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Aerospace Materials at Imperial College London

Imperial College London offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes. Many programmes are available in the Aeronautics Department over three or four years leading to BEng and MEng degrees. Students have to follow the same programme in the first and second year. Subsequently, course content varies as per each degree programme.

This enables students to specialize as per their interest in aerospace, management, nuclear engineering and tissue engineering and biomaterials engineering. The MEng programmes designed on BEng degrees by including a four-month industrial placement between third and fourth year. Placements may take place in the UK or abroad and will be associated to the degree specialization. The BEng Materials along with a year abroad programme consists of a project work at an abroad institution during the third year. Students may switch between BEng or MEng programmes.

Course Structure

In the first two years, the course content will be the same for all materials courses. The final year may comprise a common section together with a broad range of optional courses. Students shall be able to choose from wide options, which lead to specialization in structural materials, materials production and processing and electrical materials. Students also have a choice of other courses comprising courses, which are offered by other departments within the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Business School.

Students on the MEng courses shall have an industrial placement between the third and fourth year of study in a related industry or research establishment. These placements may take place anywhere in the world. The department has close association with leading companies in palaces such as Australia, East Asia, USA and New Zealand.


The Department at Imperial College London organizes various seminars, classwork, case studies, lectures and laboratory work. In the first two years, a group of students is provided with tutorials in specific subject area. These tutorials contribute an important part in teaching. Students are encouraged to participate in informal teaching discussions and to assimilate subjects from different lecture courses. The course incorporates skills-based exercises and students are given career development guidance through tutorials and formal lectures. In the second year, students need to carry out a group case study on a component. These activities involve exploration of new concepts and ideas, literature searches and writing technical reports.

Examples of courses studied are:

First Year

  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Materials Physics
  • Crystallography
  • Microstructure and Properties of Materials
  • Skills-based Exercises
  • Business for Engineers I
  • Language Studies (four-year BEng courses)

Second Year

  • Materials Chemistry and Polymer Science
  • Electronic Properties of Materials
  • Mechanical Behaviour
  • Materials Selection
  • Mathematics
  • Microstructure
  • Business for Engineers II
  • Process Principles
  • Language Studies (four-year BEng courses)
  • Personal Development

Third Year

Third year courses include:

Common Courses

  • Materials Engineering Portfolio comprising Design Study, Engineer in Industry and Materials Characterization
  • Business for Engineers III
  • Literature Review

Optional Courses

  • Ceramic and Glasses
  • Biomaterials
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Electronic Structure and Optoelectronic Behaviour
  • Polymers and Composites
  • Nanomaterials I
  • Modelling
  • Metals Processing
  • Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  • A course offered by the Business School or Department of Humanities

Fourth Year

Fourth year courses include:

  • Nanomaterials II
  • Electroceramics
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Tissue Engineering
  • A selection of other options are offered by departments within the Faculty of Engineering
  • A course is offered by the Business School or Department of Humanities

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