MSc Advanced Composites

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Composites are increasingly replacing traditional metallic components in various industrial applications, such as aerospace structures, wind turbine blades and automotive components. Our MSc provides the students with an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of advanced composites. The programme is based in the Bristol Composites Institute (BCI), which houses state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facilities to help our students to do cutting-edge research in the field of composites engineering. Furthermore, as BCI has strong industrial and research links with major international companies and research centres, the students will have great opportunities to study more industry relevant problems through your dissertation projects. BCI is also closely collaborating with the National Composites Centre to create synergies between academia and industry. The NCC offers our MSc graduates the chance to apply for the NCC internship scheme, which is an excellent opportunity to gain strong industrial research experience.

Our taught units primarily focus on structural mechanics, design and analysis, manufacturing and testing of composites, while providing more optional units to further specialise your expertise in other relevant areas. Our programme is a great career development route for students with engineering backgrounds to develop their expertise in composites engineering, and for students with non-engineering backgrounds to expand their expertise to composites engineering. 

The programme includes a research-based dissertation, which allows the students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the taught units to scientific and/or industrial problems. This research experience will support students to pursue academic or professional careers in composites engineering.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£12,300
Overseas: full-time
£25,900

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will complete five core taught units and will choose your remaining taught units from a list of options. To complete the programme you will carry out a research project, which may be either academically or industrially led.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Advanced Composites.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree with a final average of 66% or above (or international equivalent) in a degree in Engineering or a closely related field.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Graduates from this programme could enter a career in one of the rapidly growing composites-related industries, such as aerospace, marine, automotive and wind turbine engineering, materials testing/manufacturing or engineering consultancy. Some of our MSc graduates continue to PhD study.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Department website: Department of Aerospace Engineering

International students

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REF 2021 results

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Full REF 2021 results for the University of Bristol.

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