MSc Advanced Composites

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed.
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

Composite materials are increasingly replacing traditional metallic components in several industrial applications such as aerospace, wind turbine blades and in automotive industry. This MSc provides you with an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of advanced composite materials.

The programme is based in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), one of the world's leading centres in composite materials, which houses a number of state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facilities.

ACCIS has strong industrial and research links with companies like Rolls Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems, GE Aviation as well as government research labs such as Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (UK Government research lab), European Space Agency, and US Army International Technology Centre.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

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

Programme structure

Please see the unit catalogue for a description of intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

Core units

  • Composites Design & Manufacture
  • Smart Materials
  • Nanocomposites and Nanoengineering
  • Research Skills
  • Elements of Polymer Composites

And either

  • Advanced Composites Analysis or
  • Structures and Materials

after discussion with the Programme Director.

Optional units

You will select from a list of options which will include the following:

  • Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
  • Nonlinear Structural Dynamics
  • Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing
  • Structural Engineering 4
  • Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design
  • Nonlinear Behaviour of Materials
  • Nature's Materials - Biomimetics, Biomaterials and Sustainability


To complete the programme, you will carry out a research project, which can be either academically or industrially led.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in an Engineering discipline or in a closely related field.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

21 August 2016
Early application recommended; the programme will close once full.


Graduates from the programme might expect to enter a career in industry, or in the aerospace, automotive or engineering consultancy sectors. PhD study might also be a possibility.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 5130 Email:

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Faculty of Engineering
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