School of Metallurgy and Materials

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about the postgraduate courses available within the School of Metallurgy and Materials and how to prepare for your course.

The School of Metallurgy and Materials is supported by outstanding academic staff, and a wide range of equipment and facilities.

The School of Metallurgy and Materials has over 200 Postgraduate Research Students carrying out projects in a broad range of topics in materials science and engineering, often in collaboration with, or based in industry.

Professor Hanshan Dong (Professor of Surface Engineering and Programme Director for MSc Materials Science and Engineering) and Professor Gerard Fernando (Professor of Polymer Engineering and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor in the School of Metallurgy and Materials) will be available between 13:00-14:00 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions about the programmes.

Five of our postgraduate mentors have been a part of the School of Metallurgy and Materials

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’was like to study in the School.

More information about postgraduate study in the School of Metallurgy and Materials

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Speaker profiles

  • Professor Gerard Fernando

    Gerard is Professor of Polymer Engineering and is the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor in the School. (Live Q&A 13:00-14:00)

  • Professor Hanshan Dong

    Hanshan is Professor of Surface Engineering and Programme Director for MSc Materials Science and Engineering. (Live Q&A 13:00-14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the School of Metallurgy and Materials live event.
Chris asked:

My previous university degree was in biochemistry and i wish to pursue studies into biomaterals. Will not having studied material science hinder my application to the taught Materials science and engineering matsers?

Prof. H Dong replied:

It is difficult to do this materials based course if you do not have any materials background.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Chris asked:

for the Msc materials science and engineering, is the research project a full 3 months at the end of the year, also is there a chance of a research project being turned into a P.H.D.?

Prof. H Dong replied:

Final projects start at the beginning of the Summer Term (23th April for 2018) and finish in the middle of September. Unlike MRes or MSc (R), MScT students cannot be transferred to PhD. Of course, MScT project could be extended as a potential PhD project.

Chris asked:

How many months does the project go on for and is there a potential for the project to carry on to a P.H.D?

Prof. H Dong replied:

Final projects start at the beginning of the Summer Term (23th April for 2018) and finish in the middle of September. Unlike MRes or MSc (R), MScT students cannot be transferred to PhD. Of course, MScT project could be extended as a potential PhD project.

Lewis asked:

Hi. For the taught materials science MSc, are the final term research projects preset by supervisors or will we be able to come up with our own research proposals? Thanks.

Prof. Hanshan Dong replied:

The final project titles can be decided based on the discussion with supervisors; otherwise, potential supervisors will provide a list of proposed projects for students to select.