longer.


The University offers several bursaries and scholarships. For the latest information please visit the fees, funding and scholarships section of the website.

Postgraduate open events

Our open events are a great opportunity to meet our postgraduate teaching staff and students, visit the University, and to find out about the courses we offer as well as the bursaries and funding opportunities. Browse our open days and book online. Alternatively, you can take a look around Nottingham Trent University from the comfort of your own home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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Fees and funding

Please see the fees, funding and scholarships section.

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