The masters course in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, offered in partnership with the School of Chemistry, is multi-disciplinary: it provides Chemists, Materials Scientists and Engineers with a rich understanding of both traditional commodity plastics and speciality polymers with increasing applications in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, and in electronics and nanotechnology. The full range of issues, from fundamental polymer science, through polymer processing, to manufacturing are all covered.
The taught part of the programme is based on discrete compulsory and optional taught course units.
The majority of graduates of this programme go on to fill key posts as materials scientists, engineers, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. Some advance to PhD programmes within the School.
International students play a huge part at The University of Manchester – our student population hails from 154 countries.
Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 91% of our graduates go straight into jobs or further study.
We’re part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe, but our support for international students is just as important to us. We’ll help you at all stages, from before you apply to when you arrive – and you’ll be supported at all times while you’re here.
In addition, the welcoming, accessible and multicultural environment that is the city of Manchester provides the ideal base for your time studying in the UK.
We’ll give you an experience that will prepare you for a lifetime of achievement.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
You will need a UK 2.2 Honours degree in a Science, Engineering or Technology field, or equivalent International degree.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements and / or have a mix of other postgraduate or professional qualifications and relevant work experience, then your application will be considered for the progressive entry route, which means that you will be registered for the Certificate or Diploma level and you will be assessed at the end of each level before you progress to the next stage.
If English is not your first language, you will need to take and meet minimum requirements for the following recognised English language qualifications: IELTS (6.5 with no sub-test under 5.5); TOEFL (Internet based): speaking - 20, reading - 20, writing - 20, listening - 20, overall - 90).
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
International students (per annum): £20,500
A good way for you to start exploring your master’s funding options is to ask staff in your subject area for advice on how previous international students have financed their studies.
You should also contact the ministry of education or education department along with the British Council office in your own country. The location of your nearest British Council office can be found on the British Council website.
Before you start your search for funding you should consider the following:
Funding opportunities are very competitive and are generally given to students that have achieved outstanding academic results and submitted high-quality applications.
The application process for funding opportunities can start very early in the admissions cycle, so you should start looking for funding opportunities 12 to 18 months before you intend studying.
If you need a visa to study in the UK you will need to prove to the immigration officer that you are able to meet both the tuition and living costs which may take the form of bank account information and/or a letter confirming sponsorship.
Our funding opportunities database contains details of the major international student award schemes offered by the British government and other organisations, as well as a number of awards offered by the University and its Faculties and Schools.
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In addition, funded studentships attached to specific research projects are advertised in more detail on academic School websites. Some of these studentships are not available to international students, and you should check your eligibility before making an application.
Alumni Loyalty Bursary Scheme (Humanities)
If you are an undergraduate here and plan to start a master’s programme in the Faculty of Humanities in September 2015, you may be eligible for this bursary.
Equity and Merit Scholarships
Equity and Merit Scholarships aim to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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