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Materials Science MSc by Research

Lancaster University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Lancaster University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

This Masters by research offers you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own research project, gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere.

Areas of research fall within (but are not limited to) the diverse portfolio of our academic staff – chemistry, engineering, physics, health and medicine.

Our 12-month programme provides you with the knowledge and technical skills to produce sustained and original work - work that will underpin progression in your chosen career. At the core of this is your independent research project, in which you will produce new and original data to make a solid contribution to the scientific community.

Our degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of a research team, followed by a three-month writing up period. You will be mentored by academics from one or more departments; and offered further opportunities for learning via our graduate training programme.

The dissertation, and a viva voce assessment, will showcase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen research area whilst also demonstrating your ability to critically evaluate existing literature.

You will be supported by your supervisor(s) at every stage: identifying gaps in your knowledge base (and working together to fill them), helping you to develop practical skills, increasing your data analysis skills, and guiding the writing up of your dissertation.

As well as developing intellectual, practical and transferable skills, this Masters will endow you with authoritative knowledge on a specific subject. You will gain a practical understanding of advanced research techniques, and develop competence in applying these to the development and management of your own research project.

Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data. This opens doors to careers in charities, government or industry, and provides an excellent grounding for further academic research (such as undertaking a PhD).

Tuition fees

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£ 20,230per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Lancaster University

  • University League Table

    8th

  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Students from over one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus. An open and welcoming community, equality and diversity are valued.
Lancaster University offers students a range of award-winning, high-quality, safe and comfortable accommodation.
Lancaster University has a vast array of facilities including shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and a sports centre and swimming pool.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 59 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    146 64%

    23rd

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86 86%

    9th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.28 86%

    9th

    12

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