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Materials Science

Programme Specification: Part III Materials Science

This course is taught by the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy


  1. to build on the knowledge and ideas gained in prior Materials Science courses;
  2. to develop a more specialised and in-depth understanding of Materials Science in selected areas;
  3. to further develop analytical and presentational skills, both orally and in writing.
  4. to provide training in investigating research problems, including gaining an understanding of relevant research techniques and also of the design and interpretation of experiments.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to :

  1. be able to apply the ideas and concepts introduced in the course to solve problems, do calculations, make predictions and critically evaluate information and ideas;
  2. be able to demonstrate an understanding of the courses attended, and of their individual research projects;
  3. be able to demonstrate practical, organisational and presentational skills that will enable them to continue successfully with research or in other professional careers;
  4. be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and understanding required for a career in Materials Science.

Teaching and Learning Methods

These include lectures supervisions, individual research projects, and presentations.


Assessment for this course is through:

  • three unseen written examinations (for aims 1-5 and learning outcomes 1-4);
  • appropriate submitted work and/or examinations (for aims 3 & 4 and learning outcomes 1-4);
  • reports based on an individual research project undertaken by the student over 2 terms, plus an oral presentation and a viva (for aims 1-3 & 5 and learning outcomes 1-4);
  • a report based on a research project undertaken by the student over a preceding long vacation period followed by an oral presentation (for aims 3 and 5 and learning outcomes 2-3).

Courses of Preparation

Highly Desirable: NST Part II Materials Science. 
Participation by other students is considered on a case-by-case basis.

The detailed entry requirements can be found at The Fourth Year - Part III.

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.